Developing a prolapsed rectum can be scary. The good news is that there are treatments for this condition. In most cases, you will end up needing surgery to repair the prolapse. However, in the meantime, there are some dos and don'ts to adhere to as you care for your rectal prolapse.
Do: See a doctor.
Sometimes patients have an idea that their rectum has prolapsed, but they are too embarrassed to say something to their doctor about it. But this condition will not just go away on its own; it does require a doctor's care and monitoring. As such, you really need to set your embarrassment aside and seek care. Remember that caring for patients is a doctor's job. They will not judge or shame you for having a prolapsed rectum.
Don't: Exercise intensely.
Most patients can keep exercising lightly, such as walking or stretching. But you should avoid more strenuous exercise — especially exercises that put a lot of pressure on your abdomen and rectal area. Do not lift anything heavy. If you work with a personal trainer, make sure they know you have a rectal prolapse so they can recommend appropriate exercises.
Do: Drink lots of water.
Pay close attention to your fluid intake. Keep water by your side, and sip it throughout the day. You want your urine to be pale yellow. If it is dark yellow, you are not drinking enough. Staying well hydrated will help keep your stool softer so it is easier to pass, and so that you do not have to strain and potentially make your rectal prolapse worse.
Smoking tobacco can weaken your immune system and make an infection in the prolapsed tissues more likely. Smoking also tends to cause a cough, which can irritate and put pressure on your prolapsed rectum. If you already smoke, it's a good idea to work on quitting. Chewing nicotine gum helps in many cases.
Do: Eat plenty of fiber.
Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are all good sources of fiber. Make sure you eat plenty of these foods to keep your stool soft. Also, ask your doctor if taking a fiber supplement would be appropriate. If you struggle to eat fruits and veggies, this might be a good solution.
Living with a rectal prolapse will require you to make some changes to your lifestyle. With any luck, before long, your doctor will schedule you for surgery and you can put this behind you.
For more information about rectal prolapse treatment, contact a doctor.