Thanks for posting your experience. I too share a similar experience as I have problems with bowel elimination post-robotic prostatectomy. Like you, I've found stool softeners to be of little help. I do however take 3 Senna tablets (natural laxative) every 10 days or so and I drink a dose of corn dextrin (similar to Benefiber) every day. This seems to help my situation. I've had rectal ultrasounds to make sure everything is ok and my GI Specialist tells me there's really not much that can be done at this point. They've told me to take Miralax (which helps but I prefer the Senna as it's more natural). I wish I had an answer for you. I think mild exercise helps but I do share your frustration at this. I am no where back to where I was as far as bowel movements go. I have managed to get back on a daily schedule where I'm somewhat regular but my stools are really hard most of the time due to getting backed up when they reach the rectum. I wish someone had better answers. Good luck to you.View Thread
The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, reviews, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment.
Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.