... size. I've had problems with constipation for most of my life, and no diagnosis seems to fit. This is the first time I ever tried an enema. It was approximately 118mL. I lied down on my left side as indicated and held it for... maybe three minutes. It seemed to work- I was able to go a lot, though I still feel bloated. I had no pain during the procedure, but after, including now, I have a lot of abdominal pain, some soreness, some stabbing. I had a lot of trouble urinating yesterday, but that seems a little better today. I'm drinking fluids, Gatorade and water to make up for the possible/likely dehydration. I should probably mention the reason that I gave myself an enema is because my usual laxatives (Senna-S) aren't working because I'm taking antibiotics and heavy pain medicine for a very tough upper respiratory infection I'm getting over. My question is, why am I hurting so much? The reason I tried an enema in the first place was because I read so much about how much better they were for a person than laxatives and less painful. I'm also having a lot of heartburn, but I have GED, so that could be because of something else entirely. Does anyone know what's going on or have tips for next time, (if there is a next time)?
The thing about fleets enemas is it acts on your lower gi tract, you could still have hard stool up high and the fleets stimulated your intestines and now its trying to push that down but it can't. Do you take a stool softener on a regular basis? You probably still need a laxative to get the hard stool down.
You are probably still backed up even though you did get rid of some of it. Your stomach is probably going to be sore for a few days until you can get back to normal, whatever your normal is.i have similar pain sometimes which they think is caused from colon spasms. I had such bad constipation last week after my surgery too. Stool softeners were not helping so I also used milk of magnesium and an enema. I think you may have to do some extra stuff like milk of magnesium or Miralax along with the enema on rare occasions like this along with prune juice, fruits, extra fiber and water.
I have heard it is not good to use enemas on a regular basis. It may be better to add Miralax, Metamucil or Benefiber but check with your doctor or pharmacist first.
Also, are you taking anything for GERD? Nexium has worked wonders for me, but you are supposed to take it 2 hours apart from any stool softener or laxative.
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