I have a son that just turned 30 and he was 10 pounds when he was born and they had to use forceps, lots of stitches down there but no one said anything about the Rectal Sphincter muscle being torn. Two years later I had a 9 pound baby girl, again stitches, again nothing was said. Now for the past 9 months I have been dealing with bowel incontinence and having been seeing doctor after doctor and no one being able to tell me what is going on. I had an ultra sound, CT scan with dye, changed my diet many, many times, tons of blood tests, added Miralax and Fiber One to my diet and nothing is getting better. I went back to my family doctor yesterday because of all my frustration and what it seemed to me as a lack of knowledge from the doctors of gastrointestinal department. He asked if any one tested my rectum for muscle weakness. I said no, so he did one using his finger as a starting place. He asked about the birth of my children and when I told him about them, he told me that he was sending me in for a Rectum Manometry on May 19th. He tells me that he is pretty sure that I had a tear when the kids were born and the muscle has either opened back up completely or it has weakened to the point that I will probably need surgery to fix it. I have been reading the posts on here about the additional testing I should have done once I get the results back from this test and then also reading what people have been going through post-op.
You see I have Obsessive Compulsive/Anxiety Disorder, which was diagnosed in 1997, my type is contamination and the fear of the unknown. As you may have guessed, the last 9 months have been causing my OCD to escalate especially with the more accidents that I have.
I started running a year ago and now I'm afraid to go out for a run because I've had so many accidents even on short runs. Working is even very difficult at times because as a retail sales associate, I can't always walk away from customers to try to get to the bathroom in time.
I would like to hear from any of you regarding the testing, surgery, post op. I live in Madison, WI, and I don't even know how to go about finding a doctor to do the surgery, if all the tests show that I need the surgery.
I'm so scared, anxious, and very depressed about all of this.