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Rectal discomfort

I have been dealing with rectal discomfort for a year now. Since then I’ve had a CT scan, ultrasound, barium enema, colonoscopy and recently visited a proctologist. The colonoscopy revealed dormant colitis, internal hemorrhoids and a polyp which was removed and biopsied. The proctologist did an exam but did not find any infection or abnormalities. I have pretty normal stool (no blood). I have thin stool at times, but the specialist chalked it up to the hemorrhoids. It has been very frustrating because the discomfort is daily and I am running out of options in terms of testing or procedures. Any advice or similar stories?

  1. Hey , I'm sorry to hear that you're experiencing such discomfort. I hope some community members will chime in with some personal experiences or tips for you. In the meantime, has your doctor provided any information on any remedies to help lessen the discomfort? Truly hope you find some relief soon. Thinking of you! -Pam (team member)

    1. Yes. Things like soaking in a warm tub of water. Ibuprofen if its nerve related. More fiber. I have recently seen small improvements, so Im going to keep working on it in order to relieve the discomfort.

      1. just a quick note that NSAIDS, such as Ibuprofen, should be avoided by people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
        Also, increased fibre may not be suitable for some people with IBD due to strictures, diarrhoea etc. Dietary changes should be discussed with your IBD team first.
        It's such a relief when you find a cream that works for you isn't it! I actually used one that was for use around a stoma, and that was fab!
        - Sahara (team member)

    2. I have recently been getting rectal/anal itching and a lot of heat from going to the bathroom too frequently. It's like that irritating scratchy throat feeling that won't go away without a losenge. I found a cream called Calmoseptine that is super soothing.

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