Hi Amey, I too began to suffer with "constipation" after my total colectomy. I actually hate using that word and never thought I would have to use it again and don't - I'd rather say slowed transit time. Everything was doing wonderful up until the six month post-op point and then it was like "poof" going from six to eight times a day to maybe once every three days. In reality, this isn't what I consider "constipated" compared to pre-op and going only once a month if lucky is constipated.
My surgeon did advise pre-op that once the small intestine gets used to taking over the roll of the colon - slower transit time is a possibility. Of course when this happened I began to freak out, as anyone who's walked in our shoes would do. I contacted the surgeon and he ran a few tests to confirm nothing other than something normal was taking place. He explained that it's possible that my small intestine could be lazy and placed me on MiraLAX. At first it did NOTHING for me and then I really began to worry. It seemed at first that the MiraLAX was only giving me excessive gas and bloating (again) and that was it.
Then after taking it for about five or six days straight things began to move, thankfully!! Nothing like I moved immediately and six months post-op, but things moved again daily!! I also take magnesium supplements and stool softeners too, which seem to boost the MiraLAX. Have you tried drinking apple juice and sugar free candy? These things can get things going as well - sort of a switch the routine type of thing.
Aren't you posting in the Total Colectomy thread for Colonic Inertia? I though I saw your name there. I posted there last night, the first post since the end of June. I was on it daily trying to support and encourage those with so many fears and concerns, however, things in my life began to get very hectic which has keept me away for several weeks.
Have you contacted your surgeon regarding your slowed transit? If so, does he/she have any plans to run tests to determine all is OK? Don't give up on the MiraLAX quite so soon. I still feel very blessed that I have the bm's I have (each one actually) even if I go once a day, which in the real world, is actually "normal"
I hope this info helps!!!
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Post Edited (Stuck42Long) : 7/21/2007 9:10:31 AM (GMT-6)