... and dulcosate
Do you use Kristalose? I was just reading about that - it's the first time I've heard of it. Sorry, I don't like to say "see your doctor" but in this case, you do. Depending on how the medication is contributing to your constipation an answer could be completely wrong for you. In my case the medication I am on slows down the gut - it's a motility problem, so adding bulk fiber is very wrong for me! My GI doctor said they've done surgery on people with blockages and find a inch of solid fiber! So, for me, the trick is to add fiber very slowly. My GI prescribed Amitiza - which helps some. She also advocates taking Milk of Magnesia and says that's ok to take everyday but I question that and save it as a rescue med. Vitamin C, along with fruits that contain Vit C can help a little but increase slowly as it can cause lots of gas! Drink lots and lots of water - I try to keep myself at 140 oz per day.
Citrate of Magnesia is good as a rescue med - it is OTC and costs less than $2. I am allergic to glycols so things like Miralax are not possible for me. Hate to say it - but your best bet is to see a gastrointestinal doctor. Hope you find relief soon - ElizaJane
I've been thinking more about this: Have you tried using Slippery Elm? You get it in a gelcap at the Health Food Store and take 3? 4? with a cup of hot water first thing in the morning. Also, what about Aloe Vera? I've used the gel and mixed it in with a rice protein shake (flavored and with stevia for sweetness) along with prune juice. That really helped for awhile. Also, I've used blends of herbs in a product called 'Colon Clenz' - it was recommended to me by a herbalist and I took it for many years. And everyone (I feel) should have 2-3 colonics a year. It just helps to get the accumulation of crud out of the lining of the gut so it can absorb well again. I recommend the kind that the water flows in and when you have a strong urge to evacuate you do so right there - and it is whisked away (so no smell). Older types filled you full of water till you could hold no more - that can cause your intestines to stretch (not good).
Massage therapists, chiropractors, accupuncture, health food stores are good avenues to look fo a referral to an herbalist or to a Naturopath/sp? - a doctor who specializes in doing things the natural way. Anyway, hopes this helps you in some way. Regards - ElizaJane
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