When the surgery was finally performed to put everything back where it belongs and rebuild my pelvic floor, my anus was so small and doesn't relax or stretch at all, so that it is physically impossible for me to have a bowel movement without an enema. I can’t push a BM out, so the water creates back pressure to stimulate a contraction and produce the force to get the job done.
Plain water enemas are commonly used to cleanse the colon, remove toxins and relieve occasional constipation, but introducing water into the rectum to produce a bowel movement should be done only when necessary and not overused or abused. Overuse of enemas causes dependence on enemas to void so that a normal bowel movement becomes unlikely or even impossible without the procedure. I can tell you that is true because I must do an enema at least 3 times daily to get anything out. I have unusual circumstances surrounding that, but since I am not allowed to get constipated (constipation will pull apart all the supports that artificially suspend the organs below my diaphragm) or use my abdominal and pelvic muscles to push, or else they go into an excruciatingly painful spasm that feels like natural child birth without drugs, I can tell you that the muscles get lazy and stop doing their job after a while. I have tried using various substances for enemas and I can tell you that only water is safe, especially for the long term.
Coffee enemas were first used in the early 20th century when one scientist proposed they had a positive effect on the GI tract. This dangerous notion encourages people to put all kinds of substances in their rectum; high test coffee or green tea, vinegar, baking soda, Epsom salt and minerals. The FDA mandated that participants be informed of the dangerous side effects of participating in this practice, including death. There is no true scientific evidence to support the claim that coffee enemas detoxify the bowel, liver or gallbladder. Numerous case reports state the dangers of coffee enemas. Many people have experienced serious injury and some have died.
Caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive drug in the world. Caffeine is chemically similar to adenosine, a type of sugar that helps the body regulate important processes, including firing neurotransmitters. Taking the place of adenosine in the brain and attaching itself to the same neural receptors affected by adenosine, it causes your neurons to fire more rapidly and stimulates the brain. Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance in many plants, including coffee beans and tea leaves, kola nuts and cacao pods. Caffeine can also be man-made and included in pain relievers, appetite suppressants and cold remedies. Caffeine is a flavorless drug and it provides no nutritional value. A single cup of coffee remains in your body for several days. People with caffeine sensitivity and pregnant women should definitely avoid this practice.
The use of coffee enemas can cause dehydration or lead to electrolyte imbalances, as well as caffeine addiction. Side effects of caffeine include adrenal exhaustion, agitation, anxiety, black tarry stools, blood in stools or urine, breast lumps (fibrocystic disease), bruising, stomach tenderness or burning, chills, coma, confusion, constipation due to reduced motility, coughing or vomiting blood, decreased urine output, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, dry skin, fainting, fast heartbeat, fatigue, fever, headache, hostility, impaired nutrient absorption, increased blood pressure, infertility, indigestion, insomnia or trouble sleeping, irritability, lethargy, lightheadedness, muscle aches or twitching, nausea, nervousness, pain increased, persistent bleeding, rapid shallow breathing, rapid non-caloric weight gain, inability to lose weight, rash, restlessness, seizures, severe stomach pain, stress response that increases insulin and cortisol on a continual basis, blood sugar dysregulation, stupor, swelling of face, ankles or hands, tremors, trouble breathing, unusual tiredness or weakness, vomiting, the feeling of not having enough time or that time is running out. Caffeine raises blood pressure, increases heart rate and generally makes your heart work harder. Caffeine increases stomach acid production and may cause heartburn or stomach upset, acid reflux or ulcers even when consumed via the rectum. As a diuretic, caffeine triggers your body to get rid of water. It also makes your body dump minerals. Caffeine interferes with the absorption and metabolism of calcium, contributing to osteoporosis. Other reported hazards include killing beneficial probiotic bacteria in the colon. It interferes with the absorption of minerals and nutrients along the ascending and transverse colon. Symptoms of caffeine overdose include confusion, hallucinations and death due to convulsions.
I have read many articles written by people who are diehard coffee and coffee enema advocates and their information will contradict what I have written here, but you have to decide for yourself. In my opinion, there are many more reasons NOT to use coffee or tea than there are "good reasons" for its use, either oral or rectal. Listen to your body, because it is the “boss” and it gets the final word. Keep in mind however that by the time your body lets you know it’s not happy with something you are doing and you understand it, the damage is done. I speak form extensive experience.
Inserting anything into the anus can result in a tear or puncture. Re-used, instead of single use enema kits contaminate the bowel with bacteria, which could cause an infection. Using hot liquid in the rectum can cause serious internal burns and damage to the very thin and delicate mucous lining of the colon. Overuse of any type of device designed to temporarily excite the nerves of the colon, such as an enema, colonic or suppository could result in decreased bowel function.
Enema supplies are sold to do this procedure, but I have found them to be stiff, hard and very uncomfortable. Since I need to be able to do an enema anywhere and at anytime, including in public restroom stalls, I need to be able to stand up. This is only accomplished by using a 24 French gastronomy tube attached to a 60cc syringe. A g-tube is soft and flexible, and designed to go into the stomach without causing irritation or puncture, so I have found it to be very kind to my insides. It’s that or a colostomy bag, and I don’t think that would work for me. I use a pipe cleaner to clean the tube and soak it overnight to kill bacteria. A g-tube lasts me about one year and a syringe is useful for about 3 months, typically when the rubber plunger gasket wears out.
I am not suggesting you use this system, but for me, extreme situations require very creative solutions.
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