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, 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 break up and 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, 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) and should have been obvious to a doctor. 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.