I've taken 145 mg Linzess, several days in a row. I called the gastro doctor today and he told me to drink 2 bottles of Magnesium Citrate and 64 oz of Gator Aide. I did that. It's been 4 1/2 hours and nothing is happening. Tomorrow he wants me to do 2 Fleet enemas. I can't eat anything because I feel like I'm going to explode. HELP
I feel badly for you. I work in Eastern Europe in villages where the plumbing is often little more than an outhouse. Over the years I've imposed upon myself what I can only describe as "selective constipation." The reason is that in Winter months, when temperatures drop to minus-30 (below 0 f), and it's a 20 metre trek through waist - deep snow to reach the unheated outhouse my body clams up telling me "mate, you can hold it for a week to ten days," and somehow I do! But then I face a 5 hour flight back to the UK, plus a two - hour drive from Heathrow to home. It leaves me often in an untenable position.
But I've created a remedy. Taking Movical or can help slightly, but it doesn't do anything for the impacted faeces in the lower intestine.
My saving grace? Fleet (now being marketed as 'Clee brand) phosphate enemas.
There's an important, but essential process you must follow, however.
Sadly, based upon what you've shared, I doubt two Fleets will do the trick, it certainly doesn't for me.
Here's my... er... um... recipe to follow. For me it does work!
First: warm your two fleet bottles. Place the filled bottles in hot water, checking every few minutes until the liquid feels as warm as you can handle.
Whilst waiting, have to hand some hand cream or baby lotion, plus have either some clear body wash, or bubble bath such as Bader as.
The Fleet instructions suggest that you lie on the bed, on your side to administer. I don't do this, preferring to remain standing.
When your fleet is warmed, remove the orange cap. There is already a small amount of paraffin placed on the nozzle. I recommend adding a bit of lotion on the entire shaft.
Insert as far as possible into your rectum the squeeze the entire contents into your body. Try your best to retain the liquid as long as you can. If possible, repeat the process with your second bottle, thus leaving you retaining two bottles full. The phosphate and sodium works a bit like a drain cleaner. It is painless.
Now, if at all possible, continue retaining the liquid within you. If you can't and have expelled it, that's fine -at least it's starting.
Take the empty bottles; unscrew the nozzle cap, and add a few drops of body - wash (even clear shampoo will work)., then fill the bottle -to the top- with warm/hot water. Replace the nozzle cap and shake, ensuring the soap mixes with the warm water. Add more hand lotion and repeat the process of inserting and trying to retain the liquid.
You are essentially providing yourself with a colonic irrigation.
You may either 'fill up' by squeezing up to 5-10 bottles, or you may repeat the process individually.
Do not fret! In some cases you could find it takes repeating the process for up to an hour. Hang in there. It will eventually work.
The positive side to this process is that you're not taking emotive which can cause stomach cramps and even distress... those items, other than Monica, cannot break down the impacted feces in your lower bowel.
Once you have relief I strongly encourage you to either rest in a chair or take a nap. Also, drink some juice. Your electrolytes will be off and you may feel dizzy.
Remember: 'This too shall pass.' :--)
Wow! I'm sorry you're having such difficulties.
Looks like you have taken the proper steps by calling your doctor & by following his advice.
Next time Debbie don't wait 14 days. If possible take action after day 3 at the most.
I'm not sure if diet, medication or a medical procedure caused this.
In addition to taking the magnesium citrate and fleet enemas try to continue to drink as much water as possible. Also, eat a gentle diet. By that I mean try to eat scrabbled eggs, Greek yogurt, oatmeal etc.
In addition to the magnesium citrate food items rich in fiber will help. Also, despite coffee being a diuretic it helps quite a few people be able to move their bowels.
Also, try to walk throughout the day. Sometimes before you can have a bowel movement you need to be able to pass gas. It's easier to pass gas while moving and walking then laying down.
Finally, if your still unable to have a bowel movement and your condition worsens, i. e. Intense stomach pain & cramping either starts or persist, I recommend you go to your local ER immediately.
If you do go to the hospital hopefully they'll do a CAT scan to rule out any blockages or twists/kinks of your intestines.
- Magnesium Citrate Information for Consumers
- Magnesium Citrate Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Magnesium Citrate (detailed)
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