Today is my 4-week surgiversary. Until now I have had a relatively smooth recovery. As of a few days ago, I have been able to take all my vitamins and am getting in about 70-80 grams of protein a day. Yesterday morning was hell. Although, I've been borderline constipated for a couple of weeks yesterday was something else. If I'd had an epidural handy I would have taken it. I became pale, sweaty and faint. After a little Milk of Magnesia it finally came out. It was a lot. I thought (hoped) it was over. It wasn't. Today I've take two stool softeners, 2 magnesium oxide tablets (250 each) and a half bottle of magnesium citrate laxative and finally I went, but I can tell it's not all out. Even now, three hours after the magnesium citrate, I have to run to the bathroom and then nothing, or very little of it will come out. When I took this stuff before surgery it liquefied everything and I practically ran clear. My anus is on fire. I haven't seen any blood, but I fear I may have done some damage down there (hopefully temporary). I have tried not to strain. It's constantly throbbing. I'm getting some prunes, benafiber and Preparation H for the pain. I haven't eaten much today and don't want to because I don't want to go to the bathroom. I also didn't take any calcium today. Prognosis? Advice? Reassurance?