I have a failed spinal fusion that causes extreme, chronic pain. I am prescribed narcotics as part of a pain management program. I have taken several types, including morphine, oxycodone, Fentanyl, and currently methadone, over the past 7 years, and each has eventually caused extreme constipation and loss of peristalsis. I fear developing megacolon, - I have already had obstructions and ileus. Would Zelnorm be appropriate for me? I am a 59 yo female, in good health with no cardiac conditions or other problems other than the physical limitations and pain from my spinal condition. I do not smoke nor do I drink alcohol. I am willing to face contrindications and risks, as the pain, bloating and discomfort of my bowel problem is almost impossible to live with. Conversely, I have almost zero quality-of-life without treating my chronic pain. Do you think I qualify for treatment with Zelnorm? Please answer, my pain management physician seldom sees me, and instead I'm treated by his ARNP who is rather cavalier about my intestinal problem. He tends to minimize it's significance. I routinely take ducosate sodium (200 mg) and a senna laxative every night, and this keeps me somewhat regular, most of the time, but when the severe constipation strikes, it seems like nothing will relieve it. I take absolutely massive doses of senna laxatives, MOM, epsom salts, and Ex-Lax and this has just barely kept me from the emergency room. The bloating is incredible and the pain is almost unbearable. When the peristalsis stops, NOTHING moves, and my discomfort is awful. Please help me, if you can. Thank you so much.
Considering Zelnorm... as an emergency treatment?
Added 29 Mar 2010:
Thanks to all compassionate people who responded to my plea by suggesting that I see a Gastro-intestinal specialist for relief from my crippling constipation. Unfortunately, I HAVE seen them, several of them, and this is their pat answer: "We cannot prescribe without doing a colonoscopy first. We cannot do a colonoscopy because of the failed fusion in your spine. The scope could put pressure on the affected area of the spine and break the thin strip of bone holding the fusion screws in place." In other words, no help there. Without a procedure, the colonoscopy, they won't touch me nor even advise me. I hate to think my life is essentially over, at this point, but I see that there is no way out for me. Thanks for your kind concern and suggestions, but I just give up.
have you been to a digistive doctor and explained your problem to him. they i'm sure have seen this problem before and could have the perfect remedy just waiting for you or things you can try. i looked up the drug you want to take and it seems it was taken of the market are you sure you want to try something like that?missy
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