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Bowels Not Working
Variable: It is not unusual after any surgery for the bowels to be slow. The bowels slow down for a number of reasons - decreased activity after surgery, pain meds cause bowels to be slow, daily routine not 'normal'... The best thing you can do to help is to remain active (within the limitations per your doctor) - even if it is just walking, limit pain meds, drink plenty of water, take a fiber supplement. ...Read more
24 hours: It should occur within 24 hours and if it hasn't contact your surgeon. ...Read more
I'm on laxative multiple x daily due to bowels not working. Today very sick, slight fever, burning in upper abd., very nausea, heartbeat visible in ab?
Really NOT good...: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more
Move: Patients can definitely have trouble with their usual bowel regimen after spine surgery for many reasons. Early mobilization and limiting the amount of narcotic medications and getting back to your usual diet as soon as possible are the most common interventions used. Thank you for the question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi there I have a real Bloated Stomach & my bowels seem to be working ok - waiting on a Abdominal Ultrasound. Pain still in left side. 3 Spleens shown?
Severe lower abdominal pain for the last two days, bowels have not been working properly, lack of appetite, somewhat nauseous, not pregnant?
Pa diagnosed very silent bowels. Treated with ducolax. So far lots of loose or liquid bm's. Does that mean it's working? Is very silent bowels bad?
Word games: I'm afraid our attempts to communicate with patients are often misunderstood. I would call"very quiet bowel sounds" an observation, not a diagnosis.Perhaps, with the ducolax, s/he assumed you were constipated. Bowel sounds can be active or quiet at different times in the same patient over a period of minutes or hours. By itself, it has no specific meaning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've read that if taking miralax longer than 3 months, may cause the bowel to stop working on their own when not taking the product anymore..True?
I have a colonoscopy tomorrow. I took my bowel prep of about an hour ago. In how much time will it start working? Will a gatorade/miralax mix not work?
May not work: A gatorade and MiraLAX combination is not a common bowel prep in my experience. Miralax is an excellent laxative but if only one dose is taken, it is not likely to clean the colon out as well as is optimal for colonoscopy. A single dose might not produce a bm for a day or 2. Gatorade is an electrolyte-rich drink but not likely as effective as GoLytely or other polyethylene glycol solutions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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