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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:05 am 
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Hi, new here....I have an embarrassing question/problem. Long story - I went undiagnosed with Graves disease (severe hyperthyroidism) for at least 8 or 9 months and fially one of my docs did a thyroid blood panel. Next thing I knew I was being overdosed with radioactive iodine as they were afraid I was going to have a heart attack and the thyroid had to be killed off quickly. Because of the overdose I also quickly became severely hypo and it caused severe constipation which led to a eectal mucosal prolapse and anal leakage. It has been a nightmare trying to adjust my thyroid replacement hormone and I did go to a colorectal surgeon who sent me to rectal pelvic PT.

At the first vkisit the therapist insisted on doing s vaginal exam to check the sphincter muscle (which I did not expect). She said that was the only way she could recommend exercises to help with the prolapse and incontinence. Well, there must have been some leakage from the back door that she introduced into my vagina as a few days later I developed a yellowish, no odor, no irritation or itching discharge which has not gone away and it is about 2 months now. I was hoping it is just atrophy as i am elderly and it would go away when my meds get me in the range I should be in.

I have not gone to the gyn as mine retired a couple of years ago and to go to a new one and afraid that even if i shower before going out the door, by the time I get to the new gyn ofice 40 minutes away there will be anal leakage and I don't want more pushed up there. I can not use anything except baby wipes to wipe down there as I also have vulvitis and vaginitis from atrophy...I'm just dried up. The other problem is I am so atrophic that at the last gyn exam I had 3 years ago I bled from the speculum for 2 days at the entrance of the vagina and how do I protect myself before and for days after the exam?? I am actually really scared to go. I tried putting a gauze pad between my cheeks but the incontinence is apparently intermittant and the gauze got stuck to my prolapse that come in and out at will. i dont need that bleeding either. I have been kegeling away but so far am very discouraged, especially since i go back and forth from constipation to loose stool from med dosage adjustments. I get either hyper or hypo. Actually I think the loose stool is worse as i am basically wiping my insides when the prolapse comes out and also I do know that often i am washing it with soap so it becomes very irritated. However, oddly enough the skin around my anus has not gotten sore from the leakage.

I am just so frustrated. If anyone has any ideas on how to protect myself so I can go to the gyn please let me know. It will be much appreciated. I am also prone to UTIs so i have to be careful...I have a small urethral prolapse so can not use any of those bottom cleaning wipes or I will be bleeding from there. This I know from experience from doing a urine culture and using one of their wipes. Couldn't sit for a week while that healed.

Thank you everyone.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:08 pm 
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Hi, roe, and welcome. I'm sorry about your issues and frustrations. I, too, am an elderly woman and have recently become intermittently fecal incontinent. I'm also urinary incontinent. I'm sorry that I can't personally relate to your gyn issues. Although my medical laundry list contains several chronic conditions and a couple of major medical events, gyn problems have been the one bullet that for some reason I've dodged.

I must tell you that there isn't a lot of women's input on this forum. I suspect that's because there are a couple of good ol' boys here who seem to feel that women have nothing of value to offer them in the form of support and advice. However, that may only relate to input provided on the other sections of the forum that aren't specifically designated for women.

That being said, I suggest that you initially schedule a consultation appointment with the Gyn so you can outline and discuss everything you've stated here. If you have copies of your relevant after-visit summaries from prior treatment, bring them to the consult appointment. Then, if both of you feel that it's a good fit and the Gyn can help you, the Gyn can request your in-depth medical records from the past providers, review them, and schedule an exam and treatment visit. Best wishes for a good result.

W.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:38 pm 
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Thanks for your advice. Hopefully the new gyn would be acceptable to just making a plan the 1st visit and then come back for exam. If only the other one had not retired I know she would work with me, but that's how it goes.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:58 am 
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roe wrote:
Thanks for your advice. Hopefully the new gyn would be acceptable to just making a plan the 1st visit and then come back for exam. If only the other one had not retired I know she would work with me, but that's how it goes.

Hi roe, haven't been too active lately but just saw your post. I too am trying to manage the total bladder and bowel incontinence I have and it hasn't been easy. But hopefully your issues get resolved. Not a lot of fellow gals here to relate to and also I'm a lot younger so i have felt alone with this before I found this place online.


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