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    stool softener and dig stim

    i take 2 senna s stool softeners a day sometimes my poop is just to soft to dig out is the purpose of the softener just to make the poop softer

    i use half a suposotory and lots of dig stim im wonderin if anyone just does the dig stim and no supository

    i have a dr appointment coming up ill ask her to

    thanks yall
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    #2
    I can’t take stool softeners as I end up with poop to soft to do anything with... they automatically prescribed them after my accident as constipation is so common with SCI. Has never been an issue for me even though I’m nearly 20 years in.

    Did you take them prior to SCI?
    This too shall pass...

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      #3
      Senna is a stimulant, not a stool softner. Are you taking something else as a stool softener such as DSS (Colace)? If so, you can decrease or stop that, although it would be better to try to get off of chronic use of stimulants such as senna, in the long run.

      The purpose of the suppository is to bring stool down from the descending and sigmoid colon into the rectal vault to prepare for evacuation. Dig stim is used to relax an spastic anal sphincter so that the stool can pass. If stool is already in your rectal vault when you check when starting dig stim, you may not need to use a suppository.

      (KLD)
      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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        #4
        Somewhat related question - is there a limit to the number of times dig stim can be performed during one bowel evacuation? In one day? Days per week? Or is the answer as often as necessary to all scenarios?
        Alan

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          #5
          My caregiver coats the inside of my rectum with lidocaine first to lessen the AD. We wait about five minutes then pop in the suppository. On a good day my caregiver will only have to go up there three times plus a final check. On a bad day however, it can be real torture requiring up to six times. For some of my aides that are heavy-handed, this is real traumatic to the rectal lining, is much as I implore them to be gentle.

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            #6
            Senna is a stimulant but I had noticed in some people it causes increased gas and isn’t the most effective stimulant. Senna-S is a combination os senna and docusate. Docusate is a stool softener. The suppository is a lower GI stimulant to evacuate the rectum of stool. Bisacodyl is a stimulant suppository is that what you’re using?

            pbr
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              #7
              Have you tried Enemeez Plus? I've been using Enemeez Plus for years since I'm a C3/4 with AD symptoms. Enemeez Plus has benzocaine, which assists in the anesthetization of the rectum and lower bowel. Enemeez has been a preferred and trusted formula assisting patients improve their bowel care needs for 15+ years. The convenient twist-off tip makes Enemeez easy to administer for safe and effective bowel care needs. You can request free samples and learn more at www.enemeez.com

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                #8
                Evaluate with your doctor what you are trying to accomplish with the softeners and suppositories. Digi stim is a method, IMHO, to stimulate peristalsis. You essentially are trying to get your rectum to relax and allow your body to do what it needs to do to move the stool. I took softeners and laxatives initially after injury, but have gradually weaned off everything. Find the right amount of dietary fiber and fluids that will allow your body to move the stool for you. Digging around in your rectum will eventually lead to bleeding and maybe even hemorrhoids.

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