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   Posted 1/16/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone here get constipated?  Is it from acidopholis or the abx?  I eat lots of fiber, drinks gallons of water.  Is it related to the disease(s) doing a job on my bowel?
Is anyone sick of thinking about this like I am?  I continue to be so tired of Lyme, Bart and Babs controlling my life. :(
Dx Lyme Oct 2007....symptomatic for at least 3 years.  Oct - Dec 2007 Doxy 200 mg/day, Jan 2008 Ceftin 1000mg/day, Jan 2008 - 10 weeks IV Rocephin, April 2008 - August 2008 Ceftin 1000mg/day with Zithro 250mg/day,  changed LLMD's Oct 2007...currently dx with Bart and Lyme maybe Babs too...on Omniceff 600mg, Rifampin 600mg, Malrone - all every other day.
"Gees, you don't look sick."

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   Posted 1/16/2009 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Ohh man, constipation was one of the first Lyme symptoms I ever got and it never went away!! I have had constant constipation for 5 years now. I battle it on a daily basis and there is not much that seems to work. I have tried the fiber, water, exc. with no luck. The only thing I found to combat the constipation is vegetables 2-3 servings a day. I find that corn works best, give it a try for a week! I also find that the more food I eat the more regular I become. When I go on a diet or have small meals it tends to get really bad.

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   Posted 1/16/2009 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Lyme can do this. Probiotics constipate me severely, too. I've battled constipation for a long time. Exercise is critical, as is sufficient fluid intake, fiber, and avoidance of constipating foods (white flour products, cheese, chocolate, etc...basically, everything you eat has to have fiber in it or it'll turn into a brick and not move). I also found taking a magnesium supplement with each meal helped to keep things softer & moving.  Also, an herb called Burdock Root has been helpful...
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Anemia, Lymphopenia, intermittant Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Zofran, Pulmicort, Heparin (to flush PICC line).

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   Posted 1/17/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I deal with my constipation the old fashioned way. I eat prunes or drink prune juice. Works every time yeah

Martha's Vineyard
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   Posted 1/17/2009 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Sick of lyme..
I had the same issues....and so have my kids. It is a good idea to give your poor body a rest. Eating foods that are high in fiber are hard for your body to pass. And so they sit there a while.
It is a good idea to eat things that digest in your mouth while you chew before they hit your stomach.
Like watermellon. cantelope, bananas. Think easy almost baby food. If my kids eat complicated stuff, they have so many problem and it all comes up the wrong way. So take it easy on the tummy and things will flow easier.
2004 in Martha's Vineyard me and my two daughters then 11 mos and 6 all got Lyme Disease. This was only known to us because we found the tiny ticks on us and we got very ill. My dog also got lyme and he went lame.
We have fought it for 4 years to no avail.
We all got it again this summer is Texas.
I am now in treatment in Scottsdale Arizona at Envita.

"The eyes cannot see for for what the mind does not know."

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   Posted 1/18/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
hello i have battled with constipation my whole life and was diagnoased with IBS a few years ago....the best think to do is to stay away from hight fat foods, white flour, dairy products, any type of nuts or seads, and peant butter.... have been eating alot of peanut butter and its messing wiht me but i eat it for protien.... sour dough bread is safe to eat cause your system can digest it, i dont sugest to eat red meat or pork since this stays in your system longer and can bind you up.....and apple sause does not help you it wil acturally make you worse cause of the sugar in it....your intestins dry up and need to eat certain foods that produces the mucus that sourounds the walls in the intestines.....if you look up the
IBS diet it can help you out even if you dont have ibs cause it will tell you how to prevent constipation.

also stress causes this and are bodys are all going through alot of stress and the abx are hard on our stomaches and can mess with our digestion track.....

"I will not let Lyme controll my life i will controll my own life"
lyme since June 08
meds-zithromax 500mg one a day/ 1  month // Plaquenil 200mg twice a day/ 1 month
starting 10/3 doxy100mg // omnicef 300mg
ADHD/anxiety/depression// celexa 20mg

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 1/18/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Over time I've realized it's the freeze-dried garlic that keeps me from getting the Lyme constipation. Within two days of stopping it I invariably always become far less regular.

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   Posted 1/18/2009 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Acrually after what seems like a life-time on constipation from lyme I am sure, it was not UNTIL I began probiotics that I got regular going every day sometime a few times a day and it is not loose simply normal bowel movements. I believe if you are taking the correct ones and enough of them probiotics will help you to be regular. I take them 2 hours AFTER my antibiotics which is important. They have to be good ones though to be sure the good bacteria is alive. Blessings

DX. LYME  7 /03 -I believe I 've had it since 1985- 
oral doxi, amoxi 6 months. Have been bitten 2x since                  
Developed many chemical & food sensitivities& Allergies to many Suppliments
Swollen Burning tongue/lips
Hashimotos Thyroiditis
DX. Babsiosis 4/07 -Malerone 2 wks, Mepron & Azithromax 6 mos. 
Armour Thyroid
Probiotics are a MUST   
Almost died from 3 doses of Plaquanil 12/07
IV Rocephin began 12/4/07
Bactrim began 1/22/07
Stopped Rocephin 3/04/08
Mepron, Azithrommax, Rafampin 5/29/08
Stopped Rifampin began Bactrim and zithro 6/2/08
stopped Mepron 7 22/08
switched from bactrim to levaquin and had bad reaction to levaquin
began Mepron again till Nov, then began Malerone
began Rifampin and Minocycline
Outstare The Darkness--The Light Will Come!

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 1/22/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your input everyone. 
Things seem to be going better.  I've been increasing the fruits and veggies and water intake. 
I asked my LLMD about it and he said that possibly we should increase magnesium if we need to, but things seem better now.

Dx Lyme Oct 2007....symptomatic for at least 3 years.  Oct - Dec 2007 Doxy 200 mg/day, Jan 2008 Ceftin 1000mg/day, Jan 2008 - 10 weeks IV Rocephin, April 2008 - August 2008 Ceftin 1000mg/day with Zithro 250mg/day,  changed LLMD's Oct 2007...currently dx with Bart and Lyme maybe Babs too...on Levaquin 500mg, 2 Malrone/daily; Omniceff 600mg every other day
"Gees, you don't look sick."

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