• Anyone had trouble with bowel movement?

    Asked by Glenda on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Anyone had trouble with bowel movement?

    My spouse when this first started took dulcolax softeners, did not help He thought hemroids used prep h, helped and eased. But now it came back full force last week. He is taking 4 sensskot s a day and drinking prune juice, and taking stool softeners. He says it gets to end but will not come out feels like concrete is what has said from the beginning and he said it is worst. Sorry about gross details but only way I knew how to ask

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Yes, during chemo, I took pills to make me go, then pills to stop me up. I had both problems. I cannot remember what it was I was taking it was 23 years ago, I'm sure there is something better now, but then, the chemo gave me the squirts, then I took something to stop me up, I had the brick syndrome too, actually had tissue tears on my bottom from going. some thing in the journey of cancer are beyond thinking that would happen. Just talk to your doc and explain everything that is happening, they usually have an answer. Good luck to him!

      almost 9 years ago
    • Jeannie's Avatar

      I was stopped up for 10 days. I think the DRs had me try everything until I went to a GI specialist. She told me to take MiraLax ( I add a little crystal light for taste). She said Senna is harmful to the colon & enema's are for the stool that gets to the bottom and can't come out which the other Dr's had me do. I take Miralax every day. I just adjust the dose according to what my stools are like. The GI Dr said you don't want to have your stools look like egg drop soup unless you are doing a cleanse for a coloscopy. So I just cut the amount back so my stools are small and soft.

      I hope this can help you, it's been a life saver for me. There is nothing worse than having a BM problem.

      almost 9 years ago
    • danellsar's Avatar

      Oh yes! My husband has been having this problem for over a year now. His routine is:
      Milk of magnesia
      Non-stimulant stool softener (like colace)
      Fiber supplement
      High fiber cereals, especially whole grains
      (all of these every day)

      He also has to resort to using enemas at times when nothing else works.

      almost 9 years ago
    • bobhess' Avatar
      bobhess (Best Answer!)

      I've had twenty rounds of thus far and did experience constipation one time. This scared me because I could never recall being constipated in my life. I did what I have told and picked up that twenty pound phone and called my treatment center, this was after hours, and was connected to my onc. He suggested mirilex plenty of water and to walk as much as possible and it worked. I talk with my Doc a lot before each treatment and one thing is about the use of Vitim. He strongly thinks we need to get are vitamins through what we eat and tells me some vitamins can cause constipation, especially vitamin B. We all have different needs in this battle and must rely on knowledge handed down to those who went before us I've always heard experience is our greatest teacher. That's why we need each other is to learn and share and what makes this website so wonderful. Thank each and everyone here and keep a postin.

      almost 9 years ago
    • lovingspouse's Avatar

      It's a terrible problem for all on chemo or pain medication. Have your physician prescribe Lactolose and follow instructions. After a day or two, try Fleet liquid glycerine suppositories. Not fun, but often works.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      Yes, after chemo. Eating a very high-fiber diet helped and Milk of Magnesia. My doctor recommended the South Beach Diet which is a high fiber, low-fat diet, e.g., eat lean meats, low-fat dairy, reduced fat cheese, nuts, eggs, vegetables, limited starches (whole grain/multi-grain/rye bread/pasta, high-fiber cereals, sweet potatoes), and fruit. Avoid refined wheat and white bread, white rice, white flour pasta, cookies, dinner roles, cornflakes, white potatoes, juice-packed canned fruit, pineapple, raisins, and watermelon.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Janice's Avatar

      I know this may sound crazy, but black licorice works best (and it tastes good, too). My chemo gives me the opposite problem, so I have to limit my licorice intake (which I love).

      almost 9 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar

      Milk of magnesia use that for 2 days that will get you started then use a stool softner with laxative in it by off brand just as good as the high priced ones. Have been on pain meds for years.
      Good Luck & Take a good book! :)

      almost 9 years ago
    • joyce52's Avatar

      My husband uses prunes and senna.

      over 8 years ago
    • Chris' Avatar

      Thank God for ex-lax!!!!! Even after 1 1/2 years I still have problems :(

      over 8 years ago

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