A 36-year-old female asked:
dad just had spinal fusion had constipation problems afterward, he said now when wiping he feels a thread and still constipated i'm stumped please help?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Shin Beh answered
9 years experience Neurology
Get checked: Get evaluated and possibly an MRI to see if there's anything going on with his spinal cord or the associated nerves.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Soren Singel answered
29 years experience Neurosurgery
Constipation: Combination of narcotic side effects (they slow you down), immobility, dehydration and insufficient fiber intake. Stop all narcotics as soon as possible, lots of fiber (oatmeal, prunes) at least a gallon of water a day for hydration, dulcolax suppositories, enema etc and walk a lot. The thread he feels is likely a hemorrhoid if not better have him see the proctologist.
Answered on Jan 18, 2014
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