I am 24 years old and have had tenesmus since I was about 18 but just learned I had it. I always knew I had it but never knew what it was. I've never had blood in my stools, never have stomach problems at all (no diarrhea, constipation, cramping, vomitting, changing in bowel habits) and I don't eat great but still my body handles everything fine and my digestive system seems to be strong. I actually read about all the things tenesmus can be a symptom of and they scare me, but wow I don't have any of those other symptoms even in the slightest. My mom has IBS, is it possible that I just have IBS or what? Can one have tenesmus just period...without it being associated with anything negative? I really can't possibly think anything is wrong with me in that area except this, and even with tenesmus I'm never in pain or anything. It's not that big of a deal to me, but I know it's there and that's why I decided to read about it and ask.
BTW, I'm defining tenesmus as the feeling of not quite emptying bowels when I have a bowel movement (I've seen other random definitions online for tenesmus, but this one is the most recurring). One of the definitions I've seen a lot is the urge to defecate but inability to do so. I don't really have that problem...maybe occassionally, but usually I just go quite a bit and then I stop completely without anymore urges to go, although I feel like I COULD go more, if that makes sense...
Last edited by wowzers; 09-05-2007 at 05:15 PM.