Me and my bowel issues again

Stitch83
on 3/4/18 8:50 am, edited 3/4/18 8:51 am
RNY on 02/26/18

Hi...wanted to check in for suggestions. I am on the prescribed Soflax stool softener and three days ago started restoralax as well. I have had no bowel action for one week, since the day before surgery. Just concerned about what I should do next. Any suggestions? I will call my clinic in the morning but was hoping to jump start this.

HW: 285 SW: 260 CW: 209 Dr. Grantcharov, St. Michael's

Referral: May 2017 Orientation: June 5/17 Nurse: Aug. 17/17 Doctor/Dietician/SW finished by Dec. 11/17 Surgical Ed. Class: Dec. 18/17 Surgeon: Jan. 9/18 Surgery: February 26, 2018!!

Librarian67
on 3/4/18 8:56 am
RNY on 02/28/17

First, congrats on your surgery! I hope that you are doing well.

What are you eating or are you on liquids still? If so, there is nothing in your system to come out as a stool. You will have to be eating more solid food to have a bowel movement. If you are having gas, that is normal and not necessarily from constipation. To help to move the gas, do lots of walking, drink your fluids, I find that hot herbal tea really helps. Try fennel tea to ease gas pain.

This too shall pass!

HW: 248, SW (2/17): 244, GW (10/17): 125, CW: 117-122

RNY w/ Joseph Afram: 2/28/2017; Plastics w/ Douglas Forman: Extended mastopexy, Extended abdominoplasty-5/18/2018

Stitch83
on 3/4/18 9:11 am
RNY on 02/26/18

Thanks, it's getting better every day. I am still on liquids but at this clinic "liquids" include yogurt, pudding and cottage cheese so wasn't sure if something should be producing. I'm actually not having too much gas, just thought it wouldn't be good to go too long. But I will try some herbal teas.

HW: 285 SW: 260 CW: 209 Dr. Grantcharov, St. Michael's

Referral: May 2017 Orientation: June 5/17 Nurse: Aug. 17/17 Doctor/Dietician/SW finished by Dec. 11/17 Surgical Ed. Class: Dec. 18/17 Surgeon: Jan. 9/18 Surgery: February 26, 2018!!

H.A.L.A B.
on 3/4/18 9:44 am

I would do an enema to start things on that end.

Even with just liquids I expect some BM.

Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG

"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"

"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."

Stitch83
on 3/4/18 11:01 am
RNY on 02/26/18

Thanks, I wondered if that should be a next step.

HW: 285 SW: 260 CW: 209 Dr. Grantcharov, St. Michael's

Referral: May 2017 Orientation: June 5/17 Nurse: Aug. 17/17 Doctor/Dietician/SW finished by Dec. 11/17 Surgical Ed. Class: Dec. 18/17 Surgeon: Jan. 9/18 Surgery: February 26, 2018!!

peachpie
on 3/4/18 10:30 am - Philadelphia, PA
RNY on 04/28/15

How do you feel though? If you don't feel bound up, an urge to go but cannot, personally I'd give it a little time to work. Maybe another 3-4 days.

I'm of the: if it isn't troubling you, don't trouble it school of thought.

5'6.5" High weight:337 Lowest weight:193/31 BMI: Goal: 195-205/31-32 BMI

Stitch83
on 3/4/18 11:03 am
RNY on 02/26/18

I don't physically feel like it's a problem, I guess more a mental expectation to go and that if I let it get too bad something not good might happen. Thanks for replying

HW: 285 SW: 260 CW: 209 Dr. Grantcharov, St. Michael's

Referral: May 2017 Orientation: June 5/17 Nurse: Aug. 17/17 Doctor/Dietician/SW finished by Dec. 11/17 Surgical Ed. Class: Dec. 18/17 Surgeon: Jan. 9/18 Surgery: February 26, 2018!!

H.A.L.A B.
on 3/4/18 12:05 pm

I learned a hard lesson when I waited until I start feeling bad. It was a very HARD and painful lesson. I often do just warm water with some Epsom salt enema.

Now- if I do go for 36 hours - I am doing enema. Even when. What I ate is low on fiber.

If I am on pain pills - I gave to do enema to start things. That and suppository.

I often massage my belly and do breathing exercises to help stimulate the gut. I use good massage oil to help with the massage, allowing me to push on my belly harder.

Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG

"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"

"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."

Stitch83
on 3/4/18 12:14 pm
RNY on 02/26/18

That's what I'm worried about...so enema or suppository? Which is better? I can't really massage my belly hard right now since I'm just a week post-op.

HW: 285 SW: 260 CW: 209 Dr. Grantcharov, St. Michael's

Referral: May 2017 Orientation: June 5/17 Nurse: Aug. 17/17 Doctor/Dietician/SW finished by Dec. 11/17 Surgical Ed. Class: Dec. 18/17 Surgeon: Jan. 9/18 Surgery: February 26, 2018!!

H.A.L.A B.
on 3/4/18 12:30 pm

Even though I really don't like it - I use enema. When I travel - I often use suppository. For me suppository are more "stimulating" and may cause cramping. But are easier to use when I am not home.

I use good lubricant. Personally - I like coconut oil. Most people use Vaseline but I rather use oils that my body can absorb.

Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG

"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"

"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."

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