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Any ideas on why this might be happening to a Paleo diet newbie?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 22, 2013 at 2:09 AM

My wife finally (after two and half years) decided to go strict Paleo with me. For all intents and purposes, that mostly means she isn't eating sugary desserts all the time and has stopped eating bread at restaurants. Since I do the cooking, she was mostly Paleo already. She started this about a month ago and since then she has gotten pretty sick. She isn't pooping hardly at all and nothing she does seems to help. She's been drinking a bunch of water, using Natural Calm for three weeks, eating sweet potatoes to feed the needed bacteria, taking probiotics morning and night, getting good sleep, squatty potty, exercising. . . I just don't know what else to do. Now, she is really sick (some kind of respitory issue) but I feel like it's all stemming from the toxins that have built up from not pooping.

I feel so bad for her because she has done an awesome job on Paleo, but she is doing just awful on it and getting sicker by the day. She's gaining weight, but not eating hardly anything because she just isn't hungry. Too much backed up in her. Has anyone else had this problem and how did it get better? We're thinking of taking her to the doctor because of the constipation, but we don't want some drug to make it better. Any help would be great. She's too sick to want to type and that's why she didn't write this.

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on February 24, 2013
at 03:51 AM

Nice job. Not that she has all those symptoms, but we took her the doctor and he brought up the same thing. Thinking hypothyroidism right now even though she tested normal. Going on autoimmune protocol and seeing if it might help. Thanks for bringing this up so that when the doctor brought it up I had already done the research.

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on February 22, 2013
at 10:30 PM

Yes, James thank you.

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:56 AM

Given what you wrote, it doesn't sound like Paleo is the issue. Take her to the doctor, as Sara suggested.

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:40 AM

Is she depressed? Having brain fog, memory loss, or concentration problems? Is her skin cold to the touch (especially the extremities), and does she have a hard time tolerating cold? Is her skin coarse or dry? Is her hair thinning? If she answers yes to any of these questions, I would get her thyroid levels checked out.

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on February 24, 2013
at 03:51 AM

Nice job. Not that she has all those symptoms, but we took her the doctor and he brought up the same thing. Thinking hypothyroidism right now even though she tested normal. Going on autoimmune protocol and seeing if it might help. Thanks for bringing this up so that when the doctor brought it up I had already done the research.

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on February 22, 2013
at 08:51 AM

She doesn't sound like she's reacting to well to the diet. Perhaps try something else.

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on February 22, 2013
at 10:30 PM

Yes, James thank you.

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:20 AM

I would at least pay the doctor a visit--he/she can't force your wife to take drugs, and maybe you'll get some answers about what's going on. There could be a significant GI issue (like an obstruction) at play that you don't want to try and "wait out".

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on February 22, 2013
at 07:24 AM

what do her meals look like throughout the day and how much is she eating?

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on February 22, 2013
at 05:53 AM

My son was severely constipated for a week and a half. When it really became painful we took him in for an x-ray to rule out an obstruction. Higher than usually doses of fish oil and a child sized enema did the trick. Once the built up blockage was flushed out he was able to get back to normal. We think he was eating too many bananas and too much flax seed without drinking enough water to keep it moving. Blockages can be very dangerous, so I'd suggest getting that checked. If they suggest drugs and mineral oil, you might want to jump ahead to the enema and prunes and see if that helps first. Good luck!!

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:25 AM

has she tried vitamin C every day??

i read a book called "fiber menace" and on the author's website, he recommends this for constipation problems. i've never tried it since i'm on the other end of the spectrum, but i would use this if i was constipated.

http://www.gutsense.org/store/hydroc.html

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on February 27, 2013
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