• Join our community!

    Do you have questions about celiac disease or the gluten-free diet?

  • Ads by Google:
     




    Get email alerts Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter

    Ads by Google:



       Get email alertsSubscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter

  • Announcements

    • admin

      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
0
daphniela

Extreme Constipation

Rate this topic

Recommended Posts

It has been a long time since I have visited this forum. I have been gluten free for about 4 years now. I went to the hospital on Thursday because I was having major stomach problems. They gave me all kinds of medications for my stomach and pain. They even gave me morphine, not even that helped me. They x-rayed me and found that I had a ton of feces inside. I was told that that doesn't normally show up in an x-ray so it means I have a lot. They gave me this drink to get me going. I was prescribed Bentyl and stool softeners. My system is still not working properly even with these medications. I have not eaten any gluten whatsoever. I cook my own food and never go out to eat. I am very tempted to ingest some gluten thinking it may help me get things moving. I am really afraid of developing Septicemia since nothing is working for me. I may have to go back to hospital if nothing changes by end of the week. They only gave me a 7 day supply of medication.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:
Ads by Google:


Have you tried mirilax? One capful twice daily in any drink you prefer. Sometimes it takes a day or two to work, but once it does, it gets you going.

Also try citrate of magnesium and dulcolax suppository.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Maybe add some Kombucca to your diet? I had a lot of problems with C and once I started drinking just about 2oz. in the morning helped.

Also, do you eat raw foods? I know raw foods don't agree with some of us, so we get to where we sort of edit them out of our diets. Try a salad of apple, celery, walnuts, and some lettuce. Dress with a bit of honey/olive oil. The fiber in this salad really helps.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please do not resort to gluten to try and solve your constipation problem.

You can try this:

16 oz glass of water with a tablespoon of ground flax seed in it. Stir it up and drink it down.

2 times a day for a week..And drink more water throughout the day.

Worked like a charm for me and a few other people I know--even when laxatives did not work..

Hope you find relief soon. It is very uncomfortable, I know. :(

If you do not get relief soon, I would go back to the doctor. No one should be in this kind of pain.

Something's not right. Morphine is not a resolution; it's just throwing more constipating drugs at the problem. Thyroid disease can also cause the big C.

Edited by IrishHeart

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Try magnesium citrate. Works EVERYTIME. It sounds like you are so uncomfortable that an enema might be in order also. Step one: get cleaned out

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:


Morphine, like most narcotic drugs, always cause constipation. Bentyl's side effects include constipation. Both of those drug's suppress the symptoms of pain and cramping, rather than treat the cause of your pain. If you abstain from gluten, perhaps you have a parasitic, bacterial or fungal infection in your intestines. (I had 8 over a 4 year period, while abstaining from gluten and my other 6 allergens.) If a stool test does not show any abnormal amounts of bad gut bugs, perhaps you have another delayed reaction allergy. Like gluten intolerance, other delayed reaction allergies can also cause excruciating gut pain. Anytime you have infections or inflammation in your gut you have develop constipation. However, you might also want to ask your doc for thyroid hormone tests (T3, T4, TPOab and TSH) to rule out hypothyroidism (which decreases metabolism and gut motility) as a cause of ongoing constipation.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If your pain is not helped with morphine and things are still not moving with all traditional methods....go back to the doctor. I had severe abdominal pain that came on over a two day period when I had been gluten-free for about a year and a half. My assumption was I had been glutened - until the pain became unbearable - went to ER - docs scratched their heads over my CT results - they thought it "might" be possible that I had a small bowel obstruction -- they admitted me and kept me laying there in excruciating pain to see if I got better with ng tube and pain meds -- I never thought there was worse pain than child birth - I was wrong. Surgical team finally deemed it necessary to take a look at five days into this ordeal.

I had developed a nice little lasso around a portion of my small intestine from hysterectomy scar tissue grabbed my fallopian tubes to create a nice tight rope around a loop of small intestine. The surgery was successful - docs were amazed that I didn't want pain meds afterward - ummm I had been in unbelievable pain for nearly a week...a few laproscopic incisions were nothing in comparison. I wasn't trying to be tough....an additional factor was I wanted the hell out of the hospital as they could not provide gluten free meals and I was a bit hungry after living on IV for days on end.

I don't share this story thinking you necessarily have a similar case to mine. It's more that I mistakenly thought gluten was the cause of my abdominal pain and it turned out to be something I never would have imagined - nor many doctors would seriously consider.

Severe constipation can be extremely painful - I know - but if this is a new or different pain - investigate.

PS....during this fun episode the ER docs were blaming that I had tried Mag Citrate on my pain - frustrated my husband enough that he chewed them out - finally getting it thru their heads that I had the pain BEFORE trying Mag Citrate. His small tirade may be the reason they finally admitted me ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am still suffering with this problem. I am now noticing I bloat up and look 4-5 months pregnant after eating sour cream. I have tried an enema and I have been taking stool softeners and a natural garlic candida cleanse. Today I drank magnesium citrate and it has been 6 hours and still nothing. I do not have insurance so I can't exactly just go to the doctor and I am very very low income.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ditch the dairy, keep up on the magnesium and lots of water, and if you need to go to a sliding scale clinic, go!

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And some prunes wouldn't hurt, either ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:


Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      108,911
    • Total Posts
      943,462
  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      67,063
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    M. Ramirez
    Joined
  • Popular Now

  • Topics

  • Posts

    • LexieA, I agree with Plumbago. The symptom's of low stomach acid and high stomach acid are similar so it is easy to confuse the symptom's of one as the other. Dr. Myatt explains this well in her online article about stomach acid. http://healthbeatnews.com/whats-burning-you/ quoting "But My Symptoms Feel Like Too Much Acid…" Strong stomach acid and pepsin quickly "emulsify" fats and proteins, making them ready for the next step of digestion, passage into the small intestine. When these digestive factors are weak, food remains in the stomach for longer and it begins to ferment. Gas pressure from the fermentation can cause bloating and discomfort and can can also cause the esophageal sphincter to open, allowing stomach contents to "backwash" into the esophagus. Even though weak stomach acid is the central cause of this, even this weak stomach acid, which has no place in the esophagus, will "burn." This burning sensation confuses many people, including doctors, who then "ASSuME" that excess acid is to blame. Too little acid, resulting in slowed digestion, and gas which creates back-pressure into the esophagus is the real cause of almost all "heartburn" and GERD." so  you can see how they can easily be confused for each other. you no doubt are having stomach acid issues but it is because it is too little or too much? Timeline helps us determine which it is. If it happens when we eat something it is already to low to  digest the food we are eating. if eating something cause the heartburn/gerd to improve (especially meat) then your stomach acid is really too high especially if this happens between meals. because eating something will naturally dilute/lower the stomach acid pH. I wrote about my stomach acid being misdiagnosed on my celiac.com posterboy blog. ( have summarized most of what you need to know in this reply but the post is still there if you want to study it more for yourself. if your not taking an antacid now then taking BetaineHCL should improve digestion. If it does then raising your stomach acid by lowering you pH should improve your digestion. study on the best way to take powdered stomach acid before trying this. but I found taking 3 to 4 capsules in the beginning was easier than taking only 1 or 2 in the beginning .. .  until I could back it down to only needing one per meal or now none per meal to aid digestion. which is what we are shooting for.  The place where our body is now producing our stomach acid naturally at a healthy level. if you feel a "warm sensation" in your stomach you have reached a good level. I hope this is helpful. I only know it helped me. *** this is not medical advice but I hope you have as a good experience with it as I did. Usually peopledon't  have a trouble taking BetaineHCL unless they have an ulcer or already taking PPI's which are actually lowering  their stomach acid contributing to a viscous cycle of being locked into taking PPI's long term. if PPIs are taken for more than 6 months they can be almost impossible to stop/quit because of the acid rebound people experience when trying to stop taking them cold turkey and why they recommend stepping back doses by 1/2 gradually so they don't get overwhelmed by the stomach acid your stomach is  able to produce again naturally itself (hopefully). . . if taking betaineHCL jump started your ability to produce stomach acid again. . . if not taking betaineHCL (Powdered Stomach Acid) can replace what the body is missing much like taking a hormone. chris kresser has a good online article on this subject as well. https://chriskresser.com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-but-doesnt-about-heartburn-gerd/ he says it well. quoting chris kresser. "If heartburn were caused by too much stomach acid, we’d have a bunch of teenagers popping Rolaids instead of elderly folks. But of course that’s the opposite of what we see." **** this is not medical advice but I hope it is is helpful. posterboy by the grace of God, 2 Timothy 2:7 "Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things".  
    • Lex_ I agree with Ennis_Tx. You need to take some Magnesium.  It works best as a Magnesium Citrate or Magnesium Glycinate. Magnesium Citrate are easiest to find. Take it 2/day for the first couple weeks to see how much more energy you have. Then you can take it with each meal or 2/day and one hour before bedtime if it is not convenient to take it at work. If it is working you (right form of as a Magnesium Citrate or Glycinate) you will will experience vivid dreams. And wake up with enough energy to take on the day. **** this is not medical advice but it really helped my chronic fatigue symptom's. It is good for leg cramps too also known as charley horse's. posterboy,
    • I am sorry that I was not clear.    I only mentioned  your diagnostic background, not to discredit you, but because without any lab results (other than a positive gene test), how can you be sure that gluten (shampoo containing wheat protein) was the actual culprit (not a guess) of your symptoms?  It is common for celiacs to receive follow-up antibodies to monitor their dietary compliance.  This is not perfect, but it is the only tool in the toolbox for now.   My husband has been gluten free 12 years prior to my diagnosis.  He went gluten free per the poor advice of his GP and my allergist.  So, I am not trying to discount your diagnosis at all.  I am just trying to see if other lab tests (e.g. liver tests that were elevated previously for you when you were still consuming gluten) were measured after your shampoo exposure.   I am curious because I have had issues over the last year.  I was glutened last January, had the flu, a tooth infection, a cold and a tooth extraction, three rounds of antibiotics (verified to be gluten free) within a month or so.  Like, you, I am very careful.  I have no idea as to how I was exposed.   The last time I ate out was a year ago and even then it was at at 100% gluten free restaurant.   My hubby did not have any symptoms at this time.  He is like my canary.    I went to my GI and my DGP IgA was off the charts even some three months later.   My celiac-related symptoms diminished in three months, but I struggled with autoimmune hives for six.  My GI offered to do an endoscopy in the summer.  Instead I chose to follow the Fasano diet.  I still was not feeling well.  In December, my antibodies were 80.  They were either on a decline or they were increasing again.  I opted for the endoscopy.  My biopsies revealed a healed small intestine (you could see the villi on the scope too).  But I was diagnosed with chronic gastritis and had a polyp removed.   So, all this time I thought my celiac disease was active, but it was NOT the source of my current gut issues.   Again, my apologies.  I just wanted to know how you know for SURE that hydrologized wheat protein from someone else’s shampoo and conditioner could reach your small intestine to trigger an autoimmune reaction.  Maybe, like me, Gluten was not the actual culprit.    
    • The reason I think it was the shampoo? Process of elimination. Our house is almost entirely gluten free (except for this shampoo which slipped through the cracks until I read the ingredient label). My husband has bread that he eats at lunch, but he practices something that resembles aseptic technique from the lab when he's making his sandwiches. He's been doing this for years now and I've never been glutened from within my home. The previous week I hadn't eaten out, I cooked all my food, I don't eat processed food and I never eat something from a shared facility.  Usually if I get glutened it's a single dose sort of thing and it follows a very predictable course, to the point where I can estimate when I got glutened within 24 hours of when it happened. However, this time, I was feeling achy and arthritic and moody for about a week before it got bad enough for me to recognize it as the result of gluten exposure, at which point we went searching and found the shampoo (and conditioner, which does leave more of a residue than shampoo), which he immediately stopped using. Within three days I was feeling back to normal (which is the usual course for me).  Sure, it could have been something else, but I know how sensitive I am, and, as silly as it sounds, it was the only thing that made sense. The other thing you said: You're correct, mine was not a rock solid celiac diagnosis, but I have no doubt that gluten is the problem. I was SICK. I went through two different gluten challenges in an effort to get a more straightforward diagnosis during which I was a barely functioning human being. Consuming gluten may not have given me blunted villi or elevated antibodies, but it did inflame my gut, and actually started to damage my liver. If you look at my diagnosis thread, I had elevated liver enzymes, which have been correlated with celiac disease in the past. There was no alternative explanation for the liver enzymes, he checked EVERYTHING.  I too am a scientist and I have spent a lot of time with the literature trying to make sense of my condition.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26150087 I also have no doubt that gluten was damaging my intestines in some way, as any prolonged gluten exposure in the past has inevitably been followed by a severe FODMAP intolerance that goes away once I've eliminated the gluten and given myself a month or so to heal.  I also had a very fast diagnosis following the onset of symptoms (~1 year) so it's possible that the disease never had a chance to manifest as full celiac. I wasn't willing to eat gluten long enough to find out. As a result of my diagnosis, hazy as it was, I am *meticulously* gluten free. It is not a fad for me. I don't occasionally cheat. It is my life, for better or worse. All of that being said, I'm not sure what my diagnosis has to do with your question. You say you're not trying to be rude, but when you bring up my diagnosis in a thread that has nothing to do with diagnostics, it seems like you're trying to undermine the validity of my disease or the validity of my input in this forum. If I'm being hypersensitive, I apologize, but that's how you came across on my end. I'll admit that the fact that my diagnosis wasn't more straight forward does make me a bit defensive, but I promise that even if I didn't have a solid diagnosis, I interact with the world as though I did, and I'm not out there giving people the wrong idea about celiac disease by not taking it seriously. If there was a connection between your question and my diagnostics that I missed I would appreciate you giving me the chance to better understand what you were asking. 
    • I am just curious.  As a scientist (and I am not trying to be rude), how can you determine if hydrologized wheat protein from your husband’s shampoo was actually the culprit?  If I recall at your diagnosis, you were seronegative, Marsh Stage I, gene positive,  but your doctor still  suspected celiac disease.  You improved on a gluten diet.  Other than observation, how do you really know?  Could it not be something else that triggered your symptoms?   I firmly believe that even trace amounts of gluten (under 20 ppm), can impact sensitive celiacs.  But traces of a protein within a shampoo from someone else’s hair that was rinsed?    
  • Upcoming Events