By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer
Caregivers and loved ones may be
reluctant to continue pain medication when
constipation is the result. The key to
working with this side effect is to allow
for the body’s changing ability to pass
waste as usual. Constipation may also
be a result of compressed nerves or other
factors that are at work in a health
challenge. Continuing medications is
important, but advise the doctor about
constipation and the success of any home
remedies. Combining simple fixes like
diet and exercise with physician-prescribed
solutions may be what is needed.
Laxatives and slow-release magnesium are over
the counter remedies that are helpful, but
should not be used without speaking to the
doctor. Overuse of laxatives can create or
increase constipation in the long run.
There are prescribed medications which work
to counteract the effects of various drugs.
“Antagonist” medications are given at the
doctor’s discretion. Discussion of
possible medications to counteract medication
effects can be done when there are problems
noted, but as always, caregivers must give as
much information possible to the doctor so he
can be guided.
PAIN CAN HAVE POSITIVE EFFECTS
If an area is completely numb from treatment,
pain may be an indicator that the area is
“coming back to life,” however uncomfortably.
When pain is addressed within a reasonable time,
corrective measures can be taken to alleviate
it. This assists the body in healing, and
helps loved one and caregiver enjoy their time
together as they move toward the next step in