Problem with Chronic constipation

Posted by bb03 @bb03, Feb 1, 2021

I have a history of hypothyroidism, severe endometriosis/treatment was a hysterectomy 17 years ago.I also have a hx of IBS. My thyroid hormone levels are stable. I eat like a rabbit(I poop like one too, LOL!!!!!!). I eat a large amount of fiber and drink almost every hour(nonalcholic).ONly prescription drugs I take are armour thyroid and my estrogen/prosterone troche. I make a coconut bread and I add psyllium husks,flax seed and chia seed to it. I eat it practically every am. I also eat a spinach salad for lunch daily with nuts and yogurt and eat a lean meat and veggie and more coconut bread at night. I do one cheat meal with a cheat dessert once per week. I am relatively active for my age of 60. I've been to a gastroenterologist and we have tried Linzess which didn't help at all. I take miralax, and a Super Cleanse tab one per day which has herbs to soften the stool and to stimulate the bowel and It barely works. I am at a loss. I have not tried Montegrity yet. I don't know if it will be helpful and the side effects scare me. I had a CT of my abdomen and it was ok, no obstructions. The gastroenterologist that I go to practically accused me of abusing laxatives. I would be impacted if I didnt use the miralax and the Super Cleanse. Diet/water and activity do not help. I had diarrhea from my late teens to the age of 36 when my intestines out of the blue just shut down completely. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I was put on Synthroid but the constipation didn't go away. So if there is any gastroenterologist out there that can help me, please let me know.I feel defeated and worry about my health.

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@chronicallyilljade

I cannot afford them either!!:( however I recently found a primary doctor who did the same testing like reverse t3 that holistic drs did. My advice is find a primary dr that is not under a main hospital branch. My primary is a private dr and she accepts Medicaid.

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Also sometimes insurance won't cover consultation with holistic drs but some times covers tests and meds ordered by holistic drs

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@ginabeana

The prunes helped me out. So did the extra scoop of mineral or olive oil at bedtime. I only add these extra ingredients to my diet when I’m feeling especially bloated. I am starting to recognize what foods bother me and I’m starting to address these now that I’m retired and more in control of my food choices. Stress plays a factor during my day, too. Some things are just in one’s nature. I read things here that help me to understand more in an overall sense that makes me feel somewhat less stressed due to now having the thought of “I’m not alone out there with these stomach and/or digestion issues” and there’s a number of ways to deal with them. It’s my first week of not taking Omeprazole and I did have some expected bloating, gas and digestion issues a few days there but they definitely were manageable. It’s been over 3 years now taking omeprazole after an upper GI revealed I have a sliding hiatal hernia and GERD. I’m testing it over the next few weeks to see if I can stop taking Omeprazole on a daily basis. What’s worse, side effects or heartburn ? They have you coming and going. I’ll try natural meds like Aloe juice and DGL tabs for a while and see how it goes.

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I had the feeling of indigestion off and on for many years. I found that 1/4 tea of baking soda in a small amt of water stops it.There is a lot of research about the negatives of omeprazole, my husband knows it all. Has that hernia as well and has opted not to take it because of the negatives. I wish I could say what they are but his doc switched him to famotidine but he really tries not to do either. I know if my gut is moving along as it should that I never have indigestion. I also eat no animal fats. The last hamburger I ate took 3 days to digest – my body just doesn't tolerate it and seems as if my digestion is really slow. We love the Impossible Burger meat alternative because it tastes amazing and without the consequences. I have to eat vegan and about 8 years ago I became lactose intolerant which is a bit of a bummer since I do love lattes from Starbucks. Like Mr Rogers said, "I don't eat anything that has a mother." There is protein in fruits, vegetables and nuts plus I get to eat so much more food.

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@donnacarp

I had the feeling of indigestion off and on for many years. I found that 1/4 tea of baking soda in a small amt of water stops it.There is a lot of research about the negatives of omeprazole, my husband knows it all. Has that hernia as well and has opted not to take it because of the negatives. I wish I could say what they are but his doc switched him to famotidine but he really tries not to do either. I know if my gut is moving along as it should that I never have indigestion. I also eat no animal fats. The last hamburger I ate took 3 days to digest – my body just doesn't tolerate it and seems as if my digestion is really slow. We love the Impossible Burger meat alternative because it tastes amazing and without the consequences. I have to eat vegan and about 8 years ago I became lactose intolerant which is a bit of a bummer since I do love lattes from Starbucks. Like Mr Rogers said, "I don't eat anything that has a mother." There is protein in fruits, vegetables and nuts plus I get to eat so much more food.

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I see you’ve realized which diet works for you .. that’s wonderful.
I’m into my second week without using omeprazole, so I’m beginning to see which foods are troublesome. I’m trying Lactaid on yogurt days. That helps.
I’m bad with taco chips or potato chips. One handful is usually too much..

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@ginabeana

I see you’ve realized which diet works for you .. that’s wonderful.
I’m into my second week without using omeprazole, so I’m beginning to see which foods are troublesome. I’m trying Lactaid on yogurt days. That helps.
I’m bad with taco chips or potato chips. One handful is usually too much..

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I wish Lactaid worked for me but it didn't. I love love love the Affogado at a restaurant nearby where they put a scoop of vanilla gelato then pour espresso over it but oh boy! I just can't do the lactose without trouble and a rumbling gut but I have had lactose intolerance for a long time. Corn and potatoes are vegan so I can do both corn chips and potato chips except that I don't like the oils much. Isn't this the pits?

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@chronicallyilljade

I cannot afford them either!!:( however I recently found a primary doctor who did the same testing like reverse t3 that holistic drs did. My advice is find a primary dr that is not under a main hospital branch. My primary is a private dr and she accepts Medicaid.

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Interesting. I will look into that. Thank you so much! Enjoy your Sunday.

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@donnacarp

I wish Lactaid worked for me but it didn't. I love love love the Affogado at a restaurant nearby where they put a scoop of vanilla gelato then pour espresso over it but oh boy! I just can't do the lactose without trouble and a rumbling gut but I have had lactose intolerance for a long time. Corn and potatoes are vegan so I can do both corn chips and potato chips except that I don't like the oils much. Isn't this the pits?

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Yes! My fave foods are in the top dozen bad ones LOL

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@rocknrobbn

Interesting. I will look into that. Thank you so much! Enjoy your Sunday.

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You are welcome! Btw may I ask how old you are? Im a 20 year old woman. It's hard for me to afford drs because I got sick before I really had a chance to even start work. I need more ppl my age to relate to

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@ginabeana

Yes! My fave foods are in the top dozen bad ones LOL

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I feel this 110%!! Im allergic to dairy but I love ice cream and cake

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@chronicallyilljade

You are welcome! Btw may I ask how old you are? Im a 20 year old woman. It's hard for me to afford drs because I got sick before I really had a chance to even start work. I need more ppl my age to relate to

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I hope you find someone younger soon. I am 67.

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Dealing with chronic constipation for 18 months. Working with diet and laxatives. Had negative colonoscopy and endoscopy. Looking to improve to resolution. Anyone else dealing with this? Male/70/208/5'9 no other major health issues other than blood pressure and cholesterol. Thanks

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@marcconley

Dealing with chronic constipation for 18 months. Working with diet and laxatives. Had negative colonoscopy and endoscopy. Looking to improve to resolution. Anyone else dealing with this? Male/70/208/5'9 no other major health issues other than blood pressure and cholesterol. Thanks

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A few other points to add. I am currently doing the following for my condition. Not sure how to edit my prior post. New to this.

Have been working hard for 18 months to get a reliable protocol for regularity. Please review and comment.

Medication and food consumed between 7:30am and 6:30pm. Daily

300 mg of magnesium citrate every morning with 32 to 40 oz. of cold water, sometimes with 1/2 cup of hot coffee added to the water. Sometimes add 500 mg of vitamin C supplement not everyday. Can result om 3-4
3-4 major b/movements before eating. Seem to have the same effect that people get with linzess without 2 hours of diarrhea.

17mg of miralax – With brunch. Retired so I eat two meals a day brunch around 11:00am plus dinner around 6.

Food for brunch: 1/2 cup coffee with nondairy creamer, blueberries, baked beans, cooked collards and whole pear or apple or whole avocado, zucchini, and slice of liverwurst for protein, 1 kiwi fruit, olive oil on pears and zucchini. I am 90 % vegan so little meat, gluten, or dairy.

Cooked and raw veg for dinner + 6 oz. of fish and water only most of the day working up to 64 + ozs.

Have been following the above protocol but have had some issues lately.

My above protocol which was doable is now sometimes produces loose stools. Just need to get it slowed down. Want to keep miralax at 1 dose a day and go from there. Problem is that for several months, starting with daily miralax per the GI. I was unhappy with my results, needed to add mag citrate to get good movements. Now I sometimes have diarrhea prior to breakfast with just the one dose if miralax.. Anyone else taking miralax with occasional vitamin C and daily magnesium supplement having overreaction problems? Was on Bactrim antibiotic for 10 days for a skin infection and developed small yeast infection from Bactrim. But this has resolved. I may add kimchi improve this situation. Antibiotic may have also affected my digestive tract. May take miralax and magnesium with food to slow reaction. Male, 69,208. Please respond with any advice or comments.

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@marcconley

Dealing with chronic constipation for 18 months. Working with diet and laxatives. Had negative colonoscopy and endoscopy. Looking to improve to resolution. Anyone else dealing with this? Male/70/208/5'9 no other major health issues other than blood pressure and cholesterol. Thanks

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EPSOM SALT!!

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