Is the pain located right at your anus? Any lumps in the area? Have your stools been hard and difficult to pass for some time?
Yes the pain is right at the anus, or right inside, but it really only hurts during and after attempting a BM. Though sometimes during the day it will start to burn/tingle a bit. There do not appear to be any lumps that I can detect. The difficulty passing stools has really been only for the last several days. Previously I was able to pass them, although with some pain involved. Now I can't seem to pass any.
The thing that is strange though is that the bleeding was a couple of weeks ago, and there has been no bleeding since then. Initially, there was blood, but not a lot of pain (though some), and no constipation. Now, there is no blood, more serious pain, and an inability to have a real BM and a constant feeling of having to go but not being to get the stool through. Currently my main issue is the pain I feel when trying to pass stool and not being able to really do so. Is it a good idea to continue with prunes and stool softener plus laxative? I don't want to do more harm as I am spending a lot of time on the toilet agonzingly trying to pass stool that won't push through. Does this seem like a reason to go to an urgent care facility at this point? (I should mention I also am a very anxious person generally).
I have been able to get some stool through but not a lot. And when I do it is broken up in clumpy pieces. The pain is the big factor in not being able to push more through, but it just literally feels like it can't get through no matter how hard I push.
Thanks for the information and excellent service. Last question - is there anything in particular (besides prunes) I should eat or not eat over the next few days?
I wanted to follow up on the situation. Late last night after much effort I was able to have a bowel movement, but it was in pieces/small clumps and included bits of undigested food (corn, lettuce). I still felt like I had a lot more that I could not push out. This morning - I cannot seem to get anything through at all even though I strongly feel like I need to go and tried for about a half hour. Is there anything more you can suggest at this point?
Never had anything like this before. Minor upset stomach but not too bad. Just the pain of not being able to get stool out that is right there but not passing. And the constant feeling of having to go but not being able to. And a little bit of burning/tingling after trying to have the bm and when passing gas. Also tired and sleeping most of the last few days.
No medical conditions or medications (just otc allergy medication for hay fever occasionally).
At first there was just a lot of pain but I could have a BM successfully. That was for about 10 days or so. More recently (3-4 days) I haven't been able to get anything out - and was only able to do so after taking the laxative - and even with that it was a fairly small amount in pieces/clumps.
I can't remember if I've ever noticed that before.