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Episode 7 - Liverpool

Weak Pelvic Floor

First into the pod this week is 45 year old Christine, who’s unable to pass faeces. For 10 years she’s had this problem, so Dr Christian examines her rectum and vagina. He can feel that the muscles down below have been weakened. This can often be caused by the stresses and strains placed on the female body during pregnancy and childbirth. One thing’s for sure – Christine’s issue needs further investigation.

Colorectal surgeon Mr Mohammed Saeed performs a full examination and identifies weaknesses in the muscles around Christine’s back passage, which may have resulted in a rectocele. This means a weakness in the pelvic muscles has allowed part of Christine’s rectum to push through into her vagina. This would explain the problems she’s been having going to the loo, and the good news for Christine is that it can be fixed. Following a bowel movement examination, which includes x-rays to monitor bowel function, Christine opts to press ahead with corrective surgery.

The Embarrassing Bodies team would like to thank:

Mr Mo Saeed, Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon
BMI Alexandra Hospital

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Hi av been diagnosed with chronic epididymitis by a urolgist hear at broadgreen hospital but he asnt helped me at al hasn't done seaman sample or prostate fluid check an has put me on ciprofloxacin for 3 weaks with no improvment an then doxycycline for 2 weaks with no improvment I am so down an depressed because he as basically give up on me .when if e wud of done diffrent tests to tryin find the bacteria that is causin me the pain an treated it with the rite anti biotic instead of guessing this may av cured me by now am in constant pain al the time it goes into my groin an each side of my stomach I av ad this problem since sep 12 .an I watch series 6 of Ur programme an there was a man who come to u an got cured is there anyway you cud help me please :-(





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I have exact same problem, how do I get my doctor to take me seriously?





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I'm worried about this story. I only caught the end of this story but some of it seemed familiar. I struggle with passing stool comfortably and have to assist at times. It feels like my body doesn't break it down small enough to pass through. I've also began with pain during intercourse and am wondering if the two are connected??





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I'm worried about this story. I only caught the end of this story but some of it seemed familiar. I struggle with passing stool comfortably and have to assist at times. It feels like my body doesn't break it down small enough to pass through. I've also began with pain during intercourse and am wondering if the two are connected??





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Please help I watched your program on Monday 1st April 2013 I am 68 years of age I had 2 children. I had a virgina repair job done where they tie part of your bowels to your spine about 13 years ago. I have never spoken to anybody at all about this but I suffer very badly with constipation going a poo is non existence I have to take laxatives t,o help me go 9 times out 10 may only make me go once I have been like this all my life but lately I have noticed nothing is helping me I eat and drink the right things but now it is worrying me because nothing helps. Can you please help me. Thank you for showing that on tv last night that really has helped me.





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please helpi think i have the same problem with (rectocele) i have had problems since being a teenager and have had two operations for tears at the back passage, ?(last year) since having my son. what can i do i have never spoke of this to anyone i have been so embarresed :( im 22





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