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Old 01-19-2005, 08:01 AM   #1
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Heaviness in rectum

Hi, I feel a little heaviness in rectum, kinda feels as though I need to have a bowel movement, also having left lower pelvic pain. My bowel movements are pretty normal, I do not have a bowel movement everyday, never really have but have asked doc about that in the past and he said that was nothing to worry about, not everyone has a bm everyday. any suggestions????? Thanks

 
Old 01-20-2005, 08:12 PM   #2
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Re: Heaviness in rectum

It is true not everyone has a bm everyday. The feeling that you have a full rectum but without the true urge to go could be trouble in that it might signify a blockage. However it could also be a lack of those things we need to promote a healthy bowel such as fiber, water and exercise. For a week try very hard to get more liquids (other than coffe or alcoholic beverages) and het more fiber either through food choices or by supplements and most important 30 minutes of moderate exercise. This would be a 30 minute brisk walk for instance or anything that just gets you to break a sweat but not so much that would exhaust you. If things do not improve after a week it is time to see the doctor.

Best bet is to make the appt for a week in advance, then go through the above regimen. If that is all it takes you can call and cancel the appt if you want to, but if you still have problems you already have the appt and won't have to wait even longer.

 
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:38 AM   #3
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Re: Heaviness in rectum

HI

Diverticulitis presents in just this way- at least mine did. Get it checked out, they can do a ct and tell if you have it or not.

good luck

 
Old 01-26-2005, 08:27 AM   #4
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Re: Heaviness in rectum

Thanks for your advice, I must admit that I do not eat well, nor do I drink a lot of water or exercise. I will try to do those things and see what happens. Thanks again!

 
Old 01-26-2005, 11:56 AM   #5
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Re: Heaviness in rectum

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Thanks for your advice, I must admit that I do not eat well, nor do I drink a lot of water or exercise. I will try to do those things and see what happens. Thanks again!
Please don't wait and see what happens. Get to a doctor (preferably a GI Specialist) and have it checked out now. Speaking as someone who ended up waiting b/c what their internist told them, I can say that waiting is the WORST thing you want to do.

Not everyone has a BM everyday... this is perfectly normal. However the fullness you describe may be incomplete evacuation, which could be trouble. If something feels funny to you, then it probably is. Listen to your body, please.

The colonoscopy they may recommend pales in comparison to things that others of us have had to endure.

I wish you the best of luck.

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Old 01-26-2005, 12:41 PM   #6
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Re: Heaviness in rectum

Hi cancerdad, I appreciate you advice. I am confused as to how to describe the feeling that I am having.. It tends to be worse when I am sitting down, and I sit down ALL day long at work, and it radiates to the left side of my groin to my buttocks. The other symptoms are low left pelvic pain and sometimes I feel like I can't get it all out. Do you mind if I ask what your experience was? I had major surgery about 6 months ago and I am scared that they will find something again. Also, I am a 28 year old female. Thanks.

 
Old 01-26-2005, 03:17 PM   #7
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Hi:
I was 28 when I began bleeding from the rectum... my Internist said it was stress, Advil, and maybe hemmorhoids. As my symptoms progressed, about 3 years later, my IM had left her practice, and I was scared when I starting passing mucoid clots, more bleeding, and a feeling like I was never finished in the bathroom. Also frequency had increased. I referred to a GI who scoped me. Found the tumor at 31. Stage 3C. I can't begin to tell you what I have been thru, and continue to go thru... you can read many of my posts.

I understand your scared, but PLEASE get it checked out. Also, what major surgery did you have? That may change the story a bit.

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Old 01-27-2005, 04:45 PM   #8
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Hi Cancerdad, I just read your post and I can really relate. I'm 28 years old and have been experiencing many of the symptoms you mentioned you had. I'm actually having a colonoscopy tomorrow so I'll find out if there's anything going on at all. But I had a quick question - you said you were passing mucoid clots as one of your symptoms. I've been experiencing the same thing, along with a little blood and the same feeling people have mentioned of not feeling as though I'm done in the bathroom. I've tried to find out what the cause of mucoid clots could be and the only thing I've been told is that your bowels will produce mucous if they're contracting a lot. My GI doc didn't seem to be concerned about it but I kind of am since it's not something that I've always had happen. Do you know of any other causes of mucoid clots? How much bleeding were you experiencing? Sorry if this is too personal! Thanks for your help,

Liz

 
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Hi CAncerdad,
I am so sorry to hear of your experiences. I do plan on getting it checked out soon, even if I am scared. My major surgery that I had about 6 months ago was open heart surgery to remove a tumor from INSIDE, not on my heart. I was not going to know whether it was cancerous or not until it was removed. If they wouldn't have found it I would have eventually died. It turned out that it was not cancerous. They called it an Atrial Myxoma, and they are not sure why people get them and that it is rare. I was having regular BM's before my surgery and had a little trouble (constipation) I was told that my body had been through a lot and thatcould happen, I went back to havong normal bowel movements, and now I am having that low pelvic pain, and constipation. How are things going for you?

 
Old 01-28-2005, 06:52 PM   #10
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Hi Cancerdad, I just read your post and I can really relate. I'm 28 years old and have been experiencing many of the symptoms you mentioned you had. I'm actually having a colonoscopy tomorrow so I'll find out if there's anything going on at all. But I had a quick question - you said you were passing mucoid clots as one of your symptoms. I've been experiencing the same thing, along with a little blood and the same feeling people have mentioned of not feeling as though I'm done in the bathroom. I've tried to find out what the cause of mucoid clots could be and the only thing I've been told is that your bowels will produce mucous if they're contracting a lot. My GI doc didn't seem to be concerned about it but I kind of am since it's not something that I've always had happen. Do you know of any other causes of mucoid clots? How much bleeding were you experiencing? Sorry if this is too personal! Thanks for your help,

Liz
Hey Liz:

Mucous does occur from increased contractions, but also will be present associated with rectal cancer because the tumor inhibits passage of stool, messing up the normal flow of the mucous. So, the mucous has a chance to stay around in the rectal region, where it mixes with blood. Extra mucous production can also occur because of extra vigorous cleansing, stress, among other things.

I experienced intermittent bleeding that got worse and finally prompted me to go to say that something had to be wrong and I went to a GI Specialist. I had blood around the stool, on the paper, dripping in the bowl, and in the clots in the mucous I was passing. Nothing's too personal after what I've been through. Please don't hesitate to ask!! You can also read many of my posts.

The important thing is how did the colonoscopy go today? I'm sorry I wasn't on line late last night like usual!!

Please let us know how it went. I wish you the best of luck.

Regards,
CancerDad

 
Old 01-28-2005, 06:58 PM   #11
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Hi CAncerdad,
I am so sorry to hear of your experiences. I do plan on getting it checked out soon, even if I am scared. My major surgery that I had about 6 months ago was open heart surgery to remove a tumor from INSIDE, not on my heart. I was not going to know whether it was cancerous or not until it was removed. If they wouldn't have found it I would have eventually died. It turned out that it was not cancerous. They called it an Atrial Myxoma, and they are not sure why people get them and that it is rare. I was having regular BM's before my surgery and had a little trouble (constipation) I was told that my body had been through a lot and thatcould happen, I went back to havong normal bowel movements, and now I am having that low pelvic pain, and constipation. How are things going for you?

Hi:

It is true that your whole system gets messed up... especially with something as serious as open heart surgery. I can understand your hesitation to go get it checked out. My guess is your body is still recovering. I would increase your water intake, exercise a little-- you are probably still in cardiac rehab?, and take a stool softner like colace (docusate).

Keep us posted.

Best of Luck.

 
Old 01-30-2005, 04:45 PM   #12
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Thanks for your reply. The colonoscopy went fine....we all know how the prep is the worst part of it all. It turns I have colitis that is clearing up (I've been antibiotics) and some internal hemorrhoids (sp?) that have likely been causing the additional blood I've seen. Nothing too bad at all!

Ironically, a few hours after I got home I was in horrible pain and went back to the ER. I found out I also have kidney stones so that experience turned out to be much worse than the colonoscopy I'd had earlier in the day. It sure turned out to be quite a day!

 
Old 01-31-2005, 09:25 AM   #13
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Hi, I actually did not have to have any rehab after my surgery. I must admit that I have a desk job which I sit down all day, and After I cook and do my chores at home, I sit. I do not exercise at all. I am going to get into doing some exercising. I still plan on getting it checked out.

 
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