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Phantom Rectal Pain

Phantom rectum is the sensation of wanting to evacuate your bowels after it has been removed with surgery.

Symptoms tend to resolve spontaneously in 50% of cases. Phantom rectum is relatively common but symptoms are usually mild and resolve in time.

For many patients the experience of phantom rectum with pain can be distressing as it is quite difficult to define a specific treatment due to the complexity and poor understanding of the condition. The help designed for one patient will not necessarily help the next patient.

Painkillers may be used and sometimes an anti-depressant may be given. These types of drugs are known to have a good effect on perineal pain. They work specifically by blocking the nerves causing the pain in the rectal/perineal area. Sometimes a referral to the pain management clinic may be of help.

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