I've been on Norco and Percocet for about 2 years now for chronic lower back pain and osteoarthritis. The constipation is a daily struggle. I have to use enema bags daily. And if I forget to take my metamucil and/or broccoli or cabbage, I'm screwed. What works for you?
Miralax always worked better for me than Metamucil and you can put it in anything coffee, tea even water. It doesn't get thick and it has no taste. That was a bonus for me. Drink lots of water. I know most people don't like prunes but they do help. I've heard Activia helps some people but I've never tried it. I see you are already eating fiber so that's good. Anyway hope this helps sweetie. I know what a problem this can be.
Your friend -Terri-
The biggest thing that helps me is drinking lots of water. You can take all the fiber in the world but if you dont have any fluid for it to work with, it wont do you any good. So I be sure to drink 1-2 liters a day of filtered water. Most of the time I dont have to take a laxative or take fiber supplements. If I do I like Miralax too and I also like Benefiber. they are both the kinds that you can mix with anything because they dont have flavor and they dont get thick. I have even mixed with water and I cant even taste it! If I feel myself getting backed up I usually try to eat something like Frosted Mini Wheats, Wheaties, Raisin Bran or some other high fiber cereal. I'm not a big veggie person but I do like salads so I try to eat those 2-3 times a week. Taking a stool softener helps too-something like Colace. I truly think the water is the key though. I rarely need to take anything but I never was a daily BM person.
1-3 times a week is normal for me but I still keep this routine and I take a lot of meds (even more than you do-I am on OxyContin 60's and oxycodone 30's for breakthrough), and this works for me. Just the water and dietary fiber.
I have had constipation problems since giving birth the last time some 40 years ago, but an now on pain meds too. Do you take any supplements? I have always taken calcium, magnesium & zinc (& plenty of others), but the last time CVS had a bogo sale, all that was left were the 500mg of magnesium. I ususally take 125, or 250mg. Anyway, since I started the 500mg, instant no constipation at all! I was amazed that it would also help put water into the colon, but it works as milk of magnesia my doctor told me, & said I wasn't taking too much either... Just a thought... Mary
well, i have been on norco 10mg for like a couple months now and i have infections in my bladder and uterus so constipation for me SUCKS!!! But i have heard that prune juice is GREAT! Also, water is very very very important. Drinking like 5 water bottles a day! And the dark green veggies like spinach and so on and i like metamucil. That helps for me. Try colace as a stool softener. I'm in the same boat as u, sorta, so GOOD LUCK and wish me luck, friend!
I use Miralax, sometimes twice a day, probiotics, yogurt, cereal with some decent fiber, occasionally a mild laxative and very seldom a sodium phosphate laxative. I agree it is a constant battle, and for me I believe I was born constipated! Also I am constantly drinking plain water from a friends reverse osmosis system. It is excellent water and I drink it along with hot tea )mostly herbal). Since I have Interstitial Cystitis, IBS, fibro, degenerative disc disease, etc. I am also on a very limited diet, as IC is very sensitive to anything acidic, and of course IBS has it's own dietary concerns. I am also somewhat lactose intolerate, although I can eat yogurt and sma amounts of cheese. I swtiched to vanilla soy milk and I love it.
Hope some of these hints will help you a bit. Take care and God Bless!
Be careful using frequent enemas. I don't think you are supposed to use them daily or even weekly. I read that it could end up doing the opposite of what it's supposed to do if you use it long-term. Your body gets used to it and ends up not being able to produce a bowel movement on its own.
My doctor told me Colace stool softener is ok to take daily if needed.
I'm new and need a friend hope we can be that.. There is a
prescription laxative I use when absolutely necessary. Its called poloyethelene
glyco sounds like antefreeze hehe but it ain't ..works real good . I been taking 10-325 norcos for several years. I drink lots of liquids and pretty much the same stuff as the others have mentioned. Hope this helps..
It's is IMPORTANT that you take Miralax every single night in a small drink before you go to sleep. The constipation can be worse then the pain. I know! I got it terrible from the oxy. So I don't take the oxy anymore. It wasn't worth it plus oxycontin doesn't help me. But I thought I was going to die from the constipation. The Mirilax is great but it's amust that your consistant plus a ducolace softner. Also a must! Good Luck!
I'm not a doctor. I am a patient. I take 400mg. or more if needed of magnesium. As we age we lose magnesium so supplement is good. However, I discovered that the magnesium supplement cured my constipation as I too take pain meds for back. You will need to pay attention to your body. You may need more or less. Over the counter is fine.
I know this is an old question, but if others see it, I have the answer! I was constipated as a child. I had scopes and was told to drink castor oil, do enemas and my mom also gave me exlax because I could stomach it and it worked. In my 20's, I was in a bad car accident. I've been on pain meds ever since! you name it, I've been on it! I tried the Metamucil types of meds, they gave me embarrassing gas, but didn't make me go. 2-3 years ago, I was having some joint pain. My doctor gave me steroids because it was a bad flare-up and she also said get yourself some 500mg magnesium. I started taking 2 a day and in a few days I was going to the bathroom! It took a little bit to figure out what was making me go. Magnesium was the only thing I did different. It was working!! I was excited! Since then, sometimes I take 1000 mg per day, sometimes I bump it to 2000 mg. if you start to get diarrhea, just back down on the magnesium the next day.
I've told two friends, who take narcotics, about the magnesium and it worked wonders on them too! I just can't believe not one doctor mentioned to try magnesium! I was getting scripts for other drugs to help with the constipation! I'm just happy I found the answer!
Just a word of caution. My cardiologist told me that too much magnesium can affect your heart. Please be careful. I also take magnesium for migraines. My Dr put me on 500 mgs at bedtime. That is the recommended safe dose. But like every other med, your uses it differently. Good luck to everyone.
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