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Monique9999
10-27-2008, 05:02 PM
I have had an on going (5 years) issue, with ALWAYS being consitpated. I take 2 heaping table spoons of Psyllium Husk everynight. It helps a tiny bit, but not much. If im lucky, I go once a day (VERY small amounts) with the Psyllium. With out it, it could be every 3 days. If I travel, it can be 5-7 days before I can go. Im guessing this is not normal. But im scared to go to the doctor.
I am also currently on a "yeast free diet", with food intake consisting of vegtables and meat. I also drink a TON of water. Please Help!

keith1000
11-02-2008, 03:34 AM
I have had an on going (5 years) issue, with ALWAYS being consitpated. I take 2 heaping table spoons of Psyllium Husk everynight. It helps a tiny bit, but not much. If im lucky, I go once a day (VERY small amounts) with the Psyllium. With out it, it could be every 3 days. If I travel, it can be 5-7 days before I can go. Im guessing this is not normal. But im scared to go to the doctor.
I am also currently on a "yeast free diet", with food intake consisting of vegtables and meat. I also drink a TON of water. Please Help!

keith1000
11-02-2008, 04:52 AM
I have had the same problem for many years so I know how debilitating this problem is. The first thing you should do is see your doctor, the tests are at most unpleasant but do not hurt. I sometimes wish my tests showed something as at least I could try and treat the problem rather than suffer all the time.
I went to see a nutritionist who advised me to keep off wheat, milk products, and eat very little red meat , it is also important to eat at least 100grams brown rice. Also eat lots of veg take probiotics, and eat 30 grams fibre per day. This after several months did actually work I was going every 2 days . If your very constipated it may not work so you may have to take laxatives to clear you out first. Unfortunately laxatives do not work for me so I am permanently stuck with the problem, the last time I felt well was 5 years ago, but try this it may work for you. Also exercise is very important.
My doctor advised trying acupuncture with someone who actually specialised in bowel problems which I am going to try.
I will be interested to know if keeping off yeast helps

Good luck Keith

kd66
11-08-2008, 08:15 PM
First, I agree that you should see a doctor - preferably a GI specialist - to rule out the really bad things. Second, if everything is all right so far, relax. Having a movement once or twice a week may be normal for some people. IF you have a natural evacuation without straining, you are probably OK.

That said, if your stools are hard and won't come without a fight or if there is blood on the TP, you need to change your habits now!

There are several good posts on this board with ideas about eating: fruits, vegetables, fiber, water, and exercise.

A remedy that my doctor recommends is made from equal parts all-bran, applesauce, and prune juice. A couple of tablespoons in the morning for a few days will help. I hate it, so rarely use it. Just plain prune juice does help me.

There are over-the-counter stool softeners that might help, too. There are also some prescriptions, but you don't want these yet.

If you see bright red blood on the paper, they will tell you not to worry. If it persists and happens every time and gets worse, you do need to worry. Over many years this can lead to serious blood loss and become life threatening. I know, it happened to me.

I wish you well.

lucylucy
11-11-2008, 12:29 AM
I used to be exactly the same way. I could easily go 6-8 days when I traveled without having a bm. I take fiber supplements too, but I get the most improvement when I eat a bowl of whole wheat cereal every morning, and eat more fruit and vegetables during the day.

Two tablespoons of psyllium apparently isn't enough to make up for a diet with too little plant fiber from whole grains, legumes, fruit and vegetables. You need a lot more fiber than that.

I tried a yeast free diet years ago but I felt awful and I couldn’t stick with it. I can't remember... Does it allow you to eat beans (legumes) or yogurt (with active cultures)? They can both help a lot with constipation. If you can’t add more whole grains and fruits, add more high fiber vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, etc.

You would probably benefit a lot from Miralax. I think it’s available over the counter now, as well as by prescription. It’s supposedly the safest kind of laxative other than fiber supplements. It works by making more water available in your colon to ease the movement of the stool. It doesn’t give you cramps like stimulant laxatives. I think it would work well even with a low residue diet.

Evie4
11-13-2008, 10:24 AM
I hear you! I more recently figured out how to relieve my constipation. Before, I ate low fat, drank water, exercised moderately and regularly, limited processed foods (hardly ever eat fast food). Got desperate, tried the fiber thing, that was a disaster for me--it just added to the problem.

Two things I've done after doing more research is adding more fat back into my diet (I ate pretty lowfat before ) and eliminate wheat (gluten). I read up on that and it has been a miracle for me.

Meat can be constipating also. I would also eat lean meats with viturally no fat. Interestingly, it was very challenging to add fat back into my diet. I was so used to avoiding it, that I really had rework how I was cooking.

When I first started elminating wheat products, it seemed tough. But there is a lot on the market (Asian stores have all kinds of non-based flour noodles). The hardest thing is not having hard crust artisan bread. If you want to know more about (gluten intolerance) you can find a lot of info on line.