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kimliz59
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   Posted 3/20/2012 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
 
I have read complaints of diarrhea more than once on this site, but I don't hear many comments on constipation.  (Not a pretty subject, I know!)
 
I have always been somewhat prone to constipation, but since my symptoms have started, it's been really bad--I even had a colonoscopy to rule out intestinal disease/cancer.
 
I eat healthy--lots of fiber, fruits and veggies, I drink lots of water, I try to exercise as much as my conditions permit, and it's still not making a difference. 
 
Has anyone else had issues with constipation?  If so, did you find something that helped?
 
 

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Possible Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Grave's Disease, GAD, panic attacks

Post Edited (kimliz59) : 3/20/2012 12:07:45 PM (GMT-6)


Acheybody
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   Posted 3/20/2012 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Kimliz,

Yes I did, but I almost hesitate to explain it because it's so hard to believe. But here goes....

I have been constipated to one degree or another most of my life, but about 18 months ago, it had gotten really bad. So, I decided to try going gluten-free. Well, NOT a good choice for me - it got way worse! (NObody knew why that would be.) I was in so much pain!

So, I was googling and desperately looking for help on the internet. What I found was a thread (permanent, I believe) on HealingWell's IBS forum. It was titled, "Heather-somebody's IBS Diet," or something. Anyway, this woman talks about the different types of fiber, soluble and insoluble, and how people with IBS (of any kind, diarrhea or constipation or both) need to eat MOSTLY soluble fiber. It's really a long, involved article, but the upshot was that I started eating white bread, way more starches in general, way LESS of what I'd eaten all my life - whole grains, veggies, fruits, (esp. raw and unpeeled) - completely the opposite of what I thought I should be doing!

So, now I'm much better. Granted, I take Miralax and Citrucel daily, and right now am also drinking Smooth Move tea at night, because I'm on so many pain meds post-surgery. (But I used to take some of this stuff before, too, and as you said, it didn't make a difference.) Now I have a normal bowel movement most days, sometimes more than one, and we're no longer talking rabbit pellets! Sorry, TMI ;) I even lost a pants size and 10 lbs. No kidding.

Debbie
fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (with recent discectomy), bulging disc L5-S1, other assorted spinal deterioration, scoliosis, Hashimoto's, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably from Menieres Disease)

STARRY-EYES
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   Posted 3/20/2012 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh yes I could sure talk about this. since my thryoid gland was taken from me 13 years ago I have had that problem.... and then my doctor put me
on iron pills a year ago and boy does that do a person in.

I could not go for a week or more.... and I eat all bran every day
and prune juice and use something else . can't remember the name and still it doesnt work....at times..

on days I really feel awful I cannot even eat the cereal or drink the juice...

it is a horrible feeling constipation....
Fibro, Chronic Fatigue, Generalized Anxiety disorder, Chronic vertigo and tinnitus. Vertigo coming from menieres and from the arthritis and disc problem in my neck too. spinal stenosis Extra heartbeat left over from my grave's disease. TMJ conncentration problems. blood pressure problems.. anemia, low b-12. probably more but cannot think...

kimliz59
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   Posted 3/20/2012 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Debby, I almost fell out of my chair when you mentioned gluten-free!!! 
 
Right before all of this started, my hubbie and I read a book called Wheat Belly, which is by a preventive cardiologist.  The book made a compelling case (not only against wheat, but all grains), and my husband and I both attempted to go gluten-free, and largely grain-free. 
 
My sister (who also did this at the same time and has had lifelong trouble with constipation) raved about how much better her bathroom habits were after doing this, and my husband (who has IBS) had improved bathroom time, too.  I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong!
 
Both DH and I cut down to eating gluten maybe once a week, and right after that is when all of these symptoms started--markedly worse constipation (I hear ya on the rabbit pellets, sister!), the lymph node swelling, and after about two months, these fibro-type symptoms.
 
I had thought about the timing of all this before, but couldn't imagine a connection to the mostly-gluten-free diet I was trying, but now you've made me wonder.  Like I said, I was prone to constipation before, but this was far beyond anything I'd ever experienced...at one point I didn't "go" for almost three weeks!!  That's when I went to the gastroenterologist.
 
Now I'm really wondering how to proceed.  I had told my husband before that I was considering going back to my grain-laden diet.  One of my main reasons for trying to exclude gluten from my diet is because I have osteopenia, and grain makes a person's system very acidic, and your body tries to neutralize this with calcium from your bones. 
 
Well, you have given me a lot of food for thought--pun intended!  smilewinkgrin
Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me your story, and believe it or not, I appreciate the details!

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Possible Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Grave's Disease, GAD, panic attacks

Post Edited (kimliz59) : 3/20/2012 12:30:56 PM (GMT-6)


Acheybody
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   Posted 3/20/2012 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Sure, glad I could give you a different perspective! I really hope you find something that works for you soon, because being constipated is no joke - even though we as a culture have a hard time talking about it as anything else.

I remember times my mom would be in the ER because she hurt so bad from it, and doctors acting like she was just a whiner. Oh, those golden memories....grrr.

It never ceases to amaze me, what different needs our bodies have.

Debbie
fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (with recent discectomy), bulging disc L5-S1, other assorted spinal deterioration, scoliosis, Hashimoto's, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably from Menieres Disease)

kimliz59
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   Posted 3/20/2012 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
 
You're right, Debby--we're all unique in what we need and what helps us!
 
Sadly, I looked for the IBS diet you mentioned, and I can't find it.  If you ever stumble across it, please post the link, would you?
 
I'll do a bit more searching and see what I can come up with--thanks again!!  :-)
"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Possible Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Grave's Disease, GAD, panic attacks

Post Edited (kimliz59) : 3/20/2012 2:07:26 PM (GMT-6)


almost medfree
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   Posted 3/20/2012 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I have constipation issues if I don't eat enough fiber and drink enough water and if I eat gluten.

I've found eating a slice of Ezekial bread each day helps me.

Good luck to you.
Fibromyalgia, CFS, multiple chemical sensivity, herniated disks, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, ADD, sjorgens, sleep apnea, asthma, headaches. The only medication I take is ibuprofen at night to sleep along with my supplements for sleeping. I am on a regiment of different supplements, I eat very nutritiously, and ever since my injury years ago I have been doing prescribed stretches x2 daily.

kimliz59
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   Posted 3/20/2012 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Thanks, almostmedfree~
 
I'm eating tons of fiber (I'm vegetarian), and I'm not eating gluten.  Going gluten-free is when this all started...I don't get it!  shakehead    I'm going to try Debby's idea above and see if it helps--I certainly can't get worse than not "going" for three weeks straight!!
"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Possible Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Grave's Disease, GAD, panic attacks

Acheybody
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   Posted 3/20/2012 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, Kimliz, I don't know how to post a link so it takes you anywhere (some moderator, huh?) but I found it in my favorites list. I hope it takes you to the same place: helpforibs.com/diet/

I never paid attention to what she was selling, but just read the LONG article about how and what foods to eat, basically. Oh btw, I'm about 95% vegetarian too - was completely when I found this.

Let me know if you can't find this, or if you do, what you think.

Good luck! Debbie
fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (with recent discectomy), bulging disc L5-S1, other assorted spinal deterioration, scoliosis, Hashimoto's, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably from Menieres Disease)

kimliz59
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   Posted 3/20/2012 11:16 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Debbie, thanks so much for posting this link!  I got to the site and read part of the article, but the rest will have to wait until tomorrow.  I appreciate this so much!
"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Possible Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Grave's Disease, GAD, panic attacks

lexus74
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   Posted 3/21/2012 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I suffer from chronic constipation. I have IBS. I am 38 with a history of colon polyps...have had 6 removed in the past 2 years, and I also had tiny stones in my gallbladder. Sometimes, I think it really is the food I am eating. So I do not eat eggs, wheat, oats, or dairy products. I have also had 2 occassions of major constipation which caused stool impaction...horrible! I take Miralax daily as well as Metamucil. And my doctor prescribed Kristalose for my chronic constipation... it will produce a bowel movement within 2 days.... but many times I am pushing really hard just to get it out. My doctor says I have aa slow working colon... whatever that means????

kimliz59
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   Posted 3/21/2012 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
 
lexus,
 
Thanks for replying...your problem sounds just like mine, but I am fighting not to have to take medication.  I just can't help but think there's a reason for this, if I could just figure it out!
 
As I said in a prior post, my constipation got much, much worse after I went gluten-free...so odd!  I was glad to hear from Debby that she'd had the same experience, and to add another layer to the mystery, we were both vegetarian when this occurred.
 
Since I went gluten free, not only did my constipation increase, but that's when I my lymph nodes swelled, my fibro-like pains began, and my panic attacks started.  I don't really want to go back to eating wheat/gluten, but I'm interested to see if it would resolve all of this.
 
Regardless, I'm sorry to hear about your "tummy troubles"--it's brutal!!  Thanks again for posting...now I know there are a few others here who are fighting the same battle!
"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Possible Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Grave's Disease, GAD, panic attacks

No Worries!
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   Posted 3/21/2012 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, my name is Charles and I have chronic constipation!

I also suffer from impacted bowels, which is beyond words. I've almost passed out due to my impacted bowels. My pain meds cause my constipation. In almost two years my colon has slowly stopped working because of the opiates I consume. I mainly eat fish, veggies and chicken and a whole lot of cereal. I recently was prescribed Relistor 12mg, which is an injectable med. to help wake my colon up. I also tried benefiber, Metamucil, ducolox, kristalose, Miralax, etc...

To make matters worse I also suffer from over active bladder and chronic urinary retention! So I'm caught in a catch-22 where if I drink too much water I end up urinating 30+ times a day. However, if I don't drink enough I suffer from impacted bowels! Darned if I do or don't! There never seems to be a perfect balance.

Currently I'm taking Miralax and ducolox and my pipes are still backed up! Heck, I've not gone in over 7 days and took 6 ducolox and I still couldn't go!!! I keep imagining a 'normal' person taking just 1 or 2 ducolox and pooping their brains out! LOL

Bottoms up!

Charles

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   Posted 3/21/2012 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Just about everyone of my medications say that they can cause constipation. If I have gluten, then I have really bad pain, constipation and the Big D............all in the course of hours after getting gluten.

I am trying to eat lots of dates and walnuts (Paleo recommended and it helps me cut down on sugar treats and added fiber)

The true Paleo calls for no grains or legumes. When I cut legumes out of my diet I actually started to feel toxic build up in my body and my fibro was worse. Go figure. LOL

We are all unique and wonderfully made. ;)

kimliz59
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   Posted 3/21/2012 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Charles--I liked your greeting, and your closing sentence!  smilewinkgrin
Thanks for sharing your experience with constipation--we all have slightly different stories/reasons, but the agony is the same! 
 
You are in a "catch-22"--that sounds awful!  At my worst point, I didn't go for three weeks, and I was so miserable.  I finally did Miralax and stool softener and eventually got some relief, but I never did go as much as I thought I should/would.  rolleyes
 
I've been taking a probiotic for a month, but haven't seen much difference.  I'm going to try it for another month, but if I don't see a change, I'm going to quit wasting my money.
 
I also bought some Citrucel capsules today.  I think they have soluble fiber, where Metamucil, which is a grain husk, has insoluble fiber.  I chose the capsules because the powder form comes in two varieties--one with sugar, and one with aspartame, and I have reasons for wanting to avoid both.  Have you ever tried Citrucel?  I'm giving it a month, and if it doesn't help, no more of that either.  None of this stuff is cheap!
 
Well, I hope you find something that helps you--keep in touch, and thanks for the reply!
 
Mrsppmrxky, thanks for your reply!  I've been vegetarian for over twenty years, but I'm thinking that Paleo is probably the best "diet" for health--I think I may start eating fish soon.  There is a terrific paleo blog by a fella named Chris Kresser--google it if you're interested. 
 
You're right--we're all unique, which is good, but it can make finding solutions somewhat of a challenge sometimes! 
 
 
 
"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Possible Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Grave's Disease, GAD, panic attacks

Mrsppmrxky
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   Posted 3/21/2012 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I also take Magnesium 3 tablets daily to help with the muscle spasms and it umm, helps to keep things moving. LOL

kimliz59
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   Posted 3/21/2012 10:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I take two magnesium citrate tablets each day, but was thinking of upping it to three to see if it made any difference. Thanks for reminding me! 
 
I think I need to get more exercise, too, but as we all know, that's easier said than done!
"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

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PluggedUp
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   Posted 2/8/2014 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I think Metamucil is soluble fiber - according to their website.
http://www.metamucil.com/hcp/faqs.php
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