Is a prostate exam supposed to have long lasting effects?
March 29, 2010 9:15 AM Subscribe
Second time I've had a prostate exam, second time I've felt pain, soreness, and general differences for weeks and even months later. Are my doctors doing it wrong, or is it just me?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (11 answers total)
As a guy I think it was dumb luck that I never had the ol' prostate or hernia check in my life until a physical around the age of 35. It wasn't a pleasant experience since I had no idea what was coming (aside from a finger in the butt) and the doctor kind of forced stuff up there, moved around, and out. My entire body was clenched during the whole thing, and it was pretty horrible in retrospect.
For weeks afterwards my internal muscles hurt. I guess it's close to those "kegel" muscles since it was difficult to start and stop peeing for weeks after.
A few years later I had some unexplained blood in some excretions and it aligned with possible prostate cancer so we had to do another check (this time, a different doc). I sort of knew it would be unpleasant and this doc held their position long enough to ask if I was merely feeling pressure or feeling pain (I could barely tell the difference).
A few months have gone by since that exam and again, the kegel muscles felt messed up for a good two months, while my butt just feels not quite right, like something has happened to the muscles around my anus. I've been farting more often and I feel like I have less control over "holding" them in.
Anyway, is this all normal wear and tear on your body when someone jams an appendage into an orifice that wasn't expecting it or are the two doctors that examined me doing it wrong?