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    • #16567
      Melba W. Benson
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      I struggle with chronic constipation.  Amitiza did not work.  The best my doctor has recommended so far is Linzess 290 plus Miralax once a day.  Even this isn’t working.  Does anyone have any better ideas?  Thank you.

    • #16571
      Beata
      Participant

      Hi All! I find that, at least so far, constipation is only a problem when my diet slips. I eat primarily greens and protein, in the form of fish or nuts or beans, and fruit etc, and rarely pastas or bread or other carbs. No dairy, as it really affects my digestion and thought processes. I find it gums me up, physically and mentally.
      Also, lots of water is so important.
      I do a tummy self massage every morning before getting out of bed. Deep pressure, moving from right lower quadrant up, across above the umbilicus, then down, ie following the path of the large intestine. Deep massage stimulates peristalsis, or movement, of the colon and speeds elimination.
      Hope this helps!

    • #16578
      Melba W. Benson
      Participant

      Beata, Thank you so much for your response. Your eating habits and hydration habits sound very similar to mine. Also, I do physical therapy and walk on the treadmill every day. Thank you for the information about the tummy massage. That should work great!

    • #16588
      Jean Mellano
      Participant

      Beata  thanks for sharing.  Melba, Luckily I do not have constipation issues with pd although I did have that problem years ago when I was on pain killers.  Hydration was key, prunes helped and herbal tea specifically formulated for constipation (I forgot the name).  The best remedy was when I decided to deal with the pain rather than the constipation by stopping the pain killer lol

    • #16618
      Melba W. Benson
      Participant

      Jean, I found your comment about pain medication interesting. For 12 years I had to take pain medication during the time I had 2 neck surgeries, 3 back surgeries, and both knees replaced. Once those were taken care of, I was able to taper off the pain medication faster than my doctor or I had expected. Now I take no pain medication, but I have more difficulty with constipation than when I did.

    • #16625
      Jean Mellano
      Participant

      hi melba, you certainly have had more than your fair share of health issues….i hope you can find a good solution for the constipation issue.  that is bizarre that you had less constipation problems while on pain killers than you do now..

    • #16630
      Dan
      Participant

      I consume 2 table spoons Metamucil in 8 oz water each morning. Occasional banana.  Double the orange flavored Metamucil if needed, 1x morning, 1x evening.

      ~ 90% effective so far. –

    • #16647
      Melba W. Benson
      Participant

      Dan, thank you for your suggestion. I eat one banana every day. I’m so glad you have found something that works for you.

    • #16658
      Toni Shapiro
      Participant

      Hi, I tried many things but I didn’t like the fact that I had to constantly use medication. I started taking Magnesium Citrate, high absorption 150 mg 3 times a day and it has helped me immensely.

    • #16660
      Melba W. Benson
      Participant

      Toni, thank you so very much for your suggestion about Magnesium Citrate high absorption 150 mg 3 times a day. Currently I am taking about half that dosage, so I plan to double it. To you, Jean, and every on the forum, a very blessed Thanksgiving. Since I have joined, everyone has been so helpful to me.

    • #16663
      Jean Mellano
      Participant

      melba and toni  thanks for sharing and a happy thanksgiving to you as well.

    • #16668
      Andrew L.
      Participant

      for me- 2 table spoons of organic psyllium cornhusks in my morning smoothie, which also contains mixed organic berries and mixed organic greens and the equiv of 3 glasses of water . Several hard boiled eggs with breakfast (mainly eat the whites, the dogs get the yokes.) Snack on nuts. Stay hydrated. Veggies (sometimes heavy veggies) again with lunch and dinner. Lots of liquids all day including 5 cups of green tea per day and organic tea at night. Seems to work for me. Happy turkey day to all! (not such a happy day if you are a turkey).

    • #16669
      Jean Mellano
      Participant

      Andrew. I think u r on the right track.  Hydration is key…

    • #16682
      Michael R. Scott
      Participant

      Jean,

      I’ve found that a gulp of the Equip Milk of Magnesia(Walmart brand is about 50% of the price of the Branded product and just the same contents) with lots of water throughout the day. I also take two fiber capsules each morning and have reduced my Alcohol Consumption (as that tends to dry me out…. After a morning cup of coffee or two, I head to the bathroom with my I-phone or the morning paper for some “relaxation time”. That routine has solved my constipation problems….. For Now…..

      Mike

    • #16691
      Margaret Nuttall
      Participant

      To keep myself “regular” in that department, I have porridge made with two tbsp of quinoa flakes, 1/2 tbsp of ground linseed, sprinkled with cinnamon.  With my recent visit to a nutritionist, she added slippery elm to this “porridge” as one of its benefits is to “improve the symptoms of constipation”.  I mix this brew with coconut milk and cook in microwave for 1-2 minutes.  Then I add sugar-free maple syrup as a sweetener (according to your taste-buds).   Anyone else use a similar brew?

    • #16702
      Carol Rothfeld
      Participant

      I found that after about 3 days of Miralax I had diarrhea. I now take two capsules of Fibre each day and it seems to work. Just don’t expect a BM every day.

    • #16711
      Jean Mellano
      Participant

      babara, carol, i am for anything that is not a prescription drug 🙂   barbara, that sounds like an interesting brew you have concocted.  how does it taste?

    • #16722
      Jo S.
      Participant

      The only thing that has worked for me is Miralax. I now take a daily “maintenance” dose of 2 teaspoons in a tall glass of water first thing in the morning (before I eat or drink anything else and before I take my meds). I also take magnesium citrate at night shortly before bedtime. Too much magnesium citrate (or too much Miralax) will cause diarrhea, so if you try these, you’ll need to monitor your dose of each. I’ve tried almost everything — from Senekot to psyllium husks to prunes and prune juice to high-fiber products and diets, etc. — and my current routine is the only one that doesn’t make me bloated and gassy and that actually works.

    • #16767
      Betty D
      Participant

      I include sour cherries in my diet.  They are widely available dried and as juice. In addition to helping with constipation, they are a good source of antioxidants and have various other health impacts.  And they taste good too.  Sweet cherries won’t do.  They must be the sour variety.

    • #16768
      Jean Mellano
      Participant

      betty, thnx for your suggestion. i believe all the dark fruits (strawberries, blueberries, rasberries, cherries, etc)

      have great antioxidant properties.

       

      it is interesting why the cherries must be sour to be effective for you.

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