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Annabelle41415
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Well I've quit doing the herbal tea for regularity (smooth move - senna) and I'm suffering now from constipation. It's been three days since taking the tea. I've done fennel tea daily, drink 84 ozs water, one tablespoon of flax seed, two teaspoons of metamucil, 4 ozs of prune juice, one prune and still can't go, walk 30 minutes, eat salad every day along with fruits now (which I'm not fond of), have two tomatoes, one cucumber and one bunch of green onions daily, eat very little red meat - heck can't eat nothing because my stomach is so full of poop I've got not place to put it. I'm suffering so bad, my tummy hurts and back aches. Can't sleep good because my tummy feels so bloated and uncomfortable. Some of you have told me to continue with the tea and some of you have told me to stop it. Now I'm not sure where to turn. I'm going to see if my doctor (surgeon) has an e-mail address to tell him exactly how I've handled things since surgery. He'd probably be very mad at me :( But I'm looking for relief and looking for it soon. I'm my own worst enemy right now and I'm really paying the price. My stomach is like a balloon. Yikes. Any suggestions would be fine, besides what I've tried. I've got gas so bad because of the backup of poop that even being around myself isn't pleasant let alone someone else. If you have any immediate remedies, I'll be open to flying off a bridge if it helps :(

Hugs! Kim

biz
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Someone suggested it to me, and it did work. It comes in a bottle like prune juice. Good luck.

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christinecarl
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After surgery I used a stool softener and Miralax, good idea to talk to your Dr. I hope you feel better

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Annabelle41415
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My reversal was in November, 2009 and I'm still suffering. Willing to try anything :)

Kim

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Buzzard
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then tell them you want to be emptied ASAP. They can do a fleet enema and you will poop through a screen door.........you hold it as long as possible then be sure to be on the throne before you loosen up anything....buzz

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johnnybegood
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for your situation.i had my reversal in 2009 and for the most part i stay constipated(except for now since being on chemo again)it seems that is the norm for me, i am either constipated or have loose stools which i cant handle that either.if it gets to loose i cant control it because of the radiation damage.so for the most part i live with the constipation.maybe your doc can get some relief with something...Godbless.....johnnybegood

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I discovered the prescription strength stool softener is five times as strong as the over the counter version. Taking one before bed and milk of magnesia does the trick. My poor 11 yr old has this as a constant problem. None of the senna supplements or other laxatives seemed to do the job, but the milk of magnesia did the trick. Magnesium is the key ingredient there. Interestingly, when she had testing done recently, her magnesium level was found to be low.

Try the milk of magnesia if you haven't already tried it.
Make sure you DON't eat bananas, rice, or applesauce while you're constipated, as they make up the BRAT diet (I forgot what the T stands for) which is to help the opposite problem.

Best wishes-
Lisa

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Sundanceh
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Enema. There are preps at the drug store that can get it going, or as Buzz suggested the ER can loosen it up.

Always a drag to be sure...but you will feel better.

-C:)

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keystone
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Bless your heart Kim, that can be so miserable. I have been told welches grape juice is the best but if the other juices are not working then maybe not. My husband will be having a reversal in December and I really thought we would be facing severe diarrhea. Do you have a j-pouch? I sure hope you get some relief soon!!!!

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I think the "T" is toast........BRAT diet.....

How you feeling Kim ? Hopefully a lot better today........Bless your heart......buzz

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Hi Kim,

I, too have these problems. I have been trying Benefiber lately. I use the individual packets and pour one in a drink each evening. It seems to keep me better regulated although it is a little pricey - it is worth it. It sounds like you are eating everything you should, drinking water and doing the correct exercise, etc. Please let us know how you are.

Hugs,
Lizzy

ketziah35
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Mom's doc told her to call him if she did't poop after 2 days. I don't know if this helps, but that is what she told me.

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Lisa Rose
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I've been using Cape Aloe for years - works wonders. Last year I had my colon dilated and the constipation problem gone......

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SisterSledge
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Constipation is no fun a and neither is the stuff that works best for providing relief....milk of magnesia - it works for me when nothing else will, tis just hard for me to gag the nasty stuff down :(

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But in last case you always can use glycerin suppositories !
And agree with sitter s. magnesia milk was so effective to my dad when he was seriously ill ( alzheimer ).

khl8
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enema, you can do this yourself, I had to after my hernia surgery and it worked and quickly

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Annabelle41415
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Thanks everyone for caring and sharing what to do. Actually I went today and feel so much better. I'm wanting to be regular without having to take something other than natural stuff. It used to be that I'd go at least two or three times a day like clockwork, now since diagnosis and reversal my whole system has changed and never could stand the feeling of anything in my bowels. Guess that is why the two to three times a day before. Thanks all of you - your the best :)

Hugs! Kim

Connie43
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I am now on colace and Miralax every day. I take them every morning, the Miralax I mix with juice or gatorade. My husband had to give me 4 enemas in 8 weeks before I started taking those things, and the dr. doesn't want me having enemas. I had horrible pain so I am glad I found something that works. Ask your dr. if those items are ok for you.

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Annabelle41415
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It only says to take it for no more than 7 days but your doctor approved you for everyday? There is another poster that said she takes it every day - sorry girl for forgetting who it was. Thanks for sharing, I'll ask my doctor.

Kim

Connie43
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I was surprised too. But he said it can't hurt me. Maybe when I'm done with chemo I'll be back to "normal". But my husband says I never was normal.

dasspears
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My colorectal surgeon told me to take Miralax everyday forever. I had anal cancer and I have to ensure I have go every day and it's soft (sorry) but Miralax has never let me down int he 4 years I have been taking it.

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if you want to get it out, my surgeon advised micro enemas.

they are little delivery devices like a really thin pencil with a blunt point.

i'd insert it up the bum, quiet painful, then 30 minutes later approx woopie.
gas, explosions , the works but it gets the poo out.

now i hated using them, but i had them for emergencies. the pain of inserting them was so great i basically chickened out. but that was for me. they are a valid option for a jammed up arse.

it was my surgeons advice that i tried then. keep it in the back of your mind and ask your surgeon. i'd give him or your gp a call asap and ask for help.

i am just so glad my bm's settled down.

hugs,

pete

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Annabelle41415
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Never heard of micro enemas (we have regular ones) and I'm not sure we even have that. Since I don't have a normal rectum (j-pouch) I'm not sure if it would work, but thank you for the suggestion. I'll keep that in mind if it gets too bad. Appreciate your input.

Hugs! Kim

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not many here i fear.
sorry but you made me chuckle.
hugs,
pete
ps i don't have much rectum left, hence my addiction to immodium the wonder drug.

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Annabelle41415
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We are never normal after this experience. LOL you go guy with the immodium. It has saved my butt several times :)

Hugs! Kim

Connie43
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I needed a laugh today.

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Hi Kim,
I take flax seed after every meal. When I really need assistance I drink prune juice. One time I drank some aloe vera juice. That worked a little too well. After drinking the aloe vera juice I had to stay close to the bathroom and I must have had the cleanest colon in town. Take care.

Peace and Blessings,

Karen

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Annabelle41415
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Where did you find that juice at? I'm thinking a health store? That would be wonderful if I'd be able to take it just in case. Is it safe to take several times a week or do you just do it when you feel the need? Thanks for your input. I've added flax seed to my prune juice so I'm at least getting more fiber in two ways.

Blessings to you too! Kim

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I was just remembering an old remedy that is about as natural as you can get...hot water.

Make a cup of water as hot as your mouth can stand but not enough to burn and drink it as quickly as you can...no need to gulp but don't let it cool off too much before done.

I know it works for some. I personally have used it when no drug store in sight for getting over the counter help.

Hope you can stay regular,

Marie who loves kitties

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Nana b
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Children's suppositories. Insert it, lay down, until you feel pressure, then go poop! About 10 minutes. I also lay on my stomach.

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Hi Kim,

How are you feeling now? Have you found what works for you?

I continue to try different things too.

Lately, I have been having stomach pain often. I do not know if it is what I am eating or something else. I have a colonoscopy scheduled in October. It is the first one I have had since my colon resection in 2008 although I have been having regular sigmoidoscopies every 4 months since the resection.

I hope you are doing well.

Hugs,
Lizzy

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Annabelle41415
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Thanks for asking. I'm doing better. I'm taking fennel tea and the rest of the stuff listed above. Some days are better than others with eliminating waste. On the days I'm not going much I'm still suffering. Still explosive bathroom issues at times. Just don't know what causes it. My diet is pretty normal. I'm also exploring different things too. Good luck with the colonoscopy. Hope you are feeling well also.

Hugs! Kim

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tootsie1
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Kim,

That was probably me. I take Miralax twice a day, every day. I've been doing that for several years, on doctor's orders.

*hugs*
Gail

northernlites
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Hi Kim,
try really warm water with lemon juice. drink as fast as you can. My Dr suggested after my surgery. It worked for me.

tessa

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I tried walking, water and chewing gum don't swallow.
Then if it did not help do it yourself microlax enemas.
I hate hospitals. But go if needed.
Sorru you are suffering.
HugHgs,
Pete

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RickMurtagh
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Kim, you might look into the MD Anderson Bowel Training protocol. They have a PDF online. It sounds like making things regularly regular is what you need.

Peace,
Rick

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Hi Kim, We need to remember that our guts that been through hell and back with radation, chemo, surgeries, and we'll always have problems of not being able to go, or cant stop going. Me I'm on the Cant stop going sence last Friday night. Im going every 10 mins or so 24 hours a day and night. Makes me wonder where it all comes from? I would think it should be clamming down soon to 10 bm's a day and stop this 10 bm's in 1/2 hour. Lastnight I wrote down the times of my bm's and I went 17 times throughout the night and lastnight wasn't as bad as it has been. I'm all for the stop eating thing for a day or two and only do juices, broth, and water in hopes of flushing whatever is going on out of me. In the mean time I'll meet ya on the bridge

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tanstaafl
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Here are several more home remedies. These may more properly run your schedule, or schedule the run(s).

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Kathleen808
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Kim,
Our daughter who was so backed up 2 years ago that she ended up in the hospital for 4 days has been on 1/2 cap of Miralax twice a day for two years. I'm not thrilled about it but it keeps her safe.

Aloha,
Kathleen

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thingy45
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Blue Berries and/or Blue berry cranberry juice works f0r me. The brand name is OASIS and I buy it here in Canada in the grocery store. It is also a anti=toxant.
Sorry you are suffering,
Hugs,Marjan

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Annabelle41415
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Actually some days my poop starts out being formed and then by the end of the day ends up being the runs. I'm trying most of your suggestions except the blueberries - sorry just can't put those little things in my mouth - LOL always reminds me of the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and the little blueberry girl. Still sometimes I'm having a hard time going and eating has nothing to do with it. I'm a fairly simple eater, but love my veggies. Just suffer so if I'm not going everyday. I'm going to ask my doctor about the Miralax but I'm not wanting to do the immodium if it gives me the runs. Can't trade one for the other or have to do both. Looked at the MD Anderson thing and I've kind of implemented that for a couple months and it didn't really make much difference. Keep the suggestions coming as I'm not really wanting to jump over that bridge LOL.

Hugs! Kim

wanttogetwellsoon
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If you can't go after three days... I think you should see your local doctor if that's possible straight away. That's what I've been told.... :)

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Annabelle41415
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Oh my goodness, I'm feeling terrible after just one day I'd never be able to go three days without pooping. To me constipation is one day, probably should have stated that earlier - that's my fault. Thanks for your comment.

Kim

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