I am looking for some help here… I have been constipated ever since a young girl I am now 29 years old and my constipation is unbearable.
Nine years ago I stopped eating gluten. I occasionally eat dairy, occasionally peanuts and I occasionally drink alcohol. My life consists of protein shakes, vegetables and fish. My blood work tests negative for all allergies even though it's very apparent I have celiac disease. Also my entire family has celiac and everybody went to get checked after a doctor diagnosed me just by symptoms.
The past few months it feels like everything has changed I have gained weight, I haven't been able to go to the bathroom as often (mind you I rarely go as it is). I feel like the food is stuck in my stomach and I'm constantly bloated. Even when I go to the gym I feel like the water isn't going down properly and I'm even more bloated the usual. I look pregnant every day.
I wake up every morning full and in pain from eating. I just feel so full and so sick constantly. The worst part is I'm still hungry and I need to eat. I feel like I'm not getting the nutrients that I'm supposed to be getting as well.
My thyroid is normal. I have no food allergies (or they say but stay clear of many things). I am waiting for my immune tests to come back now. I've already had numerous colonoscopies and endoscopies with biopsies all came back normal.
I recently started taking two magnesium vitamins at night along with sulfur twice a day.
I need help?!?!
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on April 17, 2017
at 10:16 AM
Hi. I used to have many of the symptoms you described. Even at times when I had a relatively flat stomach, if I ate specific foodstuffs (sandwiches, muesli, baked beans, cakes...), within a couple of hours, I would look like I was several months pregnant and would have to unzip my trousers to make room for my expanding abdomen (I wore tunics :) ). I would then get extremely watery, 'explosive' diarrheas: the consistency would range from porridge to... broth! I had an endoscopy where everything appeared normal, however the biopsy turned up lymphocitic colitis. The GE said he didn't know what caused it but advised me to ban wheat, pulses, dairy, drink less coffee, spend less time seated (at the time I was working f/t, studying p/t, up to 24 hours a week, and commuting by bus 2 hours each day, so I was seated from about 7am to midnight/2am, 6/7 days a week), change job and move house. I did all the above, and I eventually got better. I still got flare ups if I eat wheat or pulses, but I can now eat cheese. One of the things which I think helped was getting an exercise ball and a raised desk, both at work and at home (slipped discs and sciatica), doing Pilates exercises for my back (following the de Gasquet method: some yoga exercises are very good for bloating/constipation too, especially the pavanmuktasana) and using supplements (Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus acidophilus). I also use Mg taurate and Mg malate. Another contributing factor to my diarrhea episodes seemed to be my hyperthyroidism: I now manage that by taking acetyl-l-carnitine every am, K2 every evening, and I have doubled to trebled my dose of Mg. It's worked: I am now 9 kilos heavier than a year ago, palpitations are more rare, and diarrhea episodes have all but vanished (I got a couple of them last year, but it was either food poisoning or kidney stones). I am more susceptible to bloating and loose stools before my periods: apparently it is due to hormone imbalance. I take Agnus Castus and Primorose Oil during the last 2 weeks of my cycle and that seems to help a lot. Best wishes.
on April 13, 2017
at 01:10 AM
Hi. I have suffered from all the same symptoms you have. Through a lot of trial and error I feel much better than I used to although not perfect I am probably about 80 percent better. I'll share what has helped me and maybe it will help you. It's good that you have given up gluten. Are your protein shakes whey? I found that whey really bloated me and can't tolerate it.
The magnesium is also a great supplement that has helped me!
Coconut kefir and omega 3 fish oil I take daily. The kefir Is a probiotic that adds healthy bacteria to your gut. Very important and the coconut kefir is the only one I have noticed a difference with!
Potato starch (I know, weird) is a resistant starch that is a prebiotic that feeds the good bacteria in your gut. Google resistant starch and learn the benefits of it. I take up to 4 heaping teaspoons throughout the day mixed in liquid. It has no taste and can be purchased cheaply in a powder form. I live in Canada and get mine at the Bulk Barn. You should start slow as you would fibre with maybe 1 tsp and work your way up. I do really well with it and find my constipation has improved greatly. I also love my Squattie Pottie. Google that as well. Do some research first before you try anything to make sure it is for you but these steps have helped me greatly and hope they help you! I used to suffer daily from bad stomach cramps and had to take pain med to get through the day! Now I don't even bother carrying pain med with me because I don't need it anymore! I did give up grains for the most part except for an occasional treat and also avoid dairy! Peanuts and peanut butter also bothered me so I eat almond butter and other nut butters! Good luck. I hope this helps! I would love to know if it does!