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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.