The Mayo Clinic has confirmed that some patients experience “painless bowel movement” when they have severe chronic conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and ulcer at the anus.
The Mayo Clinic says that people experiencing painless movements during bowel movements are “often unaware that they are experiencing the symptoms.”
In an interview with CBS News, Mayo Clinic senior director of clinical practice and psychiatry Dr. David A. Schwartz said, “People sometimes think, ‘Oh, they’re having painless and they’re experiencing pain.'”
Dr. Schwartz noted that a number of patients have experienced painless motions during bowel movement during a procedure known as laparoscopic colonoscopy, but he said they have never been able to definitively rule out “something else.”
“It’s possible that they may be having some type of disease that is associated with these painless actions.
But again, I think we are not there yet,” he said.
The doctor added that he doesn’t think patients should feel guilty for feeling painless during bowel motions.
“I think we’re not in a position where we’re saying that we’re wrong,” he told CBS News.
But there are some patients who are likely to experience painless movement when they go through the procedure, which is why the Mayo Clinic recommends that patients wait two to three weeks before trying the procedure.
Dr. A.S. Schwartz and Dr. William D. Coughlin, the chief medical officer of the Mayo clinic, released a statement Monday explaining the reasons why bowel movements may feel painful.
“Painless bowel motions are a common complaint among patients with Crohn-related disorders, and are often associated with other conditions,” the statement read.
“Painless movements may be associated with an array of other symptoms and behaviors, including discomfort, bloating, constipation, bloaters, and diarrhea.
Painless movements can also cause a condition known as chronic pelvic pain, which may be present when the body is trying to relieve some of these symptoms.”
We know that many people experience painful bowel movement in the absence of other conditions, and we know that there are treatments for painless stool movements,” the Mayo team added.