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Unread 12-18-2011, 11:04 AM
Constipation: 5 days after vaginal hysterectomy

I have been weaning myself off pain medication and cutting tylenol 3 with codeine pills in half and taking each half about 6-8 hours apart. I am also taking 1 Aleve once every 8 hours and that seems to help take the edge off. I have not had a bowel movement since Tuesday, Dec. 13th, the day of my surgery. I have taken Metamucil and drinking lots of water and tea but am unable to find anything that will work right now. I'm hoping in time my bowels will start to work again. The rest of me feels pretty good considering everything I've been through. I take naps throughout the day and let everyone wait on me. I'm getting spoiled!
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Unread 12-18-2011, 11:28 AM
Re: Constipation: 5 days after vaginal hysterectomy

Try a stool softener and lots of water. My Dr. prescribed one for me, but there must be over the counter versions available. Avoid laxatives. A few sisters did and complained about the cramping pain associated with them.

Good Luck - it can get really uncomfortable.
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Unread 12-18-2011, 11:48 AM
Re: Constipation: 5 days after vaginal hysterectomy

Have you tried prune juice? It took two cups of it to work for me but it did the trick when I needed it. On the other hand, my doctor had prescribed a suppository or an enema for me to have if I wanted it. I did do the suppository on the last night in the hospital and that worked. After that I used the prune juice.
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Unread 12-18-2011, 11:48 AM
Re: Constipation: 5 days after vaginal hysterectomy

Colace is over the counter and actually what my dr. prescribed for me anyway, even in the same strength so I think it was more just a reminder to make me take it.

I have also used Miralax which is much more gentle than other laxatives. Milk of Magnesia is also pretty gentle.

Eat prunes and drink prune juice. I don't really like prunes but found that dried apricots have the same amount of fiber and I actually like them.

Impaction can be a serious problem.
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Unread 12-18-2011, 03:47 PM
Re: Constipation: 5 days after vaginal hysterectomy

I put some flaxseed on cereal the other day and that seemed to help things work themselves out. Natural.
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Unread 12-18-2011, 04:01 PM
Re: Constipation: 5 days after vaginal hysterectomy

I had an LAVH on Dec. 15th. I came home the night of the 16th. Started drinking prune juice on the 17th. I got confused about what I should take for gas and nausea and constipation, etc. and had different meds for all those things. But, I was so afraid of getting constipated that I took an Ex-lax around 1:00 pm on the 17th and then another one at 5:30. Well, I started having diahrrea that evening and then got scared that I was not supposed to take a laxative so soon! i had several bouts of the runs all evening and some during the night, but stopped by this morning. I have not drank as much prune juice today and NO laxatives! my hubby got me some Colace today. It is so hard to know what to take and not take. thank goodness for this web site! i pray that i have a normal BM soon!
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Unread 12-18-2011, 07:43 PM
Re: Constipation: 5 days after vaginal hysterectomy

Thanks everyone for your comments. I tried walking around a little bit more and had a few cups of coffee and lots of water and drank some metamucil and things started moving. I was afraid how it would go because I was told not to strain so I took my time and everything worked out fine. I will continue to drink lots of fluids though. I agree this site has been wonderful to communicate through.
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Unread 12-18-2011, 07:50 PM
Re: Constipation: 5 days after vaginal hysterectomy

It's hard not to strain even with the help. I held the sink or the door frame for sustenance. Not as much trouble now.
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Unread 12-19-2011, 02:18 PM
Re: Constipation: 5 days after vaginal hysterectomy

i am so thankful to report that I had my first normal bm today!! then, a little later another bout of diahrrea, but just thankful things are moving! this is day 4 for me, so glad that it didn't take too long!
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Unread 12-19-2011, 05:05 PM
Re: Constipation: 5 days after vaginal hysterectomy

An additional trick I learned from another sister is to sit up straight, take a deep breath and let it out. The breathing out affects the bowels somehow - not sure how, but it really helps.
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