First two enemas

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   Posted 10/8/2008 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my first experiences with enemas yesterday and today and neither went as well as I had of hoped.

The first one I managed to get alot out but it kept becoming painfull and I kept stopping and having to release some of the water so I would only do half a bag in one go. I had decided to do the enemas in order to make myself feel better and give me more energy but after this enema I actually felt worse and more stressed. Any ideas about why this could have happened? could it be because:

1. I sterilised the bag using a babies sterilising tablet which makes an item apparently safe to drink out of straight after, which made the bag smell like chlorine.


2. Because I didnt get everything out (it didnt feel like everything had come out).

The second one I also didnt do very well and had the same problems as before, however I did actually feel somewhat better afterwards.

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   Posted 10/8/2008 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to HealingWell!
Sorry, I can't help you with enemas, as I have never had one, but I just wanted to say hello.

I hope someone comes along soon with ideas. Good luck!
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   Posted 10/8/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there. I relied upon weekly enemas, with my doctor's blessing, for a few years. I've had part of my colon removed (rectal cancer in 1999) and as a result, I am now left with multiple bm's on a daily basis. I go through several stool stages, but the one that annoys me the most is what I call the putty stage. It's not D and yet it's not C. It's just messy. It can go on for hours. Many years ago I would recall how cleaned out I had felt after an enema (for procedures mostly, either pre-op or post-op). I was really messed up once on vacation so in utter desperation, I bought a Fleet's saline enema during the day, put our then young children to bed, made sure my husband didn't need the hotel bathroom and did one. I did feel better the following day. I mentioned this to my doctor, who said if I felt better after enemas, to go ahead and do one a week. Now she recommended a mild recipe of sorts but I've since lost it. I think it was tap water, a little Wesson oil and I forget what the third ingredient was. She said to buy disposable enama bottles at my pharmacy (I never found them). She said you can very easily get your electrolytes off with saline enemas so that's why she prescribed a milder form of them.

Then I would notice a few times enemas would last 10 to 12 hours with me, not the usual 1 to 2 hours. I would also feel very ill (cold, crampy, chilled, then suddenly almost feverish).

I compared my experiences and decided not to do them anymore, unless I had a procedure coming up.

I now manage my stool consistency by taking Colace, 50 mg each evening.

But there are times I know an enema would turn things around for me.

When I was faithfully doing them, I would make sure the day before and day of doing one, I ate very well (no skipping meals, good foods, etc.). I made sure I was going into an enema fully hydrated and kept my fluids up all day long. I also expelled the air bubble in the enema bottle, before depressing and releasing the liquid. I have never added anything to the Fleet's Saline solution, I just uses it "as is" from the bottle.

I also do not leave the bathroom. I wait until I'm done (1 to 2 hours). Sometimes I would stand up, because it seemed as if gravity helped bring the stool down for me. Then more bm's would come if I did this.

I always have one or two under my bathroom counter (one of my many emergency colon stash items I keep on hand now, LOL). I just want to know that there is one sitting there, should I ever need it. For example, my region had a massive blackout 3 weeks ago (hurricane related, although we live in Ohio). It was a crazy weather event. At one point we wondered if we'd have to boil our water but then all was okay. I was so tempted to just do an enema, so I wouldn't be needing bathrooms as much as I usually do. But then I would have had to take a candle in I didn't. But it was just nice to know I had a Fleet's enema under the cabinet.

Just make sure you go into using enemas rested, fully hydrated, having eaten well all day. Quite the opposite sometimes for procedure preps. But if you're doing them as purely a maintenance tactic, then you can continue eating and drinking, even while one is working (I used to). I bring in lots of reading material.

There are many people who will dismiss the benefits of enemas. And I know in some cases a colon can get used to them so please be careful. In my case they were quite safe but I have had a few too many mess me up, more so than why I would do one in the first place.

Now I just accept my wacky GI tract as it is and manage fairly well with diet, low stress, exercise, Colace.


Post Edited (Marsky) : 10/8/2008 1:24:41 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/8/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I dont have IBS but I do seem to have trouble going to the toilet. I am eating more fibre and drinking more water but my constipation isnt getting much better. I wanted to use an enema to help clean out blockages in the bowels so that I could restore more natural movements. I was hoping that I would have more energy after the enema but I didnt, infact after the first one I just felt down. Im probably doing something wrong.

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   Posted 10/8/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I would recommend you talk to your doctor if you're having this much trouble. I have a sister-in-law who only goes a few times a week, she has a lot of trouble with C. She had fistula's once and needed surgery. So you don't want to strain too much. Call your doctor. Enema's are not recommended usually for long term relief (although my doctor saw no reason why I couldn't do them, since I've been internally changed forever, missing a large part of my colon now). But in general, enemas are reserved for procedures and on doctor's orders (or at least that is the clear impression I've been given).

I hope you find relief soon.


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   Posted 10/8/2008 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess I would say that having the enema made me feel strange in the same way that I found taking too much 5-htp made me feel strange. I have been taking citalopram 10mg and I took it before having the enema on both days. Is there a way that having an enema could increase the absorbtion of the citalopram or flush out the citalopram?

I have spoken to the doctor but he wasnt too helpfull and didnt think that I even had constipation. The fact is that ive only been going every few days and have found myself straining alot despite the fact that i have been eating more fibre and stuff.

Thanx for your help.
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