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Unread 11-10-2007, 08:37 AM
Help still having bowel issues

Lots of great advice here - I too have suffered from constipation for many years - just had my surgery Oct. 29th with anterior and posterior repairs - Prior to surgery my doc had given me a bowel recipe that really worked - 1 cup applesauce, 1 cup prune juice, 1 cup unprocessed wheat bran(at the local grocery store),mix all three together and keep it in the fridge, take 2 tbsps of it daily - it worked wonders!! The down side is you can't chew up the wheat bran - it's like chewing up leaves, so you chew for a minute, then just swallow them. Another thing I have done is Probiotics for sensitive colon support, bought in the refrigerator of a health food/vitamin store. Those work wonderfully also. I like to try to stay away from stool softeners and laxatives, because your bowel can become dependent on them to function. Right now I'm still taking my colace twice per day and eating fiber and trying to drink enough (I don't think I'm drinking enough each day), and when I don't take Percocet, I do pretty well. If you really like yogurt, eating that helps too, because it has live acidophilus in it.

Also, for loose stools, bananas, rice, applesauce and toast is a good diet for that. Probiotics and acidophilus can also help with loose stools - both bought at a vitamin store or health food store in the refrigerator.

Hopefully that is a little helpful-
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Unread 11-10-2007, 09:28 AM
Help still having bowel issues

I have dealt with sluggish bowels for a few years now. I find the only thing that helps is Metamucil at least once a day. In my case, it is due to lack of moisture in my bowels that clog me up. Drinking the metamucil made with water seems to do the trick. Stool softeners don't help. Laxatives will work but I think that just gets your system out of whack. Drinking lots of water plus a high fiber diet seems to be what works for me.
Unread 11-10-2007, 10:23 AM
Help still having bowel issues

Hi girls, It seems that constipation is one of the worst problems of the hyster surgery, at least for me and Iv'e read many others have lots of concerns. I have had yrs, all my life i guess, problems dealing with constipation. I had a TVH and recotocele repair 3 weeks ago. My biggest fear was my 1st BM! In hosp I passed just a little gas, no BM by the time I went home, nurses said this was normal. OK... I ended up back in ER one week later because still no BM, then my bladder said oooo too much pain I'm not gonna take it anymore! So no pp and no bm! I spent 12 hrs in ER, re-cath, CT scan, MRI to check for internal problems, Doc said I was just full of poop! She didn't want to give enemma because of repairs done so they filled me with Milk of magniesia and stool softners. Finally had a bm after 12 hrs in Er, felt like I delivered my 4 th child!!! OMG! Sooo... Doc said I will have to take stool softners at least untill 6 week check, but she also told me not to overdo it on the fiber cause that causes lrger BMs. I have been very good about eating fruits and veggies. I start my day with strawberry Frosted mini wheats and a bowl of pineapple. Fruit with every meal or for desert, mostly pineapple chunks and tropical fruit in cans, even though it's expensive it's my treat! my snacks have been carrots and celery. And of course lots and lots of water and juice. Happy to say all the plumming is working well, Bm every Am so far! sorry for so much info, but just want to give new sisters/princesses a heads up, start with friut and stool softners at the hospital!!! Even though you might not want to please do.
Take Care of you ... Ellen
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Unread 11-10-2007, 01:11 PM
Help still having bowel issues

Our hearts don't rule us, our bowels do, right sisters?
I had another slightly constipated bm this morning despite taking all the right stuff to prevent that. I am in a lot of pain, but not like I was Thursday when dh had to rush me to surgeon's office. My day is pretty much shot though. I'll have to miss my 11 yr old's first basketball game and maybe my celiac support group's annual gluten free thanksgiving.
As for becoming dependent on bowel remedies, here is how it works.
When a person takes a bowel stimulant every day, such as ex lax or corectal, the nerves in the bowel stop doing their own stimulation and then depend on the outside source for any movement. This causes a dependence on the laxative. Also, if you take something that causes diarrhea constantly, one will lose the muscle tone in the bowel, and once you have normal stool, the bowel will be too weak to really do it's job of getting that stool out of there. It would take 6 months or so to happen, but just so you're warned. A lot of older folks get nervous when they stop having a daily bm and they start using products to help out. The bowel, as it becomes weak, becomes larger and larger. This leads to bigger bm's that are harder to get out. The person then takes a med to help with that, and bam, they are in a cycle of big trouble. My advice is to take everything in moderation. The stool softener taken in moderation will not cause mucscle atrophy. Having diarrhea for months on end will. I hope this makes sense. I wouldn't wish constipation on my worst enemy. It's definately the very LAST thing we sisters need. Lots of hugs go out to all of you.
Unread 11-10-2007, 02:17 PM
Help still having bowel issues

idahoenurse, thank you for that info. That should help a lof of us sister on this site including me.... Why don't we get info like this before me leave the hospital, after any surgery, and what can happen after our hyster if we do such and such...... I know absolutely nothing because my dr. only said take fiber for bms. that was it.... also no intercourse for 6 wks. bye!! Now I will be seeing him on tuesday for my 6 wks check up and dread it. I think that I said it on this sire that I have a prolapsed vagina. I felt something fall down on my first BM and can only imagine that would be what it is. HOPE I am wrong.
Unread 11-10-2007, 07:52 PM
Help still having bowel issues

I agree with the suppositories!! I took them and the stool softeners and they worked great in tandem. Not to be too graphic, but the stool just 'slides' out, so no pushing and no pain. It really is a blessing to have them after surgery.

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