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Lack Of Energy And Constipation.....still....


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#1 raea2002

 
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 05:01 AM

I've been gluten free for about a month or more now and my constipation has not gotten any better. Also need a boost in energy. Got a b12 injection last week by dr but is not helping. Ive gotten some energy back but not as much as I had hoped. Any suggestions? If you recommend any product can you tell me the name.

Thanks bunches!
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#2 saintmaybe

 
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 05:27 AM

I recommend FRS energy drink, sold at GNC and some supermarkets. I'm not financially affiliated with them in any way, lest you think this is a plug. I just swear by it. I'll have one at lunch if I'm havin a tough day energy wise and it gives me a really relaxed energy for the second half of the day. It was originally developed for athletes and cancer patients on chemotherapy. It has bioavailable b vitamins and quercetins. It really helped when i was incredibly sick last fall. :)
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#3 mommida

 
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 05:59 AM

Did you get your thyroid checked? :blink:

I feel much better with Biotin vitamin supplementation.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 05:59 AM

A month is not long enough for most people to feel completely better, so it may just take more time, but have you had your thyroid checked? Hypothyroid can cause constipation and lack of energy, and often goes hand in hand with celiac.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:39 AM

I had bm changes for at least 6 months. One day c, next day fine, then something totally undefinable - and this was after chronic c for years.

Hypothyroidism will cause c. Many people have both issues, but I wouldn't panic about c yet.

Try digestive enzymes and probiotics.

And lay off sugar, I found that gives me c too.

Get yiur vitamin levels checked and supplament as needed. The exhaustion is normal. Just give it time.
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#6 raea2002

 
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:47 AM

Sorry, yes I've had my thyroid and a couple other vit.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:02 AM

Thanks all! You have all been great!
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:00 AM

Hi there
Know how you feel.
Canned prunes in apple juice seem to help me. Also some nuts daily and or course, water. Hot water seems best.
Hi Prickly - never thought of sugar being a cause but now you mention it .....
Also I think soya also gets me.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:21 AM

Gut problems can goof up your magnesium level also. You might consider supplementing. I take 450 mg twice a day.
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  • self-dx gluten-sensitive 2007 but did not take it seriously
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  • second opinion doctor confirmed autoimmune hyperthyroid dx, suggested possible autoimmune thyroid-gluten sensitivity connection
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  • taking diet seriously now, strict GFCFSF diet...

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:27 AM

I found I needed to supplement 2000mg D3 daily to get my energy back up (and this was with testing w/ moderate normal levels of D). My doc started me with 1000mg and upped that about a month later.
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#11 WendyK

 
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:09 AM

Seven months ago I went to my Doctor and said I wanted her to take what ever blood test she needed because I wanted to make sure feeling so bad for years was because of menopause. I blamed every symptom on this change starting at 42 years old. I couldn't take it any more. Once the tests came back, I discovered I had hypothyroidism and was given a perscription. I am not a complainer (that is why it took me so long to have a simple blood test done)but I really did not want to go on medication so I immediately went to a nutrionalist. She tested me for food sensitivies and I came up with so many I was in total shock! Gluten, dairy, crab, shrimp, tuna, peanuts, soy, popcorn, apples, bananas and many more. She put me on many suppliments (I was only taking calcium at the time and no perscription medicines). Not having a clue that the things I was eating really had a negative impact on me from a digistive perspective, I blindly followed her advice. I was very strict with the "hope" I would feel better. Most people were not supportive of my change in diet and didn't believe anything this doctor had to say. I am strong person so I really didn't care what they thought as they were not feeling what my body was feeling. None the less, it is a very hard transition. I had experienced major fatigue, tingling in hands and feet, extreme brain fog (where I felt I could barely keep up with work), hot flashes that would make we want to faint, dry skin, brittle nails, hot/cold intolerance, etc. I did not take the medication and hoped the diet change would make the difference. It took two full months on extreme effort before I could say I felt better. Some people are so lucky they can feel a change within a few weeks. Three month into the diet change I had another blood test and, unfortunately, there was no change with my thyroid reading at all but I felt so much better that I felt the diet change was too important for me to abandon. I have since gone on the medication. Between the diet change, nutritional suppliments and I'm sure the medication, I feel like a real person again with periods of very high engery. I know I am still on my path to healing and still don't like the diet restctions, however, I won't go back to my old ways since I feel so good. I am sure for the rest of my life I will depend on a nutritionalist to ensure I am staying on track. Now I am at the point where almost every receipe can be made using substitutes and the majority of them leave me with a feeling that I am not being deprived and usually very satified. It just takes more effort. The hardest part is the realisation that this change does not happen over night. It took me a long time to get to the point where I felt so bad and it will time to get back to where I need to be but what is the alternative? I am so much happier now with much less anxiety. Stick to it. It's worth it.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 05:03 PM

You want your B-12 to be around 1100 usually. I take weekly injections.I started out with tablets, then to monthly injections now weekly...plus check Vit D,Thyroid testing not just TSH... A1C, Glucose calicum for starters.
Miralax & mineral oil are good to have on hand for the Big C, not habit forming if natural things like prunes warmed or juice are not working, Also drink plenty of PURE water not city water...

You have just started on the gluten-free journey it takes alot of time. Remember you are taking away something your body has dealth with for years wheat & gluten so the body needs to learn to adjust to a new plan..

Also other foods may be troubling you ie: dairy, soy , etc....
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:01 AM

SI had experienced major fatigue, tingling in hands and feet, extreme brain fog (where I felt I could barely keep up with work), hot flashes that would make we want to faint, dry skin, brittle nails, hot/cold intolerance, etc. I did not take the medication and hoped the diet change would make the difference. It took two full months on extreme effort before I could say I felt better.



Your symptoms are so much like mine! I have only recently been diagnosed and have only been gluten free for a little over 2 months. While my gi problems have improved, the others have not. I just had my first blood work done yesterday. I am wondering if some of these symptoms will be from thyroid problems. I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired!!

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:05 PM

You want your B-12 to be around 1100 usually. I take weekly injections.I started out with tablets, then to monthly injections now weekly...plus check Vit D,Thyroid testing not just TSH... A1C, Glucose calicum for starters.
Miralax & mineral oil are good to have on hand for the Big C, not habit forming if natural things like prunes warmed or juice are not working, Also drink plenty of PURE water not city water...

You have just started on the gluten-free journey it takes alot of time. Remember you are taking away something your body has dealth with for years wheat & gluten so the body needs to learn to adjust to a new plan..

Also other foods may be troubling you ie: dairy, soy , etc....

How do the injections work for you? I just took my first one today. I too will do them once a week. Id sure like to feel better. Im just recovering from cancer and getting my energy back would be the final part of my journey !!
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#15 pondy

 
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:03 AM

Here's what helps me with "C" :
MiraLax - 17g twice daily as needed
Senna tablets - 1 tab twice daily as needed. *I would start with one or the other, just once a day.* My "C" is chronic, hence the larger doses...
Also, probiotics like Culturelle seem to help. As others have mentioned, try avoiding soy, dairy & sugar. Good luck to you!
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