My second surgery is this Wednesday. I had l5-s1 plif in 2006 and now I need it done the segment above. I'm already having issues with constipation from taking norco and flexerill and worried it will get worse after surgery. I took miralax and was up all night with severe stomach pains I almost passed out. Finally went to bathroom felt little better but stomach still upset. Does anyone have advice on a more natrual gentle way treating and preventing constipation before and after surgery. I had constipation problems my last surgery and it was very uncomfortable. Also do some of you have problems with you family not supporting or not being sympathetic at all about your spine problems or pain. My family don't think I need the surgery because to them I look fine and I carry my ten month old son around cause I have to. And Im not bed ridden like they think I should be if I was truely in so much pain and how can I still work .I feel I have to prove to them i'm In pain and that their is something wrong wiith my back. Every day I'm in pain and I have to block out the pain with narcotics that my neurosurgeons precribed because he knows I'm in pain and I have a bad spine. What good would I be for my family not working or in bed.luckily my husbands sees me suffer and knows I'm in pain and is very supportive of my upcomin surgery. Do you just not talk about your medical problems to those who are not supportive? I almost didn't want to tell my family when surgery was cause it upsets me so much. I appreciate any inputs and advice .