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Do A Lot Of People Get Rectal Impaction
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's large amount of hard stool in rectum which cannot be eliminated by patient. This can cause rectal fullness, pain and overflow incontinence. Treatment consist of consideration of manual disimpaction and strong laxative. Long term prevention consist of high fiber diet and ...Read more
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
Last couple days #5 on Bristol scale but don't feel complete and no more urge to go rest of day. Possible rectal impaction?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Depends: If severe will require manual disimpaction. If less severe enemas may provide relief. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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