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Severe constipation since back surgery, get difficulty in digesting certain things, have nausea at the end of the day. Advise?

I went in the hospital for a back surgery but came out constipated, a few days later went back to the emergency room for the constipation and they gave me an enima. I still havent gone and just threw up again. looks like i can digest some things but by the end of the day get naushus. Do i need to go back to the hospitle again. The doctor did prescribe for me to take go lightly if my symptoms continued but i read the instructions and it sad not to take if you are severly constipated.
Asked On : Mon, 15 Oct 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
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It is normal to have constipation during the first few days of surgery , due to the medications given during surgery .
But it should get back to normal in 2-3 days .
firstly are you passing flatus (gas) and small amounts of stool ?

If not , then the cause could be neurogenic , as a consequence of your back surgery.
for which you have to go back to your surgeon .

you need to follow these simple steps to avoid constipation .
1. take plenty of fluids
2. exercise regularly
3. do not starve yourself
4. you can also take syp. duphalac 15 ml at bed time for a period of 1 week . but do not over use it.

if not relieved by the above steps then see a gastroenterologist
Answered: Sun, 21 Oct 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Michelle Gibson James's  Response
Hi, thanks for using health care magic

Constipation is a common problem for persons recovering from back surgery.There are certain measures that can be used to prevent or reduce the chance of constipation.These include:(1)increasing activity as soon as possible,(2) limiting the use of narcotic analgesics which promote constipation,(3)drinking alot of water, )(5)use a stool softener, (6) use high fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables,oats, wheat,whole grain and bran cereals (7)eat small frequent meals instead of large meals

I hope this helps
Answered: Mon, 15 Oct 2012
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