A fecal impaction is a large lump of dry, hard stool that remains stuck in the rectum. It is most often seen in patients with long term constipation.
Constipation is when passing stool delays, not as often as normally does, the fecal matter becomes hard and dry, difficult to pass.
Fecal impaction is often seen in people who have had constipation for a long time and have been using laxatives as the aid in passing stool. Impaction is likely to form when natural move of colon is interfered and the laxatives are not effective as before.
Certain drugs slow the passage of stool through the bowels:
Anticholinergics, which affect the interaction between nerves and muscles of the colon.
Medicines used to treat diarrhea, if they are taken too often.
Narcotic pain medication, such as methadone and codeine.
Inappropriate use of antibiotics, which kills the flora in the colon.
The symptoms include:
Abdominal cramping and bloating
Leakage of liquid or sudden episodes of watery diarrhea.
Straining when trying to pass stools
When symptoms progress:
Bladder pressure or loss of bladder control.
Lower back pain
Rapid heartbeat or light-headedness for straining pass stool.
Reduced libido for men and aggravated PMS symptoms for female.
Fecal impaction increases the risk of colon cancer; research shows that around 10% of patients who suffer from the long term constipation will eventually have cancer.
Fecal impaction is the source of toxin, which is absorbed through the wall of the colon, gets into the circulation system, and then the toxin is transported to various parts of the body.
Skin allergy is one of the symptoms caused by long termconstipation. Acnes, rashes and some annoying skin problem may develop on one face.
Fecal impaction gets softened, dislodged from the colon wall and is excreted out of body with the warm water in the colon hydrotherapy process.
Studies have shown that about 50% of the immune function is performed in the colon, therefore a healthy colon matters greatly.