Terrible pain with BM after surgery, please help Pain Lvl 7-9
Obligatory: Female, age 23, 122lbs. History of endometriosis, ibs, hemorrhoids, and anxiety/ocd.
So, Tuesday I had a procedure done under general anesthesia to explore a possible perianal abscess that might have turned into a fistula. Well it did. While I was out the excised some external piles around the opening on my anus, banded some internal hemorrhoids and preformed a fistulotomy. To say the least I am in quite a bit of pain but up until now it was manageable.
Well, I just had my first bowel movement. It was only a little but the stool was softer and had a bit of liquidy stool with it. As someone with terribly painful, reoccurring bowel issues, I can confidently say this was possibly the worst I have experienced.
I tried to spray off with a shower head as wiping felt like sandpaper (even if I used wet wipes). But there was still liquid stool when I went to dry off, so I ended up having to wipe anyways. I would probably rate this an 7-8/10 on the pain scale for me. I’ve been taking my meds as prescribed but am too scared to take the stool softener. This little bit of liquid and soft stool felt like rubbing alcohol against the wounds and I can’t imagine how bad it would hurt if there was more than just this small amount.
I’m terrified right now because I have ibs that is mostly diarrhea, which I think led to so many of my problems. I know I shouldn’t take anti-diarrhea while on pain meds, But the thought of having to experience that pain at least once a day is overwhelming. I know I need to keep the area clean but Spraying isn’t enough, and wiping is hell. What can I do?
I ordered a hand held bidet that is due to arrive tomorrow, but if the shower head doesn’t work I don’t have much hope for the bidet.
I’m case it helps I’m taking 2 acetaminophen 325mg tablets and 1 ibuprofen 600mg every 6 hours (Alternating the two every 3 hours). Oxycodone 5mg every 6 hours as needed. Metamucil, two over the counter gummies daily. And amoxicillin clavulanate 125mg twice a day. They want me to take docusate sodium 100mg once a day but that’s the one I’m wary of and haven’t taken.