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Unread 02-16-2008, 09:40 AM
the dreaded bowel issues

Had my TAH 2/12/08, did a bowel prep prior. I came home 2/15 and had not had a bowel movement. I didn't feel too uncomfortable, but thought I would try the mirilax based on a post in hystersisters. I did the minimum dosage and a few hour later OMG. I have not stopped since that time. I think I'm on 14 hours and running on the toilet. Its not watery but definitely not normal. Obviously it was not right for me, but who knew? How long does this stuff stay in your system? I was exhausted before and now its just ridiculous. I was so bad I just stayed in the bathroom instead of getting up a million times. What do I do???? My regular dr is out of office till monday and I really don't want to talk to her assoc. I'll get yelled at, which I deserve. Wait it out?
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Unread 02-16-2008, 12:59 PM
the dreaded bowel issues

(((Bonnie))) I know this isn't the answer you want to hear, but you need to call the DR's office and talk to someone about this - ask if they can get a message to your DR and ask him/her to call you.

You're right, you shouldn't have used the laxative - NEVER use a laxative during your early recovery unless YOUR DR has prescribed it (lecture over ).

Meantime, while you're waiting to hear back from the DR, make sure you stay hydrated. In addition to risking damaging your healing tissues from the strain of cramping/diarrhea, you are also risking dehydration at a time when getting plenty of fluids is especially important. Perhaps some Gatorade or other sports drink (actually Pedialyte is even better) might be a good idea.

Let us know what your DR says, OK? But don't just "wait it out".

s,
-Linda
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Unread 02-16-2008, 01:16 PM
the dreaded bowel issues

thanks, nothing like a lecture via the internet. Its even worse in print!

I just talked to the Dr. The runs stopped, now I am running a fever. Not alot. Dr. said tylenol and lots of fluid....same for the runs. Lots of fluides. Man, I'm a dope. When I had my 2 c sections the bowel was such a problem, I was determined to avoid it. Guess I'm good and clean.

On Tuesday when I had my surgery my 22 old son complained about not feeling 100%. Low and behold, Tuesday he woke up with 102 fever. I just hope its not that. He was coughing too. OMG...I can't imagine anything worse.

Thanks for repremanding me.
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Unread 02-16-2008, 01:32 PM
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OMG, sorry that happened to you! Laxatives are hard on the body anyway, so I can't imagine the pain you are having from that. There are stool softeners like Colace or Fibercon that would make you go easily, without causing diarrhea. Ask your doctor about taking those.

I get very very constipated from pain pills, so I knew to buy all soft, easily digestible foods for my recovery so that would not happen. So far, so good! I have had easy, regular bm's since my surgery. If you are not lactose intolerant, try eating cottage cheese, yogurt with granola and soups. That is mainly what my diet still consists of and it really makes going to the bathroom not a dreaded thing. I made the mistake of having a salad, 14 days post-op and it was awful! Clogged me up and made my swelly belly return - ouch! If you eat soft foods and drink plenty of fluids, you should not have the constipation problem. I agree with Surferbabe too, you really need to replenish all that fluid you lost, so drink lots of Gatorade! I filled my fridge with gatorade, vitamin water and juices before surgery.

Get to feeling better and hope you have a speedy recovery!




p.s. Hope you don't get your son's fever either! If your fever gets over 100, I would call your doctor ASAP.
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Unread 02-16-2008, 01:52 PM
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thanks for the sympathy. I think that is all I really needed and some good advice from experience.

My boy had one awful day and now on the mend. I told him I loved him, but to make himself scarce. The phone is just dandy.

Wow, it sounds you you really had complex condition. I hope you are on the mend!
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Unread 02-16-2008, 02:33 PM
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(((Bonnie))), I hope you're feeling better now. Calling your doctor for help was the right thing to do.

I think this is a good opportunity to remind all (((Sisters))) that reading on this website never takes the place of calling the doctor for any questions or concerns that come up during any phase of the hysterectomy journey--pre- or post-op. Check with the doctor first and follow the doctor's orders.

Best wishes for your recovery!

s
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Unread 02-16-2008, 02:54 PM
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Bonnie:
I take a Phillips Stool softener that I found at Walgreens.. I thought my intestines were better so I stopped for a few days... Big mistake. We have been eating lots and lots of homemade soup... somethings are just too hard to digest yet.
Wishing you the best... Take care
Pattie
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Unread 02-16-2008, 03:13 PM
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Bonnie- another thing to remember when reading this site is that not everything works the same for everyone. I couldn't believe that you had the reaction to the Miralax that you did. I have taken it every day (because of diverticulosis) for almost a year and never had that kind of problem. On the other hand, the colace that was prescribed for me when I left the hospital tore me up and gave me horrible cramps. Unfortunately, sometimes the only way to find out these things is the hard way. I hope your doctor can help you out on this one!!!
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Unread 02-17-2008, 07:36 AM
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thanks Patti and Purple. Its really weird how medications effect people so differently. That probably accounts for the long side effect lists on most drugs.

I was pretty shocked myself at to the reaction. Its two days later and I am still feeling the effects. Tolerable now, and much better than being constipated. I still remember the torture with my two c sections.

I'm going to talk to my regular Dr tomorrow and get her advice on how to deal with this bowel issue. Do I actually need anything at this point or something milder like the philips stool softner?

I am so grateful to this site to be able to talk about this stuff. People on the outside laugh and get embarrassed but they should walk a minute in our shoes and experience it. Its soooooo not funny.
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Unread 02-17-2008, 11:48 AM
the dreaded bowel issues

(((Bonnie))) I would not use anything until you get in to see your DR tomorrow. Meanwhile, you can drink plenty of fluids (warm prune juice and hot coffee are two that stimulate bowel function), eat something with a lot of fiber in it (bran muffins work great) and make sure you're up and walking around some, and hopefully that will be enough to keep you 'going'

s,
-Linda
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