? On Constipation: One of those TMI Posts

Liz WantsHealthForAll
on 6/4/17 12:21 pm - Cape Cod, MA
VSG on 03/28/16

So I seem to have been in a cycle for quite a while where I get constipated and don't go for 2-4 days with more and more gas as it goes longer. Then I have a breakthrough day where it is hard to go in the am, it accelerates through the day and becomes diarrhea along the way. By the end of the day I am cleared out. Then the cycle starts again. Is this normal (the diarrhea part)? Would taking miralax daily help get me going every day normally so I could skip the diarrhea part?

Liz 5'3" HW: 219 (BMI 38.8) SW: 185 GW: 125 CW: 115-118 (BMI 20.4-20.9) - TT and facelift 1/11/2017 - Brow and eyelid PS 12/11/2017.

WL: Pre-op: -34 M1: -17 M2: -12 M3: -11 M4: -7 M5: -7 M6: -5.5 M7: -3.3 M8: -3.3 M9: -2.5 UNDER GOAL since 10/12/2016 - in current range since 12/10/2016. Average maintenance calories 1350

on 6/4/17 12:27 pm

Yes to the Miralax! I am eight months out and I take it first thing every morning in a glass of Crystal Light. No taste and works great... It takes 2-3 days to get into your system but one you have it working you will go everyday. At least I do. Not sure how things work without it, I started day one taking it. I got severely constipated from the pre-op diet and had to go to the emergency room. I bought a $1,000.00 enema. lol my emergency room co-pay. I said I will never go through that again, and I haven't. Start taking it immediately, you won't b e sorry.

RNY 9/14/16  - Start Weight 192, Goal Weight 125

on 6/14/17 7:15 pm

I take restorelax but i don't get too much relief...maybe i'll take miralax...does it cause a dependency?

RNY March 1, 2017 with Dr. Reed.

Kat W.
on 6/14/17 8:01 pm
RNY on 12/31/13

It's the same thing:Polyethylene Glycol 3350. It just goes by a different brand name in the states.

"What you eat in private, you wear in public." --- Kat

on 6/19/17 9:18 am

Not at all.

RNY 9/14/16  - Start Weight 192, Goal Weight 125

Cathy H.
on 6/4/17 12:56 pm
VSG on 10/31/16

I agree about the Miralax. I fought severe constipation for the first 6 months after surgery. I tried everything, but I only got occasional relief. Finally, I gave in and started the Miralax regimen, and have had no issues since. Wish I'd listened sooner lol

CW: 156 Ultimate Goal: 150 ............. Livin' La KETO Loca!!
143 lbs lost since surgery, 204 overall!! Initial goal reached 9/15/17, (10.5 months)!
SW*: 299 GW: 175 HW 3/2015: 360 PSW* 5/2016: 330 *PSW=Prog Start Wt; SW=Surgery Wt

on 6/4/17 1:03 pm
VSG on 10/25/16

I have had the same problem since my surgery.

I don't get gassy but I until I started using milk of magnesia Icdid have horrible abdominal cramps before the diarrhea phase.

My dr assures me that people my age don't get new onset IBS.

I use a bulk fiber, even though I get enough fiber in my diet, it can't hurt. I don't think it helps.

I take a daily dose of milk of magnesia on the second thru fourth day of constipation now because I felt was pooping cement. It helped (some) with the abdominal pain as well. And when I use it the diarrhea isn't as urgent or liquid.

I apologize for the graphic nature of my comment.

on 6/4/17 9:10 pm - Minneapolis, MN
VSG on 02/20/17

I take Colace every other week for 7 days from what was left over after my surgery and also eat Fiber One fairly regularly. It has definitely helped me stay more regular. I have Miralax but haven't taken it because it tastes funny to me, but I imagine if would have a very similar result to stool softeners.

Highest Weight ~400, Surgery Weight 293, Current Weight 227, Goal Weight 180

Highest BMI: 59.1, Current BMI: 32, Goal BMI: 25

VSG on February 20, 2017

on 6/5/17 5:57 am - Ontario, Canada
RNY on 04/11/16

I take Miralax every day and still don't go every day. After a couple of days I will take a laxative or some M.O.M. to get things moving.

Pat R.
on 6/5/17 9:59 am - Burrillville, RI
RNY on 09/08/16

Sometimes--sometimes, liquid stool can go around firmer stool in the colon. You may not be getting as cleared out as you think. This may be why the cycle is repeating. Something that adds moisture to stool can help get everything out. I use miralax, also fattier cuts of meat.

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