I am about 4 months post-transplant. I have been suffering with nausea and stomach issues, along with chronic constipation or, when I take a prescription laxative like Linzess, then I have to stay around the house and have bowel movements constantly all day. I have used miralax, psyllium husks, prunes, fruit, Colace, dulcolax and all sorts of remedies that I've read about.
One of the nephrologists who did an exam of me post transplant gave me a prescription for Zofran. Unfortunately, he only gave me a 30-day supply. When I asked my transplant coordinator for a refill, he said it wasn't usually a transplant medication and said I should get it from my pcp. I was in between pcps, although I have found one now and have an appointment for later this month.
I don't understand why the transplant facility doesn't take into consideration they have put me on 22 tablets of different medications since the transplant and that something in there may be causing this nausea and stomach upset. Why wouldn't they prescribe Zofran? One of my post transplant friends said that it could be gallbladder issues or that I could take pepcid AC prior to eating. Some days I just stay home because I just don't feel well with the nausea and upset stomach. Other than that, my labs are good and I'm getting along fine and, was mowing the lawn (on a riding mower) 7 or 8 weeks after the transplant, etc!
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have gone through three GI doctors in the last 5 years. They don't seem to understand the correlation between kidney problems and gi problems. They certainly are the most dull of the specialist set of doctors! I just don't know at this juncture how to proceed.
I will certainly mention to new PCP.
Stomach problems due to medication after transplant are typical. I had nausea but not constipation. Mine was the opposite. If you are on pain medication, constipation Will be a side effect. For me it took a while for stomach issues to be resolved. Yogurt and a few probiotics helped. I also had to be persistent like you and went from doctor to doctor to get an answer that worked for me. Keep reaching out and things will get better. I found that some doctor's live in their own little world due to their specialty. And the patient has to become the communicator between doctor's. Take care and keep moving forward.
Thank you for taking the time to give suggestions!