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How long after surgery will I have a BM? How long after surgery will I have a BM?

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Unread 11-10-2010, 03:50 PM
How long after surgery will I have a BM?

I had my TAH on 11/5, came home on 11/7 and have yet to have a BM. I am eating solids and drinking tons of water. I am passing gas, but the gas pains are pretty strong. I'm taking stool softeners and also a mild laxative daily, but nothing yet. I had no problem peeing after the catheter came out and my pain is almost non-existent, so I took myslef off the pain meds; they made me nauseaus. I hope I go real soon as I know my tummy won't be so swollen.
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Unread 11-10-2010, 05:28 PM
Re: How long after surgery will I have a BM?

If you spend any amount of time reading posts, the illusive BM is tops of most post-op questions. You sound like you are on the right track with the fluids and stool softeners. Many women have success with different treatments like Mirilax and prune juice just to name a few. Just be sure you are getting up and walking a bit. For me, I finally had a "breakthrough" after about 6-7 days. My husband did have to give me a fleets enema after about 5 days which helped a little. I continued with the stool softeners and liquids, ate some prunes, walked as much as possible and "sat and waited" A LOT. It does seem that once you do finally go, things start to improve drastically. Best of luck!
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Unread 11-10-2010, 05:31 PM
Re: How long after surgery will I have a BM?

It took 8 days for my first one - then 3 more for my second one.
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Unread 11-10-2010, 05:45 PM
Re: How long after surgery will I have a BM?

It took me about a week. It is freaky not having a BM. Walk! Walk! Walk! My doc said no matter what you eat, it takes time. Hang in there!!!
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Unread 11-10-2010, 09:01 PM
Re: How long after surgery will I have a BM?

It took me exactly 7 days so I feel your pain! My remedy was McDonalds coffee. LOL
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Unread 11-10-2010, 09:07 PM
Re: How long after surgery will I have a BM?

I was worried also, two days after coming home and no BM. So, I drank warm apple juice with miralax. I also ate a big dinner and the next morning, it happened!! I keep drinking warm apple juice any time I feel like I might be getting stopped up. I am post op three weeks and still have moments that I feel kind of slow. It is a process. Hope you get relief soon!!

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Unread 11-10-2010, 09:16 PM
Re: How long after surgery will I have a BM?

I had my first BM on day 3 post op. Lots of stool softener, lots of water. Also, when you're on the toilet waiting...and waiting...try putting your feet up at least 6 inches. you can use a large pack of toilet paper, an upturned bucket, a box - anything that gets your feet up into a modified, semi-squatting postion. The closer your knees are to your chest the better. This changes the angle of your rectum/lower colon and makes things move a whole lot easier.
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Unread 11-11-2010, 12:09 AM
Re: How long after surgery will I have a BM?

I had a BM 1 day after I came home after 3 days in the hospital.
I think I needed MY own toilet (LOL)
I was taking stool softeners and Senna.
I kept taking the Senna for a week but the pain they caused was violent. I stopped the Senna and am just on the stool softeners and have been back to normal. I used to have 1 or 2 BM a day before the surgery.
I think I will stop the stool softeners this week.
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Unread 11-11-2010, 12:12 AM
Re: How long after surgery will I have a BM?

3 weeks post surgery and still trying to work out this area of my life.....big sigh
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Unread 11-12-2010, 03:38 PM
Re: How long after surgery will I have a BM?

I had by "break through" 3 days ago and it was a very painful experience and one that I hope I never experience again! I am now going regular, but I take stool softeners and put Benefiber in my fiber cereal in the morning, otherwise I will not go. I have been going a couple of times a day, and this is okay by me.
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