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5/23/13 1:59 P

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That's been my experience with codeine based pain killers too. My solution was Mom's prune soup (ancient Scandinavian secret recipe involving prunes and water). That seemed to work fine.

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2/21/13 8:58 A

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Codeine and other narcotic pain-killers, notably oxycodone, are serious constipaters. To the extent that physicians prescribe these drugs for short term pain control, like post surgery, they may also prescribe a stool softener and sometimes a laxative as well to use daily while using the pain med. Worst constipation I've ever had followed shoulder surgery. Probably not related to the surgery, but to the narcotics. The dramatic post operation pain led me to use the pain meds at the maximum rate prescribed -- with a definite food processing slow down. I think that metamucil helped. Getting off the pain killers definitely solved the problem.



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1/8/13 4:05 P

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I learned the hard way that codeine can lead to it.

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1/7/13 9:07 A

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Believe me, if you had this problem you would notice! Bloated feeling, and discomfort at the very least...

I meant to say I have had days of tracking where I was at 40 or even 50 grams of fiber, and still was not exactly "regular" which is why I believe the part about fiber not being a cure-all for constipation. Exercise does help though, at least for me.

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1/6/13 9:14 P

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Can't say that I've ever bothered noticing. So I guess it's not been a problem. :)

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1/6/13 5:21 P

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Well, you sucked me in with that title! Personally I agree that high/adequate amounts of fiber does not always make one "regular" and for me I find it can be related to my monthly cycle, as I go less right before TOM, which makes me think the hormones have a part in this equation. (at least for women) Anecdotal, of course, but it's what I've noticed.

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1/6/13 11:43 A

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While the subject of this post could probably be what many people say after talking to me or reading one of my posts, it's actually about constipation. Another well entrenched idea in the hivemind is that regularity = 1 BM per day. Personally, I've never been that well timed. Coffee and cigarettes and plenty of food helped that get closer to reality, but when I gave up cigarettes and "plenty of food", several days could pass before I could, errr, pass. So naturally, I grew a bit concerned. What could happen if a week went by? Thankfully, it never has, but what if it did? Should I go to the ER? Should I intervene with nature in some other way? Much to my surprise, the notion of one a day is largely based on, well, crap.

Science Based Medicine has a good summary of the myths and facts here.

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The grandaddy of them all, perpetuated within these walls. Fiber.

"Fibre, from cereal or other foods, serves multiple purposes in the bowel. It adds bulk to the stool and can increase the frequency of bowel movements. But there is a lack of correlation between dietary fibre intake, and the risk of constipation"

As far as "regularity" itself, like most things, it's highly individualized. One person's "once a day" may be once every 2 or 3 days for the next guy. Or it could be multiple times per day for others. If movements are painful and this lasts for several months, you may have a problem.

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