Yep...unfortunately many medications from opiates to muscle relaxers can cause constipation so it's a common problem for many of us CPers...
I have a bowl of Shredded Wheat every single morning. I make sure I get plenty of fiber in other foods throughout the day.
I also drink lots of water (room temperature during Spring/Summer and hot in Fall/Winter for easier digestion)
I also make sure I get my 45 minutes of exercise each day. I walk my doggy which makes it easier as I can't use any excuses with him! LOL
And then when needed....I use Miralax which I'm so thankful moved to "over the counter" a few years ago as this is the perfect solution for me. As it isn't a stimulant like other things which can be bad for your colon. It just uses the water/liquids you drink to help you stay more regular.
I suggest that if anyone has to use a laxative to use the Senna ones that are natural and not with any stimulants as they can cause your colon to not know how to work on their own anymore. Or if a stimulant is absoluted needed...then only once in a blue moon...(Oh boy...the jokes around those words are endless!!! LOL!!!:))
Or a natural water enema is even better than a stimulant if needed.
Hey..we have to giggle a bit about this subject...just like the childrens' book, "Everybody poops"!....(Well...we are hoping to!)
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006