Bad Constipation AFTER going gluen-free!

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Acheybody
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   Posted 6/19/2010 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I didn't want to have to ask you guys this, but forums for this kind of thing aren't responding....I've been gluten-free for a month now, and I am more constipated than ever (and that's saying something.)  shocked   I thought it was supposed to help!  Do any of you follow certain diet restrictions?  I'm blue in the face because (well, the obvious reason) but also trying to figure out what's best to eat!  I'm willing to eat whatever I have to (even meat, though I'd rather not.)  Looking at all the Fibro books can make you crosseyed....they all have a completely different answer - of course! 
 
The thing is, I do feel better as far as energy and dizziness and headachiness. The unselttled feeling in my gut is gone.   And I'm making a real effort to eat enough fiber.  But maybe I need wheatbran fiber.
 
Does anybody have experience in this?? 
  Achey 
 
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   Posted 6/19/2010 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Try apples. An apple a day keeps the doctor away as they say. They have a lot of fiber and also malic acid. They are very good for you. I would go for some fruits and what about beans? Legumes. They are good for you too.

Best of luck with your diet.

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sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 6/19/2010 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
You might want to try prunes or plums too. That is what my mom used to use. Sorry you are having a hard time.
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   Posted 6/19/2010 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I know for myself, any time I change my diet in any way I have digestive problems. Maybe your body is just adjusting to the change (?)

My doc recommends an apple followed by a glass of warm water. I also drink "Plumsmart" juice. It is made by Sunsweet (the prune people), but it is plum juice, not prune. It tastes really good and helps with my digestive "difficulties." There is a regular version and a light version.

Hope things get moving in the right direction soon. smilewinkgrin

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Acheybody
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   Posted 6/19/2010 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all, I've decided to go back to my trusty SmartBran (wheat) for awhile...get me through this emergency, hopefully! I do already eat prunes and apples and I think do "all the right stuff", at least to my knowledge. I'll probably get tested for Celiac's - do it the right way this time. At this point, I don't care, I just want to go!!
  Achey 
 
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    Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
    Chiropractic adjustments
 
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Nana Monster
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   Posted 6/19/2010 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Achey,
Have you tried flax seed? Sometimes it helps.
One that I know works is Vit C tablets. If I ever have that problem I take the C and it works fast.
I also noticed since taking Essiac Tea I never have any problems in that area anymore. My best friend used it to killer skin cancer
cells and found the same thing. Good luck.
Nana Monster

Fizzkat
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   Posted 6/20/2010 1:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Eat lots of fresh spinach, and that will take care of your problem. For awhile I followed one of the alkaline diets, I believe the book was written by Robert Young and is called " The PH Miracle". Anyhow, he believes that every meal we eat should consist of about 70 to 80 percent fresh vegetables, mostly the green leafy veggies. I felt really good when I followed this diet, but it's so strict and I also felt like an outsider when eating with other people, that it was hard to keep up. I did feel great and about 10 years younger the three months I was on it. But lifelong bad habits came back to me, and I'm still trying to get back to this diet, which is also non-gluten among other things.

You could try eating fresh, mostly raw or barely cooked veggies with every meal (make sure there's plenty of dark green leafy veggies) and I bet your problem will disappear. It's just that this diet is so different than the standard western diet, that you have to deal with feeling like an odd, eccentric person!

Good luck to you!

caligirl2001
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   Posted 6/20/2010 2:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been GF for almost 2 years, with an official diagnosis of non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Lots of fruits and veggies usually works for me, but I did not notice any huge problems with this when I went GF. Psyllium works well if you can drink the stuff - it's pretty weird texture. But you can get it in capsule form, which is a bit easier to take than the liquid method. As long as you drink ample amounts of water, this works extremely well.

I would caution you that if you do have a gluten sensitivity, or celiac, and you have been GF for a length of time that has allowed your immune system any kind of recovery, your reaction to eating gluten could be much stronger than it previously was, which could make you pretty miserable. I'm extremely sensitive to even a small amount of gluten now.
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Post Edited (caligirl2001) : 6/24/2010 12:03:33 AM (GMT-6)


Alcie
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   Posted 6/20/2010 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Fiber can be constipating. A little oil (at least 2 TBSP a day) lubricates things.
Alcie
 
 


Hopegirl
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   Posted 6/21/2010 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   

I agree with Alice

Oil, and plenty of frut.


 
 
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Acheybody
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   Posted 6/21/2010 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I appreciate everyone's input. I think I'm making a LITTLE progress.

Alice, what kind of oil?
  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.


Rascaliggy
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   Posted 7/2/2010 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was a child I had this very problem...and I have it again because of one of my meds.  The oil I was given as a child was mineral oil. It was slimey but it did the trick.
 
Lorraine 
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