I don't know what exactly is wrong with me even though I have been given a diagnosis, however weak it seems. I have described my symptoms to my doctors and have had many tests done, but still, only one test has shown anything
. I had a defecography done and it showed that with repeated straining I had recto-rectal intussusception.
I'm going to Johns Hopkins to get treated and my GI there has told me that he doesn't recommend that I get a surgery done to correct this problem. Also, he's having me get another defecography done to confirm the recto-rectal intuss. diagnosis.
Here are my symptoms
-I have to strain HARD every time I need to have a bowel movement.
This is because, most of the times, my stools are like small pellets, which are hard to pass. When I have bulkier and well formed stools, then it's the complete opposite- when I feel an urge to defecate, I have to go PRONTO! I can't hold it in. I consider myself fortunate that I don't have incontinence because at least I can hold back my stools long enough to go to the bathroom.
-Hours before I actually have a bowel movement, I know that I will have one because of this "heavy" feeling I get. During this time, I can strain as hard as I can, but the stool WILL NOT come out.
This is when my most distressing symptom manifests: the odor of my stool leaks out
. This doesn't happen through flatulence but rather, it works like those car air fresheners- the odor just wafts out of me.
. This one started a few months ago. Every time I'm done peeing and put on my boxers, a drop or two leaks out. This is annoying.
-Although it's extremely
rare, sometimes when I hold back the stools, I get this shooting/stabbing pain in my anus
. It last anywhere from 3-8 seconds.
-Whenever I consume anything with fructose in it (snacks and soda), my anus gapes opens up by itself and a low-pressure gas seeps out
. I don't consider this flatulence because this can last for hours on end. I have been diagnosed with fructose malabsorbtion.
-I don't experience satisfaction after a bowel movement
. Before all of this started, I can remember that as soon as the last bit of stool left, my anus/the muscles surrounding it would contract immediately, leaving me with a feeling of satisfaction. Now this feeling never occurs. After passing particularly bulky stools
, while wiping, I notice that my anus gapes open and doesn't close up
-"Something" pushes against my anus whether I'm standing our sitting
. It makes sitting on soft surfaces, like couches, extremely uncomfortable. If I sit long enough, I can feel my anus gaping open like it would if someone were to spread apart my buttocks.
If I contract my external anal sphincters, this "something" stops pushing against my anus; as soon as I stop contracting, "it" drops down and starts pushing on my anus again.
I don't know what this "something" is.
-Although these are extremely rare, I have found blood and mucus on my stools and on the toilet paper
I don't know what is wrong with me, but I suspect it has something to do with my anus.
Please, any help?