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Fecal Impaction (Definition)

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


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Should I see a specialist for fecal impaction, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for fecal impaction, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Fecal impaction: Based on years of experience, i believe the single best treatment of fecal impaction is an otc product called MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol 3350). It is a white powder. You fill the cap of the bottle with the powder and put it in a glass of water or juice. Start with1 capful a day; if not results after 2 days, increase dose to 2 capfuls daily; if no response in 2 days, increase to 3 capfuls/day etc. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Hi doctor, this id dr renu here. I have fecal impaction it seems. I need to take feces with my fingers. It is going to be more trouble for me. Please suggest me some medications ?

Hi doctor, this id dr renu here. I have fecal impaction it seems. I need to take feces with my fingers. It is going to be more trouble for me. Please suggest me some medications
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See below: 1. Make sure to drink lots of water daily to ensure proper hydration in colon. 2. Exercise (not necessarily vigorously) daily to help with motion of colon. 3. May try magnesium citrate liquid, polyethylene glycol liquid (e.g. Miralax), and dulcolax suppository. 4. Reduce stress in life - it strongly affects GI system. ...Read more

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Wife has some symptoms of partial fecal impaction incl. nausea. Can she wait until tomorrow (Mon) to see a doc? (She's phobic of ER.) Should she eat?

Wife has some symptoms of partial fecal impaction incl. nausea. Can she wait until tomorrow (Mon) to see a doc? (She's phobic of ER.) Should she eat?

Water: No food until cleared. If feverish or in intolerable pain to the ER. IF not in pain and not feverish please have her ingest three liters of water today but no more food until she is passing stool. To the doctor tomorrow. ...Read more

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Wife has all symptoms of fecal impaction & is nauseous. She's terrified of hospitals. It's Sunday. Can she wait till Monday to see a doc? Can she eat?

Wife has all symptoms of fecal impaction & is nauseous. She's terrified of hospitals. It's Sunday. Can she wait till Monday to see a doc? Can she eat?

No: Waiting is playing Russian roulette. She should be more terrified of cancer or ruptured bowel than of going to the hospital. Take her to the nearest hospital emergency room NOW. She should not eat anything until seen by a physician ...Read more

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How did our ancestors on the prairie treat rectal impaction?

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

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My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get rectal impaction? Is he right?

My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get rectal impaction?  Is he right?

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 more

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Do i go to gp for fecal impaction?

Do i go to gp for fecal impaction?

Yes: However if they are unwilling to see you for this either a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon would be reasonable alternatives or as a last resort the er. ...Read more