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Hi Susan. Have you been having fevers?
Have you had problems with nausea and vomiting?
It sounds as if you have an ileus. This is when the bowel slows down considerably to the point where gas builds up, food does not digest well, and the colon gets impacted. It is crucial with ileus to keep the bowels moving every day to reduce internal pressure (and upward pressure).
It would definitely show up. The problem is not so much the amount of stool but the fact that the bowel is in a state of hibernation due to the trauma it has endured. This typically improves slowly over the course of 2-3 days. The fact that you have had bowel issues in the past might be the reason you are not responding in the usual fashion and continue to have an ileus.
Sometimes medications slow down the bowel further and complicate an ileus. Have your doctor's looked over your medications to see if any of them might be a factor here?
You certainly have a lot on your plate. It's a wonder you're still "trucking", as they say.
Many of these medications are constipating, so you have multiple risk factors. See if you can further simplify your medications and reduce doses where possible. A couple agents I have seen used in the past in cases of reduced GI motility are reglan and bethanacol. You could ask your GI specialist about them. They are older agents that may have side effects, but may be worth a trial run.
You're welcome. I hope the GI specialist is able to help you.