Hi there, So this past Monday I had surgery for rectal prolapse (fun stuff). After the surgery, I was restricted to an all liquid diet for 2 days, and have just progressed to what is considered a "soft diet." One of the side effects that my doctor warned me about is constipation. Well, she was right, because I haven't had a BM yet. Now this might seem not stressful, but I have IBS-D, so constipation is usually a welcome relief from multiple episodes of diarrhea. I don't know what to do -- the constipation is so bad that even eating a small amout of food hurts. My doctor recommended a number of things for the constipation, but I don't know which is best, by which I mean least forceful. Should I try metamucil? Or should I take a stool softener? I really don't want to take a laxative, because that usually has me going to the bathroom for hours straight, but it might come down to it. Anyway, any advice would be greatly appreciated, I'm not used to being on the C side of IBS and could use some help. Thanks again!