May 31, 2005 - 6:34 pm
My wife had laproscopic bowel resection surgery on 5/23. She was released from the hospital on Thursday 5/26 after she had passed gas and was feeling a lot better than she thought she would have been at that point. She felt better as each day went by, until today.
Her surgeon said that she should have her first BM by Sunday, 5/29. She hasnt been very hungry and hasnt eaten the way she did in the past (obviously) and hadnt gone by Sunday, so the doctor told us to take Colace. She took two gelcaps on Saturday night, six on Sunday and six yesterday, with no BM. She took two this AM and still nothing.
About 11 oclock in the morning, she felt a pain in the area of the resection and tried taking a Darvocet. She felt no relief from the pain, so we figured it was probably gas from not going to the bathroom. We called the surgeon and he said take Milk of Magnesia. She took the maximum dose at 12:30 and it was supposed to take effect within six hours, which just past. It hasnt.
I was hoping someone could tell me if:
1) Is the gas pain this intense? Could it be the primary source of the pain in her side?
2) Has anyone else had these kinds of problems in having their first BM after surgery? She is wondering if the next step is to take the Phospho again and she doesnt want to do that unless she absolutely has to.
Thanks for any help that you can give.