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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tal Raphaeli
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
Rectocele: It sounds like you have a rectocele that is interfering with your bowel movements. This is easily diagnosed by an ob/gyn or a colorectal surgeon an there are surgical options to fix this. If try to find a doctor in your area and get checked out.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal Raphaeli
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: With some time and tlc, it will get better. Avoid trauma to the area by keeping your stools soft with fiber supplements. Use warm tub baths or sitz baths 2-3 times a day and try a medicated pain-relieving cream if you need to. It should get better over 5-7 days. If the pain persists, or if the swelling doesn't go away, you should see your doctor.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tal Raphaeli
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Bleeding can be from many different places. It's encouraging that you had a negative colonoscopy, but the bleeding could be from the upper part of your GI system as well. It also could be hemorrhoids. You should see your doctor soon so that you can be evaluated.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tal Raphaeli
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
Emergency: You should be evaluated in the emergency room immediately. These are worrying symptoms.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tal Raphaeli
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
Four glasses: 4-6 glasses of water a day is plenty for most people. There is a lot of water in the food you eat as well so you don't need to overdo it with extra water.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal Raphaeli
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
Absorbs Nutrients: That's a very complicated question and there is not an easy answer. The body breaks down the food you eat to its component parts and then absorbs that to create energy. You can find a lot of information at your local library or on the internet.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal Raphaeli
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
Fiber: The simple answer is diet and fiber. Try to avoid foods that constipated you. Add a fiber supplement powder to your diet. Don't sit on the toilet for extended periods of time. Use a barrier cream or low grade Hydrocortisone cream from time to time as needed. If there is any bleeding, however, you should see your doctor immediately.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tal Raphaeli
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
Thrombosed hemorrhoi: Sounds like you have a thrombosed hemorrhoid. The best thing to do is soak in a warm bath a few times a day and the pain and swelling will subside in a few days. Make sure you avoid getting constipated by adding fiber to your diet. If the pain is just unbearable, see a colon and rectal surgeon who can excise the hemorrhoid to help speed up the process. Creams and lotions are a waste of money.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tal Raphaeli
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
Proctoscopy: Proctoscopy is a test that is done to look at the rectum and most distant part of the colon. A rigid scope about the size of a thumb is inserted in the anus and using air to inflate the rectum, the doctor can look at all the surfaces of the rectum.
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
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