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  1. #1
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    HELP 15 days post op can't poop

    tried exlax, nitrate something, suppositories. it does not feel like i have to poop. i am starting to eat more so where is the poop LOL.

    I did take a small poop b4 going home from the hospital on the 7th.
    LaShawn Hardy
    34 years old
    Sep 2010 C5-C6 fused
    36 degree curve Thoratic
    Lumbar natural fusion
    Surgery Date 1/31/2011
    T2-L1
    Dr. Herkowitz
    Heart Condition and Bleeding Disorder
    hoping they don't reschedule my surgery again

  2. #2
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    That's a long time to go without going. I would call your doctor's office and see what they suggest. I know there are some pretty strong things out there over-the-counter that can help you. You certainly don't want this to start causing you pain.

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    You could try magnesium citrate (maybe that's what you meant by nitrate), an enema, senna tea, senekot, milk of magnesia, miralax. I had to use magnesium citrate and an enema the day I came home from the hospital. If those don't work, you should probably contact a doctor.

    Shell
    Chemist, 30

    1998- 18 degrees
    2003- 33 degrees
    2005- 37 degrees
    2006- 44 degrees
    May 2007- 47 degrees
    December 2007 - 50 degrees X-ray

    Surgery May 27, 2008
    Fused T1 to L2
    Curve corrected to 15 degrees X-ray

  4. #4
    JamieAnn Guest
    The Fleet Enema was what finally worked for me - but that was after days of trying everything else in the book. And even though it "worked" it still took a few more days to really get everything going normally again. The daily Miralax and stool softeners afterward were still totally necessary.

    If I ever went through surgery again I would start with the big guns and not even bother with prune juice and softeners, etc.

    Good luck!

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    I highly recommend Miralax. Could someone post the link to the article about opiate induced constipation or point to the thread containing it? I thought it was a very good article.
    Kathy
    46 yrs at surgery, now 50
    71 degree thoracolumbar curve corrected to 34 degrees
    8/2/2010 surgery with Dr. Lenke

    posterior T9 to sacrum with pelvic fixation

    4 osteotomies and 1 cage
    http://s1066.photobucket.com/albums/...athK_08022010/

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    Oh you poor thing - you've received some good advice here, so good luck!

    Apart from constipation, how are you doing? You were in such a bad way prior to surgery, I'd love to know how it went and how you're feeling now.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    update:

    i pooped thanks for the help guys.
    LaShawn Hardy
    34 years old
    Sep 2010 C5-C6 fused
    36 degree curve Thoratic
    Lumbar natural fusion
    Surgery Date 1/31/2011
    T2-L1
    Dr. Herkowitz
    Heart Condition and Bleeding Disorder
    hoping they don't reschedule my surgery again

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