Constipation and Opiates

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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 8/13/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone have problems with constipation because of their medications? I have been feeling bloated and have had a stomach ache for the last two days. I do have some meds for this but it takes 6 hours to work and I hate feeling bloated. Any idears?
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

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Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.


worsenow!!!
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   Posted 8/13/2008 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
pain meds do cause constipation, try the ibs forum, but more liquids gentle walking and best to see your doc so he can maybe prescribe something to counter balance the effects of the pain meds. Good diet always helps lots of fresh fruit and veg. hope it works out for you xx
extreme constipation from birth
fainting spells aged 15, then diagnosed I.B.S
anal fissures, haemorrhoids internal and external
mucous and bleeding
sigmoidoscopies, endoscpies, scans, x-rays, bloods
h-pylori aged 24-26
more tests, diagnosed severe slow transit, marker tests took 3-4 weeks to come away
large colon removed in 2007, aged 27( surgeon said removed 10ft) no colostomy
still in severe pain, awaiting dietician appt, now lots of food intoleraces
 
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PAlady
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   Posted 8/13/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
Oh yea, I hear ya! Yes, many of these meds. can cause constipation. I think there was a discussion about it on a thread not too long ago, but I can't remember which thread. I take a stool softener, but of late have been feeling so bloated and I hate it! I think related the story about how one night I sat eating prunes like they were candy and didn't sleep all night. Spent it in and out of the bathroom! So prunes do work, but I'd suggest limiting your intake and doing it early in the day!!

I know there are laxatives and I use one occasionally, but I also know it's not good to rely on them. I hate feeling bloated, though. I'm sure others are going to add some ideas. Wish I could think of that thread! Maybe someone else will remember the title.

PaLady

Tirzah
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   Posted 8/13/2008 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
Sorry to hear of your struggles. I suffer the same thing.

You could try drinking more water. I've upped to between 3-4 liters of water per day; plus make sure you get enough sodium so the water can be absorbed. You can just add a pinch of salt to your water, or else you can eat a small salty snack with every liter. Alternatively, you can try Gatorade, but you need to watch your potassium levels if you drink it for too many days in a row. Also, my PCP told me to cut down on juice because it's not as hydrating. She said if I really can't stand plain water, I can make caffeine-free herbal tea (but no sweeters) so I've experimented with different flavors when times have gotten desperate -- so far blueberry iced tea is my favorite. :) I absolutely hate!!! drinking so much water, but I have to admit that it does make a difference.

Also, you can up your daily fiber. Lettuce, bran cereals/muffins and some other foods can be found for pretty cheap and might help you steer clear of the OTC meds. Worse had a good suggestion to look up more foods on the ibs forum. I will say from my experience that it's pretty miserable stomach pains the first few days on the new diet, but eventually your body gets used to it & you'll start feeling better.


good luck,
frances

PAlady
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   Posted 8/13/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
I bumped up an older thread by Daisy77 that has some info., but that wasn't the thread I was thinking about. The other had more details. Hope someone else can remember it!

PaLady

ladyred
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   Posted 8/13/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Have had the same probs as well and it is not a nice feeling at all.  Went to my doc and suggested something i dont remember because the last thing I wanted to do is to take more meds or pills so I went with the prunes and they do work wonders and also alvacodos! Always try natural if you can manage it!

Chutz
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   Posted 8/13/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
<raising hand> Here too...lol. But it's not something to laugh at when your tummy hurts and you're miserable. I use a stool softener also but a forum friend suggested Miralax. It's OTC and works well. Mix it into any drink and you really can't taste or even feel it. Once/day, more or less, works well and pain free for me. Walmart and Costco have it.

Good luck,
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ryand
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   Posted 8/13/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred:

I have had issues with the big C since I was a small child. I have additional trouble anytime I consume milk related products, and of course add in the pain medications I now take and there's just no getting away from it! I've tried all the remedies there are, but this summer after my hysterectomy my gyn prescribed Mirilax (you can get it OTC like Chutz said, and there is also a generic version that is much cheaper). Anyways, I have to agree with Chutz that it works really well. In fact, I would say it works better than any other treatment I've ever tried - ever! And it's gentle, too! Once I got past the initial issue, my doc has me doing a "maintenance" dose of 1/2 the recommended dose every other day. If I feel like things are backing up, I can just increase it as needed to the full dose daily for however long I need to.

Ry

btw...Chutz, it's good to see you again! wink

mrspile
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   Posted 8/13/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Me 2 here. That is what pain pills do. Fortunately my hubby and I started eating heart healthy and buying lots of whole grain everything, like pasta, bread. Eating steelcut oats, wow those are really delicious. And eating lots of fruits and veggies. Those are all full of fiber and healty stuff to make the plumbing work right. I still have some minor issues, but it is a marked improvement. Back to basics really, good old healthy stuff. Hope this helps. Good luck and god bless.

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 8/13/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone! I am so glad to see that I am not the only one having this problem. I was kinda embarrassed to talk about it and thought that you all would think that I was being gross. But when your bloated its very uncomfortable. I will get hubby to get me some Miralax and see if that helps. I've tried MOM but dang it that is so harsh and I refuse to go through that again!

Fiber is one of my huge issues as far as eating right as I am not a huge salad fan and think that it is for rabbits (ha ha ha) but I know I should try to eat better then I have been and am going to try to eat more healthier. The problem is with this move and all happening pretty soon I don't want to buy a bunch of groceries when we are just going to have to throw them out when we move. But as soon as I get to KS or wherever I am going here LOL I will start eating more healthier and see if that helps my problems.

Scarred
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

Medications:

Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 8/13/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
One cup of prune juice works well for me. I also take 4 Senokot-S at night.
I know it's bad but I don't have any other solutions at present. I do the
fruit,vegetable, and grain thing - have done it all my life.
I drink the prescribed amount of water but now I find there's something wrong
with my kidneys and I'm waiting to find out if all that water is good for me.

Ish. When things started to go bad with me ... they all went together.
All the little pain deamons leaped at me at various places.

You know, all my life I've gone by the books - exercise, right foods, water and
blah blah. And now? I'm the first one on my block to crumble.
Pamela Alloverpain
MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx
Spondilytis
Myofascial Pain
Fibromyalgia
Bulging Discs
Spinal Stenosis
Scoliosis
Osteopenia
Chronic Constipation (Take meds that solve that problem. : ) )
Carpel Tunel Syndrome
Prolapsed Bowel and Bladder (Doesn't cause much problem)
Attention Deficit Disorder
Depression and Anxiety


Red_34
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   Posted 8/14/2008 3:57 AM (GMT -7)   
If you don't like to eat veggies and fruits, you can get more fiber in your diet by using an otc supplement such as Benefiber, Metamucil or Citrucel. They make caplets that you can take with your daily dosing of meds. They even have chewables :)

I get severe constipation from narcotic pain meds which is one reason why I can't take them. But in the past there was no avoiding them so my GI told me to use Miralax and it was the most gentlest of all laxatives that I ever had to use. Of course one shouldn't rely on a laxative to help them with their daily function.
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Skeeter_Bug
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   Posted 8/14/2008 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred_for_life said...
Does anyone have problems with constipation because of their medications? I have been feeling bloated and have had a stomach ache for the last two days. I do have some meds for this but it takes 6 hours to work and I hate feeling bloated. Any idears?

I have the same problem and what works for me is drining about 6 ounces of prune juice. it works every time. I have been told it works even faster if it is heated up a little.
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