Lyme and Constipation

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RuthS
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   Posted 12/8/2016 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I am new to the forum. Has anyone had constipation issues because of lyme? How did you resolve them?

1000Daisies
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   Posted 12/8/2016 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I have read good things about magnesium for constipation / staying regular. How's your magnesium intake?
Kid#1: Extremely sick for several years, very difficult to treat, improved now but not fully well
Kid#2: Very sick now despite being treated for years, bad year
Kid#3: Was doing very well (ironically had the least and shortest treatment) - but has relapsed
Me: Adv Labs positive 2016 (suspected I passed to my kids) - not as sick as others, mostly battling fatigue, kidney, heart, and yeast issues

PeteZa
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RuthS
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   Posted 12/8/2016 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I took Magnesium Citrate 350 mg for 4 days. it helped but I got a bladder infection after that. So stopped taking the Mg and am hesitating to start it again. Can the Bladder infection be lyme related, never had it before. Will try the Mg again. Any particular Mg that helped?

Sissy63
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   Posted 12/8/2016 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I have that problem and started using Swiss Kriss, an herbal laxative. It definitely does the job, if you know what I mean. I was taking 2 before bed, but I think I will back down to 1. I also have increased by psyllium husk. I panic if I can't go regularly...like the toxins will overtake my body.

1000Daisies
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   Posted 12/8/2016 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
My Kid#1 has taken magnesium glycinate for years.

This ranking may (or may not) be of interest to you. I thought it was interesting.
/labdoor.com/rankings/magnesium
Kid#1: Extremely sick for several years, very difficult to treat, improved now but not fully well
Kid#2: Very sick now despite being treated for years, bad year
Kid#3: Was doing very well (ironically had the least and shortest treatment) - but has relapsed
Me: Adv Labs positive 2016 (suspected I passed to my kids) - not as sick as others, mostly battling fatigue, kidney, heart, and yeast issues

julymorning
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   Posted 12/8/2016 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
RuthS said...
Hi,
I am new to the forum. Has anyone had constipation issues because of lyme? How did you resolve them?


Hi Ruth! IBS is one of the possible Lyme symptoms. Have you had any other suspicious symptoms that would lead you to wonder if it's Lyme? Or do you already have a Lyme diagnosis and the constipation thing is something you're not sure fits in?

I have IBS, and thought it was stress related. My colonoscopy was good and clear. Actually, I've not figured out a way to deal with it, without asking my Dr. for yet another medication that would just tread the symptom and not the reason behind..

Since you're a new member here, I want to encourage you to read our intro "New to Lyme?....start here!"

Tons of valuable information in there, much of which may answer more questions you may have.

If you think you have Lyme, or already know, please share your story with us so we can better help you.

RuthS
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   Posted 12/8/2016 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for all your responses.

Yes, I do have Lyme. I tested positive last year and am on the Buhner protocol and Zhang's Herbal since last year. I also did 4 months of antibiotics. I have had constipation ever since I got lyme Hope to find a solution to this soon.

dacarte3
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   Posted 12/8/2016 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
probiotic, aloe, glutamine, bone broth, and a healthier diet. With constipation, broccoli is your best friend.
Lyme: Igenex IFA positive and Igenex Westernblot band 31 and 41
Ehrlichia: Positive (Igenex)
Mycoplasma: Positive (Labcorp)

ABX Treatment: 03/2016-04/2016
Buhner Protocol for Lyme and Mycoplasma: May 2016 - Present

multifacetedme
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   Posted 12/8/2016 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi RuthS!

Welcome to the community. Yup, lyme can make you plugged up. Treatment for the disease will help. You shouldn't still have constipation with a year of treatment is my two cents. If something isn't clearing, I look for other possible culprits.

GUT Flora? Overgrowth of candida?
Fungal?
Other possibilities?

I'd use Dr. google and make a list of every possible cause of constipation and look at the causes/symptoms. Figure out which seems like a good match. Go back to your Dr. and say, what do you think?

This process has worked well for me.
Lyme Forum Moderator: IGEN-X IGM ++ band 41, ind band 31 IGg, ind band 41. Clinical diagnosis of lyme by CMD and Naturopath. Used Herbal protocol: Buhner, Chinese herbs, Zhang herbs, support from this community. Symptoms 90% reduced with flare-ups. Targeted in this order: lyme, bart, babesia, cysts/bio-films, candida & fungus, back to lyme and bart

Huddie
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   Posted 12/8/2016 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Ruth,

Welcome. Glad you found your way here.

Lyme goes to our weakest area so you could be having bacteria affix to the bladder. Get some D-Mannose from health food store. I would never be without it. It keeps bacteria from sticking the bladder/UT.

It's also great after sex - to avoid getting a bladder infection.

Constipation: magnesium mixed with powdered C. If it is really bad a product called Colosan works wonders.

Georgia Hunter
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   Posted 12/9/2016 3:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Increase your salt intake. Sodium levels can be depleted and water and sodium go hand in hand. When this happens, you get constipated.

Traveler
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   Posted 12/9/2016 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ruth, I'm so sorry you are dealing with this too! It's one of my worst issues, well digestive stuff in general too.

I use magnesium oxide as it's known to specifically pull water into the colon. I take 2 types of magnesium daily - one for my bowels and one for my muscles. You can read about the different types of magnesium here: www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/types-of-magnesium/

You take it to "bowel tolerance" - meaning you find your dose by starting out on a low dose and increasing it until your bowels are loose, then back down on your dose a bit and see if that is a good amount for you, if not, increase it a bit and see if that will do it. I have to take my magnesium twice a day, first thing in the am and then again with my bedtime pills.

I also do this with Vitamin C, as it will also help move your bowels.

Do be sure that you are taking in enough fiber as well - our bodies need that in order to move the waste along the digestive tract and out of our bodies.

Of course, plenty of water is also necessary, but you should be drinking a lot of water to stay hydrated anyway.

Any time I get a UTI (or other mucus membrane infection), I reach for Goldenseal. It's very effective at dealing with these infections.
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12
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Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15 - unknowingly had Asymptomatic Babs and Asymptomatic Bart, being treated now though (2/2016)

Stanislav
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   Posted 12/9/2016 4:37 AM (GMT -6)   
With all the herbs I am taking (Buhner) I have a bit of the opposite problem.
Salt levels, diet and water should be looked at.
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