Hi hopeful,I'm glad to read your gassiness is a little better. I do, however, agree with bunny that you should find yourself another doctor. You are paying them! Never settle if you are unhappy. You wouldn't marry someone who doesn't make you happy, would you? Same applies here... you don't want to see a doc you are not happy with - this is your health on the line. Of course, if for some insurance purposes you are unable to see another doc then do research and ask your doc questions. If she won't ask you any then ask her questions, and tell her about you. Or, you can always tell her you want a 2nd opinion. I'm pretty sure docs are obligated to refer you to someone else for a 2nd.
I think there are a few things that help with constipation... exercise, fiber supplements, laxatives, fruits (oranges work great for my grandpa), vegetables (prunes - is that a veggie or fruit?), aloe, flaxseed, probiotics, Digestive Advantage, and I'm sure there are more but I can't remember at the moment. I'm sure if you Google "constipation" you will come up with a lot.
Yes, it is important to keep hydrated. Especially if you take a fiber supplement. Fiber can cause constipation if not taken with a lot of water. Tea is a diuretic so it is possible that even when you drink a lot it doesn't help. Make sure that if you drink a lot, and you pee a lot, you replenish your loss of fluid.
I hope that helps some.
I almost forgot....
Bunny, it is ok to say fart. LOL
Post Edited (7Lil) : 10/10/2005 2:40:56 PM (GMT-6)
Keri, what a great read... Thank you! This is all so good to know before I head in to see the doc tomorrow. I will ask about everything I have heard here (I better write it all down or I might forget something).
Thank you again... It gives me hope.
Lil, the Nuvaring is AWESOME. I've been on it for about a year and a half and have absolutely no side effects whatsoever. It is a plastic ring that you insert into your vag like a tampon and it works itself into place up there. Leave it in for three weeks, take it out for a week, and put a new one in. They are localized hormones, so they are not coursing all throughout your body, just staying put in your pelvic area.
I like it better than the idea of the patch, which my sister (an ob/gyn-family doc) says a lot of people have trouble with because it comes off in the shower, etc. It is just as effective as the pill (99% when used correctly). I'd recommend it to anyone.