Oh my bad, so sorry I didn't realize this. Well when I was going non-stop I was raw inside and out. I relied upon sitz baths (you can add a tablespoon of either baking soda or Aveeno to the water). Very soothing, very calming. A regular bath is good too but when you sit in that position on a sitz plastic bath, you open up this area of your body, so the water can penetrate and sooth irritated tissue. Perhaps this is similar to the pain you described?
I seem to go thru about 4 stool stages - 1. formed. 2 semi-formed, getting messy. 3. diarrhea and 4. putty, messy stool, that just keeps coming and coming. My opening becomes constricted and very tight when I get into this phase (it's my least favorite, I'll take all out D over putty). I used to ask my surgeon if I was big enough for stool to pass. He said the next time I had a colonoscopy ask to be dilated again. So I would mention this to my Gastro doc. I never knew if they dilated me or not but I've only gotten into that painful, spasm like stage where the opening is almost clamped shut. And I'm not constipated, I just feel like they didn't make me big enough down there! You can do a digital massage/exam yourself, it's somewhat gross but you feel better when you're done, trim your nail short, or better yet wear thin, surgical plastic gloves (if you happen to color your hair, the type that comes in the box are perfect for this). Use KY jelly to lubricate and massage the entire outer area, going up to an inch inside. Again, I know this sounds gross and may turn people off but I figure we have swapped so many stories and experiences by now, that this will not make you squemish (sp?)!
I do hope you feel better soon.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening