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Does Spinal Surgery Cause Constipation ?

hello. my stools are hardly ever solid. but i am currently on pain meds due to a recent spinal surgery. so needless to say i am constipated. I took my colace as perscribed and had a bm this morning that had ridges in it. is this something i need to be concerned about?
Mon, 23 Dec 2013
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hi
chances are that you are getting medications for pain
the pain medicines that are opioids ar opioid like
these medicines are known to cause constipation

i wont really be worried about it
stop the pain mediicnes
and if there is too much pain, reduce the frequency or dose
better still change to a different group of pain killer medicines

as per constipation associated with spinal surgery
the spinal trauma is known to cause constipation as well as loss of bladder control
so if the latter is present, then consider spinal trauma
else not
besides spinal surgery is a highly speacialized field
a neurosurgeon will not make a mistake as basic as this

hope this all helps answer your doubts
best of luck
always happy to help
dr.saumyamittal@gmail.com
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Does Spinal Surgery Cause Constipation ?

hi chances are that you are getting medications for pain the pain medicines that are opioids ar opioid like these medicines are known to cause constipation i wont really be worried about it stop the pain mediicnes and if there is too much pain, reduce the frequency or dose better still change to a different group of pain killer medicines as per constipation associated with spinal surgery the spinal trauma is known to cause constipation as well as loss of bladder control so if the latter is present, then consider spinal trauma else not besides spinal surgery is a highly speacialized field a neurosurgeon will not make a mistake as basic as this hope this all helps answer your doubts best of luck always happy to help dr.saumyamittal@gmail.com