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    I've been taking Vicodin all week after my hernia surgery that plugged me up something fierce. Ate a lot of coconut flour last night that I'm convinced made me go but I had to sit and strain, Def not good after the surgery, to get my waste out. It was scary and painful so I'm looking for some sort of primal softener. If there isn't one I guess I'll have to go with some soft gels from the store with all the chemical dyes in them or milk of magnesia.

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    Butter and coconut oil always do it for me.

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    • #3
      Don't forget the old stand by: prunes or prune juice. They are effective for a lot of people.

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      • #4
        magnesium. (which is in milk of magnesium)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sabine View Post
          Don't forget the old stand by: prunes or prune juice. They are effective for a lot of people.
          Prunes have never worked for me. They just bloat me up and cause a worsening of constipation.

          And in the past coconut oil or dairy has helped me to go but always with bulky stools that I still have to strain to release.

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          • #6
            Magnesium. I use this:

            Source Naturals :: Magnesium Serene™

            From what I've read you want one that has an "ate" at the end of the compound with the magnesium - so in this case magnesium citrate. There are other brands out there too. I take it each night and if I take too much I can tell... A few times when things get a little irregular I purposefully take a full dose and things move along and are not as painful as they could be (speaking from anal fissure experience here...).

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            • #7
              I'm also taking Vicodin for a herniated disc...natural calm has helped me tremendously. Good luck with your recovery!
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              • #8
                I used Hydro-C from the gut sense website if I get stopped up. It's the only thing that has ever worked for me. It's a very gentle form of Vitamin C that doesn't cause stomach irritation, but in a pinch, you could try 1-2 grams of Vitamin C.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jamie Madrox View Post
                  I've been taking Vicodin all week after my hernia surgery that plugged me up something fierce. Ate a lot of coconut flour last night that I'm convinced made me go but I had to sit and strain, Def not good after the surgery, to get my waste out. It was scary and painful so I'm looking for some sort of primal softener. If there isn't one I guess I'll have to go with some soft gels from the store with all the chemical dyes in them or milk of magnesia.
                  If you are looking for actual stool softeners then I recommend slippery elm or marshmallow root.

                  Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is not a true stool softener. It works by burning the intestinal wall causing fluid to enter the intestines and stimulating peristalsis.

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                  • #10
                    A little cup or two of some good quality yerba mate always helps when I'm feeling a bit "plugged up."

                    I don't use it as a crutch or anything, but every now and then, it helps.

                    Also, fat, fat, fat!
                    "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Drumroll View Post
                      A little cup or two of some good quality yerba mate always helps when I'm feeling a bit "plugged up."

                      I don't use it as a crutch or anything, but every now and then, it helps.

                      Also, fat, fat, fat!
                      Will this or vitamin c make the stools soft so little effort is required to get it out. That's really what I'm looking for.

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                      • #12
                        Peanuts works well for me. But you have a eat a lot -- like a whole jar in two days.
                        Or, flax seeds. Eat a teaspoon of those three times a day for a couple days, then stop for a day, then start up again. It may take a day or two to work. Sometimes the flax results in smaller softer stuff more often, like several times a day with a little bit of urgency (not much). Not diarrhea or lose semi-diarrhea, feels healthier than that (sorry, gross).

                        No, they aren't exactly primal, but it's probably more important for you to be regular than to be strictly primal.

                        Lots of fat will help lubricate things.
                        Also, I would recommend cutting the vegetables and dairy for a while until you're back on track. Doesn't fiber strain the system? And cheese blocks me up too.
                        Last edited by oxide; 09-23-2012, 02:54 PM.
                        5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Jamie Madrox View Post
                          Will this or vitamin c make the stools soft so little effort is required to get it out. That's really what I'm looking for.
                          Here's a link to information on Hydro-C. It's quite lengthy, but I think you'll find it interesting.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jamie Madrox View Post
                            Prunes have never worked for me. They just bloat me up and cause a worsening of constipation.
                            Oh yes, I'm the same way. If I eat prunes or drink prune juice I get backed up for like a week. Then I would go online and look for ideas to get things moving again and the advice was always "eat prunes to relieve constipation." WTF?

                            I always just figured I was a freak of nature. Glad to know I'm not alone (about the prunes, not being a freak or something).

                            I've found that coffee stimulates everything "back there" to evacuate. I do a couple cups of strong super dark roast every morning. I like the taste of it, but I guess other things about me don't.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SarahW View Post
                              I've found that coffee stimulates everything "back there" to evacuate. I do a couple cups of strong super dark roast every morning. I like the taste of it, but I guess other things about me don't.
                              Coffee can sure give you the urge... but in the long term (coffee being a diuretic) more than one a day is highly likely to dry the poop out even more and make it real difficult to pass.

                              Just my two cents. YMMV

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