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#1 wigglesmom

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:00 AM

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I've had two good and easy days with my constipation. I've incorporated a couple things and am wondering if they might be working (hope!). What I'm doing:

-I upped my Buspar dose to 20 mg twice a day (from 10 mg)
-I am spraying magnesium oil on my stomach at night and placing a heating pad on the area
-I'm taking milk thistle but have been for a week. It's either kicking in now or is not making a difference. Not sure which, but I'll keep at it.

Aside from these things, I'm doing what I typically do:
Lots of ground flax
2 magnesium pills nightly
2 triphala nightly
probiotic
Chinese diet tea (no senna) every other night
2 types of digestive enzymes when eating gassy foods
Lots of water!

Just sharing this as I think it's important that we talk about what might be working for us.


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Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:16 AM

hi Nicole

glad this combo is working for you. thanks for sharing.

i used to take triphala and it worked well for me for quite a while. i liked it because it sounds so healthy--like a tonic. from what i've read, it does contain some anthroquinones (like senna only milder) that help to stimulate bile flow and peristalsis. and all that vitamin c does help promote a bm too. i finally had to stop taking it because of my reflux. all that vit c aggravated it plus the effect started to wane..so glad it's working for you.

and hopefully your squat toilet will be in soon!

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:19 AM

oops -just saw your post about the squat toilet. sorry it's not helping. but yes you're right--it can't hurt to use it....maybe some experimentation may help..

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:25 AM

(just testing the font size now. wonder why it changed? guess i fixed it...)

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:47 AM

When I wrote that, I had been off work for 4 days. Now that I am back and having to get up at 5:20 and to work by 7:00, I'm in the same place I've been in. I'll try adding vitamin C.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:05 AM

oh dear--sorry to hear that.

yes hopefully the vit c will help. it used to loosen me up quite a bit.

and i always had problems with my constipation getting worse right before my period (back in the day before menopause--lol) so then i would take a little extra c to help loosen things up.

good luck.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:11 AM

Thanks, Annie. Yesterday, I also started a Chinese medicine formula that may help. I did do the C last night, in conjunction with a bunch of other stuff, and I am feeling okay today. I'll remember what you said as my period approaches.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:02 PM

I've had two good and easy days with my constipation. I've incorporated a couple things and am wondering if they might be working (hope!). What I'm doing:

-I upped my Buspar dose to 20 mg twice a day (from 10 mg)
-I am spraying magnesium oil on my stomach at night and placing a heating pad on the area
-I'm taking milk thistle but have been for a week. It's either kicking in now or is not making a difference. Not sure which, but I'll keep at it.

Aside from these things, I'm doing what I typically do:
Lots of ground flax
2 magnesium pills nightly
2 triphala nightly
probiotic
Chinese diet tea (no senna) every other night
2 types of digestive enzymes when eating gassy foods
Lots of water!

Just sharing this as I think it's important that we talk about what might be working for us.


How many times do you go a day? I have IBS-C, but still got about twice a day with coffee in the morning and yogurt/benefiber/prunes at night. I also take Align in the morining with Zegrid and Robinul (I normailly do not take the Zegrid and Robinol, but I have had a flare for the last few months). I also work out 5 times a week, 3.5-4 miles a day. I think my problem is more of incomplete evacuation/motility than consitpation. Which digestive enzymes do you take. I was taking Creon (pancreatic enzymes, but discontinued because made my constipation worse).

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:57 AM

pukka-I go once a day, but it takes me over an hour. I also think I have incomplete evacuation. Suppositories help a bit. Mine is rrlated to pelvic floor dysfunction. I take the Adult Probiotic by Flora. Have you found anything that works well for you?





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