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#1 Ninja

 
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 11:34 AM

I've been struggling with constipation for about a year now. (Suspected celiac, working with doctor. ) Some days it is worse than others and I seem to be on a streak of the bad days. :( It's such an awful feeling I just wish it would go away. I took some senacot last night, which helped a little. Mirolax does not work for me. I read somewhere that chronic constipation can indicate a magnesium deficiency - I don't know if I am deficient in magnesium (I haven't had it checked), but has that been the case for some of you?

Also, I eliminated gluten 3-4 weeks ago and have been so super careful to avoid CC. Last night I had a bowl of rice chex with 1% milk for the first time in 2 weeks (I had been feeling pretty good during those 2 weeks) and got really nauseous. Wondering if I should eliminate dairy. If so, what kind of milk is your favorite? I'm thinking coconut or rice (don't like almond and soy bothers me).

THANK YOU!
~Laura
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:55 PM

We love vanilla almond breeze for our sereal..
Take the miralax at least twice a day until you getting going. Mineral oil also ........Lots of water...I was in hospital twice for not being able to go....weeks at a time... miralx is one of the safest as well as mineral oil...
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 01:01 PM

It took 9 weeks of gluten-free for it to improve in my daughter. Lots of water, probiotics and lots of veggies.
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:30 PM

I've been struggling with constipation for about a year now. (Suspected celiac, working with doctor. ) Some days it is worse than others and I seem to be on a streak of the bad days. :( It's such an awful feeling I just wish it would go away. I took some senacot last night, which helped a little. Mirolax does not work for me. I read somewhere that chronic constipation can indicate a magnesium deficiency - I don't know if I am deficient in magnesium (I haven't had it checked), but has that been the case for some of you?

Also, I eliminated gluten 3-4 weeks ago and have been so super careful to avoid CC. Last night I had a bowl of rice chex with 1% milk for the first time in 2 weeks (I had been feeling pretty good during those 2 weeks) and got really nauseous. Wondering if I should eliminate dairy. If so, what kind of milk is your favorite? I'm thinking coconut or rice (don't like almond and soy bothers me).

THANK YOU!
~Laura

You can take a magnesium supplement..it's not harmful. Magnesium citrate isn't absorbed very well, so look for Magnesium glycinate or Magnesium lysinate. Drink lots of water too.

For milk I use So Delicious coconut milk. I get the vanilla flavored because it's great with cereal.
If you have trouble with soy..the Rice Chex have some tocopherol added for vitamin E. That can be made from soy. . Try the corn Chex instead and see if you do better with it?
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:37 PM

WATER, WATER, WATER -- :) that is the key to getting bowels moving
(celiacs are dehydrated)

and

PROBIOTICS

Give your system some time to straighten out.

Fibrous vegetables.

Dairy could also be contributing to your problem, but most people experience D, bloating and nausea instead of C from a lactose problem.

Many take dairy out the first few months as well as the gluten as lactase is produced in the tips of the villi and your digestion of it may be compromised. Your tolerance for it will return. So Delicious Coconut Milk is delish! High in calcium.

Yes, magnesium deficiency can contribute to constipation, but overly supplementing with mag can cause DIARRHEA and loose stools.
(you know the Phillips milk of magnesia commercials? it has a laxative effect and that's what is in it-- magnesium)

If your doctor has run blood work, the magnesium level is on there.

If senekot and miralax is not doing the job, I would go with the most likely cause first = Unbalanced gut flora.

Take the probiotics and drink half your body weight in water a day.
Let us know how you make out. ;)

I alternated between awful D and C my whole life. Cannot say which was worse. :(
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:26 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Do you have any suggestions for brands of probiotics?

I am eating a lot of fruits and vegetables - staying away from the processed gluten-free foods for now. Going to try the coconut milk!

I checked the blood work and could not find a magnesium level, I'll have to ask about it when I go in tomorrow.

All of your advice is SO appreciated. Will keep you guys updated.

~Laura :)
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:30 PM

Some people have chronic C it never gets better....I drink over a 1/2 gallon of pure water daily, take probiotics & digestive enzymes, eat a clean healthy diet with a large amount of fruits & veggies & also raw juices.... I have tried everything in the book but still have the problem. Being in the hospital twice for long periods of time I have seen many doctors. The bottom line is some people not just me have this problem..
Miralax is better than something like X-Lax or a stronger type thing...like ducolax.... Mineral oil is also better for your system than others. the main thing is not to become dependent on a laxative...Miralax & mineral oil do not ........I have learned now to take the miralax every other day & it works for me... But when I couldn't go in the hospital they were giving me it four to six times a day plus stronger drugs..I called it a poop cocktail........
once you find . your routine it all works out in the end! sorry for the pun....
I also have tried every home remedy that has ever been on the internet.net.. what works for some , not so much for others....

I take solid gold digestive enzyme & alternate probiotics monthly....Dr. Ohirra's, pearls, sustenex & others...
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:01 AM

I have to take miralax daily, one capful before bed time. I found it does not work so well if i eat any thing after taking it. Also it takes 2-3 days to start working. Before i had my colonscopy i had to drink a 17.9 oz bottle mixed with 64oz of gatoraid, drink 12oz every 30 mins. A doctor told me it would be ok to do that once a month to clean yourself out but i have had no problems unless i forgot my daily dose. For me the miralax works but its not a overnight thing, it takes time. Good luck i know your pain all so well.
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 07:05 AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Do you have any suggestions for brands of probiotics?




http://www.celiac.co...__1#entry775591

As MAMAW suggests, some people have a continuing problem with C no matter what they try, so if this does not help and the miralax does not help, you may want to be checked for hypothyroidism.

Chronic constipation is a major symptom of that and often accompanies celiac.

but do give these suggestions from all the others a try first. :)
Best wishes!
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"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

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“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:13 AM

Hi everyone,

Well I've made some progress. It got worse after I posted I was concerned that there may have been an impaction. I tried a fleet anema by recc. from the pharmacist last night. Unfortunately it did not work, except for causing more pain and cramping. I ended up going to urgent care laaate last night. The doc. originally said he thought IBS (after dismissing the gluten) because my intestines were making normal sounds. However he did take an x-ray which showed the C. My mom asked if it could be caused by Celiac Disease, he said that it is something we should definitely be concerned about and I should be scoped by a GI (the change in behavior post-x-ray with the doc. was miraculous :P). Anyhow, no impaction (thank god) they thought the issue was maybe further up? They tried an anema which did give me some relief. The nurse and doctor also recommended I try magnesium citrate to get everything out.

I do still have an appt. with my primary doctor today, so I guess we will be going from there. It can't hurt to have my thyroid checked I'll inquire about it today.

Thank you again for all of your suggestions. I can't express how much I appreciate your support.

~Laura :)
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:00 AM

Magnesium citrate is what they give people before a colonoscopy and YES! that should clear you right out. :)

Stay home if you take that stuff. You will need to be near the bathroom.

Hope you get answers soon.

Because you have been gluten-free for several weeks, your biopsy may not be valid. Celiac is diagnosed by biopsy, not just by a scope. Be sure to discuss this with the gastrointestinal doctor .
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"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:38 PM

So I saw my primary doctor today - he ran an IgE RAST test for eggs, casein, wheat, soy and a few other things. He's repeating the CBC, checking my vit. d and running a bunch of thyroid tests. He did tell me that I don't have Celiac because my blood-work came back negative, mentioned possibly IBS or food allergies. However, he referred me to a GI doc. so I guess I'll see what happens. Oh he also told me that I shouldn't need a scope for C, just something to help clean everything out. :blink:

Very interested to hear back from him on these tests My grandma on my mom's side died from complications of heart disease... she had many of the same symptoms as I do (GI wise).

I'm not sure what I'll do about the scope and gluten-free thing...

Thanks again,
~Laura :)
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 09:01 PM

I've been struggling with constipation for about a year now. (Suspected celiac, working with doctor. ) Some days it is worse than others and I seem to be on a streak of the bad days. :( It's such an awful feeling I just wish it would go away. I took some senacot last night, which helped a little. Mirolax does not work for me. I read somewhere that chronic constipation can indicate a magnesium deficiency - I don't know if I am deficient in magnesium (I haven't had it checked), but has that been the case for some of you?

Also, I eliminated gluten 3-4 weeks ago and have been so super careful to avoid CC. Last night I had a bowl of rice chex with 1% milk for the first time in 2 weeks (I had been feeling pretty good during those 2 weeks) and got really nauseous. Wondering if I should eliminate dairy. If so, what kind of milk is your favorite? I'm thinking coconut or rice (don't like almond and soy bothers me).

THANK YOU!
~Laura

I like Active and Fit Vanilla Soy. I never thought I'd like soy milk until my Asian boyfriend (many asians are lactose intolerant) introduced me to it.

I can related to the chronic constipation. I take a Ducolex stool softener two or three times a week. My sister is an herbalist and gave me a tincutre called Yellow Dock. I was vey apprehensive at first because the other meds she has given me were not helpful at all. Yellow Dock got me going. It was a miracle! If you can get your hands on some I'd try it.
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:56 AM

Thank you!

So I did the ducolax, mirilax/gatorade cleanse with some success...

I began having really terrible back and abdominal pain yesterday which continued through the night.. However, I did try to get through the night (I had taken some advil which helped). Didn't make it and ended up going to the emergency room.

Result? Kidney stones.

So far 3 doctors say scope and 1 says: "You don't need a scope for C, you just need something that will clear you out!" The ER doctors are winning...

Sorry for all the venting I feel like I'm on a pain marathon, lol.

Thanks again,
~Laura :)
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 06:04 AM

So I saw my primary doctor today - he ran an IgE RAST test for eggs, casein, wheat, soy and a few other things. He's repeating the CBC, checking my vit. d and running a bunch of thyroid tests. He did tell me that I don't have Celiac because my blood-work came back negative, mentioned possibly IBS or food allergies. However, he referred me to a GI doc. so I guess I'll see what happens. Oh — he also told me that I shouldn't need a scope for C, just something to help clean everything out. :blink:

Very interested to hear back from him on these tests — My grandma on my mom's side died from complications of heart disease... she had many of the same symptoms as I do (GI wise).

I'm not sure what I'll do about the scope and gluten-free thing...

Thanks again,
~Laura :)


A celiac panel can be falsely negative for many reasons. Mine was and I have Celiac. I think the estimated number of false negatives now is 30%.

A RAST test is for diagnosing allergies. Those are IgE mediated.

Do you have allergies?

It will not diagnose gluten intolerance or Celiac. It may tell you that you have a wheat allergy, but this is not the same as being intolerance of gluten.

And I am not sure how allergy testing will help with your chronic constipation.

In your first post you said you "felt better off gluten."

This implies a gluten sensitivity or intolerance. This is not the same as having an allergy.

People think celiacs have a "gluten allergy". This is not the case. Celiac is an autoimmune disease.

You may wish to read about the differences between a wheat allergy, a gluten intolerance/sensitivity and Celiac Disease.

http://celiacdisease...rgyVsAutoim.htm

I hope you find relief from your chronic C (as we call it on here) and I hope you will consider some of the suggestions we have offered.

RE: kidney stones? There is an association of kidney stones with gluten/celiac. I, myself had a bout with them in my 20's, just before my gall bladder went south and had to be removed. That was just the beginning for me. :huh:

Here:

http://glutenfreewor...celiac-disease/

http://celiaccorner....celiac-disease/

http://celiacdisease...mplications.htm

Best wishes--I hope you get the medical help you need.
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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; Finally Diagnosed with Celiac  11/01/10.  Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
I. Win. bliss-smiley-emoticon.gif





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