I've been reading some of the posts over the last few days and am amazed at what a wonderful community you have here. I'm no expert and all I have is my experience to share with my own chronic pain, but I'd like to introduce myself with the intention of hanging around here a bit.
I must say I feel like a total whimp when I try to explain to people why I'm having such a hard time with my pain, especially to folks like you that have way more complicated situations than mine. I suffer from good old fashioned mysterious lower back pain. I had an L5-S1 fusion in Calgary in 2008 to hopefully relieve the symptoms but was disappointed to discover that that wasn't the whole problem. After two years of follow up poking and prodding I still don't know what causes my pain. Maybe I'll never know. I'm currently off work on LTD sponsored by Sun LIfe. I'm doing physio at home every day, at a clinic twice a week, and swim or walk every day. I have two kids, 13 and 11, and a loving wife, who I want to keep up with.
Here's the question I was hoping someone might be able to help with - can a person die from laxatives? Honestly, I have the stomach of a Barbie and with all the pain meds I've tried I get severe tummy upset which has lead to my current regimen of Fentenol patches (50 micrograms) and Lyrica 150. I take one dose of Lax-a-day every morning, 30-40 ml of Lactulose and 5 mg Bisocodyl at bed time. I don't get much sleep due to the upset innerds and at this dose don't poop much at all anyways.
I tried Percocet, Hydromorphone, and MS Contin over the years and ended up in the same place with all- constipated to the gills and chugging down laxatives. I lost 20 lbs last winter eating nothing but peanut butter
cookies! I started on the Fentenol stickers back in the summer I think and was pretty good BM wise up until the last few weeks. Now it seems as though my guts are offline. Is this just the way its going to be?
It is tough to feel intimate when you are swollen up with intestinal gas though eh?
Looking forward to getting to know some of you,
Yukon Mike (cuz I live there, shhhh)
Post Edited By Moderator (straydog) : 12/9/2010 11:30:10 AM (GMT-7)