I have had a fecal impaction before. Am I okay that someone besides a Nurse or Doctor helped me?
Is it possible that my rectum or colon could have been injured by having a non professional help me with a fecal impaction?
A fecal impaction, which occurs when a large mass of feces becomes hardened in the bowel and must be removed manually, is a serious health issue. Generally medical professional recommend that an impaction only be removed by a doctor, or by a nurse under the direction of a doctor.
The process of removing an impaction can cause stimulation of the vagus nerve, which can cause irregular heat rhythms or fainting. This would occur during the process of removal; a good reason to go to a medical facility to have it done.
Placing anything into the bowel carries the risk of intestinal perforation, which can result in peritonitis, a serious and potentially life-threatening infection of the membranes within the abdominal cavity. Symptoms of perforation include bloating, nausea, pain, and fever. You should monitor your health carefully and go to the doctor immediately if you begin to feel unwell.
The best treatment for impaction is prevention. Here is a link to a website with some suggestions on how to manage constipation so that it does not become an impaction in the future. Take care.