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To ask for help with a truly embarrassing and minging problem. Very TMI!

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TruePoll Fri 30-Nov-12 10:54:54

First things first, I'll report my post to MN so they can hopefully pop on and verify I'm a long term poster, and most definitely NOT the poo troll! grin

I have a prolapse from the birth of my DC (a rectocele), I have already seen my GP and been referred to a consultant, who will hopefully get me straight in for surgery (fingers crossed).

The trouble is, I am very constipated and I don't know why - I eat a very healthy diet, almost completely vegetarian, drink pints and pints of water, the only thing I can attribute it to is medication for an unrelated condition (constipation is listed as a possible side effect, along with almost every health problem you could think of!)

So we get to the gruesome bit... When I poo, the poo goes into the herniated bit, and the huge lump goes into my vagina. When not constipated, I just need to push this lump and out it comes. When I am constipated... Well, it doesn't go anywhere... It's stuck. Luckily this time (I just pooed. Waaaay oversharing!) a lot of wiggling, pushing and crying and out it came. Followed by blood. But it took a lot of work and I'm worried that maybe next time it won't! sad

Can anyone help?
I have mentioned it to my doctor btw, but she basically just said eat more veg, drink more water, see the consultant.

GrimAndHumourlessAndEven Fri 30-Nov-12 15:31:48

Jenai I am so sorry

Op lots of folk here with similar probs

Do see your gp, like they say, they've seen it all before

Have a hug from me

whizmum Fri 30-Nov-12 17:14:46

I too have this problems blush

I have had it for too long (my son is adult)

I have finally gone to the doctor and been referred on - I would love to poo normally and don't understand why it has taken me so long!

I have recently been given cerazette which has caused a constipation problem, and am now trying something else. Usually, I eat porridge for breakfast and maybe a banana and raisins. I am now supplementing that with dried apricots. I am now trying to eat them just in the morning, to get a regular thing going hmm. I am currently suffering too many dried apricots and that has caused the other problem (which you don't want to know about confused)

Onebadbackandalostpelvicfloor Fri 30-Nov-12 17:27:20

I too have this problem. I find eating weetabix helps (it goes through me like anything!) and also push on my perineum rather than the bulge in my fanjo works best to help it along. I bleed a lot after each poo and been told its both a fissure and a pile bleeding at the same time.

I need surgery but they won't refer me until I've finished my family.

bonzo77 Fri 30-Nov-12 17:37:25

Movicol is available OTC. Thats the brand name, you can get generic magrogol sachets. Drink lots with it. Start with one a day and increase till you are comfortable. You might then be able to cut back a little.

ArthurPewty Fri 30-Nov-12 17:47:17

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ArthurPewty Fri 30-Nov-12 17:47:40

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HELPMyPooIsStuck Fri 30-Nov-12 17:51:40

Just came on to pat you on the back op, ive been there sad

You can buy lactulose, movicol and laxido over the counter at a pharmacy; I've done so when in dire need (and not able to get a quick appt)

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 30-Nov-12 19:03:40

Hello there
We're going to move this thread to our general health topic

TruePoll Fri 30-Nov-12 19:19:56

Thanks everyone, will follow all thw advice here, and leep a food diary for a few days. Time to change back to my normal namr, I'll try to remember to come back and update grin

l4k Fri 30-Nov-12 20:01:12

I had this problem up untill I was fixed with an operation a year ago. Other than what you're already doing I can recommend linseeds, either daily or every other day. Put about a table spoon in a glass of water and wait for them to soften a bit. (a few hours) then down the lot. I lived on them, took them on holidays, nights away, everywhere .
I now resort to the less powerful version, flaxseeds, if I feel the need but that's only occasionally .
It's nice to be able to do a poo at the first attempt and without crying. I waited too long for my op. my rectocele was 10 years old !!!!!!
Good luck.

Footle Fri 30-Nov-12 20:15:47

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omletta Fri 30-Nov-12 20:21:26

People often mention suppositories - have you tried those.

The problem is that once the poo dries out it is very difficult to soften it again.

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