so the more whole grain, Fiber One type of products I ate before going gluten free, the more stopped up I became, no matter how much water I drank. My anxiety increased because I would get so upset over not going, and the snowball effect happened. There were times I drank a whole bottle of magnesium citrate and not a thing happened Ex-lax gave me bad cramping, but no relief, and Ducolax worked but I became concerned because I would have to take 5 tablets to get things moving, and the max dose is supposed to be 3. I don't do well with mixing thick fiber supplements in a glass, and Miralax was prescribed to me by my GP, but it didn't work well for me at all. Psyllium did nothing for me. I was jealous of friends who could eat a bran muffin and clean out their insides because it would plug me up more
Sure enough on my first visit to the GI and talking about bloating and constipation, he suggested more fiber and water, but I said been there done that luckily, he listened and I started getting tested and now with going gluten-free, regularity is returning!! One thing I am very diligent with is my water intake. I love water, and yes, I really do mean that! I would much rather have water over soda or alcohol.
Current routine-I wake up each morning, take a few Citrucel with water on an empty stomach, and that helps to get things moving. Anxiety has greatly reduced going gluten-free, so that certainly helps as well!!
Fiber is needed, but you have to find the right fiber for you. Personally, fiber from fruits and veggies agrees better with my system, but my hope is that someday I can get rid of the Citrucel, but for now it's needed
Edit: I also got diagnosed with GERD and a hiatal hernia during my endoscopy. I really hope you are able to find someplace to get the DGP test performed! Also my GERD has gotten better going gluten-free. I would suggest reading the book Why Stomach Acid is Good for You before taking powerful acid reducing drugs. It seems to create more problems than it fixes. My advice would be to try eating gluten-free first to see if it helps the GERD. good luck! http://www.amazon.co...is good for you
Edited by powerofpositivethinking, 30 May 2013 - 04:36 PM.