This has become very complex. First I should mention in "98" I had a colonoscopy and the Dr. said my large (decending colon) was twice as long as it should be. On the report it says "I did not have enough-tubing/hose to reach" This has always worried me as I have had IBS with constipation over the years.
As time passed I ended up with herniated discs and spinal compression that caused awful sciatica, numbness in legs and pelvic area. They put me on Methadone for pain. I know this is a reason I could have major constipation, howver, it seemed to happen fast as my spine worsened. I'm not sure it is the medication or the nerve damage?? I can drink water, take lactulose, and I still after a year have hard stools. I have to use a glove and remove any stool from the anal vault. Strange wording, but I also was a LPN for 30 years before my spine took me away from working as a nurse. I have removed many impactions from elderly folks, but never thought I would be doing this for myself.
I recently had surgery to free my spinal cord--decompression and also a Laminectomy. This is Lumbar 2,3, 4 and 5. The surgery seems to have stopped all sciatica, but I do still have some numbness. This might get better over time. I dropped the Methadone from 70mg/day to 20mg. I am eager to get rid of this medication.
My bowels have not changed at all so far. This is rather gross to talk about, but I have no muscle (push) in the anal area.
Since I am still post-op (3 weeks) the Dr. thinks I should continue the Methadone for about 2 more weeks. I am beginning to think the medication is not causing the constipation at all. I have to say in a years time I have never--never, had a normal stool or even close.
I'm sorry this is such a long tale about constipation!! I'm thinking wait until I am not taking any narcotic then go see a gastro Dr.. I'd like to know if others have this problem.
Geez, what an opening post. I do apologize. I really am a nice lady that is not obsessed with her bowels!!
I am 57, and pretty active until my back stopped me from walking well. I am back learning to walk all over again. I could walk slowly before surgery but my legs would go completly numb. I'm back to pushing the limit and walking as much as I can.
I want so much to be active again.
Again, I'm sorry this story took so long. Colobeth