First there was no excrement at all. After
taking milk of magnesia the first time (after
about 4 or 5 days of no movement) I had a day full of numerous almost normal consistency bowel movements, and thought I had turned the corner. After that, I still had problems moving my bowels, as the only thing that would come out was a clear fluid. During that time, I took milk of magnesia every few days. After a few doses, the movements changed from normal to diarrhea, with intermittent pain.