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Old 02-15-2009, 04:17 PM   #1
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how to relieve constipation after spinal fusion surgery

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Old 02-15-2009, 07:16 PM   #2
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Re: how to relieve constipation after spinal fusion surgery

Hi....

I had the same issue. I was told to take SennacotK and Mirilax and drink lots and lots of water. Did you have a ALIF fusion? If so, that affects your bowels as well. The stuff I told you about, helped me lots....Good luck as I know that is miserable....

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Re: how to relieve constipation after spinal fusion surgery

For me - good old fashioned prune juice worked wonders. My dad recently did the same after hip replacement surgery.
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Re: how to relieve constipation after spinal fusion surgery

Turkish dried figs and some metamucil worked for me. If it was really bad I took a tablespoon of milk of magnesia at night.

 
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Re: how to relieve constipation after spinal fusion surgery

The pain meds notoriously cause constipation. I take a Colace capsule with each pain pill I take.

As others have said, add fiber, fruit, prune juice, etc. Whatever works for you. After my surgery, I took the Colace and also ate a few prunes everyday. They have cherry essence and orange essence prunes now that are actually pretty good; nothing like those nasty dried up things we had when I was a kid.

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