- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
Constipation from narcotic pain killers' after surgery is cause; having more pain and more surgery. Get good laxitive.
Perhaps because it is such an embarrassing subject I have found very little personal information online regarding constipation. I have had several major surgeries over the past five years that led to dramatic changes in both my social and professional life. My high octane activity level both at work and at play have been stripped away. As I have at least one more major surgery currently in the planning stages I won’t be returning to my previous lifestyle anytime soon. Although I have succeeded in remaining positive throughout this ordeal, the past few weeks during that time proved to be quite challenging.
When you take large amounts of narcotic pain relieving drugs such as morphine one of the many serious side effects is constipation. Morphine effectively can shut your bowels down. I’ve done a tremendous amount of research in this area and tried every remedy I’ve come across but the bottom line is when you have had multiple surgeries and must remain on narcotic painkillers’ your bowels are likely to present serious complications. I currently take prescription stool softeners, medication to keep water stored in my intestinal tract, and Lactulose on a daily basis. Our medicine cabinets’ also contain every method of constipation relief I have found online.
Earlier last year I had a bowel movement that was particularly painful. Did I really just write that?
As my daughter was graduating from college on a Friday I ignored the pain, attended her graduation, hosted a gathering at Olive Garden, and then orchestrated a family photo shoot at a local park. Nothing short of a marble slab would have prevented me from the above activities.
Afterwards, barely able to walk, my wife and I went to an emergency room where I was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia and torn ligaments from constipation. Although more surgery was certainly the last thing I would have opted for it was the only available choice. After hobbling about on crutches for two weeks I had surgery to repair the torn ligaments and inguinal hernia caused from constipation.
After so many issues relating to my multiple neck surgeries having new problems was almost too much. By that point began thinking perhaps many people would figure enough is enough and take all of their painkillers’. Thankfully I had and still have a very supportive family and would never subject them to the grief and confusion that goes along with such a selfish act.
The thought of literally dying in the bathroom has been a fear I’ve had since my first surgery. What an unfair and degrading end that would be. My “words of wisdom” are to urge anyone reading this that constipation is not an ailment to take lightly or ignore. Prior to these events I had no idea that constipation could lead to torn ligaments’, inguinal hernias’, and even fatalities if left untreated.
I had mixed feelings about publishing this article. However if it helps even one person, for simply relating to the issue, it will have been worth the embarrassment of writing it. I can easily admit I am not infallible but writing about bowel issues and then pressing a publish button is another thing. Perhaps this is the reason every online article about constipation is more like a pamphlet you would find in a clinic or doctor’s office.
Although this matter is no joke I am taking great pleasure in knowing that I can laugh at myself as I edit this hub. This tells me that I have indeed overcome yet another obstacle on this disastrous road. Luckily I’m not superstitious, or I’d have to believe if reincarnation were reality I must have really screwed up last time around.
There are many options regarding the care of your bowels. The important thing is that you take some action as constipation can become a matter of life and death when left untreated.