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I had emergency surgery march 22nd perforation. I woke up to

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Hello, I had emergency surgery march 22nd for bowel perforation. I woke up to a colostomy,2months later I had my reversal. During healing I had abscesses took vanco two different times. Had june 9 debridement for two other abscesses. Finally after all that I'm healing. M problem now is I'm having constipation and not having bowel moments like I had earlier on. I'm really not having bowel moments without constipation. Took citrate two days ago got it all out. Went some yesterday but today nothing. I am pretty sedentary because I'm scared to move because my anxiety has been high so they put me on a new med effexor xr and they up my klonopin 1mg twice a day. I started colace and prune juice. I'm worried beyond belief something has gone wrong.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

I think I have helped you before on this question.

keep eating prunes and using stool softeners like colace and drinking plenty of water

you should follow up with your doctors and surgeons and get a colonoscopy to look in your colon to check for strictures and narrowing of your colon from scar tissue from the surgery.

laxatives are working so you don't have a blockage.

after getting all of your stool out with magnesium citrate, you will have a day or two with no bowel movements since you completely emptied your colon

you don't have to be scared to move.

you should be able to get up and walk around.

you should be seeing a psychotherapist regularly as well because of your anxiety symptoms

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Can this be normal for having surgery. Do other people have this problems after having this surgery and be OK. I feel like I'm not going to be OK.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Can being sedentary and anxiety cause my problem

Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

it is your anxiety which is making you panicked.

you need better treatment for your anxiety disorder.

it can take several weeks for your effexor to start to work for you.

you don't need to worry about not having bowel movements.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Are you there

Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

yes, I am here.

did you get my last reply?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Anxiety can cause constipation?

Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

if you are not drinking water and being sedentary can cause constipation.

if you are not eating enough fiber and fruits and vegetables, this can cause constipation.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

In drinking lots of water I eat veggies with dinner. I only eat mango or watermelon I don't like fruit.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I hope your not getting up set with me

Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

eating prunes daily and using colace can help.

constipation is common after surgery.

pain medications can often cause constipation.

work towards becoming less sedentary and walking more.

ask your doctors to refer you for physical therapy after surgery to help you walk and get stronger.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Sorry to have bothered you

Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

don't worry

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Next time pass on my questions please. I don't want a Dr to be upset with a worried patient

Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

I am not upset at you.