Hi, sorry the best of subjects but there's not much about this condition that is. I've been finding that for the last year or so the only way to open my bowel is to put gel on my finger and hold the opening open, does anyone else do this? What is the alternative? My stools are usually small hard pea like so I can then just kind of poke them out !! I'm now doing this 2 or 3 times a day. Am I causing myself harm poking around in there ?? Like I say does anyone else do this and is there a solution. It doesn't seem to make any difference what I eat, I just can't make the opening open naturally.