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Old 08-27-2011, 12:52 PM   #1
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isnt it dangerous to be impacted for so long?

its been three months that i am aware of when the pain started and big bloating nausea, been to 2 diffent ers, given laxatives how does miralax or any other laxative get to a impacted colon if its very high up, are they just giving me the run a round again im taking miralax, evey morning i go to the bathroom to pull out some, and its painful and degrading, its not the stuff tha ts impacted, i guess its the new stuff, right? someone help me, im going ot have a nervous breakdown

 
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Re: isnt it dangerous to be impacted for so lng

Have you ever tried a Fleets Enema? They are pretty easy to do. The extra fluid through the enema gets the solid mass moving out of your system.

Also, keep well hydrated! Miralax is not meant to be fast-acting. Its meant to avoid becoming constipated. Also, if this is a routine problem, it might be smart to take stool-softners (AKA-Colace) on a daily basis.

Just remember, once you're impacted, you have to be careful of the solid mass inside becoming too hard, and perforating your rectum. Or causing hemorroids from all the straining. Good Luck!!
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ive tried so many ememas its not funny and just water came out, tried magnesum citrate, go lighlty, xlax and milk of magnesia, now the milk of magnesia the xlax and teh miralax do help a bit, just the miralax with a few exlax but is that part of the impaction coming out or just new stool? its very scary, so tired of feeling like this, but i just want to know if it will break it up or ami just getting rid of new stool.

 
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It could be either. New stool may be pushing the impacted stool out. OR, the impacted stool may be breaking up & slowly exiting your rectum.

The good news is that if ANY STOOL is coming out, that's great! The medications must be working on some level. But, usually even if the medications are making the new stool pass, that new stool will push on the impacted stool to exit as well.

Is the stool that is coming out VERY hard and/or VERY dark? Is ANY of the stool coming out soft/mushy/liquid? Also, is there any blood either in the stool, or coming from your anus? And, are you passing gas regularly? (I hope you don't find these questions too intrusive)

Sorry to hear that the enema's did not work :-(
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It could be either. New stool may be pushing the impacted stool out. OR, the impacted stool may be breaking up & slowly exiting your rectum.

The good news is that if ANY STOOL is coming out, that's great! The medications must be working on some level. But, usually even if the medications are making the new stool pass, that new stool will push on the impacted stool to exit as well.

Is the stool that is coming out VERY hard and/or VERY dark? Is ANY of the stool coming out soft/mushy/liquid? Also, is there any blood either in the stool, or coming from your anus? And, are you passing gas regularly? (I hope you don't find these questions too intrusive)

Sorry to hear that the enema's did not work :-(
thank you, the stool is soft and brown,sometimes watery and with brown spots of stool and not passing gas much at all. thank you so much the doctors didnt take time to explain much to me. but i wish i was passing gas,none today, hope i do, i did yesterday around five times and then my stomach started hurting and went into spasms and i woke up and had a movement with the miralax but its like i have to help it along but its better than it was, you have helped me more than you know, im so anxious with thes going on. i thought maybe when its watery and has the little brown dots it could be the impacted stool? i hope so.

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Try drinking hot Senna Tea, 2 or three cups of it if need be and let the tea bags seep for several minutes. After my second back surgery I was taking 12 - 10mg Lortab a day and became very constipated. My chiropractor friend suggested a tea called Chiro Klenz which contains Senna leaf. My sister, who was staying with me at the time, and I both drank it the same day in the morning and by night fall we were each scrambling for the lavitory. Problem is, I only have one in the house. It was maddening at the time but we both still laugh about it now

I bet it will do the trick, give it a "go"

 
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Another story comes to mind now that I think of it....many many years ago I had consumed some prepared lobster tail that was not quite cooked thoroughly. I didn't know this was the cause at the time but within 24 hours I started having severe abdominal pains and by 36 hours I was admitted to the hospital, doctors thinking I might of had appendicitis. Problem was all the tests came back negative.

I was in the hospital for three days, and on the second day was forced to drink this God awful tasting concoction made up in a gallon jug. I had to drink the whole gallon yet I still hadn't had a movement in nearly 5 days since the lobster meal. Each night a nurse would come in and administer an enema to no avail. On the third night this mean ugly nurse came in at like 3am mumbling, "So you still haven't gone, huh. Let's see if we can remedy this." and she filled the enema bottle with very hot tap water. Within minutes that mean ugly nurse became my golden haired princess for her doing did the trick and I checked out early that same mrning feeling good as new. Something tells me she's done that before

Makes sense when you think about it. That might do the trick too.

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i seriously doubt you are impacted at all. but you have talked yourself into it and your mind can be a very powerful influence. first of all, try and relax and stop focusing on what type,consistancy,color,etc you are evacuating. keep taking the Miralax, as previous poster said, it is meant to keep you from being constipated all the time. go get some cod liver oil and drink it! i guarantee you will potty. after you have "cleaned yourself out" - get some high fiber(says high fiber rt on front of package)oatmeal. also start eating Activia Yogurt-i love it so i eat about 3-4 a day. i also take vegetable laxative 4-5 tablets twice a day with a lot of water. they also sell special type of plum juice for these issues-look on the label-the one by "ocean spray". i also like to eat fresh necterines,red plums,seedless grapes-the things i have mentioned i eat everyday, seem to keep "all systems go" if you will.

Bet you have caught up on a lot of reading!LOL-just kiddin!!

Hope you feel much better and soon, and i hope i have helped to move you.

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i seriously doubt you are impacted at all. but you have talked yourself into it and your mind can be a very powerful influence. first of all, try and relax and stop focusing on what type,consistancy,color,etc you are evacuating. keep taking the Miralax, as previous poster said, it is meant to keep you from being constipated all the time. go get some cod liver oil and drink it! i guarantee you will potty. after you have "cleaned yourself out" - get some high fiber(says high fiber rt on front of package)oatmeal. also start eating Activia Yogurt-i love it so i eat about 3-4 a day. i also take vegetable laxative 4-5 tablets twice a day with a lot of water. they also sell special type of plum juice for these issues-look on the label-the one by "ocean spray". i also like to eat fresh necterines,red plums,seedless grapes-the things i have mentioned i eat everyday, seem to keep "all systems go" if you will. oh im implacted, went to er and he checked me out took xrays, said it was too high up to manually get out, he was going to admit me but said his drs there wouldnt touch me unless i was off the medications im taking, anyway he said it would be too hard on my system and suggested miralax and keep appt with gi specialist. im going with the miralax been going some with the exlax but still cant move alll of the stool yet i wish i imagined it, its a nightmare, but i dont think the doctor in er lied about it just to please me. as for my daly instake of fiber i follow a very high fiber diet, exercise, just got impated somehow from my meds, not taking much but still they do slow down the digestive tract, but i do believe it will all be okay, jsut been stressing out because ive never been like this and taking so long to rid of it from my body. it is just annoying. but thank you so much

Bet you have caught up on a lot of reading!LOL-just kiddin!!

Hope you feel much better and soon, and i hope i have helped to move you.

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Another story comes to mind now that I think of it....many many years ago I had consumed some prepared lobster tail that was not quite cooked thoroughly. I didn't know this was the cause at the time but within 24 hours I started having severe abdominal pains and by 36 hours I was admitted to the hospital, doctors thinking I might of had appendicitis. Problem was all the tests came back negative.

I was in the hospital for three days, and on the second day was forced to drink this God awful tasting concoction made up in a gallon jug. I had to drink the whole gallon yet I still hadn't had a movement in nearly 5 days since the lobster meal. Each night a nurse would come in and administer an enema to no avail. On the third night this mean ugly nurse came in at like 3am mumbling, "So you still haven't gone, huh. Let's see if we can remedy this." and she filled the enema bottle with very hot tap water. Within minutes that mean ugly nurse became my golden haired princess for her doing did the trick and I checked out early that same mrning feeling good as new. Something tells me she's done that before

Makes sense when you think about it. That might do the trick too.

 
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I take 390mg morphine daily-so i know about them constipating you-an as far as the ER doc not wanting to touch you with the meds you are on-what does THAT tell ya??!! Do try the cod liver oil and i guarantee you will be "relieved"

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I take 390mg morphine daily-so i know about them constipating you-an as far as the ER doc not wanting to touch you with the meds you are on-what does THAT tell ya??!! Do try the cod liver oil and i guarantee you will be "relieved"

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thank you, i still dont understand why they wont touch you while on the meds, first time i went in, the er i went to gave me morphone for pain, and then suggested i take an enema. i think i will try the cod liver oil, one last thing i havent tried.

 
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Hello again,

There have been some great replies. The vegetable laxative and the Seena tea work a lot like the stool softner "Colace" that I suggested. However, it sounds like you may have more of a problem with gas than any impacted stool. Gas pain can be unbearable, and it can also take-up room in your large intestine and not allow for normal bowel movements. Because as you are evacuating your bowels, the gas bubble gets in the way and only allows a small amount of stool to pass...and that stool is usually mushy (because the stool also have gas pockets within it).

Although I know you have been focusing on having a bowel movement, I think you should try to release any built-up gas in your system. This will (hopefully) get the stool moving as well as relieving that terrible cramping feeling.

Things that I've seen work hundreds of times for people to help release gas are: 1) Mylicon (also known as Simithicone) 2) Ginger-Tea....fill half a glass with warm tea & the other half with Ginger Ale-This one WORKS AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL 3) Walking- when you stand upright and walk, gravity helps you to expel gas downward out of your body. Believe it or not, I've seen many people improve just by walking it out.

I've never heard of the Cod Liver Oil, but that seems to be working for others, so I'd give it a try. I take daily Cod Liver Oil just to help boost my immune system....so, it will help one way or another :-)

If you tap on your abdomen and hear it make a thump noise (like tapping on a drum), you definitely have some gas to get rid of.

I have NO IDEA why the ER wouldn't help you more. I mean, I know its not a live or die scenerio, but pain is the 5th Vital Sign and should be treated.

Also, when the other poster suggested a warm enema, (not hot), that might work because the warm expands the colon, and therefore, more room for the stool and gas to pass. Just like cold constricts and makes it harder to pass anything.
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One last suggestion. My DIL's mother is a nurse and works in the VA hospital. She told me that when the have patients that are constipated, they warm a glass of prune juice in the microwave until it is not as hot as tea, but warm-maybe 30-45 secs? Then you drink that straight down. She told me that it works 90% of the time within minutes. It's worth a try. My mother always said to drink prune juice to stay regular...Personally I thought it was just another "mom tale" to get rid of the prune juice!

 
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thank you im going to the store now and will try it, tired of all the laxatives i have been given.

 
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