I have been experimenting with laxatives to see if I can keep my bowels moving. Having slow bowels has resulted in chronic upper right quadrant pain - HIDA scan showed low but normal gallbladder function, and abdominal CT showed no abnormalities other than a colon full of stool. I've been complaining about
slow bowels for years and while my stool is rarely hard like you'd expect from constipation, I have finally agreed to use a laxative/stool softener to see if I can keep things moving and relieve this pain.
I used a half dose of sennakot every other night for about two months and that worked well. I could feel my colon spasms from the senna, and they were uncomfortable at first, but I felt like I was moving my bowels regularly. Senna is habit-forming, and my GI recommended Miralax (along with others of you here who use these kinds of laxatives) so I have gone to Miralax now that my little bottle of sennakot is gone.
I have used the Miralax three times in the past two weeks. I drink a full dose at bedtime with a glass of water. So far the result has been really soft bowel movements that last 3 days or so, along with a crampy feeling in my belly that isn't really relieved by a bowel movement.
I don't like the softness of the stool (hard to clean) and I don't like the crampy belly. Should I reduce to a half dose? Is this how the miralax works for those who use this?