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Old 04-05-2008, 09:57 PM   #1
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Unhappy Am I the only one with pain AFTER a bowel movement?

Just FYI...diagnosed with IBS, PCOS and possibly endometriosis (haven't had a lap yet).

Just before a bowel movement, I start to feel very heavy in my lower abdomen/pelvic region. Then I have one and my whole lower abdomen burns and aches for a while after. It hurts all the way across my lower abdomen and also in my upper right quadrant (no gallbladder). Also, my groin aches, my upper legs feel weak, and I still feel heavy in my lower abdomen until things seem to calm down...usually after one or two hours. I dread bowel movements because they make me feel terrible.

I just seem to feel better when I have food in my system.

I can't seem to find anyone else who has pain after a bowel movement. Can anyone relate to this?

 
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:19 AM   #2
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Re: Am I the only one with pain AFTER a bowel movement?

I DO! It's not every time, but depending on the amount of gas and turbulence in my colon, sometimes moving "stuff" out creates even more room for gas pockets and spasm. I really think they need to add this symptom to the criteria for dx because it's pretty common. I guess that is what they mean by "incomplete evacuations". The only time I feel somewhat pain free is after a severe bout with natural (not laxative induced) D. I LOVE those days!

 
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:35 AM   #3
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Re: Am I the only one with pain AFTER a bowel movement?

I do. I know I've read that a characteristic of IBS is relief after having a bowel, but usually for like 15 minutes after having a bowel, my stomach hurts.

 
Old 04-09-2008, 10:16 AM   #4
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Re: Am I the only one with pain AFTER a bowel movement?

I would check to see if you have an anal fissure. It caused me that pressure before the BM and then the pain in my groin/buttocks/thighs. It has been 5 months since I got mine and has trouble healing. I would go back to your GI and aske him/her to check for it.

 
Old 04-09-2008, 11:05 PM   #5
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Re: Am I the only one with pain AFTER a bowel movement?

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I do. I know I've read that a characteristic of IBS is relief after having a bowel, but usually for like 15 minutes after having a bowel, my stomach hurts.
Fissures are usually accompanied by excessive bleeding. I also have a fissure but no pain at all unless I've had a run with D for days on end. The kind of pain the OP was referring to sounds like abdominal pain, not rectal pain. That was my impression!

 
Old 04-10-2008, 07:42 AM   #6
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Yes, I have pain after a bowel movement, not in the rectum where a fissue
would be but overall in the intestinal area. Sometimes gas & spasms up under
my ribs and around the back, sometimes pain and spasms in left or right
lower quadrants. Actually feel better on days I don't make a bowel movement!! My thought is when the colon is packed there's no way for it
to go into spasm. I try to take my metamucil right after a BM to fill up the
space!! Sometimes helps, sometimes doesn't. Gastro told me colon is like
a hose, if it's not packed, there's room for the hose to kink (spasm) that's
why the metamucil 3 x a day and for the constipation or diarrhea which ever
the case. In my case, it's stress that makes my colon spasm, just like a
direct line from my brain to my colon!!
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:08 PM   #7
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Re: Am I the only one with pain AFTER a bowel movement?

I guess I'm a bit late replying...but I just wanted to say thank you for the responses.

To the pp regarding the fissure, it's definitely not in the anal area. All of my pain is in my lower abdomen, although I do feel kind of achy all over after a bowel movement as well (what on earth could cause such an odd symptom??)

I hate this pain so much!

It's good to talk to others who understand...

 
Old 08-04-2008, 11:03 AM   #8
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I know the feeling well....I've had IBS for at least 15 years...

 
Old 10-28-2009, 02:53 PM   #9
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I have this. I have BAD pain after a large BM, deal with constipation, so they are large. It will hit me all of a sudden and then the pain sets in an hour or so later. I had it today and in pain right now. What can be done to relieve it?????

 
Old 10-29-2009, 12:08 PM   #10
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Hi Suffering, I,v had this for many years. I got a colonoscopy-nothing wrong. The doc,s didnt say well lets looh into something else, so I thought I just had to live with it.Then I got lupus among other things that IBS just seems to go along with them.I told my lupus doc about it and he ssaid they can do something for that. So back to the doc,s I go,to make a long story short he found I had some kind of bacterial infection or dsomething to that nature.Sorry I forgot.Put me on two different meds for two weeks to clear it up.Then he gave me HYOMAX amuscle relaxent for cramping.Food can set it off so keep a diary, it could be greasy food,dairy products,ect.Even stress, my food problem was to much salad when I was tring to diet.But he said he would prabably only ge able to help me 50%, which turned out to be true. Buy anything was better than nothing. I was in so much pain I thought I was in labor.It sometimes took hours to be over and all I wanted to do it go to bed afterwards And my stomack still was very tender for hours afterwards also. The other thing he wanted me to take was ALIGN a over the counter med.So I would suggest is going to see a GI specialist. Hope this has helped .Take Care Home Sweet Home

 
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i HAVE READ THESE REPLIES BUT NOONE SEEMED TO HELP YOU. dID YOU GET HELP YET. i HAVE THE SAME AFTER BOWEL MOVEMENT, NOT ALWAYS BUT LOTS ITS LIKE CRAMPING AND REALLY HURTS MY WHOLE STOMACH AND SOMETIMES MY BACK TOO.IF YOU GOT AN ANSWER COULD YOU LET ME KNOW AS I WOULD SURE LIKE TO GET RID OF IT. DOCTORS DONT SEEM TO KNOW ANYTHING, MINE ANYWAY

 
Old 02-21-2010, 07:37 PM   #12
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I also often have colon pain after bowel movements. I've noticed that the sooner the pain arrives after a BM, the longer it lasts. What has been helpful for me is metamucil taken daily with lots of water. I must drink at least 3 quarts of water every day. A good brisk walk also brings some relief.

 
Old 02-22-2010, 11:34 AM   #13
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OMG! I finally found some others that can relate to my problem!
I also have excrutiating pain after a bowel movement. It seems to come from just behind my belly button. It is tender there and it radiates out and I can feel it in my back directly across from the belly button. It lasts for hours afterward. I don't have constipation and I am eating healthily as I have been for years. I started getting this 20 yrs. ago and I have been in and out of doctors's offices being told, eat more fiber, its all in my head and that I have IBS which all have not helped! Some doctors have not even touched me! I have been tested for allergies, H. pyloria, barium test and nothing. I don't have diarrhea, constipation (a bit sometimes but if I do it is not always connected with the pain as the pain is intermittent-I had an easy BM today and it hurts like H.) No blood or mucus in the stools, stools are healthy. I don't have pain on days that I don't have a BM. So I feel like there is a possible link to the colon cramping, or being pinched and it is causing my nerves to react BIG TIME!!! I have fasted, done colon cleanses, detoxified my liver, I am currently doing green smoothies and I am the healthiest in a long time but still pain...even worse! I am now trying Rejuvalac-sprouted wheat water and also cultured cabbage juice in case I have a compromised intestine like PH imbalance, ulcers or even cancer and this is giving some relief but it has only been a week of the juice so I don't have enough to report. I do get gas and bloating in the morning and at night too. I wake up early with colic. I am flatulent at night and gas is trapped by morning. So evacuating could cause the gas to move and expand and press on nerves that go SPASTIC and the PAIN-unbearable! I curl up in a ball and can't do anything in the mornings. I have reaaranged my whole life to accommadate this problem. I work aft. or evening as mornings are unpredictable. My social life has declined as I just can't predict my spasms. Every second day I am in pain. I can be pain free after a BM too. So, everyone is there similar symptoms? Let's figure this out together, for our health sake and for our freedom.

 
Old 12-05-2010, 09:39 PM   #14
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I am in a similiar situation and have had EVERY test in the book done by my GI doc. I have pain only AFTER a bowel movement and the pain is located just above my belly button. It feels like I have a pound of bricks on my stomach. It is immediatly after and lasts for HOURS. Nothing helps relieve the pain. I have tried several antispasmatics, muscle relaxers, etc.

 
Old 02-05-2011, 09:03 PM   #15
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I have seen several people suggest a possible anal fissure. I suffered with that for 3 years before a surgeon finally diagnosed it. I had the surgery for it (very painful). Within a year of having that done the pain came back. The pain I experienced with it was a feeling of sitting on razor blades or voiding razor blades when ever I had a BM. It did get to the point where I couldn't sit, stand or lay with out it hurting. I still have the burning, razor feeling, but that is mostly during BM, the pain I experience now seem to be lower in the abdomen than the cramping I experience with the IBS, and a feeling of sitting on a balloon that is going to pop, and a feeling that the area most would identify as a tailbone area feels like it is having a spasm or is throbbing. I am a member of another board and it was suggested to me to ask my GP about something called a Levator ani Syndrome. Look that up and see if it sounds similar to the pain you have. I know when I hurt it hurts to walk, I usually walk with a limp in my left leg when this acts up and every thing I do seems to pull in that area, from trying to bend, sit, get up, walk, it all feels like it is pulling in the area of my tailbone. I know it is not just hemorrhoids.

 
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