Enemas - HELP

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scohow66
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Enemas - HELP

Postby scohow66 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:54 am

Hi - I have been doing for about 3 weeks or so and have mixed results. i use a clear silicone bag with about 2 qts warm water. I do it while on a mat/towel on bathroom floor and most times the fluid goes in fairly quickly and then comes out the same way...overall about 45 mins or so for the full process. However, I am still having days where my system kicks into gear early afternoon and have had some rough days/nights as a result. I have added in another enema early evening on a few occasions so that I can try to sleep and not be subject to clustering. I am looking for predictability and consistency and was hoping this would provide that. I do get good days where I can go the full 24 hours without going, but its not reliable. I do the same process each day and have not varied my diet, etc. Just looking for any advice folks may have or if this is normal? Dr. suggested enema as well.

Appreciate any insights!

Scott
52 Year old male
Dx with RC 10/2016 (T2N0M0)
Port implanted 11/2016
Rad with 5FU December 2016-January 2016
LAR robotic with temp loop ileo 4/2016
ypT0N0M0 - cPR to chemo/rad
Ileostomy reversal 10/2017
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Lee
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Re: Enemas - HELP

Postby Lee » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:47 pm

Hi Scott,

Sorry no one has responded to you yet, I hope by bumping this back to the top, someone with experience with enemas can answer you directly. I don't have any experience with enemas, as I have a permanent colostomy.

Have you checked the search button? Top left side "Search this Forum" Input daily enemas. There are a few knowledgeable people on this forum who have found great success with daily enemas.

Good luck,

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

scohow66
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Re: Enemas - HELP

Postby scohow66 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:37 pm

thanks! Yes, I have researched this extensively, but now that I am doing it just looking for some input as I find results are not consistent and still have some challenges as a result.

Tx
52 Year old male
Dx with RC 10/2016 (T2N0M0)
Port implanted 11/2016
Rad with 5FU December 2016-January 2016
LAR robotic with temp loop ileo 4/2016
ypT0N0M0 - cPR to chemo/rad
Ileostomy reversal 10/2017
LARS

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susie0915
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Re: Enemas - HELP

Postby susie0915 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:18 pm

I am not really sure why you are having break through bowel movements during the day. I have been doing enemas for about a year and a half and probably have only had a bowel movement later in the day or night 3-4 times. There are days where I may not feel like I am totally cleaned out, but generally do better until the next day. I use about 6 cups of water. I was using 8 cups but found 6 cups worked just as well most of the time. I do in the morning and have been toying with switching to the night time, but not sure if I will. I don't work so it really is not that inconvenient for me. Do you feel like alot of stool is coming out during your enema? I do take a couple lomotil everyday for peace of mind. I am not sure if this would help you. I don't think I need it but it is a psychological thing. I hope someone here can help. I have said, even my bad enema days are better than going to the bathroom 20x a day.
58 yrs old Dx @ 55
5/15 DX T3N0MO
6/15 5 wks chemo/rad
7/15 sigmoid/scar tissue left
8/15 Pet scan NED
9/15 LAR
0/24 nodes
10/15 Bowel blockage. surgery,early ileo rev, c-diff inf :(
12/15 6 rds of xelox
5/16 Clear CT lung scarring/inflammation
9/16 clear colonoscopy
4/17 CT 4mm lung nod
7/17 no change lung nod
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