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Nov 26, 2016 9:12 PM

So it's day five post op. I'm doing ok all things considering. However, my appetite is none existent and I've still not had a descent BM. I'm moving around maybe even a bit to much.( To the point of increasing pain) and I've been on miralx for two days. There was a lot of work done on my rectum and bowels during surgery. And i have constipation. I sure most of the issue is the narcotics I'm on and was on in the hospital. Any other tips or advice thst could help me.

Nov 26, 2016 10:06 PM

I suggest for the constipation is (the obvious) drink plenty of water so when you do go it's not all hard and compacted so it'll be hard to push out, which the pushing it out will also cause more pain and not be good for your healing process.
Try to eat high fiber foods....fruit and vegetables, wholemeal bread, pasta and rice and high fiber cereals like weetabix, porridge, all bran (these are some here in England but not sure what you have where you are)

Have you got a small footstool? Something like a toddler would have to climb on to reach the toilet? The reason is that when you do go to the toilet and feel like it's going to be very painful to push the poo out what you need to do is when you sit on the toilet, put your feet on the footstool so your knees are slightly higher than your rectum, then you bend slightly forward with your elbows on your knees. This way is actually the natural way your back is straight and should make it easier for the poo to slide out but DO NOT PUSH the poo out. Instead blow when you breathe out....it doesn't put too much pressure on your body and actually works better than pushing really hard most of the time....keep blowing your breathe out until you have pooed and it feels like it's all come out.
Sorry if it's TMI!!!
I hope you find some relief soon.

Nov 26, 2016 10:11 PM

This is what I mean

Nov 26, 2016 10:12 PM


Nov 26, 2016 10:14 PM

This is why

Nov 26, 2016 10:15 PM

And why your legs need to be higher

Nov 26, 2016 10:15 PM

I hope this helps a bit xx

Nov 27, 2016 4:11 AM

It was indeed like birth or like I've heard it was.. thank you for the advice.

Nov 27, 2016 5:05 AM

I'm happy that some of the bits of info I can still remember helps a little.....even if some people think that it's TMI like my sister who was moaning at me that she was constipated so I said this to her.....let's just say she probably won't moan at me again about that with the response I got!!!! Lol

Nov 27, 2016 5:17 AM

Lol..wow..how she gonna get mad at something she asked about. But you know I know that type of person.

Nov 27, 2016 8:15 AM

Nothing is TMI here ๐Ÿ˜Žamongst good friends ๐Ÿค—

Nov 27, 2016 8:34 AM

Newfibrogirl, you also have to take into consideration that if you're not putting anything in, there's really not going to be anything significant to come out. As your appetite comes back and you eat more, you'll find you'll go more. Use the miralax since you've had your meds increased and it will be ok. {{{Hugs}}}๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Š

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