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Is drinking tea good or bad for loosing impacted stool /miralax and hot tea to get water in the the intestineal track to relieve a stuborn case of con?

Is drinking tea good or bad for loosing impacted stool /miralax and hot tea to get water in the the intestineal track to relieve a stuborn case of con?

Tea can tighten: Tea is liquid-that can be good for constipation, but contains tannins which can aggravate it. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a laxative, tasteless, can be in most liquids. Mix up what you are taking, add some variety, but plain water with MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) works fine. ...Read more

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Had impacted stool. Used two glycerin suppositories and nothing happened. used one full fleet saline enema. Relief. Stuff still there. Can I use again?

Had impacted stool. Used two glycerin suppositories and nothing happened. used one full fleet saline enema. Relief. Stuff still there. Can I use again?

Try: A Fleet mineral oil enema. hold it in for 30 minutes if possible and lying on your left side with feet on a pillow above your hips. Once cleared, to avoid recurrence, make sure you are drinking 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. ...Read more

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Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Not likely: From the standpoint of the medical profession, black stools -called melena - are always assumed to be blood. Usually representing bleeding from stomach or "higher up" within the intestines. Colon bleeding usually is red. Unfortunately, bismouth containing medications can also cause black stool, but even with that type of product, one cannot be sure there is not bleeding also. Needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Can impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools? What are your expert opinions?

Can impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools? What are your expert opinions?

No: Darker but not black. Black stool can be from blood entering and mixing in the stool high up in the GI tract notably stomach and duodenum. Black can also be from iron pills and high iron intake in consuming a lot of high iron meals like spinach and green leafys. East to rule out blood with a simple smear at the doctors office. that's my advice. ...Read more

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Went to hospital with impacted stool, and extreme pain. They took a urine sample and said i had a urine infection to, but it could be a dirty sample?

Went to hospital with impacted stool, and extreme pain. They took a urine sample and said i had a urine infection to, but it could be a dirty sample?

Other symptoms?: You are definitely right- one can have a pyuria ( whiteblood cells in the urine) or a bacteruria ( bacteria in the urine) but unless you are symptomatic (suprapubic pain, flank pain, burining on urination, frequency of urination, as examples) then your assumption may be right. ...Read more

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Gram 93 yr. Went to dr. Has impacted stool. Trying miralax (polyethylene glycol) carefully. Could this be her kidney shutting down? Stage 3 Kidney disease. Lives alone

Gram 93 yr. Went to dr. Has impacted stool. Trying miralax (polyethylene glycol) carefully.  Could this be her kidney shutting down?  Stage 3 Kidney disease.  Lives alone

Elderly pt: In elderly patients impacted stools is common and had many reasons. It doesn't reflect that the kidneys caused it or will worsen it. You Mentioned CKD stage III. Ensure she has adequate intake given summer months. She may need her kidney function followed. Best of luck. Patients at this age are fragile and benefit from all the help and care they can get. ...Read more

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Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?

Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?

Yes you can: Use a dose (17 gm packets) daily, but also recommend you start taking supplemental fiber (like metamucil or equivalent) along with. This will help you be more regular naturally. Once you feel you have "cleaned out" somewhat - stop the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) but continue the fiber on a daily basis. Also try warm soaks on your hemorrhoids, and topical creams with steroid (hc) may help, too. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the colon is completely impacted with stool with no room left?

What does it mean when the colon is completely impacted with stool with no room left?

Impacted stool: It means that pt has severe constipation. This is common in elderly pts also in pts taking narcotics ( strong pain killers). Many medications contribute to it. Tx is to increase fluid intake, increase fiber or fiber supplements( fibercon) stool softeners , and 3xwk or if no bowel movement in 3 days. Digital disimpaction may be necessary if hard stool present in anus or rectum with or w/o enemas. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have major bloating a day after a rectal exam w/ lower back pain? Impacted w/ blood in stool, external/internal hemorrhoids, loose stool

Is it normal to have major bloating a day after a rectal exam w/ lower back pain? Impacted w/ blood in stool, external/internal hemorrhoids, loose stool

Depends: I would need to know more about your hx, and what exactly was done during the rectal exam. If you had invasive type of procedure--lower GI series where a barium enema is introduced into anus--or a flexible sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy--then cramping or bloating are to be expected for 4-24 hrs. If you are having further difficulties, consult with dr who ordered, or performed tests. Good luck. ...Read more