My husband proposed to me in the most adventurous/magical way — in front of one of the wonders of the world — the Chichen Itza pyramid. It is what every archaeologist dreams of!! After a few more romantic moments together in front of the pyramids, we caught our ride to go swimming in one of Mexico’s famous cenotes.
Because I was walking on air, had my head in the clouds of love, and basically not thinking straight (just on adrenaline) I got in line to do cliff-diving into the Cenote. Only when I got to the edge, did I realize I didn’t know how to properly dive… so I endeavored to do “pencil dive” only to have it end up being a cannonball really high in the air.
As you may have guessed, I made quite the splash!! Also, at that time, the surge of water pushed my swimsuit and swimshorts up into my anus, causing my rectum to bleed for the next few days. But because I was in Mexico and had just gotten engaged (distracted by excitement), I didn’t see any doctor immediately. However, it was certain that I had smacked my tailbone really hard, really fast on the water surface, which resulted in months of misery and pain — I had severely bruised or possibly broken my tailbone/coccyx (because there was nothing a doctor could do to treat a broken tailbone, he didn’t think it was worth getting an x-ray to confirm either way).
Anyway, it’s been a year since the incident… I’m happily married now and my tailbone only hurts in rare circumstances now (for awhile, I thought the pain would never go), however, in the last few months, I have experienced fecal-incontinence.
I researched what causes fecal incontinence since I am a female in my late 20’s that has never had a child, and I read on MayoClinic that fecal incontinence can be caused by muscle or nerve damage:
Muscle damage. Injury to the rings of muscle at the end of the rectum
(anal sphincter) may make it difficult to hold stool back properly.
This kind of damage can occur during childbirth, especially if you
have an episiotomy or forceps are used during delivery.
Nerve damage. Injury to the nerves that sense stool in the rectum or
those that control the anal sphincter can lead to fecal incontinence.
The nerve damage can be caused by childbirth, constant straining
during bowel movements, spinal cord injury or stroke. Some diseases,
such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis, also can affect these nerves
and cause damage that leads to fecal incontinence.
I was wondering if an injury — such as a cannonball during cliff-diving — can cause nerve or muscle damage that would lead to fecal incontinence?
Basically, is there a link between tailbone injuries and fecal-incontinence (especially if the injury also resulted in rectal bleeding?)