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Strange moisture and leakage

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  • Posted By: kokonutz
  • April 8, 2007
  • 04:31 AM

Every now and then after I have a particularily erm, difficult bowel movement, and wipe clean and all that, I notice throughout the day my posterior gets moist with sweat, but around the rectum there is light excrement when I wipe it. It's almost as if I never wiped it at all.

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  • Sounds like anal fissure. Do you have chronic constipation? Any rectal bleeding?DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • No chronic constipation.
    kokonutz 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Possibly it is rectal prolapse, since it seems to be associated with straining.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • kokonutz, I'm 50 years old, and when I was 30, I began having a similar rectal leakage. I asked a couple of doctors about it, and they shrugged and said as long as I wasn't having more serious symptoms, I probably had to just live with it. Which I have -- it's a nuisance, but I've adjusted to the fact that after every bowel movement, I have to go back 20-30 minutes later and wipe again. It's only a small amount of liquid that leaks out, but it's enough to be itchy and uncomfortable, so I always have to wipe the second time. I've always figured that the leakage started because my anal sphincter had become weakened and wasn't holding things in as well as it should.Your situation differs from mine in that my need for the second wipe occurs with every bowel movement, not just the difficult ones. I also don't get the sweating on my rear. I don't know what's causing the sweating, unless it's a form of hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating, which usually affects just limited areas of the body).Re. rectal prolapse, I do have a minor prolapse that occurred sometime in the past year, but I didn't have it at age 30 when my leakage started. But now I'm thinking that the leakage that started at 30 might have been a warning that muscles were weakening and that I might have prolapse sometime later.In another post (http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=13718) I asked whether anyone knows of non-surgical treatments for rectal prolapse, and talked about my experiment with Kegel exercises to strengthen my anal sphincter, and hopefully stop or even reverse the prolapse. When I wrote that, it hadn't occurred to me that the Kegel exercises might also help my rectal leakage. Anyway, I'll continue reporting in that thread on what results I get from the Kegels.
    AmateurHistorian 74 Replies Flag this Response
  • In another post (http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=13718) I asked whether anyone knows of non-surgical treatments for rectal prolapse, and talked about my experiment with Kegel exercises to strengthen my anal sphincter, and hopefully stop or even reverse the prolapse. When I wrote that, it hadn't occurred to me that the Kegel exercises might also help my rectal leakage. Anyway, I'll continue reporting in that thread on what results I get from the Kegels. You may or may not wish to believe this, but acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is very helpful for most organ prolapse (anal, rectal, vaginal, uterine). There is a centuries old herbal formula called Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang that is an empirical formula specifically for this problem. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Not wish to believe it? I'm thrilled!! I had quite a lot of treatments from oriental medicine during the years I was fighting chronic fatigue (which ultimately turned out to be caused by sleep apnea), including herbs, acupuncture, and cupping, and they did help me a lot. But it never occurred to me that oriental medicine would have a treatment for this.I'm fortunate to live in a city where there are not only many practitioners of oriental medicine, but a school of oriental medicine. I haven't seen an herbalist or acupuncturist in many years, but I'll have no trouble getting a referral.Bless you, my daughter/son/whatever. :)
    AmateurHistorian 74 Replies Flag this Response
  • Possibly it is rectal prolapse, since it seems to be associated with straining.kokonutz, if you had rectal prolapse, you'd be able to feel it. Mine feels like a pair of puckered lips emerging from my rectum.
    AmateurHistorian 74 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm fortunate to live in a city where there are not only many practitioners of oriental medicine, but a school of oriental medicine. I haven't seen an herbalist or acupuncturist in many years, but I'll have no trouble getting a referral. Aren't you lucky:) ! Glad to hear your positive comments on Oriental Medicine. I can't help trying to spread the word, as I have seen it help so many people in my practice. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
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