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Safe Enema Solution
Is there a homemade solution to use by enema method to soothe my colon pain? Colonoscopy messed me up badly.
Wouldn't go there!: Humans are not designed to have people create homemade solutions to send up the butt. A G.I. Specialist can help, along with a primary care doctor. There may be approved enemas out there, but their effects and their side effects on a particular patient (and his or her underlying medical issues) should be carefully considered before venturing into enema territory. ...Read more
Haven't changed my diet at all, but today I used 3 enemas, although poured out the solution and filled with purified water, and had loose stools and cramps in lower abdomen later. Why the cramps?
Small volume enemas (example Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)) are generally very safe. If you READ THE DIRECTIONS TWICE and so it correctly you shouldn't need a second. If more than one Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) is required look for other reasons for your constipation.Since some of these reasons can be serious see you Primary Care Provider
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Enemas: Using the enema bag specifically designed for such? The answer is yes but. Generally the otc fleets or saline enemas are more than sufficient. Anything more you should generally have some assistance, do such carefully, stop if you have pain. I would ask you to consult with your physician as to why you are so constipated. Try increasing fiber and adding miralax (polyethylene glycol). Stay hydrated! ...Read more
Enemas carry risk: ...including rectal perforation. Why do feel you need to use them please, under any circumstance unless prescribed as medication or in the context of a well characterized defecatory disorder? ...Read more
Enemas carry risk: ...including rectal perforation. Why do feel you need to use them please, under any circumstance? ...Read more
After procedure: Ok to eat after the procedure but check with you gi/colon doctor. ...Read more
I give myself enemas at least 4 times a week! I tend to expell them into an adult diaper! Is this safe?
The only medical risk I can think of with frequent enemas is getting trauma to the lining of the rectum and then getting an infection from the irritated skin. I worry about water overload as well with such frequent introduction of water with the enema.
As a physician I am concerned enough that maybe you should respond with the reason you are doing this so often... ...Read more
What do you suggest if my tube came loose after about a minute into the enema. Is it safe to try it again?
You have not told us: ...what you're treating with the enema. However, your tube question seems curious. The reinsertion of an enema tube that fell out of the anus is NOT the same as the "5-second rule" for eating food picked of the floor--e.g. the enema tube is neither clean nor sterile upon initial or subsequent insertions. ...Read more
Used enema I made today with only bottled water, no sodium are anything! Is that safer than store bought saline enema?
Why using: Enemas? You should be eating enough fruits and veggies that you should not need enemas. Water enemas are not safe and can alter your electrolytes. Miralax (polyethylene glycol), store brand, is a safe laxative to use that will not harm you if taken for a long time. It works by softening and bulking the stool. Best! ...Read more
I hear a lot of people doing coffee enemas, saline enemas, and other types of enemas on a daily basis? Is this safe? What are the benefits
No proven benefit: There are no proven benefits to any kind of coffee, saline, or other substance enemas. Since the colon is able to absorb liquids and other substances, there also can't be some potential risks. There also would be a slight risk of perforating the colon. I would recommend against pursuing any kind of therapy with enemas, unless it is prescribed by your primary care doctor or your gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Can ileus happen randomly to a healthy adult. What are ways to relieve such a condition. Is it safe to use an enema while you have untreated ileus?
Yes: Occasionally. Regular use is not recommended. Fleet or sodium phosphate enemas should not be used in patients with kidney disease b. ...Read more
Are periodic saline enemas good for your colon since it's cleansing? Can they (enemas) damage your body or are they largely benign/safe to use?
Saline enemas: I know of no evidence that saline enemas are either cleansing or healthy. I recommend you go to UpToDate and look it up. ...Read more
How do I give myself an enema if I have internal hemorrhoids? Is that safe orshould I do something else? I tried usingit, but it wouldn't fit in. Thanku
Not safe...: If you cannot comfortably fit the tubing into the rectum, do not force it--especially in the setting of known internal hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are dilated blood vessels caused by increased pressures due to rectal straining--it may not be a good idea to give yourself enemas in this setting as the straining caused by rapid discharge of fluids may cause worsening of your hemorrhoids. ...Read more
Why???: If your problem is severe constipation, other solutions are better, such as bulk agents (fiber), stool softeners, more fluid intake, etc. Otherwise, there is no benefit and you may be avoiding evaluation by your doctor for another problem or issue that needs to be checked. See your doctor rather than use fleets 3x per week! ...Read more
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