Post # 1
Ok this might be Too Much Information but here goes. I had my baby on December 29. Vaginal delivery with episiotomy. For the past 3 weeks when I go to the bathroom it feels like I’m ripping my butt open on one side. It’s insanely painful. My OBGYN said it’s probably an internal hemorrhoid but I’m not so sure. I’ve never had hemorrhoids but i can’t imagine they should be so painful Im scared to poop and it hurts for HOURS after. Has this happened to anyone else? Ive also been taking colace since she was born to keep my poop relatively soft.
Post # 2
- Wedding: June 2007 - City, State
daniellemc : go to your PCM to have this thoroughly investigated. It’s not normal to feel this way. Your OBGYN is not going to be the most help for this situation. It could be a rectal hernia or a fistula.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2015 - Malibou Lake Mountain Club
daniellemc : i am no doctor. from my experience: 1) i have had an internal hemerrhoid. they are painful at times (like the poop is going through like sandpaper). I also had a polyp inside which my gastroenterologist removed. 2) I had an emergency c-section last year, and peeing and pooping was HORRID for a good bit. BUT, all the times i felt pain, i always got referred to some sort of specialist to confirm if A) something was wrong, B) confirm everything was part of the healing process.
You should get checked. Thats always my go to
Post # 4
That sounds super painful and I agree that you should double check and PUSH until you get an answer- sometimes doctors will write off problems as “oh you just gave birth” as if that means you just need to accept whatever fuckery your body is now doing. Like, duh, of course this issue was caused by giving birth but that doesnt mean you just need to live with it.
In the meantime, see if you can get your hands on something like Lax A Day- I took it just after I gave birth (after my doctor told me Colace was junk) and it worked wonders. It’s a powder you mix into water and it doesn’t make you NEED to poop but when you do, it’s very very easy on the body. That can maybe (hopefully) offer you more relief in the meantime.
Post # 5
Hemorrhoids can be extremely painful and make you afraid to go to the bathroom (not my personal experience but someone close to me) but even if that’s the cause, if it’s that painful they can be surgically removed. I don’t think it’s right that you are in so much pain and your OBGYN didn’t try to help more…definitely push the issue until you find relief.
Post # 6
daniellemc : yeah no. Speaking as someone who has had three babies, much tearing and also hemorrhoids: this is not okay to let unlooked at.
I agree with PP, don’t let this be swept under the “you just gave birth” carpet. Time for a specialist.
So sorry for your situation and hope you get answer!
Post # 7
Thanks ladies. I go back to my Dr. Tomorrow and I’m going to tell him I’m in pain a week later (I saw him last week for this) and see if he can recommend a GI Dr. I feel like my quality of life would be so much better if I could just get this taken care of.
Post # 8
Could be a fissure maybe? Don’t let the doctors blow you off. You should not be in that much pain.
Post # 9
daniellemc : are you getting any blood? I’ve had fissures in the past and it hurts like that. Stool softeners and sitz baths were really all they were able to do for it, but definitely confirm with a doctor if that’s what it is.
Post # 10
I can relate. I had a vaginal delivery with a 4th degree episiotomy. Worse pain I ever felt in my life! After I was stitched up, I was scared to go to the bathroom and I waited days to have my first stool. Finally, my body couldn’t hold it in anymore and it pushed itself out and you know what? The poop was actually easier than peeing! But it was still scary as hell. I was so worried I’d rip open my stitches and I kept thinking, “I just pushed a baby out, I don’t want to push anything else out!” But I was fine, never had hemorrhoids. It was just the fear factor of peeing and pooping that scared me. I think you should definitely get yours checked out if it’s super painful and if there’s blood coming out too. You don’t want to have an infection or anything and three weeks is a long time for this to be going on.
Post # 11
Def get it checked out. Having said that, I have had piles and a likely fissure before (without having given birth) and it was soooo excruciating so it could ‘just’ be that. It did clear up eventually but it took weeks not days. Sitting in warm water helped a little.
Post # 12
Is there red blood? That would indicate hemmorhoids. I would see a gastrenterologist at the first opportunity.
Post # 14
secondtimer18 : it feels like someone is slicing my butt when I poop. I also think I have hemorrhoids too, just to add insult to injury. How do they check for a fissure?
Post # 15
LilliV : how do they check for a fissure? I just looked it up and I think that might be what I have.