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Do any of you have experienced both constipation AND diarrhea? :blink:

I personally have been alternating with one or the other and experiencing unexplained bouts of weight gain and weight loss...constantly yoyo-ing! without really finding a connection.... :huh:

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I eat gluten-free/cf and have constant constipation. I am battling it right now. I have been using a gentle laxitive, eating prunes and raisins, trying to get a salad in here and there. Today I am going to try to start pumping in lots of water. In the past when it goes in the other direction, when it is real bad, sometimes uncontrollable diareah.....I just can't win. I still haven't found any happy medium. As far as the weight control, it is totally dependant on how many calories I eat and how much I exercise. I am thriving on the gluten-free/cf diet (other than the afore mentioned problem). I would be feeling like a million if I could only solve this one last problem. Any ideas?

Barbara

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barbara - you might consider whether or not you're getting enough magnesium, or perhaps too much calcium, in your diet. the two minerals affect the constipation/diarrhea spectrum (calcium binding you, magnesium loosening)

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Tiffany----I take a major amount of magnesium with malic acid for my fibromyalgia which should have quite an effect---works for the fibro, but would hate to think how bound up I would be without it. I also take calcium and vitamin D. These variables have already been added into the equation with little effect, but thanks for the thoughts. Barbara

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wow! I'm glad you've got all that covered, but once the easy things are already taken into account, it sure does get hard! If you've got the minerals, fiber, and water covered... hmm... exercise? I believe hardcore runners sometimes have issues, but don't quite remember.

man, that's a tough one. I hope it's not another food intolerance, and good luck identifying the problem!

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HELP PLEASE!! I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease by biopsy in April 2002~ a month to the day after my wedding ~God Bless my husband... I have since gone from a size 6 to a 16!!! My stomach feels better since going on the gluten-free diet but I am extremely uncomfortable with my weight gain. I admit in the beginning I ate a lot of rice and potatoes because those were safe, but soon learned how to adjust to gluten-free ways and eat very little of them, as well as bread (I'm a bit lazy when it comes to making it. I can't handle the store's gluten-free selection-I find it to be gross).

My GI Doctor has been no help as he just says I look healthy now. Easy for him to say, I'M the one with no waist now and weigh what I did when I was 8 months pregnant with my son 21 years ago!! I also exercise at a gym 3 days a week, for 1 1/2 hours a day, and have been for the past 2 years. I continue to GAIN not LOSE. I am so frustrated that I am ready to go back to eating gluten and deal with the consequences! I am so overtired all the time and have no energy. I had more before I was diagnosed. What can I do??? I need to lose weight. I had a physical recently for work and the Dr. told me according to my BMI, I am overweight and on the edge of obesity. My Dr. has checked my thyroid, glucose, hormones, etc. Can't find anything. Why is my watching what I eat (I've cut down on sugar and carbs) and exercising regualrly doing exactly the opposite of what it should be doing? Does anyone else have this problem? :(

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I used to suffer from constipation and took Citracel (gluten-free) for about a year.

I only get diarrhea if I drink milk or accidentally ingest gluten. Lately

I have been trying to stay away from anything with white rice flour and

have been eating grapes and canteloupes for fruit and I don't have

have any constipation. It's nice to take one less medication. Actually I

don't take Nulev anymore or the Amitryptiline so I have eliminated

three medications.

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