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Suffer with difficult bowel movement, not constipated. History of minor surgery in anus. Cause of difficulty?

I am 87. I have to apply some pressure when i go for bowel movement . I am not constipated, but somehow think it is because of the nervous system . Taking a table-spoon of cremaffin at bed time is of some help, but still i have to apply pressure. Earlier due to minor surgery in the anus the doctor appears to have inadvertantly touched a nerve. I suffrered for almost three years with bladder and prostate problem. But right now I am free of both problems. What could be the reason of my difficult bowel movement? Kindly advice. PNMurti YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Thu, 25 Oct 2012
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Hi ! Good afternoon. I am Dr Shareef answering your query.

You have not mentioned the nature of minor surgery in the anus. Whatever surgery it was, there could be some fibrosis resulting in minior to moderate anal stenosis which could resist passage of stool, and thus cause you to exert more pressure during defeactation.

Apart from the nerve injury mentioned by you, application of more amount of pressure during defaecation could be a normal variant in this age group due to inability to exert required amount of pressure during the act because lax abdominal musculature.

However, if I were your doctor, I would not hesitate to refer you to a surgeon/gastroenterologist for a per rectal examination and a possible colonoscopy considering your age when a few pathological processes may be more frequent.

Till that I would advise you for a high roughage diet with plenty of liquids to make the bulk of stool soft, and to avoid laxatives as far as possible as a habit.

I hope this information would help you in discussing with your family physician/treating doctor in further management of your problem. Please do not hesitate to ask in case of any further doubts.

Thanks for choosing health care magic to clear doubts on your health problems. Wishing you an early recovery. Dr Shareef

Answered: Sun, 24 Nov 2013
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