What is the difference between mineral oil and saline enemas?
My history: I'm left with IBS like symptoms after my sigmoid was removed along with 15 inches of my lower colon in 1999 (malignant 1 inch tumor, barely inside). Also had my GB removed. I have 10-12 bm's a day, on a good day, and as many as 20 on a bad day. Small amounts each time b/c there's no where inside to store it (sigmoid gone). What fun - not. My stool ranges from formed (my favorite stage, rabbit size droppings each bm, sorry for that graphic detail), to loose, very loose or all-out D, to putty (my least favorite stage, it can go on for hours, bm's coming like labor pains). When I'm in the putty stage, I know it's time for an enema. For a long time - at least 4 years - I managed my bathroom needs with one Fleet's Saline enema once a week. It just cleaned me out and left me with 3 to 4 "normal" days. I especially did these when I knew something big was coming up on our social calendar (weddings, formal dinners, vacation travel, etc.). Then I had two enemas really mess me up over a few months period. One lasted 12 hours, I had what I was told were systemic symptoms - terrible headache, hands went numb, extreme nausea. I should add that when I do one, I eat very well that day, the day after and I continue with fluids and salty foods during it (keep a small table in the powder room, along with the usual - magazines, newspaper, my faithful Golden Retriever at my feet, LOL!). My colon surgeon gave me her blessing for weekly enemas, as long as I keep up with my solid and liquid intake. Which I'm very careful to do now (after those two emema fiasco's a few years ago). Well, long story short I was so leary of enemas I quit doing them - at all.
But now I'm working part-time and that putty stage is lingering too much. I need to do enemas again. I know it. My body feels it.
So just what is the difference between saline and mineral oil? I've never been instructed to do a mineral oil enema.
Thanks in advance for any info you all can provide me with. I should add that I also manage my situation with a low residue diet, vanilla yogurt twice a day and a pediatric dose of Colace (50 mg) each evening. Even though this is technically a laxative, the low dose acts as a stool softener and keeps me somewhat consistent, but I still go all day long (as long as I eat).
Post Edited (Marsky) : 11/18/2007 7:30:50 AM (GMT-7)