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Old 08-30-2010, 09:07 AM   #1
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Chronic Bowel Constipation After Spinal Fusion

Dear members and doctors,

Wondering if any of your experienced or heard about case of chronic bowel constipation after spinal fusion?

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Old 08-30-2010, 01:04 PM   #2
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Re: Chronic Bowel Constipation After Spinal Fusion

I can definitely see this happening....especially if you've been on pain meds, depending on how much pain you're in and where your fusion is. If it's in the lower half, that could also be part of the problem.

What meds have you been on?

How is your diet in general? The first thing is to make sure you're eating enough foods that will help peristalsis...moving of the digestive tract.

Stool softeners help as does some fibre supplements.

It takes a while for things to get working in a habitual pattern.

I had lung surgery a looong time ago and was basically bedridden because I was tubed and attached to an outlet in the wall. I was also on narcotic pain meds and constipated for 9 days. I refused to have a bm in the bedpan..lol. It took a while for things to work.

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Old 08-31-2010, 05:55 AM   #3
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Re: Chronic Bowel Constipation After Spinal Fusion

This has nothing to do with medications and food. This is caused by neural injury or body reaction to nerve manipulation. However, thank you for your advices, we have tried all of them.

Looking forward to similar experiences of long term chronic constipation.

 
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Re: Chronic Bowel Constipation After Spinal Fusion

You would be best to check out the Spinal Cord Disorders forum for if it's nerve injury related...that's where your answers may be through experience of others with the same resulting issue.

I am curious, however...what was suggested by your doctor. Would one such as you with this type of injury eventually require laxatives or such to have your colon forced to do its thing?

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