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Fecal Impaction 101: Symptoms And Deadly Potential Results

Fecal Impaction


Fecal impaction (FI) is a state of prolonged constipation. It occurs when the stool is so hard — and often so large — that it cannot pass with a normal, spontaneous bowel movement.  According to a study done by NIH:

FI causes pressure on the colon and may cause “isschemia”  — an inadequte blood supply to the colon.  This may lead to ulcer and colon perforation.

FI may also cause mechanical obstruction of the colon and compress nerve, vascular, or solid organ structures by a mass effect.

(You can read the NIH Report HERE or paste in

As you no doubt know, the causes of constipation are many. From genetics, to diet, to activity level, to medicine, to age, to resisiting the urge to “go”, to overuse of laxatives that compromise the natural cues to eliminate, to not drinking enough water, to body position — yup.  The list goes on and on and on.


What a blessing it is to eliminate naturally and easily! Thank you, My Miracle Tea! But when it doesn’t happen, the problems can be severe or even life threatening. 

Katherine, a tea friend in Canada, remembers her mother’s extreme bowel conditions. Her mom’s problems were just part of life as she grew up. Her fecal impaction eventually caused her bowels to burst, and this is how she passed away.  A good friend in Virginia lost his son-in-law (who was only in his mid-60s) with FI complications.  “It was as hard as cement and couldn’t be budged” was what our dear friend Mac told us about this untimely death.

This is extreme, of course, but it happens and is well-documented. Which is why the symptoms of FI should not be ignored!

(Katherine inherited her mother’s sluggish bowels and uses the tea — sometimes in a stronger concentrate — and if it doesn’t work, she adds eating 6 prunes after drinking tea.)

At the doctor’s office or ER for an examination, a “fecaloma,” (which is what the unpassable hardened fecal matter is called) can give the appearance of an abdominal tumor. Most cases of FI are treated by breaking it up with a gloved hand to extract it out, or enemas. In severe and unremitting cases, surgery is required to prevent significant complications.

Beyond the obvious condition of constipation — what are the symptoms of FI?

  • Very watery diahrrea that leaks or explodes out
  • Diarrhea or stool that leaks out when you cough or laugh
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Back or stomach pain
  • Dehydration
  • Little or no urine (and no urge to pee)
  • Swollen belly
  • Trouble breathing
  • Too-fast heartbeat
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Confusion

If you’ve been constipated and have any of these problems, contact your doctor right away. He should let you know whether you’re having an emergency and should call 911 for help. Many people with fecal impaction are very old or have other grave illnesses, so this problem may be life-threatening.

Once again, call 911 immediately if you have trouble breathing, a fast or irregular heartbeat  or are dizzy or confused.

You can read this more at Webmed  HERE .

Carolyn Allen is the mother of 5 children and grandmother to 11 (so far!). She and her husband, Bob, have been helping people feel and look better for years with My Miracle Tea. Read More
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