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Unread 04-21-2008, 08:49 AM
Post op BM issue

Originally Posted by PamJP
I didn't have any issues with not having BM's. On the contrary, I'm experiencing NO problems whatsoever. What I was experiencing was gas pains! I think the bowel prep, and then my unexpected lengthy surgery (6 hours under anesthesia--also not good for the bowels) brought it on. Doc gave me meds for IBS to help spasms. After four days, gave up with that because it wasn't working. I then had my fiance take me to a local vitamin/health store and bought a total probiotic. And bingo, within 24 hours the pain began to lessen. You know, we wash out all the friendly bacteria with a bowel prep. It needs to be replaced. Try a complete (acidophilis/bifidus types) probiotic from your local health/vitamin store.
I agree wholeheartedly, JP. The other thing to take into consideration (at least I had to) is that I was given a whopping 2 grams of Ancef (sp?) IV preoperatively, just after I was put under - they do that routinely at my hospital.
The probiotic really helped after that!
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Unread 04-21-2008, 05:31 PM
Post op BM issue

Well, just in case any of you had my symptom of unending diahrrea... (I know, TMI, but if it's you and you're needing an answer, it's important!) Someone here (don't remember who) on some thread, said that someone had recommended taking a probiotic to restore the natural bacteria balance in our intestine. I went to GNC Saturday and purchased one for $8 that the employee there recommended. And I have to say that IT WORKED!! Woohoo, finally!! I'd had 24 hour diahrrea for almost three weeks, then it was still daily but only in the mornings. Since yesterday, I've been relatively 'normal.' (Which I'm really thankful for since I went back to work today!)
Unread 04-21-2008, 07:52 PM
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Absolutely, Anne. I had it terribly and I'm pretty convinced it was from the antibiotic
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Unread 04-22-2008, 03:49 PM
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I hadn't even taken any antibiotics! Just the pain meds and only for about 6 days. But, luckily, I'm feeling much better now! I just wish I'd known about the probiotic sooner! Good to know that I wasn't the only one though.
Unread 04-22-2008, 04:43 PM
Post op BM issue

Originally Posted by PostMenoHyst
I hadn't even taken any antibiotics! Just the pain meds and only for about 6 days. But, luckily, I'm feeling much better now! I just wish I'd known about the probiotic sooner! Good to know that I wasn't the only one though.
But are you sure you were not given antibiotics IV preoperatively? I wasn't specifically told I was getting them, just overheard some nursing conversation and my daughter, who is a nursing student and had an OR rotation told me they do that routinely there. Glad you're feeling better!!
Unread 04-24-2008, 03:28 PM
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I had the same problem. I know that suppositories don't sound like fun, but I bought the children's size glycerin supp. They are not stimulants, and are small, and just "lube" things up ( better way to say it!). They helped me a lot. It will probably remain a problem until the pain meds are gone.

Hang in there. Just be patient
Unread 04-24-2008, 03:56 PM
Post op BM issue

I finally had my first BM (6 days post op) thanks to prunes and more prunes. Unfortunately there was a lot of blood. Should I be concerned?
Unread 04-24-2008, 05:06 PM
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If it was red blood, it is new blood. It probably came from a fissure, or hemorrhoid or something external (or almost external.) Does that make sense? With it being so long since you went, it was probably hard on the hiney! I would not worry about it unless it continues for a long time. Good luck with all of that!
Unread 04-24-2008, 07:34 PM
Post op BM issue

What helped me was eating a fiber rich cereal, drinking lots of water, eating several prunes, eating some fruit, and walking. Also make sure to pass gas when you feel the urge (don't hold back!).

Good luck to you. Hope this helps!

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