Is it normal that I put my finger up my anus to poop
I am 35 years old and I am not exactly sure when this all started. I use my finger to help me poop. I am embarrassed and ashamed that I do this to my body. (Please excuse some of my spelling errors below.)
I recently went to the doctor's after dealing with a rectal prolapse for at least 8 years. During my last delivery in 2008, the OBGY noticed the problem. She recommended colace and PT. I never went to the PT. I recently asked her for a referral and this time she gave me a name to a rectal surgeon.
I met with the surgeon and now I have to get a colonoscopy, a polp removed, an ekg, blood work and am getting surgery to remove two sections of my colon. I will be in the hospital for 3-5 days away from my children. After that it will take 6 weeks to recover.
Although I am a little worried about the surgery, I am more concerned that I have to take it easy for 6 weeks. Weight is a major concern for me and I exercise all of the time. I watch what I eat and eat at least 20-30mg of fiber a day. There should be no reason why I can not go to the bathroom without my finger. Another concern is that after I get the surgery, will I do this to myself again. I need to put a finger on the problem literally and find out why I started and how to overcome it.
I didn't tell the rectal surgeon that I do this. Should I? Did I do more damage to myself then he could assess in an office exam? Are doctor's aware that people are doing this to themselves? I am so scared.
So if you are doing this, please find a way to stop. If you find a way to stop, please share how you did it. This is a topic people do not want to talk about, but after reading 147 postings I think I am not alone.
Thanks for listening.