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bakomom
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   Posted 8/3/2013 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok. So I've never tried a enema up until this year. These past couple of months to be exact. My first 2 were the fleet saline kind. They went horrible. My first nothing came out except the enema and then the next day I had cramping and emergency toilet run. I tried it again about a month or so later and I just couldn't hold it in and had severe cramping. So I googled about enemas and read they can be harsh and that they should be warm. I also read that water enemas with a bag are better. So I got me a bag. I tried it yesterday, it took about 20 minutes fighting to get it in. It's a big bag. I think it may have emptied too fast because after I found the right position the bag got small fast and I think the water cooled too because I could feel it a few times. Well anyway shortly after I went to the toilet and just water came out and about 5-10 more minutes I finally had BM. But I was severely bloated and 2 hours later I got a bad headache. Today I've been down again. I was really bloated and felt full. Then I got hit with a severe headache. It went away then came back. I went to sleep for a couple of hours and woke up cold. No fever it was a little lower than normal. Now I feel like I'm gonna get another one.

Did I do something wrong with the enema? Is it normal to react to one like that?

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   Posted 8/4/2013 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never had that happen. But if this feeling continues, you should contact your dr.
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   Posted 8/4/2013 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Bakomom, you do have to be somewhat careful with enemas. Too much water can over-hydrate you and saline can dehydrate you; either of these can lead to disruptions in your body's chemical balance. That said, they can safely be used as long as reasonable care is taken. I found this set of directions for tap water enemas that are quite good:
 
 
Hope this will help you.
 
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bakomom
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   Posted 8/4/2013 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. Today isn't as bad. I used filtered water I may not have added enough salt to it. I rarely use them but my constipation has been really bad and I just felt really full in there. I read about over hydrating yourself with an enema. Plus I honestly think it went in too fast in my opinion.

Thank you again for the info.

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   Posted 8/4/2013 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
You do need to be very careful with enemas. One little bottle can really deplete your body of nutrients. I've always noticed that if I eat very well and hydrate fully the day before doing one, I handle it better. If I am dehyrated I can get a massive headache, shakes, chills and generally just do not feel well at all.

Someone pointed out to me on another forum you can buy electroylte powder to add to your water. I went up to my local health food store and they sold these in small packs, $.59 each, for one 4 - 6 ounce glass of water. Flavored, you could try and find these to add to your water right now. The packet I took recommends 2 per day per adult. Also, I noticed in the baby section at the grocery next to Pedialyte bottles, they sell Pediatlyte powder for the same reason - to add to juice or water for children who had been recently sick with D. That's in a sense what you're trying to do here, you've been "sick" (even if induced) and you now need to drink a lot of water but also restore your electrolytes.

I hope you feel better.
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bakomom
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   Posted 8/4/2013 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. I got overwhelmed by reading the different types of enemas and to be honest some sounded outrageous. So I opted to do the water because it seemed to be less harsh on your body, boy was I wrong. I felt bad after the fleet one but the water in the enema bag was way worse. I really felt like I poisioned myself. I was in bed just about the whole day yesterday. It wasn't as bad after the enema. I just felt bloated and had a headache. It was the next day that I felt horrible. I thought I had a stomach virus but I didnt necessarily feel sick, I just didnt feel good. Today I feel a little better but since I didnt eat much yesterday everything I eat makes me bloated. I went to the store and got some Gatorade because I know I don't drink enough. I can't consume much liquid without feeling extremely full.

Marsky, you described exactly how I felt.

I try everything I can to go to the bathroom. But since I found out my colon basically doesn't work I get miserable. The only thing that helps a little is Senna. Ducolax just causes me extreme pain and I rarely go to the bathroom. They tell me to increase my fiber but when I do I get worse. I can't find the right balance.

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   Posted 8/4/2013 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
If senna works for you, then this is ~your~ medication. We're all different inside and I find it's best to pay close attention to what your body is trying to tell you. I tried generic Colace with senna and it made me feel worse, I had so much gut rumbling and heaving/rolling. Turns out it was the senna that was irritating my colon but see here, in your case, it works wonderful for you. So I suggest you keep extra hand, you never want to run out of it. I was going to suggest brand named Colace since I find it mild but now that you've mentioned senna helps, I believe Peri-Colace has senna in it. If you're ever trying new meds, you could consider Peri-Colace.

So sorry this enema messed you up. I had one last 12 hours, I was in bad shape! Not enough to go to the ER but I was very shaky, clammy, had dry heaves, chills, aches and repeated bm's which were watery at the end. The last thing you want at a time like this is a tall glass of water but that is what I did need, I needed to replace lost fluids ASAP. Nausea was preventing that. And all because I decided to do a mini clean out for a vacation. How foolish of me! My hands actually tingled and partially went numb for a bit, scared me.

Hang in there, hopefully tomorrow you'll be feeling better.

bakomom
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   Posted 8/5/2013 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry. I made sure I did it when I knew I had nothing to do. Enema and travel doesn't sound like a good combo. I feel like I'm still recovering from it. Things just haven't been the same. I haven't taken anything in a few days to try and calm my body down. Today I had 3 bouts of nausea followed by 3 BMs. Which temporarily took the nausea away. My stool has been soft and fairly easy to pass but its really thin and I have no idea what causes that.

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   Posted 8/6/2013 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
You may notice narrowed stool because the walls of your colon could be irritated and slightly swollen. Obviously your colon did not like what you did to it and it's trying to correct itself right now. If I were you, I would make sure I consumed 2 quarts of water per day (I recently bought a Rubbermaid 1 qt size pitcher, I fill it with ice and cold water and try to empty it between 2 and 3 times per day). If you have that pitcher of water filled and a cup you're drinking from that day right next to it, it's so easy to refill your glass, just do it and stand right there while you're downing the water. For me, that's the only way, I don't enjoy sipping from water all day long, I need to force myself to do this. Next, make sure you have very healthy meals today and the next several days, whatever seems to agree with you, but I'd suggest hot oatmeal and banana for breakfast, salad and fresh fruit, half a sandwich for lunch and broiled fish/chicken, steamed vegetables for dinner. You need to be kind to your body to get thru this. Now if what I suggested gives you nausea, try dry toast, chicken noodle soup, saltines, etc.

In other words, I wouldn't eat candy, cookies, junk food, chips, spicy foods right now.

But the good news is you are having stool output so I do think you're on the path to feeling better. I imagine by Wednesday you will be.

The only reason I tried to do an enema for a traveling trip was so I could be cleaned out and not having my family stop at rest stops every hour or two. I did feel okay for the trip (because I've learned if I do an enema, I need to do one 48 hours before I want to feel 100%).

*edit* I forgot to add, there are no embarrassing questions on this forum! So never feel hesitant to ask them.

Post Edited (Marsky) : 8/6/2013 7:16:31 AM (GMT-6)


randylu
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   Posted 2/18/2014 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have IBS and do bag enemas for relief now and then.  They really do make me feel better, clean me out and help me!  I'd like to do them on a regular basis, but don't know if this is ok?  Once a week, month?  I've never tried a colonic so I don't know how it compares with the home enema.  Any suggestions out there?  My IBS comes and goes, and it can be ok and then flare up.  My diet may have much to do with that!  Too much variety of foods that are not that good for me.  Just putting it out there.
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