I've browsed and seen that Constipation has been a topic in the past, but I'm going to bring it up again...
I know Constipation is a very common side effect of opiate use. I'm going on two years of round the Clock Extended release Pain meds. Currently settled on Opana ER with Percocet for Breakthrough pain. Between the meds and the intense Physical therapy, I can say that just rececently, for the first time my pain is being managed. Outside of the spine injury, I'm in pretty good health. I'm On a very srtict balanced protien/carbohydrate and high fiber diet (to control hypoglycemia) and I make a point of trying to stay hydrated. I havent really had any problems with constipation until recently. (except when i take the percocet- when i'm guaranteed two days of constipation- for this reason I almost don't take anymore).
Ayways recently I started having problems with constipation. I'm not sure what triggered the change, but i feel like its causing some problems. Also around the same time I started Sweating alot again- (this is the main resaon that i moved from ocycontin to opana)- All the time. But especially in my sleep. I sweat enough that I can become dehydrated really quickly, Which i believe in turn is making me more constipated. I think that its causing me to be a bit sluggish and worry that it could effect my health. Its definitelty reaching a point where I'm concerned.
I think also im seeing more of the other side effects like depression, anxiety and insomnia and loss of appetite.
I've heard that around the two year mark of taking opiate pain meds, there can be some hormonal changes in your body, and wonder if this is it? I cant imagine life with out pain meds right now. as I said, For the first time I feel as if the pain is managed. however its still there, ALWAYS. Its just not EVERYTHING.
Has anybody reached a point like this, where the side effects started to be more present? I'm going for my regular visit to the PM Dr next week, so I guess that I'll talk to him about Laxitives, etc., but I'm wondering if this is something common?
Also I please share any success with fighting constipation- from reading some of the older messages, it seems like its pretty tough to deal with. I really dont want to add more meds, are things like colonics something that people do for this?
Thanks in advance- anybody that's read this far is truly a compassionate persion ..heh..heh!.... Good Luck to everybody