What do you take for constipation?
I am the QUEEN of constipation!!! I am on pain meds for my back and this has made an already constipating time even worse.
I have tried everything (and spent a fortune). I found out the hard way that as desperate as you are, trying too many things can make it worse. I started off with stool softners (Soflax) and usually they do the trick. No go (pun intended). After three weeks of pain, switching to different products every three days and feeling just horrible I went to my family doctor. I am now taking Lactulose and low and behold it worked. Took a day or two, but man what a relief. You can buy it at the pharmacy behind the counter, but you my want to check with your doctor first.
on 4/28/11 5:31 am - Canada
At TWH they recommend a stool softener for 4 weeks post op, but once this ended I found myself in trouble. Again, through the hospital they recommended: 1) make sure you get as much water in as you can (stool softeners can actually make the problem worse by absorbing what little water you have and then becoming hard too if you are not drinking enough; 2) Senacot laxative (start with 1/2 a dose [2 pills / day], wait a day, try again, then increase to a full dose if you need to). I was lucky, I did this for maybe two weeks, and then my system settled down. The water really makes a a big difference, and I am now trying to eat my carbs as whole grains (wheat berries / quinoa / lentils) which adds good fiber. See what your medical team says, and good luck. It's tough. Claire
I started with 2 doses per day for the first week. At the end of the week the instructions were to add a dose if I was still having issues and subtract a dose if it was working too well. I now take it once per day. This is safe to take long term too.
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on 4/28/11 3:12 pm
To keep things going well longterm, I highly recommend probiotics...I am not the same without them!!
I thought they were hockus pockus until I ran out...then I realized just how much they help!!
We use Jamison Advanced Four Strain Probiotics. They come in a container of 60 capsules. They can get a bit pricey at $19 - $24 per 60 but if you stock up during sales, you can often find them on half price at Rexall Pharmacy.
Hope this is helpful,