Lots of rectal discomfort after rectocele repair. Is this normal?

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Hi, I had a rectocele repair 3 wks. ago. I am feeling a lot of rectal discomfort. Sometimes I feel like I need to have a BM but not enough to really have one. I can feel like that for hours even if I did have a BM earlier in the day. Sometimes it just feels achy and raw. It hurts sometimes after a BM. In general, I feel pressure and discomfort. Is this a normal thing to feel? I'm still taking pain meds but not a lot. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I'm worried that there is something else wrong with my rectum.

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    Hi Shiley, have you rung doctors rooms and spoken to them? Is this sudden or has it been going on since op? I have cystocele repair and hysterectomy 6 days ago and have a bit of a tummy upset. I rang doctor and was told this sometimes happens. You feel like you have a very mild case of gastritis. Not sure if this is what you are describing? 
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      Hi Carolannfud,

      Yes I have checked. The answer is a little unclear to me though. It sounds like it might be normal but it wouldn't be if it continued too long. I'm noticing the rectal discomfort more as I try and reduce the pain meds I'm taking. I too have had a little stomach ache at night sometimes but it hasn't been a big problem. 

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    Right - and it's always tricky knowing when something is going on for too long. Can you ring the hospital where you had the surgery, see if you get a clearer response? Hopefully someone else will respond here who has personal experience 😄
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    Hi Shirley,  i hope it improves soon. I had my repair on friday and my bottom is so uncomfortable. I'm ok why lying down but as soon as i start walking the ache brings tears to my eyes. I have also not yet been able to go for a Bm. Think I'm a little scared. I'm taking lactulose but no movement yet. Any advice on making me go would be appreciated.  Donna
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