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Unread 03-16-2008, 02:11 PM
BM question (sorry if this is gross)

I haven't had a BM. I had my LAVH BSO on Thurs. I got home Friday night from the hospital. I've been taking one colace in the am & one pm. But I only pass gas. It is getting quite uncomfortable. Any suggestions? I've drank coffee, apple juice and eat raisin bran in the am. What else could I do? Sorry this is gross but I'm starting to hurt and wanted to see if anyone had any ideas. Thanks!
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Unread 03-16-2008, 02:21 PM
BM question (sorry if this is gross)

Hey...if it helps, I just had my first one today, and my surgery was 3/12. In the hospital, I had a dulcolax suppository and a prune/apple juice concoction that was supposed to "do the trick" and all I got was gas. Yesterday, I took 3 Correctols, spaced 3 hours apart with the last before bed. When I got up this morning, after a cup of coffee, I had the labeled "overnight relief" . Since then I have had 3 more, so I am in good working condition . Give it another day and keep eating high fiber.
Unread 03-16-2008, 02:25 PM
BM question (sorry if this is gross)

I am right there with you, last BM Wednesday, the day before surgery!
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Unread 03-16-2008, 02:42 PM
BM question (sorry if this is gross)

Yes, I can relate. Not with this surgery (TVH w/BSO 3/15), but with a previous abdominal surgery, I had could not pass gas or have a BM. However, one of the nurses (from Jamaica) suggested that I heat up 4 oz of Prune Juice (yes, I know it sounds very gross and I am very picky about what I eat), but believe it or not within 4-6 hours I was able to pass gas without pain and within 8 hours I had my first BM (albeit was very small, it still was huge for me to be able to do it). I hope this helps. Just heat up a small amount of Prune Juice in the may have to repeat in 2 hours if you see no improvement. Hope this helps!

Best wishes!
Unread 03-16-2008, 02:49 PM
BM question (sorry if this is gross)

You're not being gross at all! It's a post-op issue and there's lots of women out there with the same problem. I know it doesn't help how you feel, but you're not alone!!

I'm almost 6 weeks post-op, and the first two weeks were the worst in the BM department. The best thing you can do is walk, walk, walk. You don't have to a big stretch at once, but do several walks during the day. As you feel better, increase the time. I walk in my house, up and down the hall. Right now, I'm doing three walks at 30 minutes each.

If the one colace isn't doing it, try increasing it to two. My problem was that I felt like I had to go, I was just doing a lot of straining to get it out. Painful!! It's probably not very good for you either but, fortunately, I didn't suffer any problems from it. Keep up with the bran and fruit. I added a couple of prunes to my diet and it also seemed to help.

Hang in there!!! It will get better!!
Unread 03-16-2008, 02:56 PM
BM question (sorry if this is gross)

I'm having the same problem and in conjuction with percoset makes it EVEN worse. I have done two things since the Colace and sennecott S has NOT done a thing.... a did a ducolax suppository with minimal results and then a fleet enema... I feel so stopped up as my surgery was on March 5 and havent had a true BM since then. The thing in the hospital was very minimal from a suppository too.

If anyone has some magic I'd love to hear.. I'm gonna go buy some Prune Juice and try the microwave trick. Thanks for posting EVERYONE! I love you guys.
Unread 03-16-2008, 03:15 PM
BM question (sorry if this is gross)

I think Miralax works like magic!

Unread 03-16-2008, 03:18 PM
BM question (sorry if this is gross)

This is common, and I had my first movement on the 4th day post surgery. My doc had told me if I didn't have one then, to take milk of magnesia, and if that didn't work, to call her.

Things that help include at least 6 glasses of water a day, one glass of prune juice, lots of walking (even if its in little bits) and eating lots of fruit and vegetables. I found dates were helpful and yummy. Coffee may actually make it worse. You may also want to cut back on dairy products until your system is working better again.
Unread 03-16-2008, 03:28 PM
BM question (sorry if this is gross)

Prunes did it for me.

I was severely constipated (concrete! sorry...) early on. I ate 3-4 prunes at three or four pojnts during the day and I had the miraculous delivery either that night or the next morning.

My prunes happened to be canned in syrup- don't know if that matters. I doubt it.

I have had probs off and on ever since, and the "Move Along Gentle Breakfast" that was posted here on Post-Op one day about 3 weeks ago did the trick for me when I found myself in dire need again. (Recipe pasted below because I can't find it again on the site!)

I have eaten it for breakfast ever since (I'm just past Week 5). I've been using a codeine comb pain reliever for fibromyalgia pain and surg.pain, so I've also had to be very mindful.

Raisin bran and granola/muesili didn't touch it for me.

A hot drink (coffee, tea, even plain very warm water) also seems to prompt immediate action for me. The warm prune juice suggestion sounds like an excellent one to me.
"Move Along" Gentle Breakfast:
• 1 pkg Apple/Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal
• 3 or 4 Stewed Prunes
• A sprinkle of All Bran cereals, to taste
• Prepare Instant Oatmeal in accordance with package instructions.
• In microwave, warm stewed prunes.
• Add the stewed prunes to the hot cereals.
• Sprinkle with All Bran cereals.
This is a gentle, and surprisingly pleasant, way to combat extreme constipation.
Repeat, once a day, until things return to normal.
You are not alone in your suffering! Best of luck, and keep lots of water, fruit, fiber and little walks in your day.
Unread 03-16-2008, 06:52 PM
BM question (sorry if this is gross)

thank you everyone! I'll try the prune juice. I'll have to send the dh to the store! I've also added milk of magnesa, now my stomach hurts. Hopefully things will start working soon!!!

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