Fecal impaction often occurs in people who have been constipated for a long time and have been using laxatives. Fiber added to the diet, exercise, and laxatives may prevent impaction.
Symptoms include belly cramping and bloating and stool leakage.
A doctor may insert one or two fingers to break up the stool in the rectum. A warm mineral enema then softens the stool, to aid in its elimination.