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Dr Phil: Ask me, I'm a doctor

Dr PhilThe secret of learning is to ask the right questions. So said a wise old lecturer of mine. He could have added that the secret of teaching was to encourage the right questions. How many of us have sat at the back of a classroom and wanted to ask something but have been put off by the fear of embarrassment and ridicule? I've spent 16 years encouraging patients to overcome their shyness and to keep asking questions about their illness and treatment. Medicine (and life) is uncertain, and sometimes the answer is I don't know. But the surest sign that the NHS is opening up to patients is when you can ask any question you like, without feeling stupid or a nuisance.

When I was a medical student, patients weren't always told if they had cancer and some were fobbed off with terrible euphemisms (you've got a bit of a problem down below). Twenty years on and patients are now encouraged to participate fully in decisions about their care and even shop around hospitals to find the best treatment. Asking questions is clearly more important than ever.
But it still isn't easy. Men, in particular, don't like to be seen as ignorant. Why does it take 20 million sperm to fertilize one egg? Because none of them will stop and ask the way. It isn't just pride that gets in the way of a good question. Recently, a nurse told me of an elderly woman on a hospital ward who, although not bed bound, was too shy to ask where the toilet was. Instead, she became incontinent.
In an ideal world, all patients would be told where their nearest toilet is and invited to speak up if they have any concerns. People vary widely in the issues they want to raise and the detail they'd like in the answer, but as any good teacher knows, there's no such thing as a stupid question. And often it helps to think in advance about what you want to ask a doctor or nurse (generally in under 10 minutes).
For example, here's a selection of questions you could ask any doctor...
  • What do you think is wrong with me?
  • What tests will I need?
  • What do the tests involve?
  • When will I know the results?
  • What treatments are there to choose from?
  • What are the risks and benefits of the different options?
  • Will the treatment effect my work, sex or social life?
  • How long will the treatment last?
  • How do I know if I'm getting the best treatment?
  • Will I be able to look after my family or will I need help?
  • Will the treatment affect my fertility?
  • Can anything be done about the smell?
  • Will I be able to drive?
  • How can I tell my family and friends?
  • Would you like a chocolate?
If you're referred for surgery, here are some slightly more searching questions which suggest you've done a bit of homework.
  • Are you a specialist?
  • How many of this particular type of operation have you done?
  • If a junior surgeon is doing my operation, will he or she be closely supervised by a specialist?
  • What have your results been in the long term?
  • How do they compare to the national average?
  • How likely is it that this treatment will improve the length or quality of my life?
  • How likely is it that this treatment will harm me?
  • Is there another unit in the NHS that gets much better results than yours?
  • How big will the scar be?
  • Would you like a chocolate? Not the purple one, that's my favourite.
Some hospitals already publish excellent patient information packs that suggest and invite questions, but not all. Some also show patients an analysis of their results routinely, without you having to feel awkward by asking for them. To give informed consent, you need information and perhaps the biggest sign that the culture of healthcare has changed would be if the information was always given up front with a smile instead of you having to drag it out of a surly nurse.
Finally, if you're in hospital, it's worth doing a few safety checks as you go along. So feel free to ask:
  • Is that bag of blood really for me? Do you mind if we check?
  • How fast should the bag run through? It was 8 hourly yesterday.
  • What are these large pink tablets? I normally have small white ones.
  • Would you like a grape? Would you mind washing your hands first?
Of course, you don't have to ask any questions at all. When you're tired and frightened, you may just want to leave it all up to the professionals. But if you do want to ask something, anything at all, don't let shyness get in the way. And keep asking until you understand the answer (and use sites like this to check if it's right!).
Dr Phil Hammond is a medical doctor, comedian and commentator on health issues.

Written by: Dr Phil Hammond
Edited by: Dr Phil Hammond
Last updated: Friday, December 17th 2010

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Posted by Geraldinemcwilliams on 17/05/2019 at 11:32

On medicine s for thyroid cancer and fast heart beat had surgery four years ago bladder repair also took out womb through virgin having lot problems with my bowel told I had der of bowel Rushing to toil or not been able to go sometimes I think I’ve had a good bowel movement later when at toilet when I wipe my bottom full of poo again then wen I ant get moving i could be walking along feel small piece coming down by them self something I get jajs in my stomach

Posted by Hidden name on 24/07/2018 at 05:02

Greetings, I noticed some fresh blood on my stool, and a minor black patches oh the surface of my stool which in general is brown and thick. Well I am suspecting something might have went wrong as in the previous months as I was with a woman and we were trying prostate massage. The last few times her nails were uncut and I experienced some pain. Well Other than my observations today after I went to toilet I am feeling a bit scratched there in the anus (near inside the rectum area) but other than that I I think I feel good. So do you suggest me visiting any doctor? And by telling you this could you measure it as if it might just a wound or it leads to suspects that it might be cancer. Note I am 23 years old healthy.

Posted by adrienne on 05/10/2017 at 03:45

i have went to the dr and they told me i have hemorrhoids and i still bleed i take medication for it but can it be that my fiber is low

Posted by Optional on 17/09/2017 at 04:04

Hi, I've been having some anal soreness and pain the last 3 days. It's getting worse. I haven't been able to use the restroom it hurts when I walk. Not sure what's going on. I didn't even eat anything at all yesterday as well. Should I be concerned. Thinking about going to the ER bc it's so painful

Posted by Optional on 20/06/2017 at 10:39

Whenever I make love to my husband i have lower abdominal pain for almost a week and sometimes i get some discharge with a foul smell.

Posted by Brian on 11/05/2017 at 06:27

Hi, I have a burning anus all the time and when I try to defecate two dark red pads protrude from my anus and I have difficulty going and I feel like I'm straining a lot. I also have the feeling of incomplete evacuation and I have to go several times. The doctor says it's not piles but if it isn't what could it be?

Posted by Kathy on 04/04/2017 at 10:08

THe outside of my poop area hurts 24/7. I just had an anul fissure removed. BUt it's still painful there. I did a bath soaking once. What kind of cream do you suggest? THANK YOU

Posted by Norma on 27/03/2017 at 05:04

I have been bleeding front my anal for the last two days. The blood is bright red. After I finish and I stand up I get this strong pain in my stomach.

Posted by karam on 11/01/2017 at 09:29

I am confused because my one testis smaller them another. Why it caused tell me

Posted by Optional on 24/11/2016 at 08:49

Hi everyday when I run the ring around my anal hurts not inside it but outside it hurts so bad when it rubs together when walking or running what could be the cause and what can I do to stop the pain

Posted by Optional on 13/11/2016 at 06:33

It is looking like there is a small bud outside of the asshole (Sorry for using such a ugly word, bezi don't know the exact medical terminology), kindly what kind of doctor that I have to visit. General physician or any other?

Posted by Optional on 02/05/2016 at 06:32

I have a creamy discharge coming out of my uretha. 2 weeks now but seems to be getting better slowly.

Posted by ABC on 24/04/2016 at 04:10

i have anal bleeding some times it was probably bec of the anal sex with my partner bec we had a rough sex and my anus got tear whem ever i have a constipation adter i release i start bleeding plz help me deal with it thankss

Posted by Optionalniola on 20/03/2016 at 01:56

I have a query I have just passed red blood and mucus more like a clot from my rectum and am having a lot of pain could you give me some advise

Posted by h m h on 04/03/2016 at 05:31

Hi have been feeling ill since yesterday. The evening went to the toilet and felt really weird, pain in stomach, felt like I wanted to be sick, shakes and diarrhoea. Today went to toilet and noticed bleed from anus, it's not heavy but I am worried.

Posted by Holly Taylor on 21/01/2016 at 03:01

I recently had the medical abortion the symptoms said I could have diharrea I had it for 2-3 days then after it stopped and now when ever I go to the toilet to do my buissnes it hurts so much and I'm in so much pain there is blood when I wipe as well but it hurts so much I don't want to go to the toilet I feel embarrassed to go to the doctors as well

Posted by Optional on 12/01/2016 at 08:22

Hi I have extreme bleeding from my back passage but this can happen any time not when I'm using toliet and I was faecally incontinent the other day and I didn't realise I have an appointment next week to have camera but I was looking for some advice of what I could be

Posted by Optional on 04/01/2016 at 03:29

I have a discomfort on the anal i think i feel like a slight swelling could u help me

Posted by Optional on 25/12/2015 at 07:29

Why does it feels like a knife slicing through my penis when I lay down

Posted by Shiva on 23/08/2015 at 01:19

I have problems in buttock near and surrounding anus.I am not able to sit and sleep also.only left part got it happem.I dont pain to much.I used to go gym and lift weight.its my regular routine Can u tell me what happen to me and what is the treatment and which doctor I should concern.

Posted by Optional on 29/06/2015 at 04:21

I could not do inter-crose with my partner eventhough I got fully exited for going this. What is the reason.

Posted by Optional on 22/06/2015 at 10:22

I'm having a lot of bleeding when I pass wind without actually passing any stools. I have IBS and my tummy is very bloated... Anyone have any idea what it could be? I don't have any piles.

Posted by Optional on 10/06/2015 at 08:17

Dr says I have fissure but every time I try and pass a stool I pass lots of musicand it burns . Also I feel a couple of lumps.alsofinding iit so painful to sit down is this normal

Posted by Percy on 28/05/2015 at 06:14

I have just had to struggle to go to poo I had loads of blood like a period in the loo ,don't know if it was from back or front

Posted by Optional on 11/05/2015 at 02:26

I have constipation every few days as I m 14 weeks pregnant. Recently I noticed a pointed thing around my anus hole which pains if I press. I dont know is it a boil or something. It doesn't feels to finger otherwise. Only wen I wash after bowel is removed. Please help.

Posted by Optional on 17/04/2015 at 06:25

So , My problem has happened for three days now, my anal will start being very itchy at night to the point I can't sleep, of course I don't want to stretch it,so I go to the bathroom and I wipe and I did that tonight and it burned, and now it feels bloated.. I don't know what's going on..

Posted by Optional on 31/03/2015 at 11:44

I have noticed for a few months now I have had a lump around my anal, it started off to be so but not so much now. The lump is quite big and I have no idea what it is, what is this and should I be worried?

Posted by Optional on 25/03/2015 at 03:44

I had anal penetration with a butt plug however after opening I noticed there was an odd chemical smell and sticky feel to it. I washed it with a normal body soap and used plenty of lube. A few days after I noticed a hemorrhoid like bump on the outside of my anus. It is very uncomfortable and worsens with a bowel movement with a tinge of blood to my used toilet paper. Do you feel I could have acquired some type of infection to the material on the plug? Please help For I am too embarrassed to go to the doctor..

Posted by Optional on 22/03/2015 at 06:31

There's lots of blood coming from my anal and it wont stop bleeding and lots of pain in my lower left side of my stomcah cancer runs in my family what do u think is wrong with me??????????????

Posted by Optional on 20/03/2015 at 12:30

Plz help me my partner 35 and last night he had very bad bleeding from his bum he has piles to doctor wants him in hospital he had very lose stools for 6 week or more now

Posted by Optional on 08/01/2015 at 12:12

My penis doesnot stand up.

Posted by Optional on 07/01/2015 at 11:09

i have had a pacemaker since april 2014 i am have an irregular heart beat that woke me up. i is still irregular after 2 hours. should i go to the emergency room.

Posted by Optional on 02/01/2015 at 02:51 husband do anal sex before 4 days aago and then i hv my anal is itchy from inside and become so reddish what can i do plz help me

Posted by Optional on 14/12/2014 at 04:49

I have been struggling for the past 3 days with burning sensation in the anus. I can't able to walk bcoz of it. This is the second time i am struggling, first time it last for a day and i was ok the next day. What can i do for this?

Posted by Optional on 13/12/2014 at 08:14

I have a pimple on my penis head what could that be? Do boils get on the penis head?

Posted by Sue on 08/12/2014 at 10:54

I had a prolapse bladder, I had an op to pur it right but it didn't work, I,m know waiting to have some thing done, but there was complications and I ended up in icu, I lost 5 pints of blood, now I,m bleeding from my anus when I poo it's bright red, should I seek help straight away,

Posted by Optional on 27/11/2014 at 09:33

I've been in hospital for a week for a serious uti and I'm now bleeding from anus I'm very worried any help please

Posted by suem62 on 26/09/2014 at 09:14

i have had my 4th ercp last friday,for gall stones that are stuck in my bile duct, apaerently there is loads and theyre way too big, so friday i went for spy glass tripotripsy, but still couldnt remove them all back in 8 weeks, for my 5th one, but anyway, my stomach is swollen something terrible,and i havent been able to move my bowels since satuday last which is 6 days ago!! 2 days ago i took 3 satchets of movicol in 2 glasses of water, then thismorning i took another 2 satchets of movicol in a glass of water, and still no sign, its at the stage whee im afraid to eat anything because the pain is terrible, what should i do, im only putting off going to a&e because of the state of our healhcare system and people are left waiting up to 4 days for a bed.

Posted by sarah on 13/09/2014 at 12:18

Hi My Name Is Sarah, and my bum is bleeding for 4 days till now and i really need an answer and its so bright and dark the same time i really need help at least just tell me if im gonna die or if i have cancer i really need your help im crying and scared and i had my period from 1 month ago it was also the same but it was 3 days and my mom or sister dont know about this i really need your help :(

Posted by Optional on 01/07/2014 at 03:54

I have been having stomach problems since I gained so much weight in the last 2 years. I always used to be very athletic and I am not now. I have had black stools the past few days. Do you think I need to seek medical attention?

Posted by Optional on 08/06/2014 at 07:04

My boyfriend, age 23, has discovered a VERY SMALL hole in the middle of his buttcrack, closer up to his back. Maybe two inches above his anus. It has never given him any problems, and there has never been any type of fluid (that he knows of) discharging. I am very concerned it is something serious, or could lead to something serious. It is an ACTUAL hole. Please help.

Posted by Asker on 31/05/2014 at 03:58

I just had oral sex yesterday and after 30 mins my penis started swelling very scarily and sometimes it hurts and at the upper part it also has black and blue kind of color. Will it be normal ? What should i do?

Posted by JOHN on 01/05/2014 at 09:44

I had a biopsy for prostate cancer last year and was positive,I have had radiotherapy and finished that in Jan.Since the biopsy I have had aching in my right testicle,after several weeks of antibiotics today saw a hospital doctor who examined me and said to take painkillers and the alternative is to remove the testicle,which seems a bit drastic.

Posted by Cyndi on 29/03/2014 at 09:16

Hi Doctor. I have had chronic constipation for many years but lately the constipation has been much worse causing more problems than before. I have a small prolapse that causes stool to push toward and in towards that vagina. This last bout the stool was much larger than normally and I ended up straining too hard. It caused these tiny sores .

Posted by Optional on 29/01/2014 at 01:43

ok my daughter start bleed when she was poopin lots of blood they did a scope and a colon thinly and said everything looked good but she was still pooping blood when she left the hospital its dark blood what could it be

Posted by Brian on 08/01/2014 at 04:31

Hi,iv'e been showing blood on the toilet paper for just over 3 months now.My stools are soft sometimes dark.I have been examined by my GP , who's referred me to the hospital for the camera and told me that he does not think its cancer.I have no pain when passing the stools and feel fine, apart from being very worried.What could it be?

Posted by on 20/03/2013 at 05:36

To lucy d 17/03/13 and Optional 18/03/13, you may find our sections on constipation, anal itching, anal pain and anal bleeding helpful. Just click on the 'Anal' tab at the top of the website. We also strongly recommend that you talk to your own doctor about your health concerns.

Posted by Optional on 18/03/2013 at 02:10

My anus is itchy during the mornings and afternoons, and around six in the evening, it begins to hurt. It feels sore, and when it gets bad, my vagina itches and hurts as well. It hurts more when I go to the bathroom. It usually happens for one or two weeks every night, then it stops for a month, and then it starts again. I just really want it to stop hurting. I'm seeing a doctor soon, but in the meantime, why do you think this is happening and how do I stop it?

Posted by lucy d on 17/03/2013 at 01:43

Hi today I try to go to the toilet for a poo but it realy hurt and I struggled to pass it when I wipe there was a bir of bright red blood there now inside my anal realy hurts and im getting the sensation of needing a poo im realy worried and very embarresed ti see a doctor about this please help x

Posted by Debra Optional on 12/01/2013 at 01:48

I have been going to the toilet and every time I do wen I wipe my self blood there

Posted by mildred on 09/01/2013 at 05:55

hy, i jst wnna ask that ther is a kind of orange or yellow liquid that comes out into my breast, bt am nt pregnanat...

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Posted by Optional on 12/12/2012 at 05:03

i have anual bleeding with blood clots and its painfull before and after bowel movement, blood is dark

Posted by Optional on 09/12/2012 at 03:57

i have these red bumps under the foreskin of my penis and i am noticing that when i squeeze my penis i can feel hard lumps no sure what caused these problems.

Posted by ouch! on 05/12/2012 at 02:08

My pain started very sharp in my left side lower stomach. No is an irratating pain inside my anus. Mostly when walking and a BM kills. Went to the ER a week ago, they said maybe i had a cyst on my ovary rupture, but im not thinking so. Clueless...

Posted by Optional on 03/12/2012 at 09:06

Hi iv been having problems with my bottom for the past 5 weeks its so painful to go to the loo also pass blood at the same time, afterwards it feels like a painful pulse for about ten minutes, iv also noticed some red little lumps on the outside of the anus and thy sting when they are touched, it seems to be getting a lot worse iv been to the doctor try could ent feel anything different, they prescribed me sum anusol suppository's it went for 2days but then it's back and seems to be a lot more painful!

Posted by on 19/11/2012 at 01:35

To aditi, please see our 'Piles' page:

Posted by on 19/11/2012 at 01:34

To Rachel, you may find the information on our 'Anal pain' page helpful: We're sorry we cannot enter into any personal correspondence, but would recommend that you consult your doctor again if the problem persists. Please let us know how you get on on. Any other mums out there with a similar situation?

Posted by aditi on 13/11/2012 at 05:56

i m having problem in my anal. i feel some skin or like part of skin is coming out from my anal while going for stool. i also feel pain while sitting. pls suggest some medicine.

Posted by Rachel on 08/11/2012 at 07:34

Hi, I'm writing regarding my 3 year old daughter, she has had bowel problems since the age of 6 weeks where she started having Va-so Vago attacks and would pass out when pooing. She no longer passes out but can not sit down to do poos. She is always in incredible pain and has to run up and down or jump up and down to go, she is currently taking 30mls a day of lactulose syrup, my doctor has told me she is to old to be doing poo's in a nappy and I have just spent the last 7 days trying to get her to do it on the potty or toilet, things can to a head tonight when she could not take the paid any longer and pleaded with me to get her a nappy, I'm sure there's something more going on with her bowels than just being a stubborn toddler, please help!

Posted by steven on 20/10/2012 at 09:43

i have high blood pressure,cholesterol,a hiatus hernia,overweight but cannot loose it ive tried everything,havent had sex in 8 years and am not interested anymore, i love my partner wholly but she copes with it, i am on depression tablets as i am her carer for 27 years as she was diagnosed with psychosis,hence had to give up work to raise two sons now in twenties. do i need help and is there any,

Posted by Keri on 18/10/2012 at 11:33

Hi my son is and has a lot of mucus coming out his bum! That's without having a poop!! What can that mean??

Posted by peter on 02/08/2012 at 07:13


Posted by Optional on 14/07/2012 at 01:44

i do often develop an itch and it has gone on for sometime now..i am forced to scratch my anal area with tissue til i see some spots of blood,what exactly could the problem be..

Posted by Optional on 30/06/2012 at 05:40

i have itchy in my ass then i saw it in the mirror the color is white then i started to scrath my itchy in my ass its very scrathy like allergy what can i do for this one pls. i need some advice from you

Posted by Embarrassing Problems team on 21/05/2012 at 03:41

To Optional on 21/05/2012 - please take a look at our page on anal bleeding at - any anal bleeding is something you should always see your doctor about.

Posted by Optional on 21/05/2012 at 02:08

Dr Phil i've got daughter she is 10 she is bleeding at the back she showed me it started in the morning when she relieves herself then when she come back from school she went again to the toilet to relieve she showed me the light red blood on a toilet paper but she is saying there is no pain.

Posted by Optional on 12/05/2012 at 07:53

I have thrush in my vagina right through to my bottom, I was given a fungal capsule yesterday but the itching is still driving me nuts, what can I do so that I don't scratch and make it worse?

Posted by Optional on 01/11/2011 at 11:11

I often notice my bum muscles... Very often it feels like they are constantly pushing. What is this. Several years ago I had a lot of mucus excreted from my bottom.... Often and without warning... I had a rear end look... With a camera... But they found nothing and gave me no advice. It is seven years on and often uncimfortable as it feels like my rectum is constantly pushing slilghtly. Any suggestions??. Thanks

Posted by Optional on 20/10/2011 at 08:25

Hi I was sufferig from colonal polyp for more than 15 years with wrong diagnosis (as internal hemeroid) and finaly they removed it for me before 2 years ,they also checked it for any danger and it was ok, but know after 2 years i do have pain in my anas when i seat 4 more than 2 hours on specially on soft chairs (spong),and I couldn't even go to work, does any body knows the reason and the solution? may be I got problems wih my pelvic musels? pls wright me back your comments thanks

Posted by Optional on 24/07/2011 at 10:40

Dear Dr Phil, I wrote in on the 17/07/2011to your website as I said I had the catheter removed but I still had 650 mills of urine in my bladder so i had another catheter fitted for another two weeks i have now had the catheter removed after 14 weeks, I can urinate much better now, but when I go first thing in the mornings I pass blood followed a short time afterwards by a burning sensation that only last for about five minutes plus I’m very sore to touch afterwards at the end of my penis that goes off after a while also, I'm thinking i have an infection am I right ? I have drank bi carbonate of soda thinking my urine is to strong, What should i do now, I had a TURP operation four weeks ago, Thank you,

Posted by Optional on 17/07/2011 at 12:46

I had a TURP operation four weeks ago I still have a catheter fitted, i've had this for 14 weeks, when i open my bowles i bleed through my penis, is this normal,

Posted by Optional on 24/05/2011 at 12:27

i have had continueing piles and a rectal tear i am in constant pain and lose loads of blood when i go to the toilet i am con constipated no one seems to help or the creams ive had please help thanks

Posted by Optional on 14/05/2011 at 01:08

Dear Dr Phil, I am on heart medication and recently am unable to ejaculate at all (4 months), and although have no problem with erections,I find now after sex am finding my testicals hurt and feel swollen. Help!

Posted by Optional on 25/03/2011 at 02:53

hey, there is penny sized blood after i have pooped bright red on the tissue when i wiped myself, there has speckles for the last few days and it has been slightly uncomfortable to poop, but i dont have any spots or ulcers near the anus. what could it be?

Posted by Optional on 02/03/2011 at 02:12

i got problem in my anal there is none of any itching problem but my anal surface is always remain wet when I check my anal with finger i feel small lump so please reply what is it? is it kind piles or another issue

Posted by Optiona on 02/03/2011 at 04:33

i have dark red blood coming from my anal area, what do i have to do to push them back up inside me without being in to much pain?

Posted by nadia on 25/02/2011 at 03:29

Basicallly i hav pain when im just about to finish going pee, and just before i go pee i feel as if im about to wet myself and my body cant hold my bladder. I hav been to hospital when it was more suvier but now its just innoying! i hav light blood on my tissue and i dont want to tell my mum again about this so is there anyway it will clear up by its self with a bit of being left alone and kept clean?

Posted by Optional on 25/02/2011 at 10:09

Hi my partner is bleeding from the bottom and will not go to the doctor because he doesn't want to worry me when it happens it say i drink to much coffee or it must of been the chillies i ate its happened more then once and thats what i know of could it be something simple i know his worried but to scared to know i think

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Posted by Daniel on 30/01/2011 at 07:21

i Have benn bleeding from the anus for 3/4 days now and with some pain. when i pass wind it seens to get worse and i begin to leak blood and mucuse i dont know what it is so any help would be greatfull thanks

Posted by John on 28/01/2011 at 11:22

Hello, I have pain in my left testis and feeling came down with comparison to the other. Every time when i sit feel more pain. Please can you suggest me what could be the problem and what i have to do? Its not severe pain but slow and continuous. Thanks

Posted by Optional on 24/01/2011 at 05:57

I am a caregiver for a 81 year old female. When she goes to have a bm she gets so upset! She is on a pain patch for her back ( 75 mg ) and iron pill and blood pressure meds and thyroids meds. She takes 2 stool softners at night with 1 dose of mirlax with prune juice and she has prunes every moring and eats a good diet. Put when it comes having a bm she gets worked up and stains and cries. She has to go to bedside commode atleast 5 times before she ges relieve or simpling is unable to go! Have discussed this with her dr. and family. With o end result. Dr. says take 2 does of miralax and so on.........Then it gets running and she has no control. Family just says she does have to go every me she doesnt go every day maybe every 3 days but it is hell on and me! Any sugguestions?

Posted by Murthy on 23/01/2011 at 12:59

I am not having free bowel movement. Every day I get urge to pass stools. But I have to exert lot initial pressure for opening internal sphincter muscles of the anus. Once stool starts passing out later there will not be any problem. My diet includes lot of fibre and water, pure vegetarian. Medications provide temporary relief. I am leading active life attending various outdoor activities. Kindly advise

Posted by Optional on 20/01/2011 at 05:34

I have itching in my anal region for a couple of months now which has been on and off. Some months back I noticed some bright red blood on toilet paper after defeciation and then it disappeared. I have had some on/off spotting of blood which has now disappeared. Sometimes I have pain in my anal area and sometimes pain in my stomach and upper abdomen. What could be causing this. I am embarrassed to go to the doctor about this ? help.

Posted by mike from charlotte on 20/01/2011 at 03:57

my tip of my tongue is numb been like this for 4 weeks

Posted by Anonymous on 19/01/2011 at 12:54

i usualy will not go to the bathroom for 6 days at a time,and my stomache kept getting bigger so i had a bunch of test done and they found iam constipated and that my left kidny isnt working right and they saw something wrong with my liver.anyways i drink alot of icetea and i have no teeth and i love good and plenty candys and so because i have no teeth most of it goes down whole ..can this be hurting me...cause my tummy hurts tonight alittle and i went to the bathroom and my but crack was burning like papercuts and when i wiped it toiletpaper had blood and white stuff what could it be and my poop was brown with black candy lookinng things in it actualy it lookd like the black liqorice that i swallow all the time i eat a box of those aday and i go without eating usualy cause the icetea and candy fill me up...what do u think is wrong.. dont get me wrong i eat just not heavy anyways

Posted by Optional on 17/01/2011 at 09:44

Hi! I had surgery for haemorroids. But I still get mucosal discharge all the time. I also get bleeding and pain just inside orifice.Why is that? Is there a cure for this discharge?

Posted by Optional on 08/01/2011 at 07:39

Thank you for your help on anal itching that was real good now I know what to do. I was buying all sorts of fungal creams but in the end all I needed was salt water. Thanks for that Doc. Cheers LeeAnne

Posted by rachel on 04/01/2011 at 03:48

hi, just a question, i have had a bad odour down below for about 3 months and cant work out what i may have. I have had a papsmear last 2 years and due for one next month. i have looked up the symptoms of sti's but it doesnt appear what i am currently going through.. hope to hear from you soon kind regards

Posted by Optional on 24/12/2010 at 08:04

hello, i always have problem with constipation. Sometimes i just have business in toilet once a week. Lately my anus is very pain when i am going to poo. What's the problem?

Posted by Stewart on 22/12/2010 at 11:49

Hello, For some time now (approximately once per month to once in three months)I have rectal bleeding. At the same time this is going on, I have less energy and am slightly shorter of breath when doing anything physical. I also have spots appearing on my face, head, neck, shoulder or arms while this is all going on. The spots become itchy, when I scratch them, they will bleed (they will then heal into a small scab and then become itchy again, I scratch and they will bleed again) then eventually they will heal up altogether. I will then be ok until the cycle starts again. Doctor says it is allergy related or stress related. have had medications for both with no change at all in symptoms. Symptoms and occurrence are the same. Any advice/guidence would be appreciated. Thanks. Stewart.

Posted by john on 18/12/2010 at 07:39

I have an anal fissure and is very uncomfortable.the pain is so bad it keeps me up walking half the nite and day.I have tried everything in the book to get relief,but only a couple of hours a day.I am thinking of going in to have it opperated on because the pain is unbearablewhat do you think

Posted by Optional on 25/11/2010 at 05:15

my partner cannot ejaculate. when we first became intimate, he did one time through vaginal stimulation (took a long time), he has been able to several times via masturbation (with my help). recently, he has not been able to at all. at first he commented, "it takes me a long time." how do i encourage him to see a doctor. he smokes, he drinks, and he had a back injury within the past year. i've read all i can find on retarded ejaculation, but the problem is how to address this without making matters worse. seriously, i feel like a loser and i am sure he is getting more and more frustrated. i worry it could be the amount of beer he drinks, combined with blood pressure medication, and this back injury. your input would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by sinead on 15/11/2010 at 01:57

please can u help me im in alot of pain with piles i am useing scheriproct rectal ointment but it doesnt seem to be working i have it week and half now im in bits with it please help

Posted by Optional on 24/09/2010 at 10:23

ive got really sore nipples, head aches and hot flushes is this just a bug? ive had it a few weeks and starting to worry

Posted by Ab Bari on 08/08/2010 at 09:23

On my socrtum i have a bump like hard ball from a few years. What is it and how it removes.

Posted by Optional on 08/05/2010 at 05:42

i have urine leakage from my vagina what should i do and what will the doctor do?

Posted by mel on 29/04/2010 at 08:23

hi my problem is with my 2yr old son when he does a poo, he has a little red lump come out at the side of his bum, i have taken him to my gp who could'nt see anything and he said as it not bleeding leave it a alone well this is causing problems for my son as he now does'nt like going to poo and is making potty training impossible any have any suggestion i would be very gratefull thanks