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A 30-year-old male asked:

Ive used 3 enemas in 3 days. pass medium, soft stool each time. i can feel something is still there. what can i do to pass a possible impaction?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
See a GI doctor.: At this point if the enemas are not helping, you need to be properly evaluated for a possible obstruction. See a gastroenterologist.
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Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Maybe you're empty: Irritation of the rectum can make one feel like a bowel movement is needed, even if there is no stool there. It sounds like you're passing stool easily. I would use an oral laxative like generic Miralax (polyethylene glycol) instead of an enema, which may further irritate the rectum. If you are passing soft stool every day and still feeling like the rectum is full, then you may need an exam to find out why. Good luck.
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Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Provided original answer
All enemas irritate the rectum. That's part of the reason they work. But they should only be used occasionally when other methods don't work. Generic Miralax is quite effective, pretty harmless and easy to use.
Nov 11, 2014
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Enema: If a dulcolax rectal suppository isn't successful, try a fleets oil retention enema followed by a gentle tap water or regular fleets enema.If no satisfactory evacuation results,your physician can perform a rectal exam to determine whether you need manual disimpaction.
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Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 63 years experience
Bowels: If you have three soft bowel movements after three enemas I would think that you probably do not have an impaction. However if you still feel something there I would let a physician check it
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Last updated Nov 12, 2014

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