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I am currently on rather large doses of morphine and oxycodone due to pain caused from lung and muscle conditions. I am on senna each evening and macrogol as needed to help with the constipation they cause. However I am nearly always constipated and then when I do manage to go, it is always very lose diarrhoea. Does this mean I need more laxative because I'm constipated, or less because of the loose movements? - Asked by K A on 03-Oct-2014 03:56:14

Answer Count: 1    Disorder Type: Digestive disorders
  • Answered by Dr. on 03-Oct-2014 13:51:43


    Very loose diarrhea after laxative suggest excess of laxative. Constipation even after same laxative dosage (causing diarrhea) suggest there are no bowel movements due to lack of intake of adequate food. Your lung and muscle conditions are not mentioned. However, systemic sclerosis can cause "cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis" and "myositis" and also "ulcerative colitis" (which is a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease, IBD). Alternate constipation and diarrhea are manifestations of IBD. The constipation and diarrhea may be part of manifestation of same disease condition that is causing your lung and muscle problem.

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