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susie0915 wrote:I wish I had some suggestions. My routine is somewhat like yours. I get up and walk for an hour, do some resistance training. I then go up to the bathroom, and do my enema. I put on music, light a candle, put a thick yoga mat down with a towel on it. I use 4 cups of water and lie on my left side with top leg bent. It only takes a couple minutes for the water to flow, then I lay there for ten minutes. I never used to be able to hold the water, but with practice have gotten better. I generally get alot of stool but there are those occasional days when there is not as much. I have learned that staying dehydrated does make a difference. If I get too hydrated it is harder as I think the stool becomes harder. I do know many that do enemas have found taking Imodium can make it harder as well. I do take 1 or 2 lomotil everyday but I am trying not to so much. I don't think I need it, but take for peace of mind. Usually I empty in 30-45 minutes, but I stick around the house for awhile, as I have had the rare instance where I will have leakage later. I used to use 8 cups of water, but have reduced it over the last year. Everyone is different as I think it depends on your transit time and how much colon you have left. I know I do have to tell myself every morning to relax and take deep breaths. There is a facebook page for people with low anterior resection syndrome. Many members use enemas and there is alot of helpful people that can give advice. Some use retention nozzles that allow you to administer the water without the problem of water coming out as it goes in. They even administer the enema while sitting on the toilet. I don't know if you are on facebook, but it may be worth joining as the advice is so helpful. It is a private page and nobody but members can see it. I wish I had more to offer in terms of solutions
Rikimaroo wrote:Nate is it safe to use laxatives daily? When does he use it?
Eleda wrote:tater wrote:bump to see if I can get additional responses
Did the bicarbonate not work for u ???
tater wrote:the past four days she has changed it up some and it has been working as far as it is down to an hour in the bathroom. She wakes up and has a glass of celery juice and than goes and walks with the girls for an hour. After her walk she does the enema. After about an hour she feels done and takes 1-2 imodium than waits thirty minutes to eat.
susie0915 wrote:tater wrote:the past four days she has changed it up some and it has been working as far as it is down to an hour in the bathroom. She wakes up and has a glass of celery juice and than goes and walks with the girls for an hour. After her walk she does the enema. After about an hour she feels done and takes 1-2 imodium than waits thirty minutes to eat.
An hour is not an unusually long time. I am usually 30-45 minutes, but have had one hour sessions. I hope things continue to improve for her.
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