Constipation & Haemorrhoids

Hope someone can give me some different advice to what I am already doing!

7 weeks into Pax/Carbo and for the last week/2 weeks I’ve really struggled with constipation. Being 5 months postpartum this has since flared my pregnancy haemorrhoids so I’m in a bit of a catch 22 situation!

I’ve changed my diet to include more fibre and have also been taking the following (not all at the same time lol!)

Sodium Docusate
Laxido (prescribed by oncologist but can’t even get it down)

For haems:
Anusol with steroid
Steroid and Lidocaine prescribed by GP

Truth be told I’m miserable. I can barely leave the house as I’m too scared of when the need for the toilet might hit and also after each bowel movement I am having to lay to relieve the pressure from the haemorrhoids

Does anyone have any further advice or is this me now until chemo is over?!


Thanks for posting. It sounds as if you’re having a really difficult time and it’s understandable you’re feeling miserable and making it difficult for you to leave the house.

Constipation is a possible side effect of paclitaxel, and some anti-sickness medication. It can also be caused by other things including changes in diet and exercise.

You say that you are including more fibre in your diet which can help. Other things that can be helpful are drinking plenty of fluid and getting some gentle exercise.

It doesn’t sound as if the medication your oncologist and GP have prescribed is helping so if you haven’t done so we would encourage you make an appointment for this to be reviewed. Your breast care nurse can help arrange this with your oncologist.

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