Originally Posted by Scott F:
Mike, I think most folks are able to reduce their BMs more than that by 9 weeks, though it's a long road for others. Are you trying to hold it in ("stretch the pouch"), or just going when you feel like it's time? Is it urgent (are you running or walking to the bathroom)? Are you doing kegels? Experimenting with your diet (one experiment is worth 10 pieces of advice)? Trying soluble fiber (e.g. psyllium, Benefiber, Citrucel)? Using Lomotil or Imodium?
I'm not a big fan of Tramadol or other opioids for chronic pain, except as a last resort, but other folks here have used various ones of these successfully for years. You don't say what you're using it for. Other opioids might have the beneficial side effect of slowing your gut down (more than Tramadol).
Scott, thanks for your reply. For the most part I felt everything was mostly normal until about three days ago. My BM's increased substantially. The last two nights have been sleepless and spent in the bathroom. At first I was able to hold it without a problem. Today alone I have gone to the bathroom 20 times, I have been running to get there and have not made it in time a couple times. I haven't had much to eat either in the last 24 hours, trying to give everything a break. My stool's are very watery, which concerns me. I told my surgeon this via email this morning, he told me to increase my imodium to two tablets every six hours. As far as fiber goes he suggested to take Benefiber twice daily, I did it for a couple of days and felt like something was off so I stopped and just stuck with the imodium. Maybe I should get back on it. I have taken the tramadol for discomfort and pain, along with the bowel issues I have two bulging disks. Even though it's not the strongest drug it's seems to have helped me over the last year. I've tried others but they don't seem to help. In the past tramadol has helped slowing down the bowel movements, this time around I wonder if it's messing with me. The weird thing is though I've been on two meds for the last year consistently, tramadol and celexa. I don't think they have anything to do with it because I've been on them so long. I have tried kegel exercises when I feel an urge. I try to calm down by breathing and work the muscles. Today though just no control at all.
Thank you again for your reply, sorry for any grammar errors, I typed this in a hurry.