I haven't pooped in sixteen days. help? (gross, sorry)
April 18, 2014 8:26 AM Subscribe
I broke my back, got loads of morphine and now my stomach is screwed up. cannot see a doctor, bedridden post surgery at home. details inside.
posted by krautland to Health & Fitness (36 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
after my accident, which damaged my L5 vertebrae pretty significantly, I got transported to a hospital and within a few days I had surgery. they kept me to recuperate and had me on loads of morphine and other intravenous painkillers for nearly three weeks. and then they sent me home.
I had a rather poor reaction to the painkillers. my belly bloated up, the abdomen hurt and it generally felt like a thunderstorm inside my stomach. I have never farted this much in my life. for nearly eight days before and after surgery I ate next to nothing. my appetite has been back for one week.
I am now lying at home in bed, unable to even sit or go to the bathroom. I have to stay like this for two months and I recently found out I cannot find a qualified doctor (read: not totally inexperienced) who will make house calls. there is no way I can get to a hospital short of taking an ambulance to the ER.
so here I am, unable to poop for sixteen days straight. I don't feel bad but I wonder where the food went I did eat the last week. I have never been unable to go this long. so, dearest hivemind, any thoughts on how bad this is? at what point do I need to really worry? do I wait here, do I ask for a laxative to be gotten from a pharmacy and try even though I don't feel like I could go?
thank you for your advise. I swear this is not trolling, gross subject or not.