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Rectal Pain

BMWX2BBMWX2 Posts: 17
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am embarrassed to ask this but going to anyway as I cannot figure it out and it scares me. I am 8 weeks out from a L5 lumbar laminectomy discectomy and have experienced server rectal pain/pressure now on 4 separate occasions. Once right before surgery and then the others have been during my recovery. It happens in the middle of the night (as you can tell from my posting time). The pain doesn't last very long but it wakes me up and scares me. Is this muscle spasms? Has anyone had this happen to them?


  • i have found that fusions effect us in many different ways .i myself have had many strange pains and aches following my ALIF last dec ,some have been in the groin/rear end and perineum.and stomach and and and !! too many to mention ,but i did ask my consultant last week and he said that its more than likely down to the surgery and my body trying to sort its self out .if i were you i would book and appointment with your consultant ..just to be sure

    tony {UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • Constipation has caused those symptoms many times in my case. I make myself drink lots and eat more fruit and fiber. Just a thought. It helps in my case at least.

  • I have had a problem during the night and also while out walking on several occassions. As far as I can remember they have all happened since my lumbar fusion, and seem to happen about once every month or so. I have told my GP who didn't think it needed to be investigated, and to see how it goes. (That was a year ago.) Now I know that it passes after 20 mins or so, it doesn't worry me so much. I have found the last time that I had this that a warm bath seems to help.

    Try looking up

    Proctalgia fugax

    and see if that sounds familiar. I think it is always worth speaking to your doctor or surgeon as you are not long after your surgery. Do let us know what they say.

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