Gluten free, NOW I'm constipated!

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Acheybody
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   Posted 6/18/2010 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm usually on the Fibromyalgia forum, but lately this is taking ALL my attention.  I've had IBS for years, tended toward constipation all my life, but had it pretty much under control with a lot of food fiber, Citrucel, and Miralax.  Not anymore!  After being gluten free for 4 weeks, my bowels seem to have decided they don't need to work anymore.  (This started getting bad about 2 weeks ago.)  I poop a tiny bit, sometimes several times a day, but not nearly enough - I'm really bloated.  Strangely, the stomach stuff that bugged me before seems to have gone since I stopped eating gluten...nausea, churning, gas...and I at first thought it was great.  Everything I read talks about being constipated FROM gluten!    
 
I  had my gallbladder out in '06 and that seemed to help with abdominal pain, too.  Anyone have any insights?  I'm getting really worried, and uncomfortable!  Last Tuesday, I took 2 Senna, and while it did produce a little, I had awful stomach pains afterwards, almost like labor pains.   
  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
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shawn12
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   Posted 6/19/2010 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Out of curiosity, why did you quite eating gluten?

You might not be getting enough fiber perhaps?
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Acheybody
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   Posted 6/19/2010 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Shawn,
I quit eating gluten because I've had so many symptoms, many for as long as I can remember (pain, fatigue, IBS, dizziness, headaches) and a friend, who also has fibro, told me she quit and she felt a lot better. So I thought I'd give it a try. I would say I am better in many ways, in spite of the constipation.

I am really careful to eat a lot of fiber and drink enough water, but maybe I do just need that blasted wheatbran for some reason (I was eating Smartbran every day before, which has 10 mg. insoluble and 3 soluble.) So now I'm eating more raw veggies and fruits and flax seeds.

Ironically, one of the things I was looking forward to without gluten was better bowel function! I'm the kind of person who will eat pretty much whatever makes me feel better if I can just figure it out....thanks for answering.
  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
 
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shawn12
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   Posted 6/19/2010 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
were you ever tested for celiac sprue?
 
Carbohydrates in IBS can be somewhat problematic for a bunch of reasons. However, its still possible to eat them.
 
High fruit consumptions can be problem in IBS, but may actually help c. To much will cause osmotic d.
 
also in IBS sometimes the stool patterns just change some on there own or for a variety of reasons, like lack of excersise, but also because of some of the issues in neurotransmitters in the bowel.
 
 
 
 
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Acheybody
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   Posted 6/19/2010 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
No, I haven't been tested, just figured I'd try it for awhile. Maybe it wasn't such a great idea. Thanks.
  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.


shawn12
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   Posted 6/20/2010 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Acheybody

you feel any better?
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Acheybody
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   Posted 6/20/2010 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually, no, I don't!! I'm still trying to do all the right stuff, but it's not helping. I hate the idea of going to the doctor for this, but it may come to that. My mother ended up in the emergency room several times for this reason, but she was in her late 70s! I'm only 55! (And once she was there, they never were much help.) But I don't want to end up damaging my organs or something!
  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.


shawn12
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   Posted 6/21/2010 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
it could be a good idea to get checked out by the doctor.
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Acheybody
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   Posted 6/21/2010 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess I'll probably have to. Trying Dulcolax tonight, though, with some trepidation....ironically, my cat is spending the night at the vet, so they can treat him for - guess what! - constipation! Life is just too weird.
  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.


shawn12
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   Posted 6/24/2010 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
let us know how its going. Yes animals can get gi issues as well. I had a cat with IBS according to my vet at the time. I brought him in and had an IBS attack at the time and this was like 20 some years ago and she said IBS while I was in the office with an IBS pain attack.
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Acheybody
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   Posted 6/24/2010 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Weird! Here's another one for you - both my daughters were in the ER within the last 4 days for bad stomach pains! The one who went in first got sent home because her bloodwork was normal - the second had an appendectomy yesterday. Actually, the one who got sent home has had longer-term problems....now she's thinking ulcer. She sees the GI doctor on Wednesday. Life is strange.
  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.


SnowyLynne
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   Posted 6/24/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I read online(forget where) that if you didn't need a gluton free diet DONT! Costipation is a side effect.........
SnowyLynne

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