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    Bowel Movements

    Asked by jet on Saturday, December 17, 2011

    Bowel Movements

    any suggestions to keep my bowels moving. The medications have made it inactive.

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    • shauna0915's Avatar

      As a primary caregiver for my dad, who was totally obsessed with his bowel habits, I learned quite a bit about this subject. I hope you find it helpful.

      I would suggest getting Benefiber and adding it to everything you can... coffee, tea, cereal, water, any soft foods you eat that it can be mixed into. Walmart has an Equate version of it which costs less but it doesn't mix as well, especially in beverages. The Benefiber powder is tasteless and colorless so you really don't even know it's there. We gave it to my dad, in addition to a stool softener with laxative in it every night.

      If things get too bound (if you don't have a bowel movement within 3 days) you need to let your doctor know. What we were told to use for my dad was a Fleet enema to unblock and get a bottle of Magnesium Citrate to drink. You'll want to also get a some Sprite or 7-Up to mix it with. The magnesium citrate is a clear liquid that usually comes in a lemon flavor so it's best to mix it with a lemon-lime soda, about a 50/50 mix or to taste (it can be quite sour). Be prepared that when things do finally break loose you may want to stay close to the restroom for a few hours.

      Once you get things flowing again, stick with the fiber powder and eat as many high fiber foods as you can. Dairy will contribute to binding things up, in addition to your meds, so make sure you add the fiber powder to every dairy product you can. If you like yogurt get Activia.

      I wish you all the best in your journey and would be pleased to help with any information I can. As always, you should run things by your doctor(s) before adding anything to your medicine regimen to be sure there will be no interaction with what you currently take.

      over 9 years ago
    • shauna0915's Avatar

      Oh, I forgot to add... try to walk as much as you can. The more active you can be, the better chance you have of getting things moving. My dad used to do a (please excuse the expression) "poopy dance". :o) When his cancer progressed to the point that he couldn't go for walks, he would still get up with his walker and "wiggle" around the living room for a few minutes at a time. The activity seemed to help get things moving again, with the assistance of the things mentioned above. Like I said, he was pretty obsessed with his bowel habits. Good luck.

      over 9 years ago
    • christina's Avatar

      home enemas

      over 8 years ago

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