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Kaitlynb

IBS/Constipation?

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Is it just me or does anyone else out ther experience weekly constipation/ diarrhea, despite following a gluten-free diet? Every week  find myself being constipated and don't know if it's medications or something to do with celiac? Have not had diarrhea in a long time but constipation is a regular occurance every week now.  If anyone has any information, please let me know.

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It can take a long time to heal from celiac disease for many reasons.  When was the last time your antibodies were tested?  What medications are you taking that could cause constipation?  Have you mentioned this to your doctor?   ?

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I think that it can take a while to "balance" everything out.  And as we heal, how much fat, sugar, fiber, etc we can tolerate or need can change.  Even so, I find that maybe my GI system is a little more "delicate" that other peoples and more sensitive to too much fat or sugar or fiber.

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The constant constipation is normally caused by a magnesium deficiency, IT can also be caused by gut flora, not enough liquids, not enough or the right ratio of insoluble and soluble fiber. Do you have bloating, and distention with it? If so it could be a irritant is causing inflammation in the colon or intestines preventing it from working properly.

My first suggestion is a magnesium supplement, my top two suggestion are Natural Vitality Calm and Doctors Best. Now the Natural Vitality Calm is a bit harsher on the body it is a Magnesium Citrate. The same stuff they use in high doses for a VERY effective laxative. Now I would suggest this one for you first, try starting off at 1/4 tsp in a beverage twice a day and slowly up to to 1tsp dosages twice a day perhaps more if you need it to the point where you start having easier bowl movements. This should be about the level you need.

Good luck and hope this helps.

Also I suggest a food jounel to make sure you not perhaps CCing yourself. Gluten hides in some odd foods and places, it could be a minor CC issues with cook ware, or residue on a common surface you use for prep. I might suggest using freezer paper for a prep surface and some new cooking ware and utensils.

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I have celiac (diagnosed in 2006) and just was told I have idiopathic IBS with constipation. I take the lowest dose of linsess but it still gives me diarrhea. I've been taking it every other day and that works well. If the magnesium citrate doesn't work you could ask your doc for linsess.

I had an allergy test a couple of years ago and wasn't allergic to anything, even wheat.  I can't handle apples but am ok with its family members. Once or twice a year I have uncontrollable diarrhea for a month that just comes out of nowhere. Doesn't matter what I eat or drink. The doctor has no clue what that's about since it doesn't come from gluten exposure or anything. I'm not sure how much help I've been but it's nice to know you aren't alone.

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I've had c weekly until I came up with a balance of drinking enough water and eating enough veggies. I tried to take fiber supplements and didn't help me. I have not tried what Ennis suggests but I would certainly try it if my method stops working. Took me years to come up with the perfect balance for my (annoying) body! When I am stupid and don't do the right food prep or have not had enough water the day before, I'm back to square one.

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