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Unread 10-16-2010, 09:54 PM
Bad Stool Softener Experience

Anyone else had any problems with stool softeners? I had my DaVinci surgery 10-8, struggled with slow bowel recovery from the anesthesia on the 3rd day, first bowel movement on day 6. I was constipated from the pain meds and had a tough time with the first bowel movement. I took a stool softener to help with the next one and it went very, very badly. I had major gas pains and cramps for five hours resulting in explosive diarrhea. I had barely been taking the painkillers and took full doses during the cramps, ended up dizzy, nauseous and almost passed out from the pain. I was ready to go to the ER when things finally came out. I will say that it was the worst pain I've ever felt. Now, I'm taking more painkillers and feel worse than I did on day 5 of recovery. My insides feel like they've taken a serious beating.

Should I be worried? Could this have caused some sort of damage to my healing parts? I have more swelling and pain now on day 8 then I did before this. I'm so frustrated because I was feeling so much better and am the worst so far now.

Any advice? Anyone else have such terrible problems with stool softeners?
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Unread 10-16-2010, 11:14 PM
Re: Bad Stool Softener Experience

I know for me the baby liquid colace was like a laxative for me. I do remember the gas pains where terrible in those first few weeks. If you are straining you sure can hurt something inside. I would call your doctor & let them know you are having this problem & see if they can help you. Make sure you drink a lot of water & get some fiber each day. Walking for me also helped. I hope you feel better soon.
Unread 10-16-2010, 11:31 PM
Re: Bad Stool Softener Experience

Thanks Seabutterfly1 I've been walking and staying hydrated and just takin git very easy since. walking

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