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  • Constipation

    Constipation

    Constipation is extremely common and can affect a broad range of ages. It is generally defined as a problem in opening the bowels, but it can also mean opening the bowels less often than normal (perhaps less than three times a week) or passing hard or… Read more →

  • Piles

    Haemorrhoids

    Also known as 'piles', this is a condition where the blood vessels in and around the anus become swollen and inflamed, subsequently forming small lumps. Read more →

  • Hernia

    Hernia

    If you’ve ever burst out of a corset you’ll understand what a hernia is like. In the abdominal wall there is a set of muscles that act a bit like a corset, keeping the bodies internal organs in place. Read more →

  • Ulcerative Colitis

    Ulcerative Colitis

    Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition that affects the digestive system, specifically the large intestine. Read more →

  • Prolapsed Rectum

    This is a painful condition that can result in the rectum protruding from the anal opening. Read more →

  • Doctor examining a patient with suspected IBS

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    One of the most common disorders of the digestive tract, featuring recurrent abdominal pain and intermittent diarrhoea, often alternating with constipation. Read more →

    hi im a 24 year old male. Im having all the symptoms of bowel cancer im having major problems with my small bowel ive been in hospital a number of times and had scans and had opperations would they have found out if i have bowel cancer they havnt checked my stools lately.





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    Hi I'm 30 year old women and have been suffering from haemorrhoids since August 2012 it only happens during my monthly period it starts with lots if pain and I keep going to bathroom to open my bowel. I usually have mucus after my bowel have opened as we'll and other times during the day. I am seeing a bowel clinic that have tried injection that didn't work now going for surgery in September hope it works. Is there anyone else having my problems.





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    I have been diagnosed with endometriosis august 2009 i have undergone a laporoscopy and am currently undergoing a barrage of tests for fertility. I have a few questions regarding this condition and the effects it is having on me.I also suffer from bowel problems i am being treated for constipation but have not been tested for anything else. I would like to ask if the bowel problems could be related to endometriosis and also when would endometriosis have started as i have had bad periods painful heavy etc since reaching puberty at the age of 12 another question you could help me with is will i have endometriosis for life. Thank you





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    I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2008 and also have the same bowel problems mine is due to my bowel and womb fusing to my abdomin from the endometriosis they are linked, and yes you will have this for life. Do you know how badly endometriosis affects fertility i am very worried about whether i will be able to have children but as i am not planning to have any just yet have been offered no tests to check my fertilty. Thank you

    Ashley i dont know how to answer you personally!! I am undergoing fertility tests at the moment all I know about endo and fertility is what i have researched on the internet so am not much help on that score. Personal experience says that my endo may be the cause of my infertility I have a problem wit ovulation and i have leisons in uterus which may need further tests as they only just found them if you plan on having children i think it is a good idea to get tests if you need them !!As far as i know endo is a cause of infertility

    I am currently undergoing tests for bowel cancer & didn't have any problems until a few nights ago I seem to be very windy & nothing will help to ease the problem. Whatever I eat I end up going to the loo I drink a lot of water (boiled or cold) I also take Movicol 2x daily & the pain around my gut is still there. Is there anything I can do to relieve what I hope is wind. I've even resorted to taking a senna tablet & although it cleared me out the dull ache still remains. In the past I've had a bowel resection as my small bowel was severely blocked. Please help Thank you





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    I have tried eating or drinking yoghurt. This seems to help with digestion. But what really helps with pain from wind is having strong ginger tea made from actual ginger root, boil it up and drink. Add sugar if you want it to be more palatable.

    I have tried eating or drinking yoghurt. This seems to help with digestion. But what really helps with pain from wind is having strong ginger tea made from actual ginger root, boil it up and drink. Add sugar if you want it to be more palatable.

    Hi, My mother is 58 and has always had problems with bowel movements, but in the last year she has lost quite a lot of weight, and then after every meal empties her bowel within 10 minutes. She is always tired, any help please..she seems to think it is ok as shed thinks she is staying slim, but I see it as a dramaric change in her body which isnt normal?





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    After my first son a couple of my external stitches didn't knit properly and at the time i could not face being stitched again! I had no problems at the birth of my second son as he was 2lb lighter than my first. In my 40s i had a Hysterectomy and ovectomy due to PCOS and Endometriosis.In the last couple of years i have noticed that my bowel pushes down internally into my vagina and after i have a no 2 I always feel that I am not finished, if i insert a finger into my vagina i can feel my bowel is still partially full!!! I have to then digtally evacuate my bowel through my vaginal wall. Can anyone help?





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    I have experienced the same with using a finger to push back the bowel so it could empty. I did have the operation, to push my bulge back. The op was called a s.t.a.r op. I spent 2 days in hospital,took me a couple of weeks to get used to doing a poo normally. It was worth having it done as it definatly improved my life.I do make sure that I dont get constipated. Now 18 months on I am waiting to see the specialist for a cyctocele, where my bladder is bulging from the other side of my vaginal wall, I do feel more anxious about this as I have been told it will need an op.

    I too suffer with what you are describing. It is very embarrassing having to manually evacuate your bowl, feels somewhat "dirty". But I plucked up the courage and went to see my dr, who has put me in touch with a specialist - I will see him next month, Kinda very scared, as i am not sure what to expect. Will keep you updated. TBH - i would recommend that you go to the doctors - because lets face it, our problem is not going to go away by itself.

    I am dueto have a hernia repair around an ileostomy. I have been told that most of my bowel is in the hernia. They said an operation could pose problems with my lungs due to pressure being put on them when my bowel is put back. Because of this they said the operation has many risks. Is this correct?





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    I have been having bowel problems for a year where I am permanently bloated, I dont go to the toilet properly, sometimes pellets, or slim stools or a feeling of not emptying bowel. Sometimes have an urgency to go the toilet straight away or else I will have an accident. My gp thinks its IBS, he has given me a blood test and all is fine, however, he is referring me to a specialist to rule out anything bad. I just dont understand the permanent bloating when i have never had this before.





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    I have had bowel problems for the past 4-6 years now and suffered badly from constipation. I always have pain or iritation in my bottom and pain in my left side where I'm told my bowel movements get 'stuck' I eat everything I should but still it happens and I have meet found out why. It has become a problem and I have done diet changes as asked for years but it doesn't help the situation I also suffer bloating a hell of a lot. And I have become a very irritated and down person.





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    i dont really know how to describe it but maybe once every three montha and it lasts for at least two weeks i get a constant felling of pressure in my anal canal that dosent go away, i dont suffer from constipation or any problems passing a bowel movemet. I usually have a lot of runny white vaginal discharge and lower abdominal tenderness with the anal pain. please does anybody have similar problems the doctors can't seem to diagnoise any condition.





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    Hi, can you explain what bowel problems you are experiencing? I have just posted asking if anyone else is having bowel problems with their endo as I'm not sure if it's related? X

    I have bowel movement about 1 a week and when it does move its little bits of stool. been on many different kinds of lacsatives nothing helped changed my diet nothing. going for operation in 2 weeks to have my big bowel removed had bowel movement problems from the age of 5 is there any other treament available without going for surgery





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    I had a peri anal fistula and the first bowel surgeon I went to didn't even know what was wrong with me and after four ops said it was nothing to do with my bowel. To cut a long story short, I found myself a brilliant bowel surgeon and after my first exploratory op, told me that I had a peri anal fistula. I had to have a temporary colostomy to heal my bowel and after seven months I got it reversed and have had no problems since. Maybe you might need to go down that road, it's well worth it. Let me know how you get on.

    I have suffered from constipation and irritable bowel for some years and it was a terrible problem at work, having to keep going to the toilet to try to go but unable to do anything except some "currants" and left with a feeling that it is still in the bowel. Also my stomach was always distended. The pressure of the bowel on my bladder made me have an urgent need to wee, too. This year they have diagnosed me with underactive thyroid and on taking the thyroxine, the constipation and lots of my health problems have lessened or gone!! Perhaps some of the others might be hypothyroid like me. I really hope you cover hypothyroid and hyperthyroid as there seem to be so many women with thyroid problems and it is important to be diagnosed before they become pregnant.





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    Before coming onto this website i felt as if I was the only person to experience problems so young...iv been experiencing severe bowel problems since i was 15...i have been scared to go to the docs other than to get tablets...ive had 3different types of tables and thy ocasionally work...there is many cases of bowel cancer in my family...can i be too young??...i tend to brush it aside but sometimes i cry with the pain esp at my time ov the month i cant see a way out of this...

    I have suffered with bowel problems for years. Everyday i have to take 16-18 senna tablets - Do I need to be checked for bowel cancer?





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    Just reading the above comments. I've got a colostomy bag at the moment as i had ulcerative colitus. Im only 18 and i've had it for a year and a half and hopefully i'm having it reversed in 2 weeks. I didn't tell anyone about my stomach problems for a year and as a result i had to have emergeny surgery as my bowel was just about to burst. I urge anyone who is having problems with their stools to immediately go to see a doctor. Anyone who is feeling alone right now, your not alone. People don't realise how many other people suffer with bowel illnesses.





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    Hi i am 47 year old female for the last few years i av had problems with my bowel movements. i av to go about 6-7 times a day and i can't wait long once i get the urge to go.when i go for a bowel movement it it not loose or runny .





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    Hi I am a 51yr old female. Since February 2012 I have had very loose and frequent bowel movements. I have seen a gastroenterologist who found me to have ulcerated colitis. I took some antibiotics and am currently on steroids. The symptoms of going to toilet upto 11 times a day did start to subside but have since returned. I go between 4-6 times a day. I have very little control and often do not make it to the bathroom intime. This is very upsetting and debilitating. I am unable to go to work for fear of having an accident..weight loss is gradual , am unable to lead a normal life....wish someone could remedy this problem. Am pleased to read the comments posted as I thought I was on my own with this problem.

    ive had the same sort of experiance and ended up getting a second opinion! im about to get tested again to see if i have inflamtory bowel desease! but if thats a negative then they have to look at crones etc! i do believe a second opinion is a good way to go as my new doc has told me a lot of other gp's use ibs as a way to get rid of patients but inflamatory bowel desease and other bowel problems can have the same sort of symptoms!

    Something to ask the dr about would be neurologicle problems, bulging disc in lower spine or neck ; which can be causing the pain and mustle weakness, if the bowel and bladder are involved this may I dictate an emergency spine fusion to prevent paralysis !!! Quiet a common problem at age fifty, but any injury in past at any age can cause disk failure that requires surgery, FYI I had bowel bladder problems leg and groin pain and now am partially parolyzed from neck down, please inform dr of ALL problems your experiencing not just incontinence , ie- memory,balance, tingling, numbness ect!!

    My partners father was died at the age of 37 from bowel cancer and he is concerned that he may suffer from bowel problems. He regularly has stools of the same form and suffers diarhea expecially after drinking. Is it possible to get the NHC home testing kit?





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    Hi Jack, many thanks for your reply and your words or reassurance, they have helped me put this in to perspective. Since I added my Peyronies problem to the Embarrassing Bodies website I had found out that the Radiotherapy has now damaged my bladder and my bowel. I am currently waiting to have an operation on my bladder and an endoscopy in my bowel within the next two weeks too, but, I have also agreed to have the Peryonies operation later in the year. Perhaps I was feeling very sorry for myself ending up with the Pyronies Disease after 5 years of heart problems and four heart procedures under my belt, then Prostate Cancer and then Pyronies - now I have the bladder and the bowel problems too, sometimes it makes me think: "what is the next health problem which will be the straw-to-break-the-camel's-back?" Anyway, Jack, thank you so much for replying, it was a welcome boost I needed.

    I am a 32year old woman. I have been suffreing from bowel problems for a long time now,{10 years or more}. I have had quite a few pollops removed recently. one of which was almost at the cancerous stage, {according to the doctor}. However since my last examination I have not had a bowl movement. I have noticed over the past few years that my bowel movements or lack of them, tend to be linked to the 13/14th day of my monthly cycle. Do you thnk there is a conection with not haing a bowel movement and my cycle!I have other symptons such as tiredness over all bloating, bad breath to name a few..... I ve also been to a kinisaologist who was able to detect that i ahd a bad infection in my gut and a weak bowel and liver, i have been following a strick non dairy, weat, sugar gultan diet, {this seems to help a little}. Have you any advice?





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    9 years ago my husband had bowel cancer and had a bowel resection, this has left him with the problem of being incontinant, everything just falls out of him all the time,and many times he just does not make it to the toilet. This is very dibilitating and embarrasing,the consultant has put him on a high dose of codine to try to cure the problem but this dosen't work, He has lost loads of weight. As if that isin't bad enough he was diagnosed with leukemia 10 months ago and 3 weeks ago he had to have a blood transfusion. Has anyone suffered the same problems after bowel cancer.





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    i am 25 years old and have had a reoccuring abcess now for 3 years. i have had 3 operations and it still comes back, it is very painfull when it comes to a head and very uncomfortable. it has came back 4 times inthe last 6 months. twice it has just gone away and twice burst itself. iv been to AE 2 wks ago and they just gave me anti biotics iv had to clean and dress the wound myself! IN Sep my surgeon said i have a rare condition as the fistula goes towards my bowel muscle and the op has got high risks because its a delicate area and could cause problems in future with bowel movements. i dont know what to do. it causes me problems and makes me depressed. i would just like some advice on what to do or if you could help. thank you for your time. rebecca





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    Hi im nikki and i was diagnosed a few yes ago now, i suffer sever mouth ulcers that go all down my throat and once had about 50 at a time. I have a very high crp because of it and esr levels are treble what they should be. I react badly to immune suppresants so living on steroids. Ive gained 6stone in weight, i have arthritis because of it and have to use a mobility scooter or crutches. Memory problems, all over pain, uveitis in my eyes at times, swallow problems, severe migraines that last days, had meningitis, been in hospital so many times because of it! Its not just ulcers for many sufferers. Its destroyed my life. I also have bowel problems with bowel ulcers and inflamation. I have fibromialgia and ME, also have EDS type 3, i am on morphine patches n pills. I take about 30 pills a day. I had never heard of it but have had symptoms since i was a child.





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    Bless you Nikki, you really do have it bad. I have Fybro' and find some days better than others. Some days I have so much pain even in my fingers and toes and all over my body. I have no energy to do anything and feel abnormally tired and because of this I become irritable and snappy and just have to go and lie down then I sleep like a log but I find it very difficult to switch off and sleep at night.My speech can be affected quite badly sometimes so much so at one point I thought I had some form of Dementia like my poor mum had, it was frightening. I now take anti depressants, pain killers, and anti inflammatory medication. I take 6 tablets in the morning and 4 at night and a few in between. To me this illness should most always be seen as disabling because for so many of us it is.I too had some of these symptoms as a child and no one understood why - I do now.

    I am a 39 year old women, i had a hysterectomy 4 years ago, and for the past 8 months or more i have problems emptying my bowels. about 6 out of 10 times i feel i have not emptied my bowel, i have to insert my fingers into my vagina and push against the bowel wall which pushes the rest of the faeces out. i am not constipated can any-one explain whats happening





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    Recently saw the episode about this ladies bowel problems and it could have been describing the symptons I have suffered for as far back as I can remember. I was diagnosed by my then G.P. as having irritable bowel syndrome without having been examined. I am now in my early 50's and feel as if my condition is getting worse. I am single and have been very hesitant over the years about getting into a relationship because of this ! Will be making an appointment with my G.P. to discuss this with him.





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    Hi I'm diabetic and have had problems with thrush for over 5 years treatments do not work my gp keeps prescribing the same tablets and creams which don't work I've also complained about irregular periods which occur only every 4-6 months I have problems with abdominal pains bloating and bowel problems which again I've been to my gp about but I've never recieved medication sufficient to deal with the bloating which swells to the size were it looks as if I'm about to give birth please could you advice if these problems could be related thanks





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    Hi I have been suffering with irritable bowel for probably over 9 years, hand in hand with this i have chronic insomnia and issue's with my bladder that I was told is urethral syndrome but i am now wondering if its not connected to my bowel. I am curious if anyone else has these bladder problems, I sometimes at night have to pass water every 10 mins it is always worse when i am in what I call a blocked stage of my bowel cycle (can not call it constipation as I pass several movements a day) frankly the lack of sleep is making me more than miserable. Also can I request a food intolerance test on the NHS or will I have to pay. I am tired of the constant wind and pain and of going from constipated to loose in one bowel movement and hate the fact that I am sure this has caused hemorrhoids. Third thing how do I get one of those Can not wait cards. Many thanks in advance for your responses.





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  • Asymmetric  breasts

    Episode 3

    Patients consulted and diagnosed by the doctors in Episode 3 included sufferers with Asymmetrical Breasts, Urinary Incontinence, a problem toenail, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), as well as some irritating ingrowing hairs. Dr Jessen also embarked on a… Read more →

  • Tuberous sclerosis

    Episode 8

    The final episode of the series included a patient with the embarassing condition Paruresis, otherwise known as 'shy bladder'. There's also a case of Tuberous Sclerosis and patients with Folliculitis and Rosacea. Meanwhile Dr Jessen hit a student unio… Read more →

  • Hypo pigmentation

    Episode 5

    Episode 5 featured conditions as diverse as Gynaecomastia (that's man-boobs to the rest of us), Vaginisimus, hereditary Crohn's Disease, Anal Warts,some problem ears and a skin pigmentation problem. Meanwhile Dr Jessen hit the nightspots of Birmingham… Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 5 - Holiday

    This week's episode includes a visit to the airport where the Doctors see holiday goers bring back more than just souvenirs and tans. Read more →

  • Christian and his dad

    Embarrassing Old Bodies Special

    The Embarrassing Bodies clinic has opened its doors for a one off special looking at the conditions and problems that affect older people. Read more →

  • Leg Ulcer

    Episode 7

    Episode 7 saw our doctors treating Acne, Stretch Marks, a severe Leg Ulcer and a long-term case of Faecal Incontinence. Dr Jessen also checked out a South London swimming pool to see what was lurking beneath the surface. Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 8 - Oral

    This week's episode includes a man whose armpits are making his life hell, a couple with severe sexual discomfort and a case of very painful privates. Read more →

  • Headlice

    Episode 2 - Kids

    This week's episode includes a young girl with vile verrucas that may prove to be life saving; a woman with a sore bottom whose problem is much deeper than it seems and a teenage girl with a severe scaly scalp. Read more →

  • Piles

    Episode 4 - Hull

    The doctors visit Hull with their breast health roadshow, and deal with cases of piles, putrefying feet and vaginal pain. Read more →

  • Episode 13 - About Face

    Episode 13 - About Face

    In this episode, the doctors catch up with some of the most memorable embarrassing facial problems. Read more →

  • Embarrassing Bodies: Penis Special

    Our doctors unveil their top tips for keeping your penis tip top. Read more →

  • Episode 11 - Under the Skin

    Episode 11 - Under the Skin

    The doctors revisit famous cases of skin problems, finding out how their patients are getting on now... Read more →

  • Night terrors

    Episode 2 - London

    This week's Embarrassing Bodies takes on the capital as the mobile clinic hits old London town! Read more →

  • Man boobs

    Breasts

    In this second of four specials, the Embarrassing Illnesses doctors will be concerning themselves with breasts and all matters mammary. Read more →

  • Erectile Dysfunction

    Episode 6 - Erectile Dysfunction

    This week's episode includes a man whose erectile dysfunction has him at his wits end, an extreme case of tooth erosion and a ballooning belly that's more than just an obesity issue. Read more →

  • Keloid Scars

    Episode 1 - Pelvic Floor

    This week’s episode includes a woman who thinks she has a giant vagina, and a man who has had to wear incontinence pads until he’s saved by a revolutionary operation available on the NHS. Read more →

  • Christian

    Bodies Behaving Badly

    Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions including bladder control, sunburn and STIs. Read more →

  • TX 4

    Episode 4 - Series 7

    In the clinic Dr Pixie helps a young man with a six year posterior problem that started with a tiny hair but ended up as a gaping hole. Read more →

  • Acne Kelioidalis

    Episode 10 - Back to the Clinic 2

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on cases of acne, incontinence and a scaly skin problem that had left some specialists baffled... Read more →

  • Ball Check-Up

    Episode 11 - Back to the Clinic 3

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on everything from unwanted hair, to agonizing prolapses and some very painful privates. Read more →

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