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  • By Amberlee

    I’ve been having constipation issues most of my life but after having fistula surgery it became so much worse. Stomach bloating, gas pains, cramping. All the classic IBS symptoms. My body works normally for a few weeks and then shuts down so I can’t get a handle on what is happening. Too much fiber or not enough. The pain is worse at night or early morning. I drink alot of water, exercise, and just started the Fodmap diet.Has anyone had these types of problems after fistula surgery? Or with constipation? Thank you for any help or advice.

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  • By ldonne

    Hi @amberlee,
    I to have ibs-c. Over the years I have noticed that eating fibre constipates me more. Im eating about less than a 1/4 cup of cooked oats a day and drinking enough water throughout the day. I make it as a crumble and that’s what I enjoy.
    As for the gas pains, this is something that I’ve been experiencing daily, some days are better, but lately night time and going to bed they seem to affect me not being able to sleep. I even took a gas-x chewable and it made it so much worse. If you have noticed any improvement please share, still struggling with the gas pains at night time.

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  • By Amberlee

    Hi Idonne. Thank you for responding. I am happy to have others to share my health worries and experiences with. I appreciate knowing that I am not the only one having pain at night and not being able to get a good night’s sleep. I wondered if you use a laxative when the constipation gets too bad. I like Milk of Magnesia. It is gentle and works in about 3 hours. It’s disappointing to have to use anything but if my body doesn’t work naturally I have no choice.

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    • By ldonne

      Hi @amberlee,
      I’ve been taking colace, one red pill every other morning. I sometimes can skip two days and not take one, just depends.
      I also take magnesium extra which I buy at the nutrition house. 1 capsule at bedtime around 8pm, every other night.
      It doesn’t give you the need to run to the bathroom when you need to go. I usually go the next morning. For me it hasn’t with only taking 1 capsule.

      I used to take lactulose for years because I didn’t know of the magnesium pills. I’ve taken milk of magnesium before, It took awhile to take affect for me.

      Hope this is helpful.

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    • By Amberlee

      Hi Idonne,
      I was wondering how much magnesium you take. What the mg per pill? Stool softeners do not work well for me if it is the only thing I am taking. I am interested in the magnesium. A friend recommended Senokot. She was given it in the hospital. Have you ever tried it?

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  • By ldonne

    Hi @amberlee,
    My family doctor prescribed Senekot before to me. I have taken it in the past. Crampy for me. I found being on it, once you stop it’s hard to get your body back to being able to go on your own. I wouldn’t take it.

    I take the stool softener. 100 mg red pill. I’m taking it every other morning. My family doctor said I could take 1 in the am, and 1 at bedtime. But I decided to only take 1 every other morning just to see how my body reacts. I’m ok so far.

    I too also need something else. I take magnesium extra 250 mg capsules. I only take one every other night. They don’t cramp you, you don’t get the I need to run to the bathroom feeling. Depending on your body, I usually go the next morning. You can order them online from the nutrition house. Blue and orange label bottle.
    108 capsules in bottle.
    $16.00 a bottle Canadian dollars.

    Ingredients:
    Vegetable capsule contains magnesium from magnesium citrate, oxide 250 mg.

    I’ve found them helpful. I’ve been taking them since 2015. You can adjust dose as needed. Can take two at night time if needed. No more than two capsules. Stick to 1 capsule first and see how your body does.

    Hope this is helpful.
    They have helped me.

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    • By Amberlee

      Hi Idonne,
      Thank you so much for the quick reply and the information about the Magnesium. I am willing to give it a try. One of the things that I didn’t mention in my previous posts is how Yoga really helps with gas pains and cramping. There are specific poses for IBS and constipation. Walking on my treadmill helps as well.

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