My pain that I have had for many years is gone after I quit gluten but not the constipation. I have some other intolerances - dairy, peanuts and egg that I have taken out of my diet but that has not helped the constipation either. I have tried various forms of fiber and now take miralax which works but I really don't have "normal" bms with it. I generally don't go without using something. I really see my constipation get worse with eating gluten-free bread and pasta which I woke up this morning thinking rice may be the problem. Any ideas? I love pasta but use it in moderation already. I feel like I will never gain or even maintain my weight if I take out rice products. New gastro only pushes FIBER and more FIBER.....
There is a good possiblity that it could be autoimmune related as I have a positive ANA and may have some sort of lupus thing going on. Thyroid is normal. Being constipated is so depressing. What are your thoughts on rice?
Which thyroid test results convinced you that your thyroid is 'normal'? Did you test free t3, free t4, TPOab, as well as TSH? What was your doc's normal range for TSH?
I struggled with constipation for years. Abstaining from gluten and my other 6 allergies helped somewhat, but I wasn't normal. Other digestive aid (betaine hcl for hypochloridia) eliminated bloating after eating. Taking Magnesium aspartate insured a daily bowel movement, but I still didn't have normal stools. Only after I was dx'd with Hashimoto's hypothyroidism and another year of getting the proper dose of thyroid supplement did I finally have normal stools, no matter how much fiber I consume, no matter. I still take magnesium, but more for bone health than laxative effect. I can also get diarrhea if I eat too many grapes or too many sweets. I never got diarrhea before thyroid supplements.
Besides constipation, I had all the classic hypothyroid symptoms: fatigue, fingernail ridges and tears, feeling cold except in 80 degree weather, feeling overwhelmed by simple tasks, etc.I didn't have weight problems, because I had digestive difficulties for years before dx'd with celiac, food allergies and hypochloridia (low stomach acid). Do you have any of those classic hypothyroid symptoms?