Impacted Bowel*Warning this is not for the squeamish*
Ever since my wls I am unable to have a "normal' BM. I drink at least 80 oz of fluids a day and I take dulcolax at bedtime when I know that I NEED to go.
I have had an impacted rectum at least 5 times since the wls. It is so bad that I am doubled over in pain, nauseated and light headed. When I go to use the bathroom I sometimes have to use my finger to remove the hardened and small like rocks and pebbles of fecal matter from my rectum. It hurts something awful and then I am in pain for days afterwards.
Please if you have or know of any remedies for this please let me know. I have an appointment with my Doctor at the end of this month 10/30/2012. Last night I was in tears at 2am because of the pain and the "poop scooping" that I had to do.
I am going to increase my fluid intake and I am also adding Miralax to my Crystal Light. On another WLS website people reccomended Milk of Magnesia. I did use the M.O.M. many years ago after childbirth and it did work. I may try that step next.
If you have experienced the impacted bowel issue, please let me know if or how you were able to remedy it. I am scared to death because I have googled the topic and surgery has been mentioned several times!
Thank you for any help or advice that you can give me.
If you're having so much trouble, I think I would see the doc before the end of the month.
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Good luck! I do understand and have been in your shoes more than once.
on 10/14/12 1:18 am
When I was early out, people recommended Benefiber, which I started taking religiously. What they didn't mention was that I also needed to greatly increase my fluid intake. Worst pain ever. I have been where you have been. I hope you find the combination that works for you.
HW: 348 SW: 306 CW:-fighting regain GW: 140
He who endures, conquers. ~Persius
I feel for you, I am sorry to hear this is happening to you. I am pre-op and only 24 years old but I have had the same issues since I was in my late teens. I was first taken to the ER for an episode around age 17. It was one of the more frightening things I've dealt with. Anyway, I started seeing a gastroenterologist and was continuing the visits for several years. Test after test, procedure and therapy and on and on the cycle went... I eventually had no other options besides meeting with a surgeon for my almost completely dysfunctional intestinal tract. He came to me with a plan for a total collectomy alongside my gastric bypass... a bad idea in my opinion due to my age. I then transferred hospitals approx. 2 hours away for a second opinion. I then found a surgeon who felt very strongly that WLS would resolve most or all of my issues. And here I am, surgery set for Christmas Eve... Anyway, regardless of my story, surgery may not be the best thing but its in the cards when you have serious BM issues. Talk to a GI specialist if you aren't already, have some tests done and find out what is causing the issues. It is a terrible feeling and my heart goes out to you knowing how awful it really is. I hope it gets better!
on 10/14/12 11:37 am
WLS 10/28/2002 Revision 7/23/2010
High Weight (2002) 240 Revision Weight (2010) 220 Current Weight 115.
on 10/14/12 2:09 pm, edited 10/14/12 2:10 pm
I tried Miralax, Dulcolax, MOM, they all worked....for about a week and then stopped working. Since you have to take a bath anyway, may as well kill two birds with one stone.
on 10/14/12 3:09 pm