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Constant pressure in anus

I have a constant feeling of pressure down in my anus/rectum as if there's something in there. It makes me feel like I constantly need the toilet but it never goes away, even after passing stools. I used to get it infrequently when my symptoms started so it's worrying me that it is there all the time now (I keep worrying that maybe there is something there that has grown over the months which is why my symptoms have got worse).

Does anyone else have this? And if so, what were your experiences?

I am considering booking in to see my GP as I've never had a rectal exam before and wonder if this would be useful?

Thanks in advance!

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Hi kimmy,

If you only had tests fairly recently, it's highly unlikely (in my non-medical opinion) that anything bad has grown so quickly.

The feeling of pressure in your rectum is common to many people on here including me. It can be caused by internal haemorrhoids, a rectocele (prolapse) or stool which hasn't evacuated fully despite your having had at least one bowel movement.

The colorectal consultant I saw told me that stool becomes trapped in the rectocele I have and, several times a week, I have to use either a glygerin suppository or micro-enema to clear it - today being one of those days! The pressure then goes away.

Asking your doctor for a rectal exam might be useful and you could also request a defecating proctogram which will reveal any prolapses and show how your bowel is ctually working when in operation so to speak!

In the meantime, you could try the suppositories for yourself as they are available from all pharmacies and many supermarkets. Micro-enemas can only be bought from a pharmacy.

Hope this helps.

Cat

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Thanks for replying, Cat! That all makes a lot of sense so thanks for the reassurance.

I have tried suppositories and mini enemas at home previously but they only seemed to effect the last part of my rectum, if that makes sense.

When you say ask for a rectal exam, do you mean a general examination where they insert a finger to examine or with instruments? I am going to call to book in with my GP today to ask as I've never been checked before.

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Since suppositories don't do the trick for you ( and, you're right, they do only flush out the lowest bit of your colon), I think your best bet is a defecating proctogram. It's not the most dignified experience in the world, but it was easily the most revealing test for me. It also showed an intussusception (where part of the bowel telescopes into itself) higher up in my colon and where stool can also get stuck although, fortunately, this doesn't happen to me.

A rectal exam by a GP is usually just done by inserting a finger and feeling for any abnormalities, a colorectal consultant will often insert a small camera as well.

I really do wish you well with this as feeling as if you're sitting on a lump all day is rotten!

Cat

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Hi kimmy, I sometimes have this when I have been to the toilet but still feel something there. I take Golden Linseed if I feel constipated so this may be worth a try. I soak a rounded dessert spoonful in around a 3rd of a mug of water for an hour, some people grind the seeds down and then soak.

I would though go back to your doctor and ask if you could have an examination to see if there is anything within your system causing this.

Very best of luck

Alicia

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Thanks Alicia! I have an appointment with my GP at the end of this month so I'll ask her to check it out for reassurance.

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I'm glad you have an appointment and hope that they look at you properly rather than just try and feel if there is a reason why this is happening.

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Did you ever get some resolve to this? I have had this feeling for nearly 3 years. I have a small rectocele apparently and a fibroid on my uterus. I've had an MRI scan and an internal but nothing seems to be causing the pressure. So frustrating. Nothing nasty to see so that's a blessing

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Hi there. I have found that the feeling of pressure has reduced since starting to take Constella/Lincalotide for constipation. I'm still undergoing tests and had an anal manometry a few months ago - they couldn't see a cause for it though!

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I’m so glad to have stumbled across this forum. I have developed a symptom of a really strange pulling sensation and the feeling in my bottom as if I am sitting on something all the time which is really uncomfortable. There is no pain. Tonight I visited my GP. After talking to my colleagues at work we thought perhaps it may be some kind of prolapse although my GP has said not. I’m being referred to a colorectal bod and am now worrying myself half to death!

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Hello miss!

Could you please explain more detail about your symptom? I wonder if you have the same feelings like me. (I get this feelings after taking a poop since 17 Oct until today.

- Do you feel heavy or feel like there's a pressure down in your anal all the time (Or meaning like your muscle or something in the butt isn't feel like in the same position)

- It's hard to get a poop. I mean like you have no strenght to push it out off your butt even if your stool is coming.

- Have no feelings to poop.

- Do you feel it all the time?

Thanks a lots if you reply me.

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Hi. So my feeling is almost like I am sitting on something in my bottom with a dragging and pulling sensation. I’ve had the feeling for almost a week now and on doing a bit of research it seems to point to the same symptoms as a prolapse although my GP has said today, after examination, that I do not have a prolapse. I’m having some bloods taken too for anaemia as he says that this can indicate whether there’s a problem with my bowel so I’m hoping to get those done in the next day or so. I’ve got an appointment to see a colorectal consultant in three weeks time.

Kathy Xx

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Oh am I glad I’m not the only one with this sensation!! It’s been driving me crazy for the past 4 years and driving my anxiety through the roof!

It feels like a constant pressure in my back passage and years ago I had an examination and she said she couldn’t feel anything it’s probably my tail bone but it went away for around 6-9months then came back and never went away and I still have no clue what causes it.

I go to the loo regularly but always feel this pressure and feeling of incomplete movement, it also sometimes feels like I can’t pass wind without feeling I’m going to pass stool too it’s not good, very Worrying and ruining my life :(

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So sorry to hear! Have you had any other tests to look at the rectum or colon?

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kimmy3 no I haven’t I have a doctors appointment today so going to mention it again. Last time I went he just said well the only thing rectal pressure is a symptom of is rectal cancer and at your age I don’t think you have that!

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Definitely push for more examinations if you can. What other symptoms do you have (if you dont mind me asking)?

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kimmy3 well I got told I had IBS 4 years ago after getting spasming and mucus so was given mebeverine which I’ve taken ever since but I am also under investigation for endometriosis but at the moment they won’t do anything except keep me on the pill. I get quite a lot of gas, pelvic pain most days (feel like period pains), Lower back pain, fatigue. Think milk was causing me issues so stopped consuming that (came from nowhere, never had issues with dairy before) and a lot of nausea and acid and a lot of anxiety lol

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I'm the same! They did some tests and ruled out certain things, diagnosed IBS-C and gave me medication. I then got referred to gynae and am waiting for a laparoscopy to look for endometriosis on my bowel. Have you got any appointments coming up in regards to that?

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I have one in January with gynaecologist after 2 appointments already. First they recommended taking the pill back to back fr 6 months, I was still getting pain then next appointment she was ready to fit a coil even before we’d had a chat and I wasn’t ready for that so refused and said I’d think about it, my gp surgery does it if I changed my mind. Which I went to see a gp who changed me to progesterone only pill which made me feel awful so I agreed to try the coil but when it came for fitting the nurse seemed hesitant for me to have it and I Just ended up back on my old pill. Gynaecologist won’t operate to fully diagnose endo until the time comes when I want children.

I went to my gp Wednesday about the revtal pressure and I’m now being referred to someone for that!

Sorry for super long post lol how long have you been waiting for lap?

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Hi do u get constipated after taking mabeverine for me it works 2 day then i get constipated.

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Hi, no I don’t I’ve been taking it for around 4 years now

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