Chronic constipation. Almost nothing works! Help.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:52 AM
In the past few years my constipation has gotten progressively worse. In 2009 I had a sort of IBS-D after fasting, it wasn't violent or painful by any means but ended up causing malabsorption, unintentional weight loss and acid reflux. I started using fiber and digestive enzymes for that, which seemed to do the trick and my stools became even better than before.Then in 2010 I went traveling to Hong Kong to study chinese and got food poisoning from a chicken burger at McDonalds. I had powerful diarrhea and vomiting, couldn't even keep water down so I had to go to the hospital. After a day under observation, things started to calm down and I went back to my apartment. But after that episode I ended up having severe constipation, a kind I've never before experienced. My stools were small, like the size of the tip of my thumb, and covered in mucus. I also had painful bloating and alternating diarrhea. I began to feel very weak and promptly booked a flight back home. The next day I was on a plane going home and almost fainted at my transfer airport, because I felt so weak and shaky.But eventually I got home safe and sound, and felt like #### for about two weeks. I ordered a colon cleansing product called Colonix, which actually worked great and got me regular again. My bowels never returned to normal, but I was doing OK for a couple months. The constipation was worse than before but manageable, and I wasn't even using any laxatives and fiber made me even more constipated. As a few months passed it slowly began to get worse, where I'd have occasional bouts of severe constipation amid the manageable constipation, requiring laxatives for relief. I used a tea containing senna stimulant laxatives which was effective, but not good for long-term use.Then I had an infection and took some antibiotics, cephalexin to be specific ... big mistake. Now I was constantly severely constipated and didn't even feel the urge to poop and senna laxatives had no effect. This is basically my situation now. The only thing that keeps me regular right now is polyethylene glycol 3350 (miralax). And even when I use that, I still don't feel as if my bowels are completely emptied all the time.I eat a decently healthy diet. I have very little gas, only minor bloating and basically no pain 90% of the time. But after a few days off PEG, the symptoms start to get worse. I've been on PEG for 2.5 months, taking 14 grams per day and that has helped a lot. But I don't want to form a dependence as I've heard that may happen, and obviously I'd like to get things back to normal where I don't need any laxatives. PEG is also toxic to most gut bacteria.So basically I'm wondering what could be causing this?One idea I have, after doing extensive research is that it might have something to do with my gut bacteria. As a child I only received mother's milk while in the hospital, from another mother as my own mother couldn't produce milk. This means I didn't get much colostrum which contains the immune system information and starter cultures for healthy gut flora. My mother also put me on antibiotics a lot when I was a child, wreaking more havoc on my gut flora. This situation was then worsened by my food poisoning induced violent diarrhea and after that by cephalexin, which people with bowel problems shouldn't take, according to the label, which my doctor forgot to mention or didn't know.Could this have something to do with my problems? I'm on probiotics right now and fermented foods seem to help occasionally, but from what I've read, oral probiotic cultures never establish themselves permanently in the intestines. I'd have to get a fecal transplant for long-term effects.Thanks a lot if you managed to read this and provide some input!
- Got non-painful IBS-D after fasting, fiber and digestive enzymes helped- After food poisoning induced violent diarrhea in Hong Kong, got worse chronic constipation- Constipation became even worse after a round of antibiotics for an infection- Tried different diets, paleodiet keeps excessive bloating/gas away, fiber makes things worse, only thing that keeps things moving is polyethylene glycol 3350 AKA miralax- Only breastfed as a child in the hospital but not at home, didn't get much colostrum which is important for healthy gut flora- Mom had me on antibiotics for every frickin infection, killing off my gut flora even more- Maybe this has something to do with my gut flora? Dunno- Help, advice, tips are all appreciated
Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:24 AM
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:41 AM
Yeah I've been on probiotics for a while now and they haven't been very effective. I had better results with Sauerkraut to be honest, but I'm still taking them.I did use magnesium citrate in 2010 but it didn't do much for me. But I guess I could try some different types of magnesium and see if it helps.Thanks for your reply.
Sounds like a daily regimen of probiotics would be helpful. Having been constipated all my life, I had to wait 45 years before I was told by my nutritionist to take magnesium daily. If you try it, start slow...1 200mg capsule in the morning, one at night. I use Solaray Magnesium, 200mg. The label just says magnesium on the front, but I think it's magnesium oxide. You can take this forever, it's not like becoming dependent on laxatives.Hope this helps!
Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:00 PM