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Retal/Abdominal Pain

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  • Posted By: Lucy11
  • January 28, 2009
  • 07:53 AM

Well first of all, I am 70 years old. I have diabetes, hypertension, and I've been a dialysis patient for two and a half years. I take several blood pressure medications, along with aspirin and Phoslo.
For the last year or so, I've been feeling this unusual rectal pain. It was bearable in the beginning, but as time goes by, the pain becomes more frustrating. It's no so much fun living your life with pain. Any movement, especially sitting or shuffling in bed, worsens the pain I feel in my rectum. The rectal pain I feel radiates from my abdomen to my vagina, my lower back, and my buttocks. Also, when I eat, I feel the rectal pain get worse as if something were to come out of it, and I feel a sensation to use the restroom. I had an endoscopy done last year and they found an "adenomatous polyp" and some internal hemorrhoids. They polyp was removed and the hemorrhoids were treated (diet, lifestyle changes, suppositories etc.). However, I'm still in a lot of pain. I've been to my doctor several times and all she tells me is that I should take Miralax for constipation. I've also been to the ER twice for pain. They said that I don't have too much stool in my stomach, and that I'm fine. They also suggested Miralax. The only thing is that I'm constantly battling constipation and diarrhea because of the nasty effects of dialysis and the use of laxatives. I'm just starting to feel desperate for an answer to my chronic pain. I'm complete perplexed by my situation and I feel that nobody understands the pain the I'm going through every single day. Is there anything, anything at all anybody can suggest, or anything else I can do???? Please help me!

-Lucy

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  • Lucy:Do you have a uterus?If so,you need to be sure that it's not prolapsed.If not, you might have levator ani syndrome,which,although painful,is not dangerous.Are you on any pain meds?
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
    • 02:43 PM
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  • Yes, I still have my uterus. How would I be able to test to make sure it is not prolapsed?? I've had all kinds of exams and they haven't been able to detect anything like that. Would this be done with a pap test?I was admitted to the ER a couple of days ago. I was there for seven hours, and all they could tell me is that I'm fine and that if anything I should take advil for pain. I told the ER doctor that the pain was beginning to impair several daily activities and he finally told me to take "propoxyphen-apap". Unfortunately, I can't take very strong pain medications because they often worsen my constipation. I only take them when the pain is becoming unbearable.
    Lucy11 4 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
    • 07:37 PM
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  • I just wanted to quickly add that the biggest problem I have is the rectal pain. The rectal pain I have often becomes so irritating that it causes my abdomen to hurt (right side is worst) and it also radiates to my female organs. The rectal pain triggers everything else that I feel. Sitting is very stressful, moving around, getting up quickly, bowel movements, any movement causes pain. I also feeling sort of like a burning sensation inside my rectum that makes me feel as if I needed to use the restroom.
    Lucy11 4 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
    • 07:51 PM
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  • It sounds like you have proctitis.The uterus would prolapse when you strained or stood up if that were the case.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
    • 11:29 PM
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  • *Try this link: :)http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=67212
    maggiemay 68 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
    • 11:44 PM
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