Any experience with rectocele? No one EVER talks about this!
My situation: Self-diagnosed rectocele. Have appointment in 4 days to hopefully confirm or R/O. After 20 years on anti-depressants my constipation was so bad that I developed a rectocele. I hope to find out soon how large it is and how to treat it… Have been doing Kegels. Have had no other pelvic issues of any kind – ever (lucky, I know). Am post-menopausal, age 62. After ~4 months I successfully tapered off Venlafaxine down to zero (was NOT easy and that Mayo group was VERY helpful to me). One of the first things I noticed in tapering/ending AD's was being able to poop again! Hallelujah! But 20 years of constipation had taken its toll. Caution The Following is not for the faint of heart/squeamish (but this is a topic no one is talking about and I KNOW I can't be "the only one"…): I am getting too old for the physical contortionism necessary to extract poop from my rectum, not to mention sick of it. I go for annual gyno exam EVERY YEAR. Every visit I have complained about severe constipation. Lately I have even described how difficult it is to completely eliminate and having to use my fingers to get the poop out. Why has NO ONE ever said "rectocele"????? It took me several hours of sleuthing online to even find a word for it. And when I did it seemed like a fairly common physical ailment for women – and yet – there is very little out there about this condition. Most of the sites that mention rectocele do so 'in passing' while discussing pelvic prolapses. I in no way mean to belittle THAT horrible state of affairs… it's just not my personal issue and I want to know more about my personal issue. But everytime I try to find more info I end up reading stories about OTHER pelvic issues because if rectocele is mentioned at all it is in conjunction with these others. Please… has anyone else had this as their main or single issue who would be willing to share diagnosis, procedures, outcomes, what to expect/avoid? If so I would be truly grateful!
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i"m here! have the same thing. and do the same thing to evacuate my bowels… with the fingers…. I get to the point that if is doesn't come out when I"m on the toilet,, I get frustrated and just get up and leave.. figure it will eventually come out. My bad back is making it difficult to use the finger technique at times… so,,,, I just get off the toilet and wait till later. I visited Mayo and the Dr told me to increase my orange fiber drink to 2x a day and with more spoonfuls in each glass. ( and lots of water). This has helped when I remember to stay consistent with it. He did say that he would do the surgery IF this did not work. HE also said NOT to use the fiber pills as the amount of fiber actually in them is not enough. ( I did not know this). Look at the label and see for yourself. it has to be the kind you mix with water. ( more fiber). I am 56,, and never had kids. I also had a bladder sling put in about 8 years ago for incontinence issues. I was told this has nothing to do with my poop problem. ( FYI). Your not alone!
@mcmurf2 Welcome to connect as I have been reading all the post on rectocele The symptoms sound like I might have this also joy joy . Think I,ll talk with the Dr when my apt. I have been on the fiber pills but will switch to the liquid .
Yes,, I had NO IDEA there was such a difference between the pills and the liquid… I think you will see a noted change when you switch.
Thanks for all of your responses! I saw a NP at my GP's office. I didn't want a urogyno eval (as my condition is rectal) so the NP referred me to a colorectal specialist (surgeon) for evaluation. My appointment is still a week away. Will lyk…
I'm sorry to hear about your difficulty eliminating. I truly understand your pain and suffering. I've had back pain caused by the unnatural bending/twisting (to reach into my own rectum). I hope the right type of fiber, stool-softener helps!
I've read that they sometimes recur even after successful surgery. I hope this is not the case for you! Thank you for sharing your experience!! It's helpful to know what to expect (or what post op might be like)!
Just a bit more background on my particular set of circumstances:
Since my constipation was due to medication, nothing helped until I stopped the medication. I had years to experiment with laxatives and the like. My inclination as an otherwise healthy person was to eat well and exercise regularly. What I found is 'at best' I would experience 8-20 days of marble-sized 'pellet' poop (some of which invariably stayed stuck in my rectocele until I manually removed it) interspersed with an occasional 'miracle day' of a pretty ordinary (but occasionally runny) poop. I thought I might have mild Chron's disease but my symptoms didn't fully match. But my point is – whether I hiked, biked, ran, played tennis, whether I ate salads and high-fiber vegetarian all week, whether I fasted or ate steak – NOTHING altered the pattern – Until I stopped the anti-depressant. My constipation eased immediately when I began tapering off that medication. Now that I'm 100% medication free I have wonderfully 'average' bm's again! Instead of every week or 2, I poop every day! And no more 'pellets', but normal consistency.
Medication can be literally life-saving. But constipation is no small matter as a side-effect. I wish biochemists or whoever creates these drugs would take this side-effect more seriously – especially when it can create conditions requiring surgery! Throwing more drugs eg stool-softeners on top of the problem is not imo a solution.
Thank you for sharing your experience and for all the great information re doctors and surgical procedure! It is reassuring to know I'm not alone. And good to know others ARE talking about rectocele – I need to change the title of this thread 🙂
What exactly is it?
Good question, @rarelybees2889. I did some research on Mayo Clinic's website and came up with this article. It explains rectocele quite well. Just click on the link and you will find some interesting information, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rectocele/symptoms-causes/syc-20353414
Do you have symptoms that might indicate that you have this problem?