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Brown Cow anyone?

saltzworksssaltzworks Posts: 1,032
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:40 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello everyone,

Okay, so even with my many recent surgeries - this past one was the first time I've heard of a Brown Cow.

Anyone else?

Apparently this handy little concoction is very useful if you've got some slow to non-moving post-op bowels.


1 dose Milk of Magnesia
1 small can Prune Juice

Heat juice in microwaveable cup.
Add Milk of Magnesia.

It tasted like warm raisins. I tolerated it despite my dislike of raisins and prunes. I thought is almost tasted like there was some chocolate milk in there too. Later I found out that there wasn't.

It is now the 10th and I've not had a bm since 1/5. My body has been pumped full of narcotics lately and I wonder how much of my nausea is not just from the medications but also from an inactive digestion system.

I think I'll add some chocolate milk to the mix and we will see....

...more later



  • Not heard of a brown cow, but have heard on here of people using prune juice and milk of magnesia to help with constipation.

    Apparently it takes 2 hours to work.
    Let us know!!!
  • Will do :)

    I had the MOM and the juice on day 8 after my fusion and it did work - in the two hours. It was not fun, but it did the trick.

    No such luck from when they gave it to me on 1/7 (day after surgery).

    I just called my mom-in-law and she is bringing some juice along with dinner for me tonight. I'll let you know - on taste and results ;)

    DH is at drill all day today and I don't have much help until he gets home. It's good to have family.
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  • Hi!

    I haven't heard of it called that, but did see that somewhere. The gave me MOM this morning bc I too was having issues down there. I was nauseous and think that had a lot to do with it. I finally went once early this afternoon and it felt sooo good, but it wasn't all of it. So before I could go again I felt really sick. After the 2nd #2 i felt like a new person!

    And hungry :)

    Luckily a friend made lasagna for tonight for me.... Yummy!!
  • Go the drug store. Get some Magnesium Citrate, liquid. It's less than $2. Follow the directions. You'll take half the bottle followed by water. If nothing happens. Then you take the rest. I suggest you be real close to the bathroom when you take the 2nd half. It will unplug you and empty you.

    I took this before surgery to empty my bowels completely. Since I was getting axial surgery. It works.

    Also you can get this in pill form to use as an ongoing supplement to keep you regular. Unlike most of the other stuff this is not harsh and doesn't give me cramps.

  • I was finally able to remove the toilet seat that sits over the toilet and sit down on the regular seat. I thought it would help. Butt no it did not work. I think u guys have some great ideas and I most likely will be trying them when I get home. Man I miss my own toilet. My nurse said she would try a suppository tonight. Have any of you had luck with it? Right now I am typing to you guys and i feel like I have some wanting to come out. Butt as soon as I get on the seat to go it does not work. I'm baffeled. For me useally all u have to do is say milk or beans and i will go right them. Butt i guess the narcotics im on are holding it in. B4 surgery I was having so much anxioty about this subject. Butt all of u are helping making this and most everything else easy on me and my family.

    So again thanks for all the help u have provided.
    Take care,
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  • the cleansing ya go through before a colonoscopy.......if you have ever had that one and kept the instuctions, I am SURE it will work.
    I cant wait....LOL....for my turn with the narcs.....
  • the violence to my intestinal tract caused by laxatives -- even something that is supposed to be as gentle as MOM. I choose to take Colace (a stool softener) and will occasionally add Benefiber to my morning coffee. The Colace is just a gel-cap and the benefiber is tasteless and blends into whatever you are drinking. It's gentle and works well.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Success!!

    Good morning everyone!

    In the hospital they gave me a colace pill each morning.

    Since my surgery on the 6th I've had 3 doses of MOM, (2 mixed with prune juice and one just a dose of MOM), 2 cups of Senna Leaf tea and enough water to float a boat.

    Oh, I did mix chocolate in with the warm prune juice and MOM. Next time I think I'll go with the non-mint flavored MOM. As it was it was like having mint cocoa. Not bad.

    I have to say that my appetite has been close to nil, so there has not been much going in besides medications.

    Finally, today - success. It wasn't the worst I've ever had and no cramps really, but finally I have successfully 'given birth' (Ha - I've actually given birth before so I do not use the term lightly ;)) The worst part was feeling like I was ripping my sutures open in my back! yeow.

  • Amy and Linda,

    I used Colace per my surgeon before surgery. It does help and it does not create bad cramps. Since surgery I went back to the Magnesium Citrate tablets. They also do not cause cramping and soften stool. So you don't try to pass a log and rip your stitches open... ;-) Not a good idea to be "giving birth" like that Amy. LOL

    The Colace was costing me $25/bottle of 60 count. The MC costs me about $14 for 120 count. I'm naturally constipated without taking meds. The meds make things worse. So I take this stuff every day. If you're only taking pain meds for a short time then whatever works is good.

    I tried the Phillips gel caps too. Similar to Colace. Just as expensive and they did give me cramps. It is definitely subjective though. My poor wife grew up constipated and on a continuing regimen of prune juice. You even mention that stuff and you get "the look". I don't even joke about it. So she knows exactly how we feel.

  • Something was reducing the cramps I'm sure. I did have Colace each morning in the hospital. I just got kind of desperate when the NS said to wait no longer than 4 days between BM's and it was day 6 already.

    It's all been nice and easy all day since. SO glad to not be backed up still.
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