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Old 02-19-2012, 01:53 AM
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Very embarrassing-anal spasms

Ok, I've had problems with bowel movements for 4 months and despite trying everything besides surgery, only a few enemas a week work for me. Today, I experienced, and continue to experience quite an interesting problem. I'm having muscle spasms on my sphincter. This is so embarrassing to write, but I'm really hoping someone else has gone thru this and can help. I'm sorry for the vulgarity.
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:24 AM
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There is nothing to be embarrassed about, it is just a muscle, kinda like having a toe that is twitching

The spasms could be from trying to hard to go to the bathroom. Pushing too much will cause the sphincter to go into spasm. I have and still do have this problem a little, but after relaxing a taking my time to go to the bathroom, it has gotten a little better.

Talk to your neuro about this.

Hope you get this under control!
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:22 AM
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Is it like spasticity? Aw heck, maybe it'll help "move things along".

I am sorry you are experiencing this, and I don't think it's vulgar. We are here to discuss our problems and ask pertinent questions and this is a valid one.

Hoping it passes and you get relief.

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Old 02-19-2012, 09:21 AM
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I hear you!

I have this problem as well. Look up pelvic floor dysfunction as well. I personally think the two go hand and hand. I just can't seem to get that area to relax sometimes! :

PT did help me some but it's a constant battle. Best of luck to you!
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:58 AM
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A few years ago, there was quite a lengthy thread discussing this problem. So I don't think you're alone in this. I went searching for it, but couldn't find it.

I remember many of the posters who suffered with the problem said heat helped relieve the spasm. How to get heat to that area would seem to be the issue. Many said they'd get in a warm bath...that's just not possible for a lot of MSers because of the other symptoms that would be exacerbated.

I've wondered if one of those portable sitz baths with warm water (the kind you can buy at drug stores and sit just inside the toilet) would be of help in relaxing those muscles.

Sphincter muscles are definitely affected by MS...spasticity can affect the anal sphincter and the urinary sphincter.

Hope you find a something that works.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:00 AM
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Just as massage of a calf muscle will sometimes help relax it, massage of the sphincter muscle may help it to relax.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:05 AM
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I've had these for years. Just stops me in my tracks. Very painful. There is actually a term (name) for this, but I can't remember it right now. I don't think it's serious.

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Old 02-19-2012, 10:33 AM
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If you're forcing yourself to go, you could be engorging the veins in your anus and eventually develop hemorrhoids. They would cause the spasms. A neurologist wouldn't be able to help you.

Talk to your doctor (PCP, if you have a good one!) about establishing a bowel training program...and get some Prep H to help decrease the size of the veins in that area. Good luck. That is miserable.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:47 PM
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This is one of the more painful symptoms I've had. Pushing in has helped. I've had constant spasm in my foot and my PT told me to push in with my fingers or to pull with a belt against the spasm. He said it was the same as when you have a charlie horse in your foot and you stretch the muscles but pushing up on your toes. I suppose the same would be true with this.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:32 PM
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RE: Rectal Spasms

My sympathies to you for what is clearly an unpleasant problem. It seems to me that a neurologist is probably not the appropriate specialist to deal with this particular issue. I would suggest that you consult a colorectal surgeon/proctologist. They specialize in problems of the colon, rectum and anus.

Good luck in getting this resolved. Please keep us posted.
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:41 PM
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I have an appt with a gastro dr on Tuesday. Hopefully he will have some answers as I have some other symptoms too. I will let y'all know what he says
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