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#1 Box of Frogs

Posted 10 November 2014 - 06:55 AM

I have been considering colonic irrigation.

I have chronic back pain and take meds with codiene - as a result, I can become incredibly constipated.

Lately, I haven't been able to go at all without help and I'm becoming incredibly bloated and feel horrible.

I was thinking colonic irrigation might help to get things "moving" again.

Has anyone had it done and did it help?

#2 Coffeegirl

Posted 10 November 2014 - 07:02 AM

I recently had a colonscopy and just had to take the picoprep etc.   it worked pretty well (though was a pretty intense 24 hours), are you just using over the counter assistance, or are you using stuff prescribed by your GP/specialist?

I'd rather go the Picoprep route every few weeks than the more invasive irrigation, but that's me personally.

#3 gabbigirl

Posted 10 November 2014 - 07:17 AM

I have done them a couple of times when terribly backed up. It sorts out the issue, and my gut feels great afterwards. But ignore the long term benefits they spruik.  Make sure you go somewhere very reputable. And take a probiotic afterwards as it cleans out everything.  

Have fun ;)

#4 JustBeige

Posted 10 November 2014 - 07:23 AM

Do you /can you take coloxyl (drops or tabs) with it your codiene tabs ?

I have gut issues and my doc reminds me to take the coloxyl if I am taking pain meds.  I find that it works pretty well.

#5 redleaves

Posted 10 November 2014 - 08:30 AM

I've done two and although the concept is a bit uncomfortable, I felt amazing afterwards due to the detox effect.

#6 FeralZombieMum

Posted 10 November 2014 - 08:45 AM

Has your doctor suggested trying lactulose, movicol or parachoc first?

#7 sophiasmum

Posted 10 November 2014 - 09:22 AM

I have had colonics many times in the past, my naturopath suggested it as part of a constipation plan, and I know people who have them regularly say once every month or two. It's harmless & good for a clean out. If you are taking pain meds regularly then you may need to schedule your visits on a semi regular basis too.


Posted 10 November 2014 - 09:35 AM

I disagree its harmless. It carries risk especially with an inexperienced operator. And after all how do you know the person who is doing this is experienced, qualified and following correct hygenic procedures?

There are many reports on the danger of colonic irrigation and I suggest you read them and speak to you doctor first so you are fully informed.

#9 Therese

Posted 10 November 2014 - 09:42 AM

I would speak to your doctor first. I know that a lot of people who use pain relief regularly need to add something to keep their bowel movements regular. I would try those options before going for colonic irrigation.

#10 babatjie

Posted 10 November 2014 - 09:43 AM

In my personal opinion, from personal experience and both knowledge of chronic pain, codeine is not the answer to treat chronic low back pain. Yes it works in the short term, but you later do get rebound pain and you need to take it just to get back to your baseline level of pain.

I know it's last thing you feel like when in pain, but a good and experience physiotherapist experienced in chronic low back pain can help. Chronic pain is incredibly complex, not any regular physiotherapist will help, but you can get improvement and live with less pain.

Explain Pain by David Butler is essential reading for anyone with chronic pain. The hyperlink doesn't work but it comes up in Google. Here is a short example of the audiobook https://m.youtube.co...h?v=L4oy2LnoDZA

Edited by babatjie, 10 November 2014 - 09:51 AM.

#11 Tasha35

Posted 14 November 2014 - 10:37 AM

I get colonics regularly after moving to 'hippie land'. I initially had one after going on a bout of strong antibiotics which played havoc with my system.

The whole experience can be slightly uncomfortable but i feel amazing afterwards. I usually try to get one done every second month for the detox value and to get rid of bloating.

#12 07gbam

Posted 22 November 2014 - 11:32 AM

No procedure is 'harmless'.

#13 marple

Posted 22 November 2014 - 11:42 AM

 Tasha35, on 14 November 2014 - 10:37 AM, said:

I get colonics regularly after moving to 'hippie land'. I initially had one after going on a bout of strong antibiotics which played havoc with my system.

The whole experience can be slightly uncomfortable but i feel amazing afterwards. I usually try to get one done every second month for the detox value and to get rid of bloating.


#14 purplekitty

Posted 22 November 2014 - 11:50 AM

 Tasha35, on 14 November 2014 - 10:37 AM, said:

The whole experience can be slightly uncomfortable but i feel amazing afterwards. I usually try to get one done every second month for the detox value and to get rid of bloating.
How does it detox?
It's nowhere near your liver or renal system.

#15 Luci

Posted 22 November 2014 - 12:37 PM

OP Could you speak to your Dr about the constipation and see if they can give you anything to help?

If you do end up trying the colonic, can you try to find a well-established / reputable place to have it done?   I too have heard some horror stories about when things go wrong.

Good luck

#16 YumChaDaily

Posted 22 November 2014 - 12:43 PM

Colonics don't sound like something I would be into. I have, however, had to have a colonoscopy, and like PP the stuff they make you drink for that leads to quite a comprehensive evacuation.

#17 PurpleWitch

Posted 27 November 2014 - 12:13 AM

I take valium for chronic back pain. works a treat. Codeine messes with me!!

#18 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 27 November 2014 - 12:17 AM

My kid effectively has a colonic irrigation two to three times a week via his stoma.

LOL as to the idea of it being a detox.

#19 Tinkle Splashes

Posted 27 November 2014 - 11:46 AM

My doctor recommends taking Coloxyl when taking codeine medication, which works fine for me.

My auntie who lives in hippy land has regular colonic irrigations.  She also only eats raw food and showers outside in cold water.

#20 Passionchik

Posted 27 November 2014 - 12:13 PM

After a traumatic birth with various meds and previous long-term bowel problems I undertook a number of Colon Hydrotherapy sessions (think 6/8 over a period of 12 months).

They have made me feel fantastic, but I also coupled it with a change to my diet and the end result has been a more 'regulated bowel'.

In my experience, the sessions were pain-free, hygienic and professional. They helped me to eliminate the blockages and backlog that my body found difficult to move 'naturally'.

Make sure you find someone that is certified or uses the appropriate equipment (such as the LIBBE system) - the level of decorum and hygiene they exhibit is paramount to both your comfort.

Goodluck - I hope you find something that works for you, sounds like you might be in a big of pain.

#21 Box of Frogs

Posted 27 November 2014 - 03:46 PM

Thanks for your replies

I have booked myself in for my first session tomorrow and as I have been really sick with nausea and bloating, I'm really hoping I get some result from it. I look like I'm about 6 months pregnant and have gained 4 kg in a month. :omg:

I have tried Picoprep, Coloxyl and Sorbilax with almost no result over the past 5-6 weeks. I have had a huge amount of stress and subsequently a very poor diet and sleep patterns so my body is shutting down with the fight or flight response (although I consider my bowels to be very important :yes:)

I'm aware of all the possible complications and will be grilling the operator before the procedure. I'm a nurse and a mum so I have nothing left to be embarrassed about LOL.

And Picoprep is quite possibly the nastiest thing I have EVER had to drink.

Edited by FeralInASock, 27 November 2014 - 03:58 PM.

#22 Unatheowl

Posted 27 November 2014 - 04:22 PM

Its probably not a great idea to self prescribe bowel preps for regular use in constipation unless you are under the supervision of a Dr.  They can cause quite severe electrolyte disturbances.  As far as I know, colonic irrigation does not do this.

#23 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 27 November 2014 - 05:05 PM

OP I think you need a gastro involved if things are that bad.

Colonic irrigations are not going to be a long term solution.

#24 Poussey

Posted 27 November 2014 - 05:27 PM

There are better long term laxatives that are safe and not habit forming. I would definitely be looking into better pain and constipation management. Prevention is better than cure.

#25 librablonde

Posted 28 November 2014 - 11:23 AM

OP, I'm lurking to hear how your session goes today :)

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