Friend had spine surgery 6yr ago. Nerve damage, lower function of bowel affected. Was on laxative, he stopped. Can it cause constipation bowel hard & soft?

Constipation. Damage to the lumbosacral nerves can lead to bladder and bowel damage. Alternatively, chronic laxative use can cause problems with bowel function. It is important to see a gastrointerologist for the constipation and a neurosurgeon to update the imaging of the spine and ensure there is no new structural problem compressing the nerves of the lumbar and sacral spine. .

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Friend had spine surgery 6yr ago. Nerve damage, lower function of bowel affected. Was on laxative, he stopped. C.an it cause constipation bowel hard & soft?

Potentially. there could be multiple causes. for one thing, just being on a laxative for a long time and then stopping can cause irregularities in bowel movement as can patients who have had various types of "nerve damage" as you put it from the spine such as in caudal equine syndrome. don't hesitate to be seen for a more detailed diagnosis. Read more...
It could. you need to ask his physician about these issues so he's on a definitive program. An evaluation can help clarify if there is any other issues involving his intestines. A gastroenterologist can be helpful with this issue. Read more...