Morphine and Severe Constipation

Morphine and Severe Constipation

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Morphine and Severe Constipation

I've been on morphine now for 2 weeks since I was up to 60 mg of vicodin with no relief. My surgery last week was canceled AFTER I got there. My ns was on call and so they have me scheduled for tomorrow. This has been torure for me. Now I can't have a bm. It's been about a week. I've drank juices, including a whole bottle of prune juice :/
I've taken 12 dulcolax tablets in the past four days, did an enema and then last night I tried a suppository. I am so sick to my stomach and it hurts. I've done everything my doc said, and I'm afraid to call him, because what if they won't do my surgery tomorrow because of an underlying issue?

Any input would be GREATLY appreciated!!!!

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Hi Luna,
It doesn't say whether you have had your surgery or resoled your issues. I have been on narcotics for over 4 years. I was determined not to be on another medication-stool softener of laxative so I looked for a dietary solution. I will say that I used Mirolax after a very complicated hysterectomy which worked well but it is a process not for some one in the severe bouts of constipation or even close.

I eat yogurt with a serving of Kellogg All Bran Yogurt bites daily. I was severally prone to constipation prior and this has been incredible. I would suggest not eating too much at a time unless you are wiling to head the other way!

I am on Kadian 220 mg q d (long acting morphine) and MSIR fast acting morphine.

Joy
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Luna

I would certainly let my surgeon know that constipation was a really BIG issue now! You don't want to be straining AFTER the surgery!!! It may delay your surgery, but you need to let them know.

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Thanks. I'll try those; have

Thanks. I'll try those; have my last shopping trip today before surgery tomorrow. Anything's gotta be better than prune juice.

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Joy

I probably should give the doc a call; even as scared as I am.
Thanks

hurtzallot (not verified)
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I agree, let your surgeon know immediately.

My mother-in-law almost died because of this! It caused an infection and put her in ICU for almost 2 weeks. It was touch and go. Please, please do call him.

I've been asked so many times about my bowel movements and it gets old. I have been taking Psyllium Husk (Many different variations, I prefer Metamucil) long before I became a pain patient and have never had this type of trouble or problem.(On the 7s, so to speak) The Patch, Oxycontin, MS Contin, etc.

hurtzallot (not verified)
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I agree, let your surgeon know immediately.

My mother-in-law almost died because of this! It caused an infection and put her in ICU for almost 2 weeks. It was touch and go. Please, please do call him.

I've been asked so many times about my bowel movements and it gets old. I have been taking Psyllium Husk (Many different variations, I prefer Metamucil) long before I became a pain patient and have never had this type of trouble or problem.(On the 7s, so to speak) The Patch, Oxycontin, MS Contin, etc.

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Hi Luna

I take 2 colace and Milk of Magnesia mostly everyday and a fleet enema if needed. If no movement after a few days for sure go to ER. Charry

DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN

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luna_C

i would recommend those probiotic yogurts on the market. eat one for breakfast and another for a snack or desert. the vanilla flavor is amazing. like some already mentioned, i learned to eat 'lite', about 1/2 of what i would normally eat. and drink as many glasses of water a day you can handle. i drink about 4 or 6; sometimes i use miralax sometimes not.

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Luna

There is a liquid you buy at any drug store. I forget the name of it. You drink it if you are having surgery the next day or need to be "cleaned out".

If I can remember get the name, I will update this message.

You are supposed to take it on an empty stomach (well, before you eat anything - if you're constipated, you sure are NOT empty!). WHATEVER YOU DO, do not - I repeat DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOUSE. You will have serious action within the hour (maybe 2).

It's good stuff. I promise I will get the name of it and get back with you.

For future remedies, there is a medication (OTC) called Colace that is supposed to be helpful for consitpation caused by medication.

I am lactose intolerant. What's been working for me is that each night for supper, I have a bowl of cereal. Usually takes affect the next day.

I wish you lots of luck, hon. My mother has this problem and it's HORRIBLE for her. As others have stated, it's NOT healthy. At all.

Jeaux Nerd

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PLEASE BE CAREFUL

This type of constipation can not be solved with fiber! It will only cause more compaction. You should never ever go more than 3 days without BM or seek medical attention. This can be very serious. The constipation that opiates cause is not the same as the run of the mill lack of fiber. I urge you to contact your doc. Compaction in the intestines can become an emergency surgery situation quick. from the sounds of your nausea you need to seek medical attention asap. Please keep us posted.

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