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Impacted Stool Treatment
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
Sometimes: Gastroenterologists can endoscopically remove food impactions of the esophagus using an endoscope. Stool impactions in the colon can be removed by any type of doctor, usually manually (using a finger/hand) in combination with laxatives or enemas. Rarely a gastroenterologist can assist with a colonoscope, but it is rarely necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
11 y.o w/ fecal impaction, verified via x-ray, and repeated vomiting for 7 wks. Tried oral laxatives, otc enemas, and enema in ER. Any other options?
Gastroenterologist: This serious problem is best handled by a gastroenterologist for diagnosis, treatment and a maintenance dietary and bowel management program providing there is not a structural or mechanical abnormality causing severe constipation and bowel impaction. Perhaps adding a daily medication like senokotS in addition to proper daily water and fiber foods and supplements like psyllium would help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fecal impaction is a: result of severe constipation,when a large mass of stool lodges in the outermost part of the large intestine,the rectum.It can be painful;some people then have liquid stool leaking around it,giving the appearance of diarrhea, but it is not.The cause of the constipation needs to be treated and the mass of stool needs to be removed, so enemas and stool softeners and laxative may be used. ...Read more
Flat stools: Although it is possible that flat stools could be caused by impacted feces, it could also be caused by a polyp or tumor in the colon. Anytime somebody has a change in their bowel habits like this, it needs to be evaluated. You should see a Gastroenterologist immediately. Do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more
Treatment is best: I try to save natural teeth as long as possible. Depending on how deep a cavity is or how much additional damage there is to a tooth can really be the deciding factor. This information would be needed in trying to decide whether it is best to take the tooth, or treat the tooth. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Surgery normal: The removal of an impacted tooth is not a simple one. Normally, the impacted tooth will need to be surgically exposed since it is covered by skin and/or bone. The surgeon can then remove the tooth, sometimes in sections. Most are done under sedation but not always necessary. It can be easier on patient. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Treatment options of internal and external hemerroids. Difficulty passing stool, even if stool is soft. Stool pushes like a bubble up into virgina.
94yo /c obstruction d/t impaction. Not a surgical candidate. Receiving oral laxatives, enemas. Now with copious copremesis. Prognosis?
Months of dental work. Pain meds+antibiotics. Constipation. Doctor physical+ no blood in stool. Merilax 3 weeks. Passing gas and stool difficult @nite
NO indication: at any age . Removal of colon has specific indications for not your problem . You are only 21 , see your family doctor and follow the advise . Good Luck ...Read more
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