That happened to me when I finished my first 10 day MC. It took a day or two for my system to begin working again. I also drank tons and tons of water!
I agree with you in being careful to not allow your body to become dependent on help to digest. Try to get your body to do it on it's own!
I also had to massage my belly to get things moving, and laying on my stomach (cobra yoga pose) helps too.