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#16 jenhunter

 
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 07:37 AM

But, if you are newly DXed, C and D are common ailments for us and until your gut heals and the bowels begin to work as they should, you may have alternating bowel symptoms.



I was diagnosed about a month ago. I dont take any digestive enzymes or probiotics ( Im not really familiar with all this added stuff to eat). Ive been dairy free for 3 weeks because my body cant handle it anymore, so I know thats not an issue; and I never eat raw veggies because I found them to be way too harsh on my belly (raw celery makes my stomach turn into a billion knots). My main goal is to talk to the gastro about that but I cant get ahold of my doctor via phone, guess Ill be making an appointment to see her! Im not sure what blood work was done, all I know is the food allergies so that is something I should ask her too.
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:16 AM

I was diagnosed with being gluten intolerant about a month ago. I immediately stopped eating gluten and went on a strict gluten free diet. almost instantly i noticed a huge difference in the appearance of my stomach (i wasn't bloated). i don't have those constant stabbing pains i used to get, and i am no longer in a ton of pain after eating meals. however, i am still constipated. i will go 4 days without going and when i finally do - its hardly anything. one week i will go once a day everyday, and the next week i wont go for 4-5 days straight! the week that i was on my period - i went everyday and have never felt so good! (sorry if that's a little TMI) i decided to take a tablespoon of metamucil last night and woke up with diarrhea and now i feel all bloated and gross feeling again. does/did anyone ever have issues like this? i would LOVE to know some ways to help me become regular. the days i do go, i feel amazing. and the days i don't go - i am so uncomfortable. sorry if its a little too much info but i am desperate for some guidance since my doctor frankly couldn't care less.
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:24 AM

I am totally going through this. Constipation was my main complaint before going gluten free. I am still having issues with it. I work out out several days a week and eat lots of veggies, salads are my mainstay since going gluten free since I am avoiding "replacement proiducts" so it's not poor diet and lack of exercise. I am taking digestive enzymes and like you my bloating is much improved. I like the flaxseed tip and will try it. I want my diet healthy enough to go. My doctors advice was to take metamucil and miralax everyday and keep a food log and call back in a few months. Not quite what I was looking for.
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:41 AM

Hi,
Yup, flax seed ground in a coffee grinder added to your favorite breakfast cerceal it worked for me. I am self diagnosed gluten-free, i know that doesn't sit well with most, but it worked for me. I am still having tired issus, bowel problems, mood swings, low energy, but l know that if i just hang in there things should get better. Just a side note, i have been on a lot of different diets over the years, taken a lot of supplements, exercised a lot, until one day, l just had know energy, no air, all i wanted to do was sit down and die. Soooo.... this is my last resort, going gluten-free, getting away from the low energy, the bowel problems, and on and on it goes........ Just hang in there that's what l'am told, l hope you are feeling better


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#20 IrishHeart

 
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:31 PM

I was diagnosed about a month ago. I dont take any digestive enzymes or probiotics

My main goal is to talk to the gastro about that but I cant get ahold of my doctor via phone, guess Ill be making an appointment to see her!

Im not sure what blood work was done, all I know is the food allergies so that is something I should ask her too.


Okay . I see. Well, allergies is not the same as food intolerances or Celiac.

Try the probiotics. They help turn an unbalanced gut around.
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:53 PM

For a natural laxative drink a big dose of olive oil. You can mix it with orange juice or whatever...it doesn't taste bad at all, and it won't hurt you a bit...and it WILL make you go! You can drink 2 ounces every few hours if you need to. It really isn't gonna hurt anything and some people I know drink 2 ounces a day as a shot...just because it is good for you! I prefer my olive oil on veggies though, thank you. But if you are miserable...ya know...it might help!

Also...a large dose of vitamin C can move things along.
some people take vitamin C to bowel tolerance...meaning until it gives you diarrhea and then they back off to where they don't get the D from it and that was supposed to be the level of vitamin C you needed. That was Linus Pauling's research...but anyway, it means that a large dose of vitamin C can truly "move you"!! And I think it is a harmless remedy too.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 04:17 AM

Also...a large dose of vitamin C can move things along.
some people take vitamin C to bowel tolerance...meaning until it gives you diarrhea and then they back off to where they don't get the D from it and that was supposed to be the level of vitamin C you needed. That was Linus Pauling's research...but anyway, it means that a large dose of vitamin C can truly "move you"!! And I think it is a harmless remedy too.


Somewhere around 3,000-5,000 mgs should be a moving experience indeed. :D (but as Meatie suggests, back off it or you'll be going and going and going)

Also, a big dose of magnesium (about 750 mgs) at bedtime will also "provoke" a response.

To the OP: The thing is, all of these suggestions we are offering will work--one time---but for sustained "normal" BMs, the gut lining has to heal and things will normalize in time.
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Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:30 PM

Guys, seriously??....lower bowel stimulants and various chemicals and dependency on them to "make you go"--- is not really healthy.

Water. Lots of water.


Start your day with 16 oz. of water.

Please, just try the ground flaxseed meal in water instead of those OTC preps that will wipe out your entire gut flora.

That stuff is designed for colonoscopy preps.

loci__ladi and I agree. FOOD is your best "propellant"

Salads, fruit.

Make a fruit smoothie! Lots of blueberries, bananas, pineapple, kale, mango, ground flax....with a little coconut milk. If you don't shite your brains out, I'll be stunned.





Sorry, I really don't mean to be rude or combative or any of that.... but sometimes the "chemical' way is the only way out of a difficult situation.

After two years I still have trouble with C. Not as much, but still trouble. It doesn't matter that I drink close on to a gallon of water a day and feel like I am floating down the Nile, eat cooked veggies 3x's a day, no processed foods, take probiotics, take flax seed oil and sprinkle regular flax on food, had my thyroid checked, etc, etc, the problem with C is still is there. I have tried everything and would prefer to do everything the most "natural" way possible. But I can't.

This is just my own thought..... everything that has to do with Celiac Disease takes it's own sweet time and is different for every person. My issue with dealing with C has taken 2 years to get to the point where I can go with the every other night help of the Smooth Move tea. I figure, at least I only have to take the tea every other night as opposed to the every night that I started out with. At one point four fleet enemas didn't "move" me. (Sorry for the graphics) It may take another two years to get to where i don't need the extra "help" at all but at least I am showing improvement.

In the past year I have slowly weaned myself off of two of the three anti-depressents that I was on. I was on two priolesec a day and am now down to 1/2 a day.

Bottom line, I guess my point is this ~ everyone has to find their own "cocktail" for dealing with this issue of C. Take every suggestion given, mix them together and find what works best for you. Warm prune juice or a huge salad may work for one person and not for you. Give things a try and find your way. If you have to use a chemical help (laxitives, whatever) for awhile, ok. (Awhile being the key word here) If the chemical approach works, use it. But be mindful and don't over do. Once you become regular for awhile then work on cutting back on that chemical help. I honestly believe that as ones body begins to heal you will find that you need less and less of the "chemical" help. With Celiac you don't always absorb the right nutrients. If you don't absorb and process the foods then they can't do the job that they are supposed to. As you heal you will begin to absorb nutrients which will naturally take over, process and lessen the need for chemical assistance. The natural wayy will win out.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 05:05 AM

After two years I still have trouble with C. Not as much, but still trouble.
This is just my own thought..... everything that has to do with Celiac Disease takes it's own sweet time and is different for every person.

In the past year I have slowly weaned myself off of two of the three anti-depressents that I was on. I was on two priolesec a day and am now down to 1/2 a day.

The natural wayy will win out.


Could not agree more with the "everyone heals at their own pace" thought!! (I say that so often on here, I must sound like a broken record) :D

And I also agree that everyone needs to find what works to get relief.

My biggest concern is for people to become overly-dependent on chemical stimulants because that can/will happen. (it's fine for occasional use, to relieve that "blockage"--yes)

You mention you were taking several medications, but now weaning off them. (having used those myself, I know a major side effect of those is C) so, perhaps, it is possible you had C as a result of those as well?

Hoping you continue to see improvements! This has been a long road for me, too and I suspect I have more years of healing still to come.

Best wishes, IH
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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.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 05:26 PM

Could not agree more with the "everyone heals at their own pace" thought!! (I say that so often on here, I must sound like a broken record) :D

And I also agree that everyone needs to find what works to get relief.

My biggest concern is for people to become overly-dependent on chemical stimulants because that can/will happen. (it's fine for occasional use, to relieve that "blockage"--yes)

You mention you were taking several medications, but now weaning off them. (having used those myself, I know a major side effect of those is C) so, perhaps, it is possible you had C as a result of those as well?

Hoping you continue to see improvements! This has been a long road for me, too and I suspect I have more years of healing still to come.

Best wishes, IH



Thanks for your comments irishheart ~ Yes, I am very hopeful that going off of this last antidepressent will be the "magic" cure! ;) If nothing else celiac is teaching me patience! grr lol
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 04:01 AM

Thanks for your comments irishheart ~ Yes, I am very hopeful that going off of this last antidepressent will be the "magic" cure! ;) If nothing else celiac is teaching me patience! grr lol



I am thinking it may well be. Fingers crossed for you, hon.

Patience? oh, honey, we get a PhD in patience with this thing!!

(see my sig line about praying for patience) :lol:
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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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