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I had my surgery on March 11, 2014 (just over 6 months ago) and I have lost nearly 100 lbs. I exercise a lot and barely eat but I don't have BMs daily. In fact it is sometimes several days. Has anybody else had this? My doctor says everybody is different and as long as I am not feeling any pain I am fine but it still seems weird.

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Daily is supposed to be the norm but I find a lot of us suffer from constipation. I take Colace probably about once a week and try to increase my Fiber with ruffage like lettuce and broccoli. I just can't eat a ton of it, so I supplement.

You don't want to get backed up and you DON'T want to wait until you're in pain to address the problem! A lot of people like flax seed or chia seeds to add Fiber to their yogurt and what not. I can't do chia and I've never tried flax.

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I think that you have answered your own question there - you barely eat, so there is little to come out the other end (but there is still plenty of storage capacity within the colon for what little is going through.) I used to be as regular as clockwork, 15 minutes after rising every day, but even after 3+ years and a relatively generous/normal diet (for sleeve post-ops) of around 2000 calories per day, its an every 2-3 day thing (I guess that a healthier diet is also a lower-residue diet - more gets absorbed and less waste than our previous junk food laced diets!)

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@TheCurvyJones Thanks for the idea, I love chia but I haven't been doing it since the surgery.

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I take a daily multi-strain probiotic which has helped a lot. Don't ALWAYS have one daily, (volume is reduced) but much more regular now.

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It's Benefiber daily for me. I have movement about every other day. Without Benefiber I am in deep trouble.

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It's normal for it to be every couple days with the new eating habits and style. A lot of people are in that same boat. If it is a concern to you then you could start adding Fiber powder daily to a shake if you still use them or to something else if you don't. You can look into specific meds for such an issue as others have mentioned. Just know that it is normal and only a safety issue if you back up for longer periods of time and when it does move they are a strenuous experience.

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I average a few times a week, always have even before surgery

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