Posted 5/12/2007 8:03 AM (GMT -7)
Out of frustration I am looking to see alternatives to what I thought was a hemorrhoid problem! In my research, I read about rectal prolapse and there seems to be a connection to what I am feeling. Fortunately or unfortunately, the treatment is either stool softeners, bulk/fiber supplements (all of which I am already doing) or surgery. Rectal prolapse is the result of many things: aging/menopause (I am 61), longterm diarrhea or constipation (having had UC for 45 years, it has mostly been D but sometimes C); connective tissue problems (my family has (FAA) a history of Familial (ascending) aortic aneurysm and I had open heart surgery to repair aorta in 2005....and most researchers believe that it is a genetic result of some kind of connective tissue disorder).
My GI just did a colonoscopy and he said my hemorrhoids are small and internal....and should not be causing this much pain. Also, there was no dysplasia. So it seems this problem of painful bowel movements (no longer painful while going but as soon as I finish, it is like someone has stuck a hot poker up there and is twisting it and the only relief is to sit in a hot bath) is something other than hemorrhoids. It has improved somewhat since I started the regimen of stool softners and metamucil. My UC is under control and other than the pain I face each morning, I don't feel bad.
Anyway, I am going back to the doc and ask him about this. I am willing to have the surgery if it will stop the pain.
Just wondered if any longterm UC/Crohn's/ IBS folks know anything about this "rectal prolapse"?