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I called my gastroenterologist and told him about the massive doses of laxative I have been taking. And that the tech. that did my urodynamics test told me I was packed so full of backed up stool, she was surprised I could still eat, or wasn't in constant pain.So, he said he would schedule me for this manometry test on th 29th. Which consists of having a baloon inflated in your rectum, and having you poop it back out, to test your rectum muscles.I was wondering if anyone had this test done before. And what happened and what were your results?
 

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I am female. I have had a anal mametry test done, they put a baloon up your bottom and inflate it and you have to say when it feels like you need to push it out as if it was stool. They can tell how well the muscles are working and how long you can hold on before having to poop. they also get you to pull up your bottom muscles to test how your pull up and hold is, squeeze technique as if you were trying to stop yourself from pooping. I was told my muscles are very slack and my squeeze and hold muscle is not very strong and i have very slack pelvic floor muscles. . I was told to do pelvic floor exercises to help strengthen the muscles. I am suprised they are doing this test if you cant go to the toilet, unless they think you cant relax the muscles enough to open your bowels.
 

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Yes I was surprised also, the test is for inconstinence. Other then indicating hirschsprungs disease. Which is common mostly in children, or possibly adults that have been constipated all their life (which I haven't been). I don't know why they would be giving me this test.The doctor that ordered the test. When I saw him last gave me a rectal exam with his finger. Told me squeeze like I was having a stool. then told me he knew my problem, was that I was holding back the stool, because Of previous pain I had from the IBS. Except I've never had any pain from the IBS, so I don't know if he really knows what he was talking about.
 

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http://www.aboutgimotility.org/site/about-...ng/pelvic-floor has a bunch of info about pelvic floor testing.Some people cannot relax and let the stool out properly and that can cause severe constipation. It isn't just for people who can't hold stool in.While the holding from pain may be common, I don't think it is the one and only reason people do not relax the sphincter so they can go.
 
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