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I have a very large, hard, dry stool that will not pass. I

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Hi. I have a very large, hard, dry stool that will not pass. I had a normal bowel movement only a day and a half ago......I've had this hard/large stool issue 3 times over past year. In the past, a suppository seemed to work but this time I went right to Fleet Mineral Oil Enema.....passed the oil but no bowel movement. The pressure on the rectum is intense...only relief is jumping in a very hot bath. The stool is about 2-3 inches from anal opening but wont move. Should I go to ER? The urge to go is there it just wont move and causing lots of pain
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 1 year ago.

Hello

Yes

This is dangerous at this point.

Go to the ER.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do you know what ER procedures will be.....will they be able to relieve some of rectal pain/pressure before attempting more enemas? thanks
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 1 year ago.

Manual disimpaction.

Probably that rather than enema.

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