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Unread 11-21-2020, 09:52 AM
3 weeks post hysterectomy: Using laxatives for constipation

Into my third week of recovery and doing well. I am 62 and past menopause. Had atypical endometrial hyperplasia and endometriosis. Following all the good advice I have gotten (plenty of rest, hydrating, not doing heavy lifting, walking). Only issues are not sleeping and constipation. Had my post op appointment two days ago and doctor recommended a common laxative with magnesium. I took the largest recommended dose and boy did that overdo it! Had to stay close to bathroom since had intense diahhrea! OK now but my warning to you is to take the smaller dose first. As for sleeping doctor recommended a product with antihistamines and that does help.
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Unread 11-21-2020, 11:21 AM
Re: Using laxatives for constipation

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Yeah, certain ones can be, uh, explosive...! A lot of stimulant laxatives are senna-based, and those work by contracting the intestines which can be rough on the core. That's what makes us have to trot! Something like Colace or Miralax are milder. I had to actively manage my digestive system for 7-8 weeks. Tweak your diet to include dark leafy greens, whole grains, fiber cereal, nuts, seeds, fruits (fresh, dried or frozen in smoothies), prune juice, warm liquids like tea, and enough water-water-water to swamp a canoe. Walking is also good for digestive motility.

Ah, sleep can be elusive. You had your ovaries removed, and even though you were already in menopause you still had the "dribble effect" going on. That drip line has been shut off, and its quite possible to have surgical menopause after natural menopause. A bedtime routine of a quiet non-tech activity can help relax you, in fact turn off all technology 30-60 minutes before bedtime. Setting the thermostat lower, a warm decaf beverage, white noise or a mellow play list can help.

Have you found your Recovery Thread yet? It's a dedicated discussion group for women who had surgery the same week as you, wonderful for getting support, comparing notes, encouraging others, and keeping one another company. You can find yours at Recovery Progress Reports for Nov 02-08.

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Unread Yesterday, 05:33 AM
3 weeks post hysterectomy: Using laxatives for constipation


My dietary prescription to promote regularity is a high-fiber diet with regular doses of magnesium from dark chocolate; just be sure to avoid the chocolate, and other sources of caffeine like coffee or regular tea, after 2 PM, or it can disrupt your sleep. Another excellent choice for magnesium is Natural Calm, a powdered magnesium supplement; having it in a glass of warm water just before bedtime can help to relax your body, promoting better quality sleep. Taking your walks outdoors can also help, because our sleep cycles are mainly governed by exposure to natural light. A few more top tips to kick-start regular bowel movements: have a warm drink like peppermint tea, or a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon; add in sugar alcohols from apple or pear juice, prunes, dried apricots, and sugarless gum; squat on the throne after every meal to stimulate the gastro-colic reflex, in which the stomach tells the brain that it's full, and the brain tells the colon to empty its contents, to make room for the new stuff coming in. Another top tip for insomnia is not to linger in bed if you can't fall asleep after 20 minutes; instead, get out of bed, go to another room, and do something relaxing until you feel like you're ready to fall asleep. Sweet dreams, happy pooping, and best wishes for continued health and healing!
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Unread Yesterday, 02:12 PM
Re: 3 weeks post hysterectomy: Using laxatives for constipation

Thank you for the good advice! Will definitely try your suggestions.
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