ams5796 wrote:Exactly, Susie! That's the feeling I have most days doing enemas. I wish I could tell you why. I wonder if it has anything to do with what I'm eating. One of the reasons I like doing enemas is so that I do have more freedom with food choices. I don't mean that I take the liberty of eating junk or not eating well. In fact, it's almost the opposite. I use the opportunity to eat more fruit, vegetables, nut etc. When I don't use an enema I'm more careful about everything I eat wondering how my bowels will react. Maybe the folks that have success using enemas are still careful about what they eat taking into consideration what foods will cause gas. Hopefully, they will weigh in.
I know I'm fairly new to this, but since I started doing the enemas, I've tried eating fruit, nuts, and some raw veggies and I've been fine. I didn't eat any of those things before the enemas because I knew they would cause me grief. For instance, before the enema, I could eat literally eight to ten almonds and be okay, but if I ate more, I would be running for the bathroom. Now, I can eat as many as I want and I haven't had any problems. Because I'm eating a more balanced diet and also because I haven't noticed any difference between taking it and not taking it, I've stopped drinking fiber supplements twice a day. Are you still doing fiber supplements? Would that make a difference?
I also drink a lot of Smart Water because water helps eliminate gas and because I worry slightly about not getting enough fluid absorption from the food before I force it out with an enema. I know I personally tend toward dehydration, so I'm being extra cautious. I'm lactose intolerant but I used to put up with it in order to have milk in my coffee. I used 2% milk so I tried 2% Lactaid and hated it. Then I tried the Lactaid whole milk and it was good. Now I use it in my coffee, on my cereal, and in cooking and no one in my family tastes a difference. Could dairy be causing you problems? I know onions and garlic bother some people, but I have few dishes that I cook that don't have either onions or garlic in them, so I haven't eliminated that from my diet. I haven't eliminated desserts from my diet, but oddly, they just don't appeal to me much since I was diagnosed. I make them for company and parties, but don't really have any desire to eat them once they are made. If I am going to have something sweet, I tend to go for blander sweets like angel food cake, pound cake, or sugar cookies, but I don't even want them very often. Another change cancer brought, but I guess this is a good change. I haven't put much of the weight back on since finishing chemo and actually lost a few more pounds on vacation (everyone else was loving the desserts when we ate at restaurants, but I passed on most of them).
We are strong, intelligent, resourceful people and we are going to figure out why you get such pains from the enemas, because it sounds like your life would be so much better using the enemas if only you didn't have the gas pain. Perhaps if you gave us some more clues, like where the pain is, how long you have it, if anything seems to make it better, etc.
Judy, the Nancy Drew of enema problems