New (to me) remedy for constipation

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Monty's Mom
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   Posted 1/4/2012 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
This is such an odd subject to bring up, my bowel habits, but from previous posts I know that many of us struggle with constipation. It is a side effect of many medications, and there are many ways to combat it.

I have eaten so many prunes I get sick of them! Then I have to turn to stool softeners and laxatives, which ironically I found out your body can become dependent on for bowel movements.

A friend of mine gave me an idea she got from her mother, who is in her late 80s. She used to place a halved or quartered lemon in water and leave it in the fridge. This water was the only water she drank, at least 4 eight ounce glasses a day, and kept refilling the pitcher. She said to leave the lemon in there for a month....but I change mine every week. I drink a lot of water.

I tried this for the last two weeks, and now I am off of the stool softeners and laxatives. It works very well! I also have to keep up my fiber intake, but that is my normal now.

The idea for me is to keep rotating if I need to, if one stops working, or just do a combination of the lemon water and prunes to balance things out on days I can't be home with my water. I have also started adding lemon balm and lemon grass with peppermint tea to help my stomach issues and have noticed a reduction in anxiety as well as slight improvement in the GI issues.

I hope this helps someone as it did me!
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tmjpain
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   Posted 1/4/2012 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
That's a good one Mindy.

This is what I do, I have a smoothie a day and in it i put, one or two bananas, vanilla yogurt, two good handfuls of baby spinach and two cups of frozen fruit, right now i have peaches and mangos. Put it in your blender and voila, instant poop food. LOL.

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di43
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   Posted 1/4/2012 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
This is useful to know, thanks! I have found peppermint tea works quite well. I guess most people on here know to be careful not to get too constipated but I had a scary experience. I don`t use laxatives as a couple of times I`ve been really constipated with my meds but haven`t realised it until it was overdue. Then I took one or two laxatives and it made it very painful to pass stool and I was bleeding a bit, I actually thought I was going to have to go to the hospital, I had cold sweats and all. Luckily it was ok. But I know now you have to be very aware of this. I think it was just overdue but that can`t be healthy so just be careful to make sure you are regular or it can be a lot of pain.

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   Posted 1/4/2012 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
 
      ...if any of you get constipated to the point that it's serious...I might suggest keeping the Enema Saline packs on hand.
 
   I have had one occasion where I had to use them, and had I not had it there, I surely would have gone to the hospital next. It was that bad!
 
     Usually once you have an experience like that, you will regulate and plan better. If I eat cheese, and I do love cheese....I always chase it with a good fiber. Always drink plenty of fluids during the day as well.
 
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di43
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   Posted 1/4/2012 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Screaming Eagle
 
Thanks a lot for the suggestion, I might ask at the pharmacy. It wouldn`t hurt to have one just in case. That is not something I want to experience again.
 
Take care,
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   Posted 1/4/2012 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Di.....Water consumption does help constipation.

Please keep in touch with us and let us know nhow you are doing.

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msOuchie
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   Posted 1/5/2012 2:03 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Hello, new to the forum but not to chronic pain.
 
Some good suggestions here for sure.  I've always drank lots of water which has helped to a point.  My best remedy for me along with daily water has been a 1/2 bowl of kellog's original all-bran(not flakes)cereal every day to start and then every other day.  I was thankful that something natural(mostly) actually worked for me.
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   Posted 1/5/2012 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   

 

      Good Morning msOuchie!

           I wanted to Welcome you to the CP forum! We appreciate the reply to our member here, but it is also important that you get a proper introduction as well. Please start a New Post, and introduce yourself. You will recieve much more exposure that way to all of our members, and they would love to welcome you here! wink  

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