Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Miralax Review

Gosh, I know no one likes to talk about Constipation, but it is unfortunately, a way of life for alot of people, me included. I was diagnosed with IBS with constipation back in 2004, but I think I had it in a mild form for a good while. I can remember every 2 months or so I would get the awfullest pain in my sides and belly and would blame it on whatever I had ate, which usually was spicy foods.

It would do that for about 2 to 4 hours and I would be soaking in sweat the pain was so intense. Then I would finally go and the pain stopped like magic! So, that is why I thought I either got bad food or it did not agree with me so I would start to leave off food that I associated with the pain. By 2003, my thyroid did something really weird. It took a nosedive and stopped my stomach from working. I don't know how long I could have gone but Thankfully, I had even sense to stop eating, period, except for liquids, mostly water and Dr. Pepper when I would get nauseous.

By the fall of that year I lost down to 90 pounds and finally the doctors realized something was wrong. I stayed in the hospital for 7 days while they ran tests. They kept trying to get me to drink Boost drinks and would send them up every 2 hours. And that is where they stayed, on the nightstand. They thought I was being difficult. I said no, my stomach feels like it has a rock in it and I can't eat! Finally, a gastro doctor ordered a test where I ate radioactive eggs (how I did, I will never know. I did get some Demerol so that helped) and then they watched me thru a x-ray machine for 2 hours.

All of a sudden the techs were going bananas! Next thing I knew, they put me to sleep, ran a scope down my throat and when I woke up, I was told my thyroid had stopped working and so had my stomach and the eggs had got to the stomach and just stopped cold turkey. They had to give me massive doses of thyroid meds to jump start the thyroid and massive doses of I don't remember of something to help the stomach to kick in.

 I finally looked at the gastro doctor and said, so I am not crazy after all? He laughed and said, no you are not! You really were sick. I kept telling doctor after doctor that I had a rock in my stomach but no one was listening. I went that way for over 4 months!! Anyway, one of the things I have to take to help keep things going is Miralax. I will have periods of time that I don't have to take it because my other prescription strength meds work faster and when I lose track of time and forget when I went last, I have to hurry up and get relief. So, now, I keep a calender and mark the days.

Miralax used to be prescription only when I first went on it, but now it is over the counter. I have another pill called Amitiza that is prescription strength that I take now. The Miralax is a wonderful tool for someone who is slightly constipated but in my case I have one of the most severe cases (maybe they let it go too long?), so I have to take 4 pills every night 7 days a week and even then it doesn't always work. Then I do the pills and Miralax together.

For someone with light constipation the Miralx will work on you pretty quick. It is a white powder that you can dissolve in any beverage but preferably water. The individual packets above is one dose and that should go in 8 oz. of liquid. I normally put in my water bottle. But, you can also sprinkle it on food and stir up, mostly stuff like oatmeal and such that you can stir it up and hide the taste. It is a bland taste, nothing really compares and most people might not even taste it, depending on what kind of liquid it is mixed with.

For it to work really well for someone with more severe constipation, it is a good idea to drink some every day. That way you keep things moving all the time. It does not cause cramping like some harsh laxatives will do. I know, I think I have tried every one of them on the market! But, seriously, if the Miralax does not work after 4 or 5 days, call your doctor and get him to check you out because it could be something else, or you could be so full, you may need some help.

I have found ways to know when mine is gonna act up so I slow down alot on eating to make sure I am not too bad off. Try to keep a calendar of the days that you went so that you have something to tell the doctor when you get to see him. If you can keep the bowels from getting really constipated, I would if you can make it. Just drink plenty of fluids and I chew gum to relieve the tension and stress.

One thing that I stress really hard one is that don't let anyone, even a doctor talk down to you and make you think it's all in your head. I had a few doctors who even wanted to prescribe antidepressants and sleeping pills so I would stay relaxed. I thought, oh no you aren't! I want to know what is wrong, not take something that is gonna make it harder on me. Someone starts mouthing off in that direction, just get up and leave. You have options, you just need to know what they are!

I am always here if someone needs info on IBS with constipation or any other questions.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. I am a BzzAgent and I was given this toy by them to do a review.


June M. said...

My oldest nephew would get very constipated when he was very young. His doctor prescribed Miralax for him and sense he was so young (2-3) we found it very easy to mix it with his chocolate milk in his sippy cup. It obviously did not change the taste because he never said anything.

barkergirl33 said...

I am glad it worked for you-I have cronic constipation despite my healthy high-fiber diet. i was prescribed Miralax years ago and it didn't work well, and I gave it another try earlier this year, but everyone's different. I rotate between stool softener, regular laxatives, extra fiber, I cleande my colon about 2xs/year and i take alot of probiotics. I'm ok most of the time now, but I'm sure you know well when those pains hit-UGH-for me sometimes it's as bad as I remember my labor pains! I don't want to discourage anyone from trying it-I've always heard nothing but positive feedback-it just didn't do the job for me. Thank you for covering topics like this-I like hearing what others experience and what helped! (Raine on the RCs)