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5 Low-Impact Exercises to Ease Painkiller-Induced Constipation

Moving Your Body and Bowels

As if managing your pain wasn’t enough, now you have constipation to deal with; it’s almost expected when taking opioids (prescription pain medicines). But you don’t need to stop taking your medication and suffer needlessly. Along with dietary modifications and laxatives, increasing your activity level can have a big impact. While you may find certain exercises difficult with your pain, there are some gentle, low-impact options that can help you get the bowels moving. 

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