I often heard in rehab (and see suggested on here) that taking stool softeners daily can greatly help with stool firmness for us in the SCI population. Recently I was reading the directions on the bottle (go figure), and it says that taking one or two tablets should induce a bowel movement in around 12 hours. I only do my bowel program 3 times a week, so obviously I'm not going within 12 hours of every dose.
Is it unhealthy for my body to be taking these stool softeners that should bring about a bowel movement, when my body is holding everything in until I'm ready to go? I have hemorrhoids that have started getting bigger since starting to use stool softeners everyday. Could the readiness of my stool be making my hemorrhoids larger? The consistency is getting less hard, so I would expect the size of the hemorrhoids to go down!