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Wrong Diagnosis - Fecal Impaction

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 17, 2010
  • 08:29 AM

I'm 29 yo. Lately have been having chronic anal fissures which i've been seeing my doctor about. I finally revealed to him today an experience I had when I was 20 or 21 that I have been paranoid had caused me long-term bowel damage.

About 8 or 9 years ago I was away from home with my boyfriend at the time, had been having constipation for 3 or 4 days. It got worse and worse until i was in so much agony i could barely talk or walk. (Ive NEVER been in so much pain before or after, and i've been through drug-free childbirth since). My boyfriend took me to his family GP that he'd grown up with and trusted. The GP barely looked at me, it was a long time ago but i remember feeling very dismissed and patronised. He told me it was 'mild constipation' and gave me a script for a laxitive which i took straight away. In the car a minute later I was vomiting uncontrollably. Ran into the nearest public toilets, sat there screaming in agony for what felt like hours until I , being so desperate and feeling like i was actually going to die, used my fingers to dislodge fecal matter which was as hard as a rock. This was so traumatising to me and so embarassing that I have not told ANYBODY until today.

Now, telling my doctor, I find out it's called 'Fecal Impaction' and without intervention at the time, actually WOULD have caused death. I guess a normal person would have called an ambulance, but i have a feeling it was even past that stage for me. I was stuck on a public toilet with no one around and no phone or way to get to one and was almost passing out from the pain. I am now getting more and more angry about being misdiagnosed since this was much more serious than i ever knew (although i had suspicions). Especially when i read that a doctor should easily be able to feel the impaction through my abdomen. Just need to vent as I dont think there's anything I can do so many years later. would like to hear from people who have had a similar experience and felt as alone, humiliated and lost as I did.

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  • Anyone having constipation, should use Slippery Elm. It is a herbal medicine. It is also the bark of a tree.Also, have a good diet of natural foods, and drink adequate water.If you had known this, before that situation occurred, you could have prevented it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 19, 2010
    • 02:45 AM
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  • I don't have Fecal Impaction, but even a tiny bit of Banana in me cause me to be severely constipated. (Take a 1/8" diameter piece of Banana, and I react this way.) I used to be chronically constipated as a kid and as an adult until I finally realized I was allergic to Banana's of all things! ROFL My skin test didn't show a reaction to histamine. I'm glad that you finally have a good diagnosis and can finally heal. I'm assuming that they have treatment options for this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 20, 2010
    • 04:00 AM
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  • You are not alone. I have been hospitalized 4 times with impactions. A transit study cleared my colon and isolated my problem to the muscles in my rectum from previous surgery. I was misdiagnosed for years and prescribed several different laxatives that acted on the colon with no results. It wasn't until I had the transit study (aka Sitz Marker test) that I was properly diagnosed. In my opinion, a transit study should be done for chronic constipation so the cause can be determined/isolated.
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