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    Question Bowel Movement Difficulties

    I am a C2-C3 QUAD post 8 years. I am recently having problems with my bowel program. I've been using a herbal laxative tea labeled Sumoth Moves. I usually take it the nine before my bowel program /stimulation. I've had little to no success. I am looking for a better solution.
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    Thelma

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    I take two Senna S (pretty much the same thing as Perri (sp)colace) before bed. Then use magic bullet suppositories, their water-based instead of vegetable oil-based.
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    Thelma,have you tried milkof magnesia?
    Do you stand in a standing frame?That is supposed to help
    Eat plenty of fiber
    Do you sit up during B/P?

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    I use 1 Sennna, Miralax (power form mix with drink), colace (stool softener), biscadil, i also use fleet enima's on the weekends
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    I use sennekot and Mirilax sometimes a suppository

    Dr's told me NOT to use Milk of Mag. Not sure why??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aly
    I take two Senna S (pretty much the same thing as Perri (sp)colace) before bed. Then use magic bullet suppositories, their water-based instead of vegetable oil-based.
    Aly...senna (Sennakot) is a laxative. It stimulates contractions in the bowel as well as bringing in liquid. Laxatives shouldn't be used all the time as your bowels then become dependent on that stimulant to move. Laxatives should only be used when you're constipated. Pericolace (sodium docusate) is a stool softener. It is OK to use regularly as it doesn't contain the stimulants of a laxative.

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    Thelma, tell us more about your bowel program. This includes:

    Your usual diet: do you get at least 30 gm. of dietary fiber daily? How much fluid do you drink daily, and what kind? Do you do your bowel care within 30 minutes after eating a meal with either a hot liquid or some fat?

    What other meds you are taking (all of them)?

    Do you use a suppository? If so, what type?

    Do you do your bowel care in bed or on a commode or toilet?

    Do you do digital stimulation? Abdominal massage?

    I always recommend getting back to the basic and reviewing the 5 components of a bowel program: diet, meds, techniques, timing and equipment whenever trying to improve a bowel program.

    If you don't already have a copy, I would also strongly encourage you to pay the small fee and download the consumer booklet from the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine called Neurogenic Bowel: What you Should Know. Read it carefully, and you may find some good ideas for improving your program.

    (KLD)

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    Kap, no offense but this is what works for me. Without the Senna S I DO and WILL get constipated, and I'd rather not get it to begin with, than to have to deal with it after the fact. I'm aware that your body becomes dependent on laxatives, and that has been the way for me since day one. I have a very good doc that I see and my mother is a doctor, and we have been dealing with this for 12 years. (I realize this does not make any of us experts) I'm very well taken care of and looked after in all regards of medicine, both physically and psychologically.
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    I agree Aly, If i don't get my daily dose of lacitive i won't have a BM, now i'm doing great with my bowel program.
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    lots of leafy greens,V8 Juice (1ltr daily),bran muffin 2x daily,a good diet of protein,lots of exercise,one senakot tablet the night before and a hot coffee while im sittin on the shitter.The end result is a huge formed toilet pluggin turd every second morning in a about 10min...This is what works for me and keeps me light...

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