I take stool softners nightly and they work fine for me. Also, stool softners are NOT laxatives. I think that is why the doctor told you to be careful, laxatives longterm can be problematic. My gi has no problem with me taking the stool softners nightly. Have you tried Miralax?
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!