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Doctor insights on: Rectal Pain After Bowel Movements And Years After Chemo And Radiation Treatments

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Rectal pain and unable to make a bowel movement. Impacted?

Rectal pain and unable to make a bowel movement. Impacted?

Impaction is likely.: Please call your doctor to determine the best cleanout protocol for you based on your medical history. ...Read more

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I am having rectal pain with a bowel movement, also a sharp but not bad pain in my upper right abdomen that comes and goes. I'm thinking I should see?

I am having rectal pain with a bowel movement, also a sharp but not bad pain in my upper right abdomen that comes and goes. I'm thinking I should see?

See a doctor: Your rectal pain could be anal fissure, or a hemorrhoid.
your upper abdominal pain could be an ulcer, or your gallbladder.
eat light food, avoid spicy and greasy food, drink a lot of water, and juices, eat fruits and vegetables, eat more fibers, keep your bowel soft,
check with your doctor for some testing ...Read more

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I am experiencing anal pain and buttock itch. The following also describe me: Rectal pain and Painful bowel movements. What should I do?

I am experiencing anal pain and buttock itch. The following also describe me: Rectal pain and Painful bowel movements. What should I do?

You absolutely: Need a "hands on" examination since your complaints could be from a number of TREATABLE, SIMPLE conditions including "HEMORRHOIDS!!! "!!

See your PCP or get a referral to a rectal specialist (usually a General Surgeon)
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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Severe rectal pain during bowel movement causing fainting. What condition is this?

Defecation syncope,: Is what you are describing. Significant vagal nerve stimulus from painful defecation or heavy bearing down. This is due to the Insulin resistance syndrome, get checked for this and follow a low-glycemic index diet and get frequent, aerobic exercise. But why so much pain with defecation? You need to see a gastroenterologist to figure this part of it out. ...Read more

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Severe rectal pain during bowel movement causing weakness shaking?

Severe rectal pain during bowel movement causing weakness shaking?

Fissure: Severe anal pain caused by a bm which persists after is usually a fissure. ...Read more

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I have severe rectal pain during periods while bowel movement and passing gas. Can u suggest remedy for this situation?

I have severe rectal pain during periods while bowel movement and passing gas. Can u suggest remedy for this situation?

Rectal Pain: Many reasons could cause rectal pain such as hemorrhoids or anal fissures. You should see a gastroenterologist for a formal exam and possible anoscopy (endoscopic) evaluation ...Read more

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Is it normal to have sharp shooting rectal pain during bowel movement w straining? Only happens during my period. Pain worsens with more pushing.

Is it normal to have sharp shooting rectal pain during bowel movement w straining? Only happens during my period. Pain worsens with more pushing.

See doctor: Difficult to speculate without an examination of the rectal area and a pelvic examination. It could be adenomyosis or endometriosis, or just hemorroids, so anything I say is just speculation. At your age it doesn't seem dangerous, so addressing the problem will depend on how serious the problem is to you. ...Read more

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Woke to severe rectal pain. Didn't feel constipated but used glycerin suppository in case. Next day had a bowel movement w/ some grayish poop at end?

Woke to severe rectal pain. Didn't feel constipated but used glycerin suppository in case. Next day had a bowel movement w/ some grayish poop at end?

If persists> see Dr: There are a number of conditions that can cause rectal pain. If the pain occurred only once and you don't have pain on defecating it's possible the pain may be due to Proctalgia fugax. This can be due to spasm of the anal muscles, nerve compression or other causes. If you continue to have symptoms see a colorectal surgeon or GI specialist for a precise diagnosis.> http://bit. Ly/1VI0NUc ...Read more

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Just finished 28 chemo/radiotherapy sessions for colon rectal cancer on nov 6. Very painful bowel movements in am. Is this part of side effects?

Just finished 28 chemo/radiotherapy sessions for colon rectal cancer on nov 6. Very painful bowel movements in am. Is this part of side effects?

May not be related: You may have simple anorectal problem like anal fissure, infection etc, causing your pain may be precipitated by chemo. Speak o your surgeon will examine and treat you. ...Read more

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If everyone has cancer, how come that we aren't treated with a low dose of chemo and radiation therapy at least one a year?

If everyone has cancer, how come that we aren't treated with a low dose of chemo and radiation therapy at least one a year?

Incorrect assumption: Every one does not have cancer and doing what your proposed would do far mote harm than good.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Are there any immunotherapy treatments to treat testicular cancer? It seems like chemo and radiation are the only options mentioned online.

Are there any immunotherapy treatments to treat testicular cancer? It seems like chemo and radiation are the only options mentioned online.

No not yet: Chemotherapy is highly effective in curing testicular cancer. So there has not been any need or efforts made to test immunotherapy. it is not a good idea to bypass effective therapy and use something with unknown activity/benefit. ...Read more

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If it happens, how soon after the start of chemo and radiation can a doctor stop treatments for palliative leading to hospice care?

If it happens, how soon after the start of chemo and radiation can a doctor stop treatments for palliative leading to hospice care?

Hospice: This may occur at any time, depending upon the likelihood that the patient is going to benefit substantially from the chemo/rads. If the patient decides that they have had enough treatment then referral to hospice is quite appropriate. Too often patients have hopes that are not in accordance with the likelihood of response. They need to discuss this with the oncologist. ...Read more

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After treatment of esophagous cancer with chemo and radiation, I still had problem to swallow tablet. Has my esophagous narrowed down?

After treatment of esophagous cancer with chemo and radiation, I still had problem to swallow tablet. Has my esophagous narrowed down?

Follow up w/MD: Could be stricture/narrowing, scarring, recurrence, muscle abnormality from tumor or rx, other. See md. Likely need followup testing. ...Read more

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How does a patient survive the horrors of chemo and radiation? What are common side effects? Can these treatments make you so sick that you die?

How does a patient survive the horrors of chemo and radiation? What are common side effects? Can these treatments make you so sick that you die?

Find support: Ask your doctors for leads to good information on exactly what will be done and what to expect - not just once but as treatment progresses. Also get leads to local support groups & reliable literature. It will help if you drop words like "horrors" to true, but less emotional ones. High quality care will evaluate your ability to handle treatment and work w/in safe limits. Psychotherapy can help too. ...Read more

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Other than chemo and radiation, what about a surgical possibility for cancer treatment?

Other than chemo and radiation, what about a surgical possibility for cancer treatment?

Sure!: Surgery is the pilar of therapy for many cancers, often assisted by chemo or radiation. Other times is of no use at all. Depends on the cancer and the particular situation. ...Read more

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I am undergoing chemotherapy. I was having diarreah. My bowel movements are now formed but I'm seeing whiteish stringy substances with my stool?

I am undergoing chemotherapy. I was having diarreah. My bowel movements are now formed but I'm seeing whiteish stringy substances with my stool?

Call your doc: It may be nothing but if you are on chemotherapy, it is your responsibility to alert your own physician about any possible side effect or complication rather than asking docs who have never seen you and have no knowledge of your current therapy or medical condition. ...Read more

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What is the average survival rate for small cell lung cancer after chemo and radiation therapy?

What is the average survival rate for small cell lung cancer after chemo and radiation therapy?

Depends: Localized or extensive. Localized has a 5 year survival of around 30-40%. Extensive has much worse odds. ...Read more

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After chemo and radiation get rid of a OLIGODENDROGLIOMA grade 3 if it recurs, will therapy and chemo make it go away again?

Grade 3 glioma: The response of oligodendroglioma to therapy varies from person to person. If it recurs after treatment, it is possible it will respond to treatment again, even treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation. A super specialist called a neuro-oncologist is best prepared to answer this question however. ...Read more

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What is the long term side effects of chemo and radiation therapy after total gastronomy?

Gastrectomy: Limits capacity and one will lose weight regardless of c or rt. Done properly, it is the acute effects, n&v/diarrhea. For expansive volumes, there may be an issue with loose bowels, but 'dumping syndrome' need to be differentiated. ...Read more

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Had two big surgeries for melanoma. Had IV chemo and radiation. Now back. Non-localized in abdomen and left kidney. Chemo & radiation not option. Help?

Seek an opinion: From a university center or other cancer hospital. Have their "tumor board" review your melanoma treatment so far, and see what other options (hyperthermia, immunotherapy, different chemo, etc) are available. ...Read more

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So what is treatment for bowel movement and urine becouse my brother had spinal cord injury for three weeks ago but still no bowel movement?

So what is treatment for bowel movement and urine becouse my brother had spinal cord injury for three weeks ago but still no bowel movement?

Neurogenic bowel: He needs to be treated urgently for this. After he is disimpacted a maintenance bowel program often using stool softeners, laxatives, and digital stimulation will be required. It appears that he will also need a bladder catheterization program. Take him to a physiatrist who specializes in spinal cord injuries as soon as possible. What level was the injury? Does your brother have quadriplegia? ...Read more

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Had bleeding during bowel movements. How can I tell if it is hemorrhoids or anal fissure? Are there home treatments? Or do they go away on their own?

Had bleeding during bowel movements. How can I tell if it is hemorrhoids or anal fissure? Are there home treatments? Or do they go away on their own?

You may be able to: Tell by looking with a mirror if you know what you're looking for. To know for sure, please see your doctor. If there's a fissure there, you may be able to heal it with a healing ointment such as Aquaphor and making sure your bowel movements aren't hard. Hemorrhoids can resolve on their own if you soften your stool and don't need to push as hard, but if the bleeding continues, you need to be checked. ...Read more

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My uncle recently had chemo and radiation therapy for mouth cancer and after some days he can't hear also pus is coming out of ear?

My uncle recently had chemo and radiation therapy for mouth cancer and after some days he can't hear also pus is coming out of ear?

Ear infection: It sounds like an ear infection that may have been enhanced by the immunosuppressive impact of the chemo and radiation. Get him to a primary care provider for an evaluation to protect him from permanent hearing loss. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for breast cancer stage 3C? Right breast mastectomy done with auxillary clearance. ER/PR is +VE and HER2 is -VE. Suggested with 6 rounds chemo and radiation therapy.

What is the survival rate for breast cancer stage 3C? Right breast mastectomy done with auxillary clearance. ER/PR is +VE and HER2 is -VE. Suggested with 6 rounds chemo and radiation therapy.

See your oncologisf: For something as personal as this, this should really be answered or discussed with your oncologist. Your information is helpful but there are so many more details that need to be known that can't be discussed here. Good luck. ...Read more

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My Son stopped having bowel movements after 1 week of ABA therapy. What would be standard protocol for the psychologist in charge to do?

My Son stopped having bowel movements after 1 week of ABA therapy. What would be standard protocol for the psychologist in charge to do?

Interesting question: I only know a little bit about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. Frankly, I don't know what a standard protocol for a psychologist in charge would be. The reason I answered is that I would think that one might wish to rule out medical reasons for lack of bowel movements before moving on to psychologically addressing it. ...Read more

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My friend 58 had rectal cancer was treated with chemo and radiation 2 years later just been told psa count 33 is this cancer?

My friend 58 had rectal cancer was treated with chemo and radiation 2 years later just been told psa count 33 is this cancer?

Second test might: Be needed, it really depends on various factors beside age and history of cancer, your doctor should suggest another psa test, to confirm. ...Read more

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On and off rectal bleeding after bowel movement for the last 10 years. Should have seen a doctor?

Yes: Assuming the pattern hasn't changed it is probably not serious, however since you are used to the bleeding, you would not be alerted to another more serious cause of bleeding. So, yes, you should be checked and have more serious sources of bleeding eliminated or diagnosed, usually by colonoscopy at the least. ...Read more

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On and off rectal bleeding after bowel movements for the last 5 years. What type of doctor do I see?

On and off rectal bleeding after bowel movements for the last 5 years. What type of doctor do I see?

Several: As I have said many times before on healthtap...No amount of bleeding from the rectum is normal or should be ignored. See either a colorectal surgeon or a good gastroenterologist and see them sooner rather than later. This needs to be properly evaluated, specially if you are over 50 or are at risk for colorectal cancer.. ...Read more

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Why have I had on and off rectal bleeding after bowel movement for the last 10 years?

See a doctor: Get an examination. Maybe hemorrhoids, but need evaluation for other things such as colon polyps or colon cancer. ...Read more

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Vaginal bleeding (not rectal) after bowel movement, why could this be? Had cervical polyp removed 3 years ago if this is relevant?

Vaginal bleeding (not rectal) after bowel movement, why could this be? Had cervical polyp removed 3 years ago if this is relevant?

Should get an exam: A cervical polyp could bleed after a bowel movement, so that's one possibility. Cervical polyps are common and they often recur. I'd recommend getting an exam and if there's no polyp visible, and no other concerns (infection, inflammation, or abnormal Pap smear) then I'd recommend a pelvic ultrasound to look deeper. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son has rectal bleeding when he has a bowel movement?

Constipation: Chronic and moderate severity is causing the rectal bleeding. You need to be aggressive with managing this problem. Else he will suffer from fecal soiling and UTI as a consequence. He will be scared to move his bowels especially with associated abdominal pain and rectal pain. Get him checked by his pediatrician. ...Read more

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Could my immune system still be compromised 2 years after chemo and radiation for stage 1 breast cancer? I seem to get sick a lot now.

Could my immune system still be compromised 2 years after chemo and radiation for stage 1 breast cancer? I seem to get sick a lot now.

Not likely: Your immune system should have recovered in this interval. It is appropriate to have an evaluation by your physician to see what may be contributing to your problem of frequent illness. ...Read more

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Is femara (letrozole) ever decreased to 3 years after completing chemo and radiation, instead of 5 years?

Is femara (letrozole) ever decreased to 3 years after completing chemo and radiation, instead of 5 years?

Rarely: Femara (letrozole) causes bad side effects for many women. And we've learned that many women stop taking it without telling their doctor. Unfortunately those women have a higher risk of breast cancer returning. Better than stopping is to ask your onc to consider switching to a similar drug, and treat your side effects. I give medication for hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and bone/joint pain. Hang in there! ...Read more

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Had chemo and radiation improved over the last 20 years and how so?

Yes: Radiation has been developed to give more specific sites of therapy without a penumbra affecting surrounding normal tissue. As such we see use of gamma knife and cyberknife treatment giving high doses in a short period of time to a very localized area.
The chemo has added new drugs working thru other mechanisms other than effecting nuclear dna such as the taxanes, gemcitabine and the platinums. ...Read more

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Why does my left arm hurt so much after a lumpectomy a year ago, chemo and radiation? What can cause this?

Why does my left arm hurt so much after a lumpectomy a year ago, chemo and radiation? What can cause this?

Surgery under arm?: Did you have any surgery under the arm (lymph node biopsy or axillary dissection)? Did you get radiation to the underarm/axilla? These can contribute to the discomfort. You may want to contact your surgeon and get evaluated at a lymphedema clinic. ...Read more

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