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Constipation after surgery

Started by Tiggergirl, Jul 19, 2010 1:39 PM
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Posted July 19, 2010 - 1:39 PM

Did anyone have constipation after surgery ? I have gone from going three times a day to not going for a week now. This is now almost two weeks post-op.

If anyone has had this problem, how did you resolve it ?


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Posted July 19, 2010 - 2:52 PM

3 TIMES A DAY??? I DON'T KNOW WHATS WORSE YOU GOING 3 TIMES A DAY OR U TELLING THE WHOLE WORLD THAT U CRAPPED 3 TIMES A DAY!! U are know eating mabye a 1/10th of what you were eating before. This is why. I bet the family is glad you are not pooping 3 times a day anymore.:D


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Posted July 19, 2010 - 2:56 PM

Yes constipation has been a big problem for me.
In the beginning I sipped on Milk of Magnesia a few times a day per my surgeon's instructions. It got to the point where that stuff made me want to HURL. It's nasty and I couldn't stand it anymore. At about 2 months out it had gotten really bad and I had been taking Colace pills everyday for about a week and nothing had happened so I said forget this and took 3 Dulcolax. That worked.
Now that I'm eating more veggies and salads, it's not been as bad plus I'm adding Miralax to my smoothies.
I won't hesitate to take a laxative though if it gets bad.
If you're very early out, I'd use the Milk of Magnesia...it works well and works gently too.


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Posted July 19, 2010 - 3:48 PM

I would also check with your nutritionist and surgeon. They may be able to recommend a laxative that would be a little easier on you.


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Posted July 19, 2010 - 10:40 PM

Hi There,
I am now 5 days post op, and had the same problem. My surgeon told me that I needed to drink lots of water, and walk, walk, walk. After 2 days of this, things started moving again, so it's all good....why not try that? If it does not work, try mixing 50/50 prune juice and water....



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Posted July 19, 2010 - 10:45 PM

I had the same problem. If you are still taking any pain meds, this could be slowing your system down as well. I started mixing benefiber into my drinks three times a day. The first BM after surgery, I had to use a suppository :frown1:


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Posted July 21, 2010 - 5:02 PM

It has been ongoing for me, I used to work in nursing homes and constipation is common among the patients, aside from the medical reasons, many of them don't get enough activity and hydration. I have found that if I drink lots of water and walk lots it really helps. Good luck!



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Posted July 22, 2010 - 5:56 PM

I went from one extreme to the next following surgery. For several days I couldn't stay out of the bathroom and then I went 8 days without anything happening. I did not take any pain meds once I got home and made sure I was properly hydrated. I have also been very active. So...I guess everyone is different and you should check with your doctor if you are really concerned or having problems. At my 2 week follow up my doctor said it would take some time for my bowels to go back to normal. He also said "less in, less out" and as long as I was not in any pain that I should let everything run its course naturally. Normal for me at this point is every 2 or 3 days. Good Luck!


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Posted July 22, 2010 - 9:03 PM

suppositories for a few times, then milk of magnesia worked for me. You can also put Fiber in your shakes and that will help, but you won't be going as much as you used to since you aren't getting the volume of food that you used to get. I tried to make sure that it had been at least 5 days before I used something for the constipation. Now, I am doing Ok in that area.


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Posted July 23, 2010 - 1:25 AM

At first I had the opposite problem--the runs. But then I started putting Benefiber in my shakes and I haven't gone for a couple of days. I just plan on drinking a lot of water and letting it run its course, so to speak.

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