Fecal impaction

A fecal impaction is a large mass of dry , hard stool that can develop in the rectum due to chronic constipation . Usually fecal impaction is noticed when you are straining and water stool comes out, but I have had hard stool come out today. Chronic constipation can cause the rectum to be extremely dilated resulting in blockage, or fecal impaction. This mass may be so hard that it cannot come out of the body . Watery stool from higher in the bowel may move around the mass and leak out , causing soiling or diarrhea .
Overview
Abdominal crampingFrequent straining with passage of liquidRectal bleedingSmall , semi - formed stoolsSudden , watery diarrhea in someone who has chronic constipation I have read that sometimes they can be just thinning of the membrane that only allows the passage of air while others can be large and allow the passage of fecal matter into the vaginal area
Symptoms
Treating a fecal impaction involves removing the impacted stool , and taking measures to prevent constipation and future fecal impactions.MEDICATIONS : Medications may be used to prevent another fecal impaction . Do you think I could have fecal impaction? Stool softeners such as docusate may be recommended to help pass soft , formed stools . My lower left wisdom tooth on the other hand will soon have a soft tissue mesial impaction. Bulk fiber laxatives such as Metamucil may be used to add fluid and bulk to the stool.Glycerin , bisacodyl suppositories , or other gentle laxatives may be used along with a bowel retraining program to establish a pattern of regular bowel movements . Food adjustments may be helpful in those with a limited diet.SURGERY : Surgery is rarely needed to treat a fecal impaction . However , if the fecal impaction is not removed , the colon may become overly widened -LRB- megacolon -RRB- or the bowel can become completely blocked . Both of these conditions require emergency surgery to remove the impaction . In the past this would involve surgery (my understanding is that it is like a surgical impaction of the back teeth), shaving down teeth (but you usually can't shave off enough), crowns...implants...etc. Part of the injured bowel might have to be removed as well.DIET : Dietary measures such as increasing fiber intake from whole - wheat grains , bran , and fresh fruits and vegetables may help add bulk to the stool and promote normal bowel movements . Make special efforts to increase daily fluid intake.EXERCISE : Regular exercise helps establish regular bowel movements . People who are confined to a wheelchair or bed should change position often and perform abdominal contraction exercises and leg raises . If possible , do these exercises several times a day . A physical therapist can recommend a program of exercises appropriate for your physical abilities.OTHER THERAPY : The treatment of fecal impaction aims to remove the impaction and start a program to maintain normal bowel function . Often a warm mineral oil enema is used to soften and lubricate the fecal impaction . However , enemas alone are usually not enough to remove a large , hardened impaction.The mass may have to be manually broken up . A health care provider will need to insert one or two fingers into the rectum and slowly break up the mass into smaller pieces so that it can be expelled.Manual removal of a fecal impaction is usually performed in small steps to reduce the risk of injuring the rectal tissues . A series of suppositories may be given between manual removal attempts , to help clear the bowel .
Treatment
Certain people are at greater risk for developing chronic constipation , which can lead to fecal impaction.Persons at risk for this condition include those who : Have limited ability to move such as bedridden patients , or persons with severe disease of the nervous systemTake certain drugs , including : the constipation got so bad about a week ago that i was afraid that i'd have to go to the ER on account of such severe impaction
Causes
The health care provider will examine your stomach area and rectum . The rectal exam will reveal a hard mass of dry stool in the rectum.If there has been a recent change in your bowel habits , your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy to evaluate for colon or rectal cancer . There could be some simple explanation such as a bowel impaction from previous constipation, or it could be a more difficult explaination of colon cancer or ovarian cancer.
Tests & diagnosis
With treatment , the outcome is good .
Prognosis
Prevention of fecal impaction focuses on preventing constipation . im not sure if i should be worried about fecal impaction (which is making me really scared and worried) or is this just a normal side effect post surgery She eats a high fiber and healthy diet, and takes all kinds of stuff, but she invariably ends up in the ER with an impaction after 3 weeks of no movement. Add fiber to the diet to promote normal stools . Also , get enough fluids and exercise to help in the formation of normal stool.Always respond promptly when you have the urge to go to the bathroom -LRB- defecate -RRB- .
Prevention
Tear -LRB- ulceration -RRB- of the rectal tissueTissue death -LRB- necrosis -RRB- or rectal tissue injury
Complications
Tell your health care provider if you are experiencing chronic diarrhea or fecal incontinence after a long period of constipation . I have been unable to work still because of the chronic pain (not everyone has it), the fecal incontinence (again, it's individual), the inability to urinate (once again, most regain pretty quickly if they lose the ability at all), etc. Also notify your health care provider if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms : Abdominal pain and bloatingBlood in the stoolSudden constipation with abdominal cramps , and an inability to pass gas or stool . In this case , do not take any laxatives . Call your health care provider immediately.Very thin , pencil - like stools

Other Discussions
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fecal matter test blood occult incontinence fat material intestines leakage parasites
A fecal occult blood test is the test used.
There is most likely a fat/portein malabsorption problem and I am wondering WHY the GI doctor didn't do a fecal matter test???
His name is Dr. Charles Ray Jones.
This forced the doctor to run more test, barium enema,, the CT Scan didnt catch it the first time. and he deffinetly had diverticulitis and his colon had perferated leaking fecal matter into a abcess...
rare: Aphthous stomatitis, bloody diarrhea, bulimia, 845 cardiospasm, cholelithiasis, duodenitis, enteritis, esophagitis, fecal impactions, fecal 846 incontinence

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ray x an chest occult blood show fecal test mri showed
He then said take an x-ray and i took an x-ray.
I've had the chest x ray, no face x ray yet.
An X-Ray is standard for looking more closely at a bone.
I had an ekg done and a chest x ray and both came back normal.
Go get an MRI, not an X-RAY !!