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Opiate use -> constipation -> bowel obstruction

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 30, 2008
  • 00:13 PM

Opiates cause constipation and I struggle against it by eating lots of fruit and bran flakes, but lately it's caught up with me. I was to the point where I hadn't had a bowel movement for at least 5 days and then didn't go like I should have. I had a loss of appetite and when I did eat I could only ingest a little food before I felt full, like there was no more room left for food. I've lost 7 pounds over the past 2 weeks.

I usually rely on stool softeners if diet alone doesn't do the job and if I take 5 Dulcolax jells it will give me good results within 1-2 hours. However, the situation has gone so far that a full bottle of Mag Citrate laxative (I hate to take a laxative and rarely ever have), a Fleets mineral oil enema, and copious amounts of stool softener only took action after about 6 hours. I had a large amount of diarrhea which took away the feeling of being ready to burst but I had rectal bleeding so bad that I had to change my underwear twice soon after due to them being soaked in that area. I've had bleeding from hemorrhoids before so it didn't frighten me and I thought it would stop after a bit. Two days later there is still trace amounts of blood showing. I know this is serious but have been hesitant to take action, hoping it would resolve itself

I still suspect there is fecal blockage so I've continued to try to clear my system with no results since. Saline enemas come back clear. I called the ER this morning at 6am to ask their advise and they just recommended I call my regular doctor when the office opens this morning. (This hospital is a joke and partly why I haven't done more than I have up to now, I hate going there so bad.)

I'm writing this to make myself a little less nervous while I wait for the doctors office to open in a couple hours. I'm hoping he will take an X-ray and that diet and time will take care of things from this point. I had a sigmoidoscomy in 1987 and it was a horrible experience. The doctor who did the procedure only saw fit to allow me 1mg of Valium and I was awake for the whole procedure up to the point I told him to get that thing out of my a**.

I could use all the prayers you could send my way and will follow up on how things go.

P.S. A friend of mine who goes through the same thing told me they took a 40lbs blockage out of John Wayne, and I just happen to have gained 40lbs over the past year...

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