Bad Constipation woes!

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Acheybody
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   Posted 6/8/2010 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
confused  Oh boy, I've really done it this time - somehow!  I've tended toward constipation all my life, but it seems that going gluten-free has made it worse.  It's been 3 weeks since I've had any gluten, and the last few days I've felt things slowing down....so I've had Miralax every night for 3 nights (instead of every other night,) and I finally today took some Senna.  I also take Citrucel every day, have for years.  I'm eating plenty of fiber!  I'm drinking enough water! 
 
Now this afternoon, I have to have a vaginal ultrasound.   shakehead   Just figures!!  I feel so full and am having such stomach/back pain, I swear I could be in labor.  Anyone have any suggestions?    
  Achey 
 
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MsBunky
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   Posted 6/8/2010 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Unless you want to give yourself an enema, I'm not sure what else you can do, except let Mother Nature take her time. I'm sorry you're feeling so full...I suffer from medication induced constipation and even though I'm doing all the right things, I still have problems with bowel movements (and why do I ALWAYS have to go when we're ready to leave for an appointment or event????)

Hope you find some relief soon Achey!

hugs,
Pam
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GSDgirl
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   Posted 6/8/2010 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I can't help you in that department, I have the exact opposite problem.   Hope you feel better
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
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steppingstone
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   Posted 6/8/2010 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had this problem recently, also. This is after having several years of having the opposite problem. It seems to have been triggered by my going on the Nutrisystem diet back in January, and this is the absolute worst that I have ever been bothered by it. I don't know why it affected me this way, as the diet seems to be centered around fiber. For several months, nothing seemed to provide more than momentary relief. As MsBunky was saying, it seems as if I can do all the right things, but about all I have been able to get is momentary relief. The one thing that has seemed to help regulate me is Activia yogurt, but you have to eat it daily. I start to do a little better, and then I forget! I hope your vaginal ultrasound went well. I had to have one of these back in January.

crazykitty
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   Posted 6/8/2010 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Achey, you will probably laugh but it works for me everytime ...is going to the bakery
and buying 2 of the old fashioned fried doughnuts eat ...enjoy ... results in a hour or two :)

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
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Sherrine
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   Posted 6/8/2010 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I have an ostomy.  I have found that drinking Welch's grape juice gets things going again.  I buy the frozen concentrate and make it according to directions.  It tastes good and usually gets things moving again.
 
Sherrine
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Nana Monster
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   Posted 6/8/2010 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Vit C helps. I use this for my 5 year old grandaughter who has problems in this area too. The dr meds they give her it's either severe
diarreah or nothing at all. Poor kid. Another thing that I use with her too is reflexology, where you massage the feet to stimulate
the colon. Strange but true, it does work. The first time I used it on her she had NO bowel movement in 4 days and the next day it
was sooo big it clogged the bowl.

Acheybody
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   Posted 6/8/2010 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, you've all given me some good food for thought!! :) The ultrasound didn't show anything but the doc wants to examine me in a month anyway just to be sure.
  Achey 
 
    Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, possible Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting on back, arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraine headaches, tachycardia, skin cancer surgeries on face
    Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
    Chiropractic adjustments
 
Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.


AustenFan
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   Posted 6/9/2010 3:36 AM (GMT -7)   
My doc recommends an apple followed by a glass of warm water. Also, I drink plum juice (not prune, yuck). There is a new brand called "Plum Smart," and it tastes pretty good.

Hugs - Austen
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Southernlady
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   Posted 6/9/2010 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Achey, I have the same problem.  Mine started when I had knee replacement surgery.  I think my bowels just died.  I was never able to go on my own again and that's been three years ago.
 
I went to a specialist and he couldn't find anything that was causing it.  He told me to take one vegetable laxative
and one stool softener each night before I go to bed. 
 
That sure enough does the trick.  I ask him about taking the vegetable laxative for so long and he assured me that it was mild and wouldn't hurt me. 
 
I buy them over the counter at Walmart.
 
God Bless!
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upbeat
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   Posted 6/9/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Achey, that is the worst - I hope you are feeling better today.

One thing to remember with fiber is there are two different kinds, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber slows digestion and helps regulate blood sugar. Insoluble fiber adds bulk and helps food move through - so this is the type you need when you are constipated. This is a definition of insoluble fiber.

Insoluble fiber is what we usually think of when we think “fiber” or “roughage”. Wheat bran, vegetables, nuts, and seeds are examples of sources of insoluble fiber. It is tough, and doesn’t easily break down. Insoluble fiber tends to increase the “speed of transit” through our digestive systems, and increases regularity of bowel movements.
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dorkasaurusrex
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   Posted 6/10/2010 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I mentioned to my mom that I was having this issue because of my medications and that the "normal" fixes weren't working. She told me to get a slim-fast shake. Sure enough, I was feeling relieved within the hour. It's now my fail-safe.
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