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Old 03-30-2011, 05:19 PM   #1
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Discomfort after a bowel movement

The past few years I have been dealing with discomfort after a bowel movement as if I haven't fully gone. My stool is always hard and dry at the beginning and changes to soft and sticky. I have tried numerous supplements with no luck. I have also had a colonoscopy and a sigmoidoscopy with the results howing up normal. What was interesting after I had the colonoscopy I was feeling great for a week after and then it just went back to how it was before. Recently I have been on a high fiber diet with no change at all except for maybe going a bit more then normal but the discomfort and stool texture remain the same.
If anybody else has experienced similar issues to this please give me some feedback, thanks.

 
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Re: Discomfort after a bowel movement

If you have irritable bowel syndrome that is one symptoms many people experience. I have rectal and coccyx pain which makes it feel as though I need to have a bowel movement even though I just had one that is soft but formed and I have daily bowel movements at the same time.You are constipated if your stools are hard,dry,large and are painful to pass because you have to strain so hard to push the stool out. The diarrhea or watery stools are common after passing a hard,dry stool. If you increased your dietary fiber but not increased your water intake this will constipate you. You need to drink at least 64 oz. of water a day(that is 8 8oz. glasses of water) Don't drink soda,coffee,tea as they contain caffeine which is a natural diuretic which can dehydrate you. If the colon doesn't have enough water in it to keep it lubricated enough to function properly then it pulls the water out of your stools . If this takes place then your stools don't move down the colon fast enough and then they become hard,dry, and too large to pass without forcing it out with enormous amounts of straining Straining so hard to pass stools will eventually cause anal fissure,hemorrhoids,and rectal prolapse then it will make it even more painful and more straining to pass stools. Make having a bowel movement everyday part of your morning routine after you eat breakfast by sitting on the toilet about 20 minutes after you finish eating breakfast and stay on the toilet for 30 minutes. Use slow deep breathing exercises to help the stool to come out on its own without straining.If you feel like you have to push hard and strain try this way instead.Lean forward and put your elbows on your knees and push your stomach out as you continue to take slow deep breaths.The stool will come out slowly over about a 2-3 minute period.This does work as I use this method everyday to have a bowel movement that is soft but formed and having been doing this since March 2,2011. I continue to sit on the toilet for another five minutes after I have a bowel movement to make sure my bowels are completely emptied out before I clean-up and get off the toilet. This is the first time in almost my fifty years that I now have a bowel movement everyday at the same time.

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Re: Discomfort after a bowel movement

Thanks for the feedback. I will try that routine you refer too starting tommorow. I forgot to add that after I have a bowel movement, I feel as if I haven't fully gone and I can feel the pressure in my rectum of still having to go and if I was to try and move the rest of it out by straining it will only put me in more discomfort.

 
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Thanks for the feedback. I will try that routine you refer too starting tommorow. I forgot to add that after I have a bowel movement, I feel as if I haven't fully gone and I can feel the pressure in my rectum of still having to go and if I was to try and move the rest of it out by straining it will only put me in more discomfort.
There could be a bunch of reasons for your feeling that you haven't completely evacuated. Have you seen a GI doctor for your problems?

The reason I ask is I have been having the same problem for some time now. I just saw my GI doctor on Tuesday and a Colon/Rectal Specialist today. Like you, it started out with the incomplete evacuation, that feeling that you are not "done" At some point, I must have strained(Important: don't do this! ) Straining can lead to hemmoroids, anal fissures, rectal prolapse, it's all bad! Which is where I am at now, with hemmoroids, fissures and a rectal prolapse. I have to be honest, my PCP, general surgeon, GI doctor and 2 Walk In Clinic doctors could not tell that I had a condition called Internal Rectal Prolapse, but the Colon and Rectal Specialist has seen it hundreds of times and could it by an rectal exam and scope. At this point, my doc is recommending Citrucel, but if that doesn't help, I am looking at surgery. I sure hope this is not the case for you, please let a GI or Colon/Rectal Specialist take a look. Best of luck!

 
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There could be a bunch of reasons for your feeling that you haven't completely evacuated. Have you seen a GI doctor for your problems?

The reason I ask is I have been having the same problem for some time now. I just saw my GI doctor on Tuesday and a Colon/Rectal Specialist today. Like you, it started out with the incomplete evacuation, that feeling that you are not "done" At some point, I must have strained(Important: don't do this! ) Straining can lead to hemmoroids, anal fissures, rectal prolapse, it's all bad! Which is where I am at now, with hemmoroids, fissures and a rectal prolapse. I have to be honest, my PCP, general surgeon, GI doctor and 2 Walk In Clinic doctors could not tell that I had a condition called Internal Rectal Prolapse, but the Colon and Rectal Specialist has seen it hundreds of times and could it by an rectal exam and scope. At this point, my doc is recommending Citrucel, but if that doesn't help, I am looking at surgery. I sure hope this is not the case for you, please let a GI or Colon/Rectal Specialist take a look. Best of luck!
I use Citrucel twice a day. I put fresh squeezed lemon juice in a 8 oz. glass of water in warm it in the microwave for 1 minute and then I add the Citrucel 1 scoopful and 1 tsp. of L-glutamine powder which is amino acid that helps with digestion in general. I use the L-glutamine for acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. I take it with my breakfast and then again when I get home from work. Just make sure you drink another 8 oz. glass of water right afterwards. When I do this combination with my oatmeal with ground flax seed and cinnamon, and 6 stewed prunes this usually kicks in the gastrocolic reflex(also known as peristalsis) which gives you the urge and signal you need to have a bowel movement within 20 minutes of my eating breakfast. Citrucel can be used 3 times a day.

 
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Re: Discomfort after a bowel movement

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There could be a bunch of reasons for your feeling that you haven't completely evacuated. Have you seen a GI doctor for your problems?

The reason I ask is I have been having the same problem for some time now. I just saw my GI doctor on Tuesday and a Colon/Rectal Specialist today. Like you, it started out with the incomplete evacuation, that feeling that you are not "done" At some point, I must have strained(Important: don't do this! ) Straining can lead to hemmoroids, anal fissures, rectal prolapse, it's all bad! Which is where I am at now, with hemmoroids, fissures and a rectal prolapse. I have to be honest, my PCP, general surgeon, GI doctor and 2 Walk In Clinic doctors could not tell that I had a condition called Internal Rectal Prolapse, but the Colon and Rectal Specialist has seen it hundreds of times and could it by an rectal exam and scope. At this point, my doc is recommending Citrucel, but if that doesn't help, I am looking at surgery. I sure hope this is not the case for you, please let a GI or Colon/Rectal Specialist take a look. Best of luck!
Thank you very much for the feedback. Yes, I have seen a GI doctor who ended up getting me a requisition for a sigmoidoscopy which I had about 3 months ago and everything came back normal. I didn't really believe there was a problem with my colon it's self as its always been the rectal pressure/ incomplete evacuation but just to be on the safe side we got it done. I believe straining makes the problem alot worse. At times I have had some bleeding and I've always wondered if I had a minor case of a rectal prolapse but now I'll have have to look into seeing a rectal/colon specialist as you said they were the only doctors that were able to diagnose you with the Internal Rectal Prolapse. Anyways keep myself and the rest of us updated with how well you're doing and hopefully Citurcel works out for you. Good Luck!

 
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