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Do you have abdominal pain when you have to poo?

Asked by anniereborn (5581 points ) April 21st, 2014

I am not talking about when you are actually on the toilet. I mean when it is “forming”. (I don’t know a better way to put it)
I am having trouble with this. I had in the past for years. Then when I had an ovary removed 2 years ago it stopped. But, it came back a few months ago.
(I am going to my gynecologist in a week for a check up and I will mention it to her). I just want to know if anyone else has it.

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pleiades's avatar

I’ve had it it’s gone though for the most part. I cut out all spicy foods, cut my dairy virtually to only milk with cereal and no late night eating… Also I try to include a lot of soluble fiber in my diet.

talljasperman's avatar

Yes I do when I eat too much fiber.

seekingwolf's avatar

Only when I am constipated.

Unbroken's avatar

No not really, unless I am dehydrated missing fiber and haven’t exercised my core. If I have gone severely off my careful diet I might though I take digestive enzymes… HMF Forte I have found to be particularly helpful. selectrolytes and magnesium natural calm as a mild laxative and a complete amino acid complex, which tastes awful but helps me greatly because because if I do experience find myself quickly depleted if I have a digestive problem. In a pinch sometimes something salty or sugary will usually balance me out after a couple of hours or carrying a pack with activated charcoal, which I try to avoid using, digestive enzymes and some digestive tea.

I have microscopic colitis, or leaky gut which I control with diet, celiac’s and have a failing liver so digestion is something I consider more then others might perhaps. Though I don’t have a problem relate-able to you so this may or may not be helpful. If you have a history of problems it is much better to check it out but while waiting for the appt you can employ some of these methods.

GloPro's avatar

Can you describe your abdominal pain?

cazzie's avatar

There are so many reasons for abdominal pain and the fact that you had to have an ovary removed doesn’t bode well. You should go back to the doctor.

hearkat's avatar

I’ve had gas pains that felt like Freddy Krueger was shredding my intestines with his bladed fingers. I’ve had other GI spasms when digesting. If any of these were to happen regularly, I would absolutely see a doctor. My mother has celiac disease, but I don’t recall abdominal pains as part of her original symptoms, although they occur now if she accidentally eats gluten.

Starting with your Gyn visit is a good idea, given your history; but you might also consider a Gastroenterologist, for a more in-depth evaluation. I hope it’s nothing serious and you’re feeling better soon!

JLeslie's avatar

Is it on the left side? That’s fairly common, but should not be happening all the time. Usually it happens if the person has constipation or diarrhea, or can be caused by scar tissue around the area, which possibly was cleared up during your surgery, but now you have grown new adhesions. Try changing your diet and see if it helps. If you are constipated eat a handful of raisins every day for a few days with a glass of water. If you have diarrhea try to avoid foods that are causing it. If it’s scar tissue there is no way to tell except surgery, unless some new sort of diagnostic tool has been invented I don’t know about. I doubt your GYN will really be able to evaluate it, but they might have a suggesstion. I would definitely mention it at your appointment. A gastro doctor could take a better guess at what might help. If you have blood in your stool he will want to do a colonscopy.

anniereborn's avatar

The pain is like I can almost feel it “building up” in my intestines and eventually traveling. (I’m sorry that is so gross)
Sometimes I get what feel like period cramps, only they are in a different area. I do also get pain on my left side that isn’t related to pooping. I assume that is scar tissue from my ovary removal. I don’t know. I go to my gyne in a week. I’ll see what she says about it all.

GloPro's avatar

@anniereborn Your description of the pain is not ‘gross,’ don’t worry. I’m glad you’re already scheduled for an appointment. May I suggest a few ways to analyze your pain between now and then that may help your doc help you?
In the next week, try to describe your pain for yourself in terms of dull or sharp. Constant or intermittent. Localized or radiating. Throbbing, waves, etc. Defining your pain as you feel it using very descriptive words and writing them down really helps, as opposed to trying to recall it when you are not feeling it.
Also, try to observe any common factors. Does the pain always start on the same side? Is it always after a meal, and how long after the meal? Is it better or worse sitting up or laying down? Have you noticed a fever or sweating or any other accompanying symptoms? Once you go poop does the pain subside?

Anything you offer your doctor will help. Don’t be embarrassed about being in pain. Everybody’s intestinal tract and reproductive system operates the same way, generally. That’s why providing as many descriptors for a perceived malfunction can be so helpful. You probably aren’t the only one to have experienced this pain, and being able to describe it helps diagnose it.

Good luck!

JLeslie's avatar

The scar tissue can yank on the colon and as food travels through it causes discomfort. It isn’t uncommon to be able to feel it traveling when it is yanking on you like that, especially if you feel it on the sides. Does it hurt on right side and then later on your left. The left being about 20–30 minutes before you need to go to the bathroom?

anniereborn's avatar

@JLeslie It usually hurts in the middle and/or the left. Not so much on the right.
And it can hurt like this right before I have to go….or a day before I end up going.

JLeslie's avatar

The left side is the descending side. People who get diverticulitis get bad pain on the left. Are you constipated? Hopefully, it clears up on its own. Tell your GYN, see what she says. I’m betting she is of no help, but it is worth a try. She probably will make some guesses like us here or tell you to see gastro. I’ve been wrong before though, she might have the perfect answer to help you.

anniereborn's avatar

@JLeslie Well I am going to see my gyne for other reasons. But, since I have pain on my left and that’s the ovary she removed, I thought there might be a connection there.

I don’t think I am constipated. I do remember I had this same thing before my ovary removal and then it cleared up. I told my gyne about it and she said that made sense.

JLeslie's avatar

I had similar pains, I think it is similar I can’t know for sure obviously, which eventually got worse and I had pain in my my stomach and other parts of my digestive track. I had surgery for another reason and my vary was all balled up with my fallopian tube with adhesions, which the doctor could not straighten out and that ball of mess was adhered to my colon. He did separate the ovary tube ball from my colon and 95% + of my digestive pain went away. My varies didn’t have any problems, so that part is different, but your pain obviously is not your ovary, they took it out.

Unbroken's avatar

Sometimes a belly massage helps move things, you said you didn’t think it was constipation but this could definitively rule it out. Also the doctor’s encourage massage for external tissue scarring so it would make sense this would also apply. Start gently and build up from there.

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