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17 Yr Old Daugher Has Rectal Prolapse

my 17 year old daughter has been diagnosed with rectal prolapse.  We are waiting to have the colonosocopy done to find out exactly what is going on  inside.  The doctor told me he has never seen anyone at this age with this problem.  She is otherwise a very healthy girl.  Has anyone ever experienced this problem at this age?  If so, have you been treated and how are you now.  She has been seeing a gastrointernalogoist since she was 9  - and apparently we have been seeing the wrong type of doctor.  I'm just sick over this.

worriedandnervous worriedandnervous 41-45, F 16 Responses Dec 31, 2009

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I'm 22 and have recently been diagnosed with rectal prolapse, with surgery next week. I know this is a sensitive subject, but I thought I would bring up the idea that rectal and colon problems in young girls can often be brought on by complications of eating disorders - laxative abuse, purging, undereating etc. Of course it is not the case always, but I just thought I would mention it in case you needed to approach the subject xx

After searching online i am diagnosing myself with this. I am also 17..haven't told anybody, it is slightly embarrassing. It doesn't cause me pain though, just slight discomfort sometimes, so is it really bad to wait and see if it gets worse before going to a doctor? I really dont want anybody to find out.

Perhaps she may have strained too much while passing a stool as this happens to many who develop a prolapsed rectum

Women with prolapsed rectums are incredibly sexy. Any of you ladies ever make the most of your amazing anus in the bedroom? I would love to meet a woman with a prolapsed rectum.

I had surgery for rectal prolapse at age 19. I have always been very healthy and athletic as well. My doctors were baffled. Mine was done through an abdominal incision. Almost immediately after surgery, I started dealing with severe constipation. Fiber and laxatives were no help and the only way to empty my bowel was with enemas (tough to do with roommates). My rectum started prolapsing again at 21, but I was always able to reduce it myself. I had surgery again at 22 because the prolapse was getting larger and I was having to use diapers at night. This was also an abdominal rectopexy, but this time my sigmoid colon was removed also. I had a stapled anastomosis. This time I went from being constipated to being totally incontinent. Ten months later at the age of 23 I got a colostomy bag. I'm 26 now and have adjusted pretty well to the bag. I still don't know why I got the prolapse in the first place.

not to be disrespectful or anything but horny girls at that age do some wierd things, these girls are probably jus ******* themselves in the *** to often and causing recal problems

I am 21 years old, no children, and have recently been diagnosed with rectal prolapse. I have been somewhat constipated most of my life, but am otherwise very healthy. I am healthy and active. I have seen a surgeon at UCSF and also at Duke. I will be having surgery at Duke Medical Center in three weeks. He is doing an abdominal surgery and also removing my sigmoid colon. I would really appreciate advice from people who have had this surgery. I am nervous about recovery and activity level after the surgery. Thank you!

I'm so sorry to hear you are having prolapse problems. I am very surprised to see the amount of young people responding to my post that have this problem. My daughter did have surgery in June 2011. She recovered very well. She played Lacrosse in college and has been doing fine. Unfortunately, her rectum is prolapsing again. She just had a defogram this past week and we are waiting to hear the results from that test to find out where she goes from here. My prayers are with you and I wish you the best of luck.

Correction - she had surgery in 2010. So it's been 2 years

I'm so sorry to hear your daughter is prolapsing again. I am very athletic, so this is a concern of mine as well :(

Did your daugher have this surgery done abdominally or perineally? My mother is flying out to be with me (I am still in college) so I was wondering how long your daughter needed close attentive care after surgery?

My son is almost 4 yrs old and has been a very picky eater all his life...this past Friday I got a frantic call from his daycare because he had a rectal prolapse while using the bathroom. We took him straight to the ER where all they did was an xray. I am so worried and agraid for my baby. I hope there is no under-lying problems causing this. :(

Are you sure it was a rectal prolapse and not just a hemmoroid? There is a difference. For years I thought my daughter's was a hemmoroid too and it was treated as such, along with being diagnosed as having an ulceric colotisis. I would recommend seeing a rectal specialist (not a gastrointernologist). Good luck

I have been having constipation problems since i was a very young child...my mum used to take me to the doctors alot and all theyll give me is laxatives. ive been having blood and really bad stomache pains like agony ones for two years and theyve gave me some fibre drink things and lactolose for two years and hearniah medication!! which it wasnt that anyway..i found out about prolapsed rectum about a year ago and reasearched it alot. Ive got exactly the same symptoms and im in alot of pain now for how long ive had constipation.Ive recently found out ive been lactose intolorent since i was a cxhild so that could of caused it. thort id say my bit aswell.

I have had a rectal prolapse, it started when I was only 12 and I finally had surgery when I was 16 and a half. I am a female, no children. It was very difficult and embarrassing for me so I wish you the best of luck. My heart goes out to you, the best way to correct it (if it is serious because I have ) heard a "fiber diet" can work on young children but I found it to not help one bit) is laparoscopic abdominal surgery. I would like to know why young people are getting this problem. It typically happens to older females (65+) I hope one day doctors can learn more about this problem, it has been almost ten years since it first happened to me, and the doctors could not help at all. I started the same way, see a rectal doctor.

I agree with you - why is this happening. My daughter is healthy otherwise. She told me the other day she thinks she may be alergic to something because when she eats certain foods her stomach swells. She is seeing a Johns Hopkins doctor who is the top 1% in the Nation. He did her surgery a year ago and actually tied her rectum to her pelvic bone in hopes that it would last. Unfortunately, a year later it has fallen again. I don't want to ask too many questions in the doctor's office because I don't think she wants to know, i.e., will she eventually have to have a bag attached (can't think of the procedure) because she has to have her rectum removed. This is so incredibly scarey. Good luck to you.

My daughter is 12 and while we are going through the process of getting this diagnosed, I am certain she has rectal prolapse. If you could let me know what treatment you have been given and how successful it has been, I would appreciate it.

I'm sorry to hear this. My daughter had surgery a year ago in June. The doctor who is the top 1% in the Nation at Johns Hopkins did the surgery. Because she is so young he tied her rectum to her pelvic bone in hopes that it would hold longer. He did this by a c-section incision and going in through her rectum simunlateously. Unfortunately, a year later her rectum is falling again. She just had defogram procedure and we are awaiting the results of that test. I'm not sure what our options are now. I guess we will find out in about a week. Good luck to you. Just make sure you research the doctor who is doing any surgery - please don't let just anyone do it.

I am 22 years old and a healthy female. 2 years ago I started to suffer from constipation but I was studying and also working lots so didnt take much note of when I was going to the toilet. one morning I noticed some blood so me and my mum went to our local GP, I was diagnosed with constipation and given laxatives. The problem went on for months and eventually I was sent for a colonoscopy, the results were normal. I was then sent to the london hospital for more tests. I had to swollow a tablet containing 50 markers after 4 days these markers were still in my bowel. I was diagnosed with a slow transit and also a prolapsed rectum. It is impossible for me to go to the toilet without very strong laxatives as the prolapse is making it very difficult for me to pass my stools. The last doctor I spoke to told me to use suppositorys and have 15grams of fibre a day I then have to return in 8 weeks sadly this is not helping my situation. I have also started to lose more blood than usual and also lots of mucous which is making me think the prolapse is getting worse. I would be grateful of any advice. Thankyou

I would recommend that you see a colon rectal surgeon. This does not mean necessarily that you will need surgery. But it sounds like this problem is bigger than what a GP should handle. Good luck to you.

i have just found out through internet searching and self-diagnosis, (its not hard when you have it) i have rectal prolapse. im 23 yrs old, i have 3 children under 5. I havent told my family or partner and am too embarrased to go to doctors and worried as it may mean more appointments or suggested operations and i would never leave my 13 month old daughter. we home educate my eldest whos 4 1/2 and i have a nearly 3 year old. they are used to always having mommy. im quite upset as ive had so many problems recently it feels rather unfair, migrains, chillblains, asthma. now this :( my boys have a rare genetic condition too, so i have that to deal with. what happens after first doctors appointment? all websites mention under 3s and eldery, not 20s?? im also worried they will say no more pregnancies, as i read this is a cause, is this the case? thanks in advance Harriet

I was told I could get pregnant, no problems, but that the constipation might be a difficult problem during a pregnancy

I am sad to hear of 2 young g people are suffering from this compalint. I am 53 years old and when it happen to me I was devisated still am and i have become very emotional. These 2 people will need all the support emotionally and physically there familes can give them. I am 1 week post op for a anterior delormes procedure, have had a rough trot since with constipation after sugery form pain killing drugs and have had frequent bowel actions and i think nowstarting to settle down a bit!<br />
I wish these people all the best and to you lookingforanswers I know how stressted you feel, your doctor has done the right thing refering you to colorectal speacilist. Id like to hear how you get on. all the best.

I am sad to hear of 2 young g people are suffering from this compalint. I am 53 years old and when it happen to me I was devisated still am and i have become very emotional. These 2 people will need all the support emotionally and physically there familes can give them. I am 1 week post op for a anterior delormes procedure, have had a rough trot since with constipation after sugery form pain killing drugs and have had frequent bowel actions and i think nowstarting to settle down a bit!<br />
I wish these people all the best and to you lookingforanswers I know how stressted you feel, your doctor has done the right thing refering you to colorectal speacilist. Id like to hear how you get on. all the best.

My son was just diagnosed with rectal prolapse and he is 20. It happened 2 days ago. He has seen 2 emergency room doctors (1 was a specialist in this area) and they had never seen this before. He just saw a gastro specialist / surgeon and again he has never seen this before is is referring us to a colorectal specialist. My son has had intestinal problems his entire life, constipation, parasite 1 time, IBS. He also as asperger's syndrom (high functioning autism). From what you wrote it does not sound like you daughter has autism, is that right?