• over 2 years ago

    Incomplete bowel movements – How do you remove excess stool?

    Hi There,

    I’m having a problem similar to people with IBS. When my stool is not hard enough I can’t pass all of it out. Some of it remains in my rectum since I’m partially incontinent.

    The cause is Cauda equina syndrome. This syndrome started after a tumor was removed from my spinal cord in the L1/L2 area in 2002. My gastro intestinal doctor prescribed Loperamide (Imodium AD), 8MG a day. When the Loperamide was prescribed it hardened my stool so all of it is passed out completely. This medication worked great for 14 years but now has not been working at all.

    If I don’t use my finger or another method to clean and remove the loose stool, the remaining the stool will slowly come out and soil my underwear to a point where some people may smell it.

    I would like to know what options I have to remove the loose leftover stool.

    I’ve tried the following:

    1. My finger – This takes time and I can never get my rectum 100% clean.

    2. Enema squeeze bottle. These don’t work well for me because of weakness in my hands combined with my incontinence. The water can start coming out before I want it to. When they do work they do a great job but these are not an option for me. If someone is looking at this post and would like to see what I’m talking about go to this link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KZI2IXS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&;psc=1

    3. Enema. I purchased a full enema kit. The issue I have here is the water will start coming out before I want it to and the nozzle does not always stay in because of my incontinence. My rectum can’t grasp the nozzle correctly. When the enema does work it does a good job. I did find an enema tip that was larger, it did help me hold on to it better.
    Here’s what I purchased: https://www.amazon.com/Clean-Stream-Universal-Enema-Attachment/dp/B00GXJPVJ2/ref=sr_1_3_s_it?s=hpc&;ie=UTF8&qid=1483666161&sr=1-3&keywords=enema+nozzle+tips

    4. Fingernail cleaning brush. I’ve been using a fingernail cleaning brush to remove the leftover loose stool currently. I put soap where I’m going to stick it in, insert it and turn it around in a circular motion and then remove it. This does a great job to remove the leftover stool but after using it until the stool is gone there will be some blood on the brush. This worries me. For example getting an infection where a small cut or scrape is.

    My questions are has anyone out there found another way to remove the stool that is leftover besides a finger or enema?

    Is there a medical handheld device that will allow me to remove the stool like the fingernail brush but safer?

    Also just a side question.
    I don’t know how I created an account with the Screen Name “bowel”
    Is there a way to change this?

    Thanks Everyone,



  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Incomplete bowel movements – How do you remove excess stool?

    Stop using the brush, you are only going to damage the tissue, which could lead to serious problems D:

    Really all you should need is a decent quality toilet roll for most cases. Moist towel such as wet wipes for a more thorough cleansing. Use a bidet of you have one, or wash in the shower.

    Enema are for deep cleansing, but shouldn't be used too often as this would only weaken the sphincter further.

    Don't think you can change your name, but I would guess it's in the settings of your profile (click your icon at top right)
      • over 2 years ago
        Hi jibijibi,

        Thanks for the advice!

        I do use wet wipes but lately I just keep wiping and I never get clean.

        I would love a bidet! You did give me an idea. I searched amazon for the word bidet and they offer add on bidets for toilets that don't have them. I have no idea about them but will research them and see if they are worth installing or not.

        Also thank you for letting me know about frequent enemas weakening my sphincter even more, that would be awful. Thankfully I've never been able to use one properly so I gave up on them.

        As a side note...
        What has helped me is going on the BRAT diet (Bananas Rice Applesauce Toast). After I was on the BRAT diet for a week I added plain white chicken for protein and didn't have any issues with loose stool. Now I will try a new food that seems on the plain/bland side to see if I can handle it without diarrhea. This worked for some time but I think I screwed it up by trying too many foods too quickly and not being disciplined enough.

        Thanks again,

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    RE: Incomplete bowel movements – How do you remove excess stool?

    The bananas are the only thing that is helping your situation! Two bananas a day creates the correct balance to your digestive tract and bowels! Of course no one food is adequate for complete digestive function ex: yogurt, sauerkraut, raw fruits and vegetables, no sugar or processed foods, less meat, etc! Your own real in-depth research and taking responsibility for your wellbeing is the best solution! Of course that includes doctors and other knowledgeable people’s ideas and options! P.S. A hand held shower after bowelmovement helps!