... After 6 previous surgeries the last one didn't help at all and in fact made my pain worse. So further surgery is out. Istarted with 2 mg/day at the beginning and have gradually after 2 years now have worked up to 6-8m/day spread throughout the day to handle the pain. My question is how do you get past the constipation caused by these opioid?. I find I take 3 laxatives a day to help pass stool and never feel completely empty nor comfortable and keeps me on the toilet for hours each morning
As long as you're on opioid pain medication you will have problems with constipation. Drink plenty of water and eat more fiber foods such as veggies, fruits with their skins, nuts, beans etc. If these suggestions do not help take Milk of Magnesia (MOM) or magnesium citrate supplement, but be careful with the magnesium supplement as if you take too much you may experience diarrhea.
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