I was in a palliative care ward today visiting and the chief specialist came in. She said that if you take laxatives and do not go to the toilet that the laxatives can put a lining on your stomach that makes the painkillers ineffective.
I have had intractable pain for 9 years now and no-one has ever explained that to me. I asked the specialist how she learnt this and she said a medical professor explained it to her.
This information fills in a lot of gaps. So maybe that's why some days no matter how many painkillers you have, if the laxatives haven't done their job, and have put a coating on your stomach, the painkillers just don't work.
Does anyone else know about this, or was I the only one in the dark for all these years?