Is anyone having trouble with bowel movements after spinal stimulator implant?

Posted by cjohnson1020 (2 posts)
Apr 22, 2016 2:39 PM

Help, please. Has anyone heard of, or experienced, a problem producing bowel movements over a period of time? I ask because I am. I saw my Gastroentetologist today. He's first going to try a a colonoscopy prep, yay me. Then he's going to monitor me for two weeks before deciding his next move. I either have a problem in my bowels or my stimilator has weakened my muscles beyond their ability to produce a bowel movement. I realize this is a highly personal discussion but if ANYONE has ever heard of, or experienced, this problem I'd be forever thankful to learn about your situation/remedy. My issues started to surface almost 3 months ago (2 months after implant) with a loss of appetite shortly after sitting down to eat a meal for which I was very hungry. It progressed to vomiting or becoming very nauseous after eating just a couple bites and then to not producing a movement for over 5 days. Anyone?? Please??

Posted by liferstudent (2 posts)
May 29, 2016 8:09 AM

This does't sound like it is related to the stimulator at all. Your gastroenterologist will find the answer. The only reason I have had constipation problems is due to continual use of pain killers/muscle relaxers and I combat this by taking stool softeners EVERY DAY! You don't want to go a single day without at bowel movement or you could have the problem of a bowl blockage, not good. Also what kind of exercise do you participate in? Now that you have your stimulator, has your physical exercise increased at all? If you have been lying around in pain and now have less pain, while it can take time to recondition yourself - this can also help with your constipation problem. Hope you get better!

Posted by seanandrew (6 posts)
Apr 30, 2018 2:34 AM

I have had a very similar experience. The rep told me that there is no correlation between the two; however, I tend to think they are covering themselves, as I have heard others who have experienced the same thing. I just made sure that I was eating a high fiber diet, to keep things moving.

Posted by fstellab (4 posts)
Feb 21, 2019 11:44 PM

I had the SCS device implanted last week, for 5 days after the operation I had slow-moving diarrhea (ugly details deleted). I had to use depends. Finally, yesterday I took Kaopectate and it stopped. I rarely get diarrhea so it had to be related to the procedure.






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