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Having feeling of fullness in left upper quadrant stomach. Hyper bowel sound and passed dark stool this morning. Is taking enema at home safe?

Having feeling of fullness in left upper quadrant stomach. Hyper bowel sound and passed dark stool this morning. Is taking enema at home safe?

NO don't take enema: , passing dark stool is a indication of GI bleeding wit your symptoms. Enema may cause damage , see you doctor immediately , you even need to go to er to make sure you are not bleeding. ...Read more

Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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High anxiety causing bad constipation. I'm 25 and have tried stool softner but i'm not going. Is it safe to do a home enema? What to do?

High anxiety causing bad constipation. I'm 25 and have tried stool softner but i'm not going. Is it safe to do a home enema? What to do?

Mag Cit and Dr.: If you don't have any major health problems, try a bottle of magnesium citrate - it's in a green bottle usually at the pharmacy - no prescription needed. Drink that down (pour over ice and use a straw) and you'll probably get some relief w/in an hour. Then, get an appointment with your doctor to get a plan for your bowel health - good luck. ...Read more

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Are enemas safe? How often can they be done?

Are enemas safe? How often can they be done?

Enemas are safe : If given properly. If you are using them to relieve constipation, you need to see a doctor and determine the cause before you use them too frequently. It is probably not a good idea to use it more often than a couple times a week over two or three months. ...Read more

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Is taking an enema safe? How long should you wait before taking it again?

Is taking an enema safe? How long should you wait before taking it again?

"Fleet": Small volume enemas (example Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)) are generally very safe. If you READ THE DIRECTIONS TWICE and so it correctly you shouldn't need a second. If more than one Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) is required look for other reasons for your constipation.Since some of these reasons can be serious see you Primary Care Provider Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Is it safe to give yourself an enema using the bag?

Enemas: Using the enema bag specifically designed for such? The answer is yes but. Generally the otc fleets or saline enemas are more than sufficient. Anything more you should generally have some assistance, do such carefully, stop if you have pain. I would ask you to consult with your physician as to why you are so constipated. Try increasing fiber and adding miralax (polyethylene glycol). Stay hydrated! ...Read more

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The JBL bag holds alot of water but how large an enema is safe to take? Also, how often can I use enemas?

Enema: Enemas should only be used on rare occasions. If you use them regularly then your body gets to the point that you will only have a BM when you use an enema. I would recommend when you use an enema that it be no more than 8-16 oz of fluid. ...Read more

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How long does enema last, told to take it 1hr b4 leaving home for sig. Worried i'm going to soil my pants on the drive down !

How long does enema last, told to take it 1hr b4 leaving home for sig. Worried i'm going to soil my pants on the drive down !

Empty completely!: Your risk of soilage after a single enema depends on: type and volume of enema used, GI transit and irritability, baseline stool pattern (diarrhea?), whether anal/rectal function is intact, how completely you emptied after using the enema, how far/long you have to drive. No shame in wearing a pad for the trip--. ...Read more

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I give myself enemas at least 4 times a week! i tend to expell them into an adult diaper! is this safe?

I give myself enemas at least 4 times a week! i tend to expell them into an adult diaper! is this safe?

Enemas: The only medical risk i can think of with frequent enemas is getting trauma to the lining of the rectum and then getting an infection from the irritated skin. I worry about water overload as well with such frequent introduction of water with the enema. As a physician I am concerned enough that maybe you should respond with the reason you are doing this so often... ...Read more