Surgery but particularly radiotherapy
rectum (for example for prostate cancer) can cause some chronic inflammation (proctitis).
The most common symptoms include:
- A feeling of urgency or lack of
optimal control of the bowels.
- Mucous discharge from the back passage
- Intermittent rectal bleeding.
This at the least can be inconvenient or at its worse
can lead to embarrassment and anxiety in relation to leaving the house.
What may help?
- If bleeding persists you should be referred for a rectal scope (colonoscopy)
to confirm the diagnosis and exclude something more sinister
- Avoid constipation regular
prunes or something similar to make the stop soft
- Stop smoking
- Regular general light exercise
floor exercises significantly improve the power and control of
the rectal muscles and significantly improve control and confidence.
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