View Full Version : Chronic Constipation

07-17-2001, 04:47 PM
I have basically had constipation for 7 months now. The symptoms. 1 bowel movement a day every morning but as I eat I feel bloated and constipated. By the end of the day I feel uncomfortable. Notes of interest..if I take a water soluable fiber, I go mid day, If I take a non water soluable fiber I only go the next morning (but my stomach feels less upset ) I have tried the fruit in the morning works but doesnt do anything for the rest of the day. I am very athletic , in excellent shape (my diet was never really bad) I used to go 3 hours after a meal you could set your clock by it. I am frustrated. I am looking for some ideas and comments

Vitamin C and Magnesium (will that upset the bacteria in my stomach ?

Water Soluable fiber or Non-water soluable the difference and the pro and cons of each ?

Peristalis ? what can I eat to cause it..I feel like I am digesting but it not moving it out....???? (very important)

How long should I keep up a fibre treatment ?

Will Water Soluable fiber (ie. Metamucil) actually correct the problem or are you just treating the symptom and not curing the ailment ? ( I believe that is the problem with the water soluable fibres you will develop a dependency..anyone care to comment ??_)

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07-17-2001, 05:32 PM
I used to get very constipated before I found out I had food allergies. Is there something you added to your diet since this started that you could be allergic to?

07-17-2001, 06:56 PM
nothing that I can think of. I have tried different food mixes and such but nothing seems to make a difference.

07-20-2001, 09:09 AM
It may be hard to figure out an allergic food on your own. An allergist can test you for this. It will at least eliminate a possible cause if you have the testing done.

07-20-2001, 05:38 PM
good point.. have any ideas on fiber treatments what works best ect ect ?

07-31-2001, 10:34 AM
As far as fiber, I use the plain psyllium husk caps because the Metamucil-type supplements have things that I'm allergic to in them.

08-07-2001, 05:13 PM
You know what!!! I've actually been taking taking psyllium husk seed capsules and they seem to help more then Metamucil type things ever did. I buy just the plain ole psyllium husk seed capsules at GNC. Ive been taking 4 caps in the morning and 4 after work at night. It seems that I'm having better movements then from before I took them. I can't stand Metamucil either, I don't like mixing that stuff up or anything. Also, the psyllium caps are easier to carry around and don't taste like anything. Actually, GNC has a whole section (in the store by my house) of digestive related supplements and stuff..check it out!!