It's been six days sinse I have gotten my surgery and I haven't made much progress in getting my bowels up and working again. Is it common for it to take this long? I am taking dilaudid through iv and was taking it for months before the surgery. Do you think the pain medications are slowing down my bowels ( I can't stop taking them otherwise I would be in excruciating pain) and if so do you think it would be appropriate to ask for a very mild laxative to get them to start working? I want them to wake up already so I can go home!