I have an impacted stool, haven't had a b.m in 3 days! I'm in so, do much pain but it's even worse if I try to push out the stool. I'm at the ER now, and the doctor says we have to do an enema. I am terrified because I'm afraid it's going to force the stool out which means incredible amounts of pain... has anyone else ever had to do this? What was your experience? Did the enema help soften the stool at all or was it just painful?
You don't state what is "normal" for you, but since you haven't had a movement in 3 days and are concerned, I'm guessing your normal is usually daily or every other day. 3 days isn't a long time to go without having a bowel movement so you shouldn't experience too much discomfort. My main concern, and probably yours, would be getting to the toilet quickly enough. Incidentally, there are oral laxatives that people usually only take before having a colonoscopy that create a fast acting bowel movement - usually multiple movements to cleanse the colon. They could serve as a backup in case the enema doesn't work, which occasionally happens.
I have been impacted twice in last few months and hate it. Mine is so big and hard I have had to insert a finger and break it up and remove small pieces. It takes a while. After the big mass is removed you then use an enema to clean out.
I now use miralax every day. It is not a laxative, but keep water into the colon to keep it soft.
I have opioid Induced Constipation because I take a lot of opioids for chronic pain (really sucks). Even with the miralax the motility of the colon is slow and I have cramps when I have a large BM.
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