Pain meds & bowel movements

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 9/4/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I' ve been on all kinds of pain meds for years, had a successful c-spine fusion in May, and have only been on Darvocet & Vicodin the past 4 months. I have successfully weened off them now - taking zero pain meds. I have also experienced chronic diahrea since being off them for 2 weeks now. Is this because pain meds cause constipaton? I've been on them for so long my bowels need to adjust?  Has anyone else experienced this condition? When does it get better?

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 9/4/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
HI Cary. It is likely a form of withdrawal. Diarrhea is a symptom of withdrawal. But, it's probably a good thing if you've had C for all that time.
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/4/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! Although I am new to this forum, I have had alot of experience with opiates. Opiates slow down your digestion thus causing constipation. It sounds like you were on them for quite a while so it is going to take time for your body to adjust. I am not a Dr., but I would maybe try taking a fiber supplement. Metamucil etc. This will help in regulating your bowels. If you continue to have loose movements, I would tell your Dr. I hope this helps!

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   Posted 9/4/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Howdy. Pvnspain is quite right. I have been on opium derivatives for more than 20 years, amongst them efforts to limit intestinal bleedings and chronical diarrhea. Fibers might just do the trick. How long it will take for your bowels to adjust, no one can tell, just depends from person to person. Glad you got rid of your pain meds.
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