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Question by  toadlilly (27)

Is it common to not have any bowel movements for four days after having spine surgery?

It has been several days since my surgery and I have not been able to have a bowel movement, could it be the pain meds or did they mess something up?


Answer by  Mrscmrn (1449)

It is not uncommon to have a change in bowel habits after surgery. Sometimes just the shock of the body's symptom can cause irregularly. Pain medications can certainly cause bowel problems. Most narcotic pain medications can cause constipation. Drinking plenty of fluids, use of stool softeners, and fiber in the diet can help. In worse cases use a mild laxative.


Answer by  lilian (397)

Constipation is a common side effect after surgery. Many pain medications, especially opioids, have constipation as a side effect. Many people are given stool softeners after surgery. If you were not prescribed a stool softener and are feeling discomfort, call your physician so he can recommend something for you.


Answer by  sadiesmom (254)

Pain meds and anethetics are notorious for causing constipation and if you had spine surgery you are probably on some pretty strong onges. I would try increase fiber for a day or two, and if that doesn't help, contacting the doctor.


Answer by  Anonymous

If the doctor recommends something for stools and that doesn't work after a few days you may have nerve damage and need to get it fixed so you're brain can signal your body right!


Answer by  angiem1981 (1059)

Pain medication and anethesia is probably to blame. Some physician's will prescribe a mild laxative to send patients home with for this reason. Before self medicating, consult your doc.

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