Beginning Thursday I realized I was having a "flare up" of my occasional constipation. I then realized that it probably wasn't so "normal" for me to not have gone for a few days... So just for good measure I took some MiraLax in the evening, knowing when I woke up Friday morning I would have a victory. I did not. Friday afternoon I went and bought some suppositories on the suggestion of a friend and immediately attempted one. I waited and waited and although there was some bowel gas evacuation (and suppository evacuation obviously), there was yet again no victory. So later in the evening, a friend suggested I try downing 2 or 3 tablespoons of mineral oil, as suggested by her OBGYN in times past during her constipation with pregnancy. I gagged that nastiness down and, once again, had ZERO results. So, by Saturday morning, I was freaking out. I went to Walgreens and bought the phospho-soda oral treatment and promptly mixed it with water and downed it and waited... NOTHING. So I have now tried four treatments (three of which laid claims to working within MINUTES) with no results whatsoever. I began to wonder if I should indeed follow the label instructions of all the products that read "If you fail to produce a movement after use of this product, see your physician" when yet another friend suggested I try an enema. I just happened to have one on hand that I had forgotten about that a friend gave me months ago when I was suffering a more minor bout. ANYHOO - I utilized said enema after a bit of trial and error (ouch) and after a couple of minutes...... victory. My question is this though: What is the normal amount of evacuation after an enema and should I still plan on seeing my physician?? I have never suffered this long with constipation and neither has it been so severe before, especially after attempting almost every major bowel prep over the counter! I didn't have complete evacuation tonight that I'm aware of (as far as it FEELS anyway) so I'm really confused as to whether or not I should try another enema or just go see my physician. HELP! (And thanks in advance for any advice on the subject. MUCH appreciated!) :)
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