Post Edited (littlelymie19) : 4/4/2009 11:04:48 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (Keeper) : 4/4/2009 2:18:35 PM (GMT-6)
I too have extreme constipation. I don't even know what a good bowel movement feels like anymore. I am tense all the time. I am suffering from hypertension which further worsens my condition.
Were you exagerrating or did you really go one month without a bowel movement. However, I know the feeling. I too am eating primarily fruits and vegetables and less of anything else. But it doesn't help much and I still am suffering from pain and irratation in the rectum. I have abused myself with laxatives a lot so I guess that has done its damage.
They say prune juice helps. Some people say Aloe Vera helps but it is not just any Aloe Vera but a specially formulated one. It is how the Aloe Vera is prepared which makes it effective. Prune juice helped me a bit but the Aloe Vera I had did not do much. I guess I must find out which is the best form of Aloe Vera to take.
Hope this has helped you at least a little.
My daughter never had D, except sometimes when on antibiotics, but did have constipation. The homemade yoghurt, following the SCD recipe (cultured about 30 hours), seemed to do the following:
- eliminate antibiotic-associated diarrhea
- eliminate constipation
- improve immune system
- reduce abdominal sounds from her stricture
It might sound odd that yoghurt can eliminate constipation AND diarrhea...the reason is because it helps to regulate the intestinal flora, bringing good bacteria into the right balance. Due to the long fermentation period, the lactosein the yoghurt is pretty much eliminated, so it should help those who are lactose-intolerant.
littlelymie19, the SCD diet is strict - we don't follow it with strict adherence...added potatoes and rice...maybe this is one reason that in spite of substantial improvement (stricture vanished), we still see spots of inflammation on the colonoscopy.
SCD is really healthy, and has completely changed our way of eating, so she will never go back to the crap she used to eat. Now, we are trying to decide whether it is worthwhile to give strict SCD another try. Because she has no symptoms right now, it would be hard to tell whether it is working...
Fluid milk is not allowed on the SCD, but homemade yogurt and certain aged cheeses are OK. The website www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info provides the best info about it. Also, the book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" provides detailed instructions.