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How long ago did you discontinue the narcotic pain medicines for your foot?
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I had the injury Jan 1 and discontinued at end of January and switched to IBuprofen for my broken rt toe. Unfortunately, I injured my left toe at beginning of june and was using ibuprofen again for 2 weeks since tramadol was horrendous for me. Both times it was 800 mg ibuprofen
one problem people can get into is to focus on their movments and start counting them and then go to the laxatives to get 'regular', but with the exception of fiber, like metamucil, many OTC laxatives like senna and ex-lax are not to be taken regularly.
i see your response now
so it is extremely unlikely now that your current problem has anything to do with the pain medicines taken in January.
ibuprofen is not constipating
have you had an Xray of your abdomen?
the possibility exists that you are not, in fact, constipated, and an Xray would tell.
I'm afraid that's what I did and want to correct the situation. I haven't tried Metamucil yet
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Metamucil, the powdered kind
I cannot get in to see my regular doctor until late august
would be a good thing for you to try
and when you do try it
use it just like it says
I'm curious, when you used the fleets, did you get results?
and are bowel movements painful for you?
yes. And they're not painful. It comes out fast
ah, i see
so it is likely, from what you are telling me, that the laxatives you are using do not allow enough time for you to actually create a formed stool
but I do get results
there is really nothing to fear from your lack of 'regularity'
if you had painful movements I would worry about a fecal impaction, which is a collection of hard stool in the rectum
and this often requires manual removal
Is there any downside from using Metamucil for too long?
and when this occurs, the hard stool can not come out, so loose stool comes out around the hard stool, leaving the hard stool in place
of course, this means using it as directed and not overdoing it
metamucil works the following way
the fiber is not absorbed by your body, but it goes through the intestines and pulls water into the stool
it does make the stool softer, which is good, but since it is inactive, unlike many of the OTC remedies, it can be used regularly
by the way, the definition of constipation, as you will learn when you read the link from Mayo clinic, is less than three stools per week.
Ok. How much fiber should I have in my diet if I'm 5'8 and 170lbs?
i think until you get 'regular' that increasing your fruits (peaches are good for this) and vegetable intake (broccoli is good, lightly cooked) will get you more than enough fiber. the metamucil is also fiber, and with all of these in action you should get regular within a week or two
but I would resist the temptation to add anything else
and I would eat regularly
and give your body a week or two to get back to normal
distention of the abdomen, pain in the abdomen, and fever with either of these, would be reasons to seek care quickly
Thank you. Because of both injuries, I haven't been able to exercise for most of this year. I had just started to get back into the gym when the second injury happened.
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That's bad luck!
Getting back into shape will also help with you regaining your regularity
yes :(. I hope so..... So much has happened that I cannot wait until I can start working out again. That's for all your help. I really appreciate it.
you are most welcome