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My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get rectal impaction? Is he right?

My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get rectal impaction?  Is he right?

Should get seen: Constipation severe enough to cause impaction is not normal. It is worthwhile being evaluated. General advice for people with constipation: drink plenty of water, get aerobic exercise (eg walking at a brisk pace 20-30min/day), eat a high fiber diet and add fiber supplements if necessary. Avoid nuts, cheese, other foods that tend to constipate. ...Read more

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Rectal Impaction (Definition)

Chronic constipation causes hard/dry stool to accumulate in the rectum ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: Rectal impaction?

What is the definition or description of: Rectal impaction?

Rectal impaction =: Chronic constipation causes hard/dry stool to accumulate in the rectum where it becomes stuck. ...Read more

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How did our ancestors on the prairie treat rectal impaction?

How did our ancestors on the prairie treat rectal impaction?

By prevention: Keeping yourself regular is the best method of preventing impaction. Plenty of fiber is the first line of therapy, and pioneers ate much more fiber than we do now. Make sure you drink plenty of water as well. As to treating it once it happened, either a manual disimpaction or an enema is the best method of clearing it. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get fecal impaction off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get fecal impaction off and on?

Maybe: There can be genetic predisposition to constipation, as in "it runs in the family." however, the most common cause for recurrent fecal impaction is chronic, under-treated constipation. Your general practitioner can help with bowel regimens to keep you regular and prevent fecal impaction. If this fails, referral to a motility specialist in gastroenterology is indicated. ...Read more

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Can I get fecal impaction if I'm constipation??? but I have no pain?

Can I get fecal impaction if I'm constipation??? but I have no pain?

Yes: the longer you go without a bowel movement or complete evacuation then higher risk that stool will remain in the rectum long enough to get more dessicated (dried out from water being removed while in rectum), harder (more difficult to pass without straining &/or pain) and larger (large enough to get stuck or impacted). At some point pain usually occurs & the stool becomes more difficult to pass ...Read more

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He thinks it could be a fecal impaction but how would he get rid of it?

Depends: If severe will require manual disimpaction. If less severe enemas may provide relief. ...Read more

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I think i have a fecal impaction. If i eat a lot of prunes/prune juice will that clear it all out? Without me having to go to the doctors.

I think i have a fecal impaction. If i eat a lot of prunes/prune juice will that clear it all out? Without me having to go to the doctors.

Constipation: Fecal impaction is commonly caused by lack of bulk forming stool (low fiber for example). There are several OTC medications available for treatment of constipation, but you should first try simpler methods such as high fiber food. Drink plenty of water as dry stool leads to impaction too. Change your diet to include more fruit and vegetables and exercise regularly which helps as well. ...Read more

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Fecal impaction question--how do they soften it?

Fecal impaction question--how do they soften it?

Sometimes: Glycerine suppositories can help or a fleet mineral oil enema or sop suds enema mad with a teaspoon of liquid ivory soap. But if all else fails, manual disimpaction is necessary...Not fun for the patient or the physician. Best thing is to not get impacted by following a proper fiber diet and drinking plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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Traditional chinese medicine for fecal impaction?

Traditional chinese medicine for fecal impaction?

Not sure: Many of our medicines are derived from plants in our environment. If traditional chinese medicine means using some herbs with mild laxative effect (we still have these in our natural food stores!), more water intake, and perhaps a gentle enema, that seems reasonable. However, i can't see how acupuncture would aid. If this doesn't improve quickly, see your doctor: there may be a more serious cause. ...Read more

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What are you do to relieve severe fecal impaction?

Glycerine suppositor: Ies, or fleet mineral oil enemas can help. Rarely must be manually disempacted by a doctor or nurse. Do not try to do yourself as you may cause serious injury. ...Read more

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What complications can result from fecal impaction?

What  complications can result from fecal impaction?

Pain & misery!: Aside from the significant discomfort from not going, hard stools can irritate the lining causing bleeding, ulcers and in extreme cases, even perforation. Avoidance is mandatory to prevent these sorts of complications, so discuss prevention with your doctor. ...Read more

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What complications that can result from fecal impaction?

What complications that can result from fecal impaction?

Soiling: In extreme cases usually though only in elderly or debilitated people it can lead to rectal ulcers or even colonic perforations. More commonly it can cause fecal overflow incontinence or if chronic and resulting in long term straining in an attempt to defecate it can lead to laxity of the pelvic floor and incontinence hope this helps. ...Read more

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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is fecal impaction?

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is fecal impaction?

Severe Constipation: Fecal impaction typically indicates that stool has collected in your rectum and formed a large bolus or ball of stool. This typically requires "disimpaction" which is digital (with a finger) removal of this stool. This can in fact require sedation. Ironically severe impaction can cause fecal incontinence or soilage from liquid stool leaking around the large bolus of stool. ...Read more

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Can lizness be taken to help fecal impaction? If it can't be taken during fecal impaction, why is that? Please help

Can lizness be taken to help fecal impaction?
If it can't be taken during fecal impaction, why is that?
Please  help

Constipation: Fecal impaction should be treated by enemas or digital disimpaction. By taking Linzess it promotes water in the colon but if there is a hart stool impacted it may not push it out without either softening it or removing it digitally. ...Read more

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Am I at risk for fecal impaction if I don't eat or drink much?

Am I at risk for fecal impaction if I don't eat or drink much?

Yes, of course.: Stool becomes hard and dry if there is not enough water and fiber in your diet; it's difficult for the colon to move it along, and difficult (and painful) for the hard stool to pass through the anal canal. Chronic use of opiate pain meds can contribute too. In extreme cases hard stool can wear through the intestinal wall. People have become dependent on laxatives rather than eating right. ...Read more

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Can you have diarrhea with fecal impaction?

Can you have diarrhea with fecal impaction?

Fecal Impaction : Yes. Absolutely and it represents significant danger. The stool that is impacted can be so damaging that the body resorts to diarrhea to get other stool out. You need to see a GI doctor urgently. ...Read more

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Fecal impaction after appendectomy, what to do?

Fecal impaction after appendectomy, what to do?

Work It Out ...: Fecal impactions after surgery or any abdominal disease is a common problem. The problem escalates with age. Gentle tap water enemas with generous anal lubrication will usually work. Cathartics, drugs to cause a movement, are usually unhelpful with an impaction but there is no harm in adding them to the mix. Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or preparations like that are fine. ...Read more

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How do I find what's the best way to fix a fecal impaction and fissures?

How do I find what's the best way to fix a fecal impaction and fissures?

Sometimes: Glycerine suppositories can help or a fleet mineral oil enema or sop suds enema mad with a teaspoon of liquid ivory soap. But if all else fails, manual disimpaction is necessary...Not fun for the patient or the physician. Best thing is to not get impacted by following a proper fiber diet and drinking plenty of fluids. ...Read more

Fecal Impaction (Definition)

Hardened stool that's stuck in the rectum or lower colon ...Read more