Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Newbie With Chronic Constipation
0

12 posts in this topic

I was just Diagnosed with celiac disease. I have chronic constipation. I have tried adding fiber & miralax. I Can only go using laxatives but who wants to do that all the time. Any suggestions?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Probiotics,

ground flaxseed in a big glass of water,

more veggies and fruits,

more glasses of water (we need to stay hydrated),

yoga,

and

time. 

Time for the gut to heal.

 

If it continues, maybe ask for a thyroid panel. Sometimes hypothroidism causes big C (we just use that for constipation on here--we get lazy writing that out all the time  :D )

 

Welcome to the forum!

Hope you get it resolved soon.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ditto IrishHeart. My chronic C started to go after about 4 months once I began thyroid medication for hypothyroidism. At 11 months gluten-free, and 9 months on thyroid meds, it is pretty much better. I found patience was really helpful... And that is all that was helpful. Lol. I hope it is fixed for you soon.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thyroid meds helped some (thyroid dx was years before celiac).

It takes time for gluten-free to help with celiac d - or it did for me.

Exercise helps, so yoga like IH suggested or walking...

Sugar would make me a bit c'd. Dehydration. I needed LOTS of veggies to keep things steady. Not as sensitive now - coming up on 2 years.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks everyone. I have added psyllium and flax seed oil also. Will see if that helps. This is all so overwhelming. Ever other disease has medicine u can take but celiac.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




Thanks everyone. I have added psyllium and flax seed oil also. Will see if that helps. This is all so overwhelming. Ever other disease has medicine u can take but celiac.

And medications have their problems. I take the meds for thyroid. It isn't a magic pill. I don't eat gluten-it's closer to magical.

You'll get there.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks everyone. I have added psyllium and flax seed oil also. Will see if that helps. This is all so overwhelming. Ever other disease has medicine u can take but celiac.

 

No medicine is a very good thing, you will come to see this when you feel better.

 

Use ground flax seed meal hon, not the flax  oil for getting the pipes to flow. Drink lots of water with this and the psyllium or you'll just get bound up.

 

Lack of enough water is often the reason so many people have C. 

 

Hang in there. Try to be patient--and get walking. You need to move...well, to "move". 

 

:)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am 3 1/2 years gluten-free and still struggle with constipation, although it is getting better.  Healing takes time and can take longer depending on your age, how long you have been sick and so on.   That doesn't help tho when dealing with C.!! 

I have used all of the suggestions given (water, water, water is a biggie) and walking.  That really helps as well.  I also drink a herbal tea called Smooth Move and it has really been a life saver for me.  Altho we would prefer things to be natural, sometimes it just doesn't work that way and our body needs a little help.  I started out taking the tea every night and did that for about 6 months (that's how long it took for me personally to get on track but everyone is different), then I went to every other night and now I am at every third night.  I know that my body is healing as there are days when I can go without any "help".    

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The reason some celiacs get constipated is that their damaged small intenstines don't process the food completely, which leads to the continuous absorbtion of the moisture in the food instead of the nutrients (since the food isn't comletely processed), until the food (then in stool form) has become extremely dry by the time it reaches the large intestines. That's why fibers alone don't help. You need water, and a lot of it + probiotics to help the intestines regulate and heal faster. The problem with chronic constipation is that it can cause the large intestines to get larger, and in turn not be able to feel when you need to go.. I think.. I'm not sure.. which is why you might be needing laxatives. I think that when I read about that I also read that they can go back to their original size after you've healed.

 

I was so reluctant and bummed about using probiotics in the beginning until everyone here convinced me to use them. They've done wonders!

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

By the way I am curious, since I also suffered from chronic constipation, what other symptoms did you experience beside the constipation? If you had cramps, what type? Do you have a rash, mood swings, depression and so on?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had bloating, cramping, sides hurt, nausea, vomiting, tired all the time.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't know if it will work for you, but I take a lot of magnesium every day and it has worked wonders - relaxes me, too! Just be careful to start slowly, if you take too much, you'll have the opposite problem.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,666
    • Total Posts
      921,666
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • I'll give my PCP a call tomorrow and see what they can offer. My only worry is the expense as anymore tests will put me behind in being able to afford to see the GI. I have high deductible insurance but get money put into my HSA. I'm still trying to pay off the CT scan though. Which is why I'm trying to pick and choose which poses the greatest risk for me right now and what can wait. (Though I would prefer not to wait on any of it.)

      I really do hope its only IBS. Though I always worry IBS is more or less a doctors way of saying "I have no clue" at that point. :C

      Again, I'll be sure to give my PCP a call tomorrow then and see what the options are. I can feel a lot better trying the blood work first. however, once that is done, do I still need to be on a gluten diet before the endoscopy? Also, is it ok if I still mildly reduce the gluten. As in, can I avoid a whole wheat pasta dinner, but still be eating the peanut butter crackers? That sort of thing. Again I guess that is more of a doctor related question. I just wasn't sure if in order to raise your chance, you have to mass consume gluten or not. (Its already in just about everything to begin with.)
       
    • Excellent point, GFinDC!!! I just assumed that Steph had the endoscopy and not just the antibodies tests.    
    • She (your PCP)  can order a celiac blood panel.  It might not be a complete panel, but it's a start.  Any medical doctor can order one.  A GI is needed for the endoscopy (ulcers, Celiac disease, h.pylori, etc.), HIDA scan (gallbladder)  or colonoscopy (IBS).   Since you just saw her, email/call/write a letter and ask her to order (lab) the celiac panel.  You could go to the lab before or after work.  Pretty easy!  
    • I just now saw the second reply and I see what you mean. Again, the issue is that I may have to go with the gluten until close to the end of the year.

      However, an idea did just come to mind, and that is, can my primary care doctor do such a test? I had normal blood work done, but they didn't really say anything about testing for celiacs. I can get an appointment with my primary care doctor much sooner than a GI.

      When I was talking to my PCP last, I asked her what I should expect as far as testing goes or what she may have been concerned about. Her reply was about a HIDA scan for the gallbladder but also any test needed in case of IBS or Celiacs. Just the way she threw that in there like an after thought and left me hanging kinda had me worried.
    • I am not a doctor that's for sure.  So, I can't even answer your questions.  If you know you have pre-diabetes, you probably are working with a doctor.  Can you email them and ask for a celiac blood panel?   You can work on the weight loss and diabetes -- that you can handle yourself now and take action.  I have diabetes and my glucose readings are fairly normal now without medication and I'm thin.  Being overweight does not cause diabetes.  It's either autoimmune (type 1) or you become insulin resistant (type 2).  You can cut out all sugar and  processed stuff ASAP to help take action and start walking 10,000 steps (helps with the insulin resistance).    But the prediabetes is not going to kill you in the next year.  Whatever's in your gut is more likely going to get you much sooner.  But heck, I'm not a doctor and I don't even know you!    
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,663
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    Steph0903
    Joined