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08-21-2006, 04:17 PM
HI! I started Elavil and have been extremely constipaited. I tried something the doctor gave me (polyethylene glycol) and it totally hurts my bladder. Is there something you take that doesn't affect your bladder? I appreciate your comments! Stacy
For maintenance, Colace is what my urologists have always recommended. I do find that Benefiber works better though.
If really blocked up, Milk of Magnesia or a Fleet's enema is fine.
Trial & Error, I'm afraid. But, my bladder is very picky & didn't mind these.
08-22-2006, 02:05 AM
Colace (or the generic for it) was also suggested by my doctor. I don't need it full time, but some people do take it every day without irritation. And for occasional problems, milk of magnesia is usually safe. I haven't needed one for a long time, but I always make sure I have some fleets enemas on hand.
08-22-2006, 03:35 AM
Thanks for the input!
08-22-2006, 04:45 AM
Not sure how this would work with IBS, but I eat seedless grapes everday. That is the only "natural" thing I have found to keep me regular. Colace and Milk of Magnesia are wonderful to use when you need help but try the grapes and see if you can tolerate them.
08-22-2006, 11:48 AM
My physical therapist (for PFD) gave me this "recipe" to use for bowel regularity. Please remember that some individuals with IC can't tolerate these ingredients in their diet; some can. Mix together: 1 cup applesauce, 3/4 cup prune juice, 1 cup oat bran or unprocessed wheat bran (not cereal--this is found at most health food stores in bins that you scoop out the amount you want and pay by the pound). Begin with 1-2 tablespoons each evening followed by one 6-8 oz. cup of water or juice. This should help to soften and regulate your bowel movements within 2 weeks. If not, slowly increase serving to 3-4 tablespoons. You should plan on making this a part of your daily routine for the rest of your lifetime. May be stored in refrigerator or freezer. One to two tablespoon servings may be frozen in sectioned ice cube trays or in foam plastic egg cartons and thawed as needed. You may be bloated and have gas but this should pass within a few weeks. Remember to drink plenty of fluids.
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