Help for Constipation?

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Keriamon
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   Posted 1/30/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Long story, but yesterday I was reading about cellulite and how it's hard to get rid of because of poor blood flow that's actually made worse as you lose weight, and as I was massaging my husband's back (and the cat's) last night with a little battery-operated hand vibrating massager, I thought, hmm, vibrating increases blood flow, so maybe I should use this on my thighs.
 
Fast forward to this morning when I've gotten up early, done my walk and I've got some time to spare.  So I lay down with a book and vibrate on my thighs and hips.  Then I vibrate over my belly. 
 
I didn't need to use the bathroom, then I did.  While it may be conincidence, since my bathroom time is in the morning anyways, it made me wonder if the vibrations stimulated the bowels?  We know that walking helps them; could a vibrating massager also help?  I thought it might be worth passing the information along to people who have constipation problems in case it helps them any; it's not like it's expensive, or even addictive, and I can't imagine it's harmful. 
 
Also, I have heard that when cows have intestinal distress from gas, farmers load them up and haul them around because the jolting of the cattle trailer--which has no shocks--helps them to fart the gas out.  So a vibrating massage of the belly might help people with too much gas too. 

gutastrophe
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   Posted 1/30/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I don't know about a vibrating massager but I have been doing belly massage for about two years now and it is probably the single most helpful thing I do for C.  I was taught how to do this chinese gut massage technique while I was going for colon hydrotherapy and it almost never fails to produce results.  Unfortunately, it requires a bit of time so it's not practical for me in the morning when I am rushing around trying to get ready for work. 

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 1/30/2008 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
The heating pad seems to work for me. It seems to relax something or another as things get moving. I am pretty sure that part of my problem with all this gas is that I am not going to bathroom well. Wonder if there is a site for belly massage though it would be more fun if someone else was around to do it.

gutastrophe
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   Posted 1/30/2008 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   

Canyon, this is the type of massage I do.  It's unbearably "new-agey" but I just ignore all the talk about chi and chakra and just go for the massage.

http://www.wuwei-acupuncture.com/chi.html

Have you tried the Mylanta yet?


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 1/30/2008 11:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I guess I can scrunch myself up but it would be more fun with someone else. I hate to admit I had the Mylanta on my list for 2 days and walked out without it. I think my brain has turned to mush. Its this cold weather. We are not used to it here in CA and it is making us all irritable. I finally decided to drink more water and go back to Pepto for the bloat and it seems to be working but then it just may be a good day. Want to look at ingrediants of Mylanta and see what difference it is. Of course the way things are made makes a difference also.

gutastrophe
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   Posted 1/31/2008 12:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Mylanta Regular Strength: Liquid: Each 5 mL of sugar-free, lemon- and mint-flavored suspension contains: dried aluminum hydroxide gel 200 mg (equivalent to 153 mg aluminum hydroxide), magnesium hydroxide 200 mg and simethicone 20 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carbomer, citric acid, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, flavors, parabens, sorbitol and water. Energy: 10.1 kJ (2.42 kcal)/5 mL. Sodium: <1 mmol (3.2 mg)/5 mL. Gluten-, lactose-, sucrose-, sulfite- and tartrazine-free. Bottles of 350 mL.

Maalox:Medicinal Ingredients: Each teaspoonful (5 mL) contains 200 mg magnesium hydroxide, 200 mg aluminum hydroxide dried gel (equivalent to 153 mg aluminum hydroxide) and 20 mg simethicone.

Non-medicinal Ingredients: butylparaben, flavour, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, propylparaben, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, sodium saccharin, sorbitol and water. Na+ content: 2.84 mg per 5 mL.

Pepto Bismol is made with the active ingredient Bi****h Subsalicylate, with 262 mg per 15 ml dose. This ingredient is formulated to relieve and upset stomach and diarrhea.

The inactive ingredients in Pepto Bismol include benzoic acid, flavor, magnesium aluminum silicate, methylcellulose, red 22, red 28, saccharin sodium, salicylic acid, sodium salicylate, sorbic acid, and water.

There is your comparisons.  It looks like Maalox is identical to Mylanta but for me, only the latter really works.

I would not take Pepto for C or gas because it's typically taken for D. 

Good luck!


 


Keriamon
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   Posted 1/31/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I want to say they have vigrating massagers that you can wear, especially around the waist (you know, touted for weight loss); I wonder if you could wear one of those or rig up a way to hold some other kind against your belly, say, while you're driving to work? Probably won't replace your belly massage, but may help get things stimulated a bit when otherwise you don't have time to do the full massage.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 1/31/2008 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Whoops, thought Pepto caused diahrea. I just looked at my Maalox and the numbers are twice what you posted for 1 teas. 400/400/40. I think you could take Pepto for gas because it says for bloating and indigestion.

gutastrophe
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   Posted 2/1/2008 1:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Canyonbabe711 said...
Whoops, thought Pepto caused diahrea. I just looked at my Maalox and the numbers are twice what you posted for 1 teas. 400/400/40. I think you could take Pepto for gas because it says for bloating and indigestion.
It's for stopping D.  It may arrest the gas, but it's probably gonna bind you as well.  Just my 2 cents and many, many years of this nonsense!
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