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
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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!!