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I had a spinal fusion 9 months ago. I sometimes will go two to three days without a bowel movement and have pain in my lower back until I force myself to have a bowel movement.I get constipated and have to strain everytime I need to have a bowel movement. Before the surgery I had a bowel movement at least once daily with no strain. I have asked the surgeon and he said it will cure itself it's just the way my body reacted to the surgery. I only took pain pills for two weeks and only one or two a day. I hate to take drugs so I watched what I took so I feel I cannot contribute it to that. I am looking to see if possibly sometime could of or was damaged during surgery. Or if there is possibly something wrong in my colon. Can you help? Where shall I seek help?
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replied January 27th, 2011
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum.

From the history provided, the presentation of symptoms it seems that the spinal fusion has caused complications of bowel motor impairment (impaired bowel movements and chronic constipation)

The complications and outcomes of spinal fusion surgery can vary according to the level of fusion and the surgical approach.

You may consider to consult a gastroenterologist or a neurologist for evaluation and further management.

I hope this helps.
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