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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
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
Last couple days #5 on Bristol scale but don't feel complete and no more urge to go rest of day. Possible rectal impaction?
Enema: Fecal impaction can be a painful and frustrating condition. A large buildup of stool in the rectum can obstruct passage of stool and gas behind the obstruction causing pain and bloating. Depending on the severity of the obstruction, sometimes an enema is needed. If someone has tried over the counter stool softeners and laxatives simultaneously without response, it's time for an enema. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
feeling: Of fullness in your rectum that you can't get out, recent absence of a normal bm, sometimes leakage of liquid from anus or only watery stools as that is all that gets around the impaction. Need to be evaluated to determine the reason for your impaction. ...Read more
Some are below: Stool becomes hard and dry; it's difficult for the colon to move it along, and difficult (and painful) for the hard stool to pass through the anal canal. Lack of water in diet can contribute; chronic use of opiate pain medscan too. Rarely people can have motility disorders of the intestines that contribute to fecal impaction. In extreme cases hard stool can wear through the intestinal wall. ...Read more