You have pain in your bowel that might even spread to your hip or groin? Is your bowel movement very irregular and then purulent or bloody? These symptoms could indicate proctitis.
Proctitis means inflammation of the rectum, whereby the inflammation only occurs at most 15 centimetres at the end of the intestine. The region around the anus is included. The triggers are often bacterial inflammations or a contact allergy.
What is a proctitis ulcerosa?
The human intestine is susceptible to chronic inflammation. The best-known diseases are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. At Wikipedia, you can read that these chronic intestinal diseases often affect the entire intestine and lead to serious general sensitivities.
Ulcerative colitis occurs in attacks with bloody bowel movements, physical weakness with fever and severe flatulence. The feeling of illness during the attacks is enormous and those affected also suffer psychologically from the symptoms and normal life is often not possible.
If the complaints relate only to the rectum and the anal region, the specialist speaks of a proctitis ulcerosa or an ulcerative proctitis. If the disease is very advanced and affects several layers of the intestinal mucosa, the proctitis is called hemorrhagic intestinal infarction. You can read testimonials about life with a chronic rectal disease in several forums on the Internet or Facebook.
Diagnosis of proctitis
If you frequently suffer from bloody diarrhea and also feel pain and flatulence, then you should really go to a specialist who specializes in intestinal diseases. Don’t wait too long, because the onset of proctitis is almost always painless and without significant symptoms. This means that if you notice these symptoms on yourself, then the disease has been in you for a long time and is far advanced. The sooner you go to the doctor, the better and the doctor can stop the disease before it becomes chronic.
In your own interest, truthfully answer the doctor any questions about your medical history. A shame, because it is a taboo zone of the human body, is really out of place here. After all, it’s about your health and your future.
Types of examination at the doctor
At the doctor’s appointment, the specialist will first optically look after your anal region. He will examine your anus externally and determine whether this region is already inflamed or at least the mucous membrane is reddened.
If the physician cannot find anything abnormal, he will perform a rectal examination. First, he will palpate your anus with his fingers. The doctor will feel inflammations and ulcers and the surrounding organs can also be examined in this way. With this method, the doctor can also rule out prostatitis.
Of course, a rectoscopy achieves a more precise result. The intestine is inflated with air and the intestinal wall is examined with an endoscope.
This imaging procedure naturally provides you with the most reliable result, especially as a tissue sample can also be taken in this way. This examination is unpleasant but largely painless.
The swabs or tissue samples were taken are then examined in the laboratory. The trigger bacteria are then identified here in order to be able to make a reliable diagnosis.
Treatment and Therapy of a Bacterial Infection
If the laboratory result is clear and bacteria have been detected, the subsequent treatment is with an antibiotic that destroys the bacteria. These are administered as foam or suppositories. In very serious cases, a cortisone preparation is also administered. Only if the cortisone is not effective, an operation is recommended. Parts of the intestine are removed.
Treatment of an allergic reaction
If no bacteria could be detected in the laboratory, the cause of proctitis can also be a contact allergy. In the first place, there is an allergy to latex. This would mean that your intestines react to condoms, for example.
If you have previous illnesses and must regularly insert suppositories into the intestine, there may also be an allergic reaction against certain substances in the medicine. This is primarily treated with the active ingredient mesalazine, which is administered in the form of suppositories. The main field of application of this active ingredient is a chronic inflammatory disease.
Inflammations caused by radiation therapy
If you are already suffering from cancer and have therefore received radiation therapy, it is possible that your rectum has caused proctitis. Normally this disease has a mild course and the symptoms should be limited. Therefore, often nothing is done with this disease trigger. Proctitis heals spontaneously after a while.
Is proctitis ulcerosa curable?
If you have been diagnosed with the disease at an early stage and therapy has been initiated immediately, your chances of recovery are not bad. Even if the cure for the chronic variant of the disease is not 100% given, the therapy can alleviate the numerous complaints. But the chance of a complete cure is very high.
So you can live a halfway normal life and are subject to only a few restrictions. However, you should think a little about your previous lifestyle and consider whether you can or want to change some things in your life. Some causes of intestinal inflammation are known and should be avoided.
Causes of intestinal inflammation
It’s an open secret that intestinal inflammation affects mostly homosexual men. Certain anal sexual practices can tear the intestinal mucosa and the bacteria have an easy game. Especially if you practice sex without a condom with your partner. If you strictly reject condoms, you should at least ensure absolute hygiene for yourself and your partner.
If you are allergic to condoms and therefore suffer from proctitis, you should, of course, consider another form of protection. Continuing to use condoms is very counterproductive in this case. There are so many sex practices that you’ll think of something different than anal intercourse.
But in principle, the causes of intestinal inflammations are not completely clarified. After all, there are enough women suffering from this disease or others who have never had anal intercourse in their lives.
Treat proctitis naturally with homeopathy
If you read reports about proctitis from affected people, you can also read how some patients swear by homeopathy. If you ask a school doctor, he will certainly consistently deny it. But it is as it is: The effectiveness of homeopathy has not been scientifically proven, yet it helps one or the other patient. The good thing about this method of treatment is that it can usually do little additional damage.
However, there is often a warning about the so-called “initial aggravation” that often occurs. In the doctrine of naturopathy, a substance is sought in nature for healing, which triggers similar complaints as the disease to be cured. However, this substance is diluted a thousand times with water. Nevertheless, it is plausible that in sensitive patients these symptoms occur additionally in the first few days.
If you don’t want to be deterred by this, you can try the following active substances: spitzpanzmohr, graphite, bear’s lap, mercury, and sulfur blossom. But the best thing would be to go to a homeopathic specialist and get detailed advice.
Should I change my diet or try other home remedies?
Proctitis is a very serious disease and you should not try to cure it with a home remedy. But of course, it cannot be denied that a bowel disease contributes to the fact that many nutrients from food cannot be absorbed by the body.
Particularly in the case of prolonged diarrhea, it is very important that certain substances are added so that you do not suffer from a deficiency. Your body needs all its strength to defeat the disease and above all to strengthen your immune system. Therefore, some dietary supplements actually make sense – also to support the drugs used.
Preparations with a vitamin B complex and iron are well suited to compensate for the deficiency caused by bloody diarrhea. Zinc and selenium have a very anti-inflammatory effect and cannot harm you if you take these substances additionally.
Salads and vegetables are always good for therapy because they contain many vitamins and minerals. If possible, avoid a lot of carbohydrates, as bread, noodles, and rice are hard to be found on your menu. Too much grain promotes inflammation.
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