I received spinal fusion surgery a week ago, and left the hospital yesterday. I have not been able to, well, poop. It's been 7 days, and my stomach is painfully distended; despite using laxitives regularly. Apparently, this is common... But I have no idea what to do. It's been explained to me that OxyContin - the medication I've been prescribed and have been receiving since the removal of my epidural - causes the digestive system to sort of shut down. I tried to postpone taking my pills for a few hours to see if my gut would start working again, but I caved in, because the pain I'm experiencing is honestly worse than the prolonged constipation.
What do I do???