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[CENTER]My reoccurring problems Ė The Cycle that I cannot seem to break.[/CENTER]

Ok ladies and gentleman. Iím an otherwise healthy 45 year old male. Iíve had no GI problems ever in my life until 10 months ago. This problem literally developed overnight. In a nutshell, it constantly feels is I have stool in my rectum and Iím finding it very difficult to poop because of an anal sphincter muscle that seems to no longer work as it should.

My first attempt was to see a GI doctor. He only performed a colonoscopy and found nothing. He then referred me to a motility specialist.

The motility specialist sent me to have an Anorectal Manometry and a MRI down in that area. Ultimately, she was only able to determine that I had no blockage and that my sphincter was not relaxing and opening up properly. I was diagnosed with Animus and then prescribed Biofeedback for Pelvic Floor Dysfuntion (PFD). After 5 weeks (a session per week), the therapy did impress upon me how tense my sphincter muscle was. However, there was very little breakthrough in helping me cope with it or to resolve it. I was then sent to a Colorectal Surgeon for further recommendations.

So after one visit with the Surgeon, he openly admitted he didnít know what he could do for me, to relax that muscle. He did prescribe a very mild muscle relaxant and recommended I take 15ml of Kondremul, twice a day. The relaxant did nothing, but the Kondremul actually seem to help some, but for only a few days. In the meantime, the Surgeon asked that I follow up with him in a couple weeks while he was given more opportunity to review my records and to discuss with his colleagues my issues.

At this point, Iím really getting depressed about my circumstances and feeling that there may not be a cure. And the sad part of this all is that I was perfectly fine until one day in September 2012 when this all started from my having to strain while on the toilet to poop. From that day forward, my life has been severely dormant, trying to get back to a normal bowel movement; to a normal life.

But instead of sounding pitiful, Iím here to ask for help. To begin, here is where Iím at. This is the Cycle I cannot seem to break.

1. My Hemorrhoid. It gets aggravated and I believe is the cause of the pressure that I feel in my rectum and in the small of my back, thus causing me to feel as if there is stool in my rectum. I try to ignore it if I recently had a decent bowel movement. It usually starts after I have a bowel movement. ( the Surgeon said he could ďbandĒ the hemorrhoid on my next visit, which will hopefully cause this issue to surpass)

2. Lack of Defecation Reflex. I no longer get that sudden urge to poop. It starts off as a slow sensation that there is something in my rectum. If I go too soon, I end up straining, trying to relieve myself. That simply makes matters worse and takes me back to issue #1. So I find myself having to wait anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple hours, until I feel that the sensations is strong enough that I may go. (this one issue right here has really kept me from going out and enjoying life again)

3. Once Iíve waited long enough that I feel as if I can defecate, the problem then is that the stool gets to the opening, but no further. It seems that I am very dry back there. Again, requiring me to push to eject my stool. (This works against me as will be noted in issue #4, and also sends me back to issue #1).

4. My anal sphincter continues to work against me. I am unable to get that muscle to relax and really open up. If I try at all to push out my stool, my sphincter simply tightens up on me, causing it even harder to pass the stool.

A few things to keep in mind:

ē I have been ever mindful of trying to avoid pushing when on the toilet, so the hemorrhoid issue has gotten better. But even still, Iím still plagued with issues 2, 3, & 4 constantly. And it is there that I need suggestions or recommendations from you all. Especially and ultimately for #4.
ē Iíve done the propping my foot on a stool. I even purchased the Squatty Potty and have been using it at home. However, itís not a practical and permanent solution as I canít take a stool with me when Iím out in public.
ē Yes, I been ingesting gobs of fiber supplements and drinking what seems like gallons of water every week.
ē I have been doing Kegel exercises.
ē Recently, I read where one person suggested in another post to take a couple teaspoons of Olive Oil, 3 times a day, at each meal. Iíve tried it and just like with the Kondremul, it helps with softening my stool. But again, itís not a practical or perm solution as I cannot tote a bottle of Virgin Olive Oil with me everywhere I go.

Please, if there is anyone who has gone through what I have, by all means let me know what you did to get back to normal.

Any and all, reasonable and practical recommendations are truly welcomed. Ask me any clarifying questions you need to, if it means our being able to work out a solution.

I have a great woman in my life and I want to get back to she and I doing things together again. This condition has really debilitated me.

Thank you all for reading.
[QUOTE=vsquare;5192406][CENTER]My reoccurring problems Ė The Cycle that I cannot seem to break.[/CENTER]

Ok ladies and gentleman. Iím an otherwise healthy 45 year old male. Iíve had no GI problems ever in my life until 10 months ago. This problem literally developed overnight. In a nutshell, it constantly feels is I have stool in my rectum and Iím finding it very difficult to poop because of an anal sphincter muscle that seems to no longer work as it should.

My first attempt was to see a GI doctor. He only performed a colonoscopy and found nothing. He then referred me to a motility specialist.

The motility specialist sent me to have an Anorectal Manometry and a MRI down in that area. Ultimately, she was only able to determine that I had no blockage and that my sphincter was not relaxing and opening up properly. I was diagnosed with Animus and then prescribed Biofeedback for Pelvic Floor Dysfuntion (PFD). After 5 weeks (a session per week), the therapy did impress upon me how tense my sphincter muscle was. However, there was very little breakthrough in helping me cope with it or to resolve it. I was then sent to a Colorectal Surgeon for further recommendations.

So after one visit with the Surgeon, he openly admitted he didnít know what he could do for me, to relax that muscle. He did prescribe a very mild muscle relaxant and recommended I take 15ml of Kondremul, twice a day. The relaxant did nothing, but the Kondremul actually seem to help some, but for only a few days. In the meantime, the Surgeon asked that I follow up with him in a couple weeks while he was given more opportunity to review my records and to discuss with his colleagues my issues.

At this point, Iím really getting depressed about my circumstances and feeling that there may not be a cure. And the sad part of this all is that I was perfectly fine until one day in September 2012 when this all started from my having to strain while on the toilet to poop. From that day forward, my life has been severely dormant, trying to get back to a normal bowel movement; to a normal life.

But instead of sounding pitiful, Iím here to ask for help. To begin, here is where Iím at. This is the Cycle I cannot seem to break.

1. My Hemorrhoid. It gets aggravated and I believe is the cause of the pressure that I feel in my rectum and in the small of my back, thus causing me to feel as if there is stool in my rectum. I try to ignore it if I recently had a decent bowel movement. It usually starts after I have a bowel movement. ( the Surgeon said he could ďbandĒ the hemorrhoid on my next visit, which will hopefully cause this issue to surpass)

2. Lack of Defecation Reflex. I no longer get that sudden urge to poop. It starts off as a slow sensation that there is something in my rectum. If I go too soon, I end up straining, trying to relieve myself. That simply makes matters worse and takes me back to issue #1. So I find myself having to wait anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple hours, until I feel that the sensations is strong enough that I may go. (this one issue right here has really kept me from going out and enjoying life again)

3. Once Iíve waited long enough that I feel as if I can defecate, the problem then is that the stool gets to the opening, but no further. It seems that I am very dry back there. Again, requiring me to push to eject my stool. (This works against me as will be noted in issue #4, and also sends me back to issue #1).

4. My anal sphincter continues to work against me. I am unable to get that muscle to relax and really open up. If I try at all to push out my stool, my sphincter simply tightens up on me, causing it even harder to pass the stool.

A few things to keep in mind:

ē I have been ever mindful of trying to avoid pushing when on the toilet, so the hemorrhoid issue has gotten better. But even still, Iím still plagued with issues 2, 3, & 4 constantly. And it is there that I need suggestions or recommendations from you all. Especially and ultimately for #4.
ē Iíve done the propping my foot on a stool. I even purchased the Squatty Potty and have been using it at home. However, itís not a practical and permanent solution as I canít take a stool with me when Iím out in public.
ē Yes, I been ingesting gobs of fiber supplements and drinking what seems like gallons of water every week.
ē I have been doing Kegel exercises.
ē Recently, I read where one person suggested in another post to take a couple teaspoons of Olive Oil, 3 times a day, at each meal. Iíve tried it and just like with the Kondremul, it helps with softening my stool. But again, itís not a practical or perm solution as I cannot tote a bottle of Virgin Olive Oil with me everywhere I go.

Please, if there is anyone who has gone through what I have, by all means let me know what you did to get back to normal.

Any and all, reasonable and practical recommendations are truly welcomed. Ask me any clarifying questions you need to, if it means our being able to work out a solution.

I have a great woman in my life and I want to get back to she and I doing things together again. This condition has really debilitated me.

Thank you all for reading.[/QUOTE]
I have the same problem and went through the same process and things got worse now I don't have an urge to urinate and my bowels seem to be backing up one thing though dont do the kegals if you have an in relaxing sphincter it will make things worse. Good luck do you have pain when sitting in your lower abdomin?





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