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Rectal pain after miscarriage (ERPC)

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Hi ladies, on Monday I went in for surgical management of our missed miscarriage. As rubbish as the reason I was in hospital for, the nurses and doctors looked after me really well. The procedure was straight forward and I was home the same afternoon.

Last night (and majority of today), I have had really painful rectal discomfort. It’s mostly when I’m passing wind or trying to have a bowel movement (sorry if tmi). I’m experiencing sharp pain in my abdomen when gas is passing through my digestive system and I almost weeped going to bed last night from the discomfort.

I should add that I have adenomyosis + stage 4 endo (most of endo has been excised); so unsure if that can answer for some abdominal pain 🤷🏾‍♀️

My GP didn’t sound too concerned as bleeding is v minimal and from Qs she asked me she doesn’t believe I have an infection. She’s told me to take some fybogel and see how I get on (she’s thinks possibly it’s constipation which could be a result of the general anaesthetic).

Anyway - has anyone else experienced this?! It’s mostly discomfort but I’ve literally felt like I’ve had zero energy today and spent most of the day curled up on the sofa with a hot water bottle.

Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for anyone who managed to read all the way to the end xx

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Hi, PM, happy to share my experience x

Yes I had very similar after all my surgeries, I used lactulose and it turned out it was a mix of constipation after the general and swollen angry insides. It’s settled after about a week... but keep an eye on it and if it doesn’t settle by Monday I would definitely get checked out

So sorry for your loss xx

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KDA0510 in reply to Daisy1245

Hi Daisy, the pain subsided almost after I posted this original post. I think the Fybogel helped and I agree with you, possibly bit of constipation and the surgery too. Thank you for responding xx

Hi sorry to hear about your loss, I had a natural miscarriage on Tuesday.

I’ve been having similar pain and also when I empty my bladder, especially towards the end. Obviously mine can’t be linked to surgery or anaesthetic with it being natural but the midwife said it was more than likely due to the womb still being tender as it’s a big muscle so toilet trips etc could cause some discomfort as everything is trying to go back to normal. Hopefully it won’t last too long for us x

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KDA0510 in reply to Ropa19

Hi Ropa - I'm so sorry to hear about your loss 💔 Sending lots of love your way. Are you coping okay? Always here if you need someone to talk to.

Re the pain, thankfully it didn't last too long. The day after I sent the original post, the pain subsided and I think the Fybogel definitely helped me. x

Hi KDA0510,

Sorry to hear of your pain and your loss and to all the ladies here 🌺

I had a mmc in March and had the same thing, awful shooting pain through the rectum, so much so I couldn’t sit and if I did sit the pain took my breath away when I stood up. Few times I cried in bed because I was ‘stuck’ with pain. The pain has gone now and couldn’t get any answers from my go who also said it could be wind / constipation. I did read that it could be the uterus pushing against the colon? Not sure if that helps?

Hope you all feel better soon 🌺 xx

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KDA0510 in reply to BettyBe

Hi Betty - I'm so sorry for your loss 💔 it's so tough, especially during lockdown. How are you coping? Sending you hugs.

Re the pain, that's exactly how it felt - a shooting pain. It was awful. Thankfully, it didn't last too long - I am now feeling so much better. I think part of the problem was constipation too; Fybogel helped! x

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Hi KDA. So sorry to hear that you suffered a missed miscarriage, and I hope you've got plenty of support just now. I wondered whether any of your endometriosis has affected your bowels at all? If so, those areas will bleed when you have a period, and often do after suffering a miscarriage. Hope the Fybogel helps you, and make sure you don't get constipated. Thinking of you. Diane

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KDA0510 in reply to DianeArnold

Thanks has settled now (thankfully). Think the Fybogel definitely helped but it's possible it was also the endometriosis.

Hello, thank you for sharing your experience. I had my SMM on Wednesday and last night I was in the exact same pain as you... it lasted all night and I've found myself hunched over in agony a few times already this morning. It's horrible. I've sent hubby out for fybogel so fingers crossed it'll help..!

I hope you're keeping well, take care and have a happy, healthy new year ♥️

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KDA0510 in reply to Maips

Hi Maips, I’m so heartbroken to hear about your loss 💔 Sending much love to you. Having a miscarriage during lockdown was really tough for me, as I just wanted cuddles from my parents. It’s so so tough. How are you coping? Always here to chat 💛

The rectal pain seems to be common following a miscarriage, it seems from lots of Google searches and forums. I hope the fybogel helps alleviate some pain as it did for me. Sending you so much luck for your ttc journey into the new year x

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Maips in reply to KDA0510

Hi! Sorry for not responding sooner, new to this website so its easily forgotten 🙈That pain lasted all day and eased off on day 3 after the procedure. Hard to say if fybrogel helped, I'd like to think it did - eating food did not help..!

It's now been 3 and a half weeks. I had sex today for the first time since SMM and it was causing pain and discomfort in the backside 🤔 odd.

How are things with you? ☕🍪


Sorry to hear about everyone’s loss. I too am experiencing this rectal pain. I miss carried 5 days ago and this pain is getting progressively worse. How long did the rectal pain last for?

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