I have problems with fatigue, bloating, constipation amongst other things.
Tried loads of things, nothing seems to help. Been recently adding 45ml of lactulose and 2.5g of chlorella with each meal every day and 4 grams of triphala (capsule) at night.
The triphala seems to have done nothing after 1.5 weeks and the rest have only boosted me up to almost every other day from previously every 5 days.
Anyone know what could be causing this constipation and seemingly resistance to constipation relief remedies.
It is not painful, generally minimal flatulence, I just have no urge to go, it feels almost as if my colon is shut down...
As always any help is much appreciated.
EDIT: Diet is now just meat and vegetables, no dairy, gluten, etc. Various changes in diet have done nothing to help.
the best advice i ever got from a doctor on this subject (and believe me, there were many) was this: "you just have to commit to making the time to poop." then he went on to tell me how his bowels are normal only if he wakes up early, drinks his cup of coffee while reading the paper, then brings his ipad into the bathroom and plays scrabble until he poops. it relaxes his brain, and then his second brain. then he can 'let go'.
i've found that my tricks are magnesium at night, occasionally triphola in the morning (as a tea-- i've found the capsules don't work for me) or coffee, morning yoga or a run or meditation, and mindless browsing on the internet without a time limit (i'll usually allow 30-60 minutes). it's a big time commitment, but i've found it to be what works for me. i really think there is something to finding how to slow yourself down, truly relax, and taking the time to do it.
Motility is chiefly controlled by acetylcholine and serotonin, both of which are routinely being modified for immunosuppressive purposes by guests of your body.
Think about these:
Huperzine A (acetylcholinesterase inhibitor and thus cholinergic agonist 100-400mg 2x/day) and piracetam (presumed cholinergic agonist 4g 2x/day). (both OTC supplements)
Equal parts l-norvaline (arginase inhibitor)/l-citrulline/beta-alanine to improve nitric oxide production. (inhibited nitric oxide production is a major immunosuppressive pathway. inhibition can be caused by by pathogenic arginase production) (otc supplements, but probably only available from bulk sales)
MSM sulphur, chondroitin, and glucosamine (all sulphur compounds) might give GI upset, which they shouldn't, but if they did it would also hint at parasitic cause. (at any CVS/walgreens)
in any case it might make sense to order a comprehensive parasitology from metametix.
before doing anything, please check with a medical doctor - this isn't medical advice and i'm not qualified to give any.
I've tried lots of things...
Natural Calm (magnesium citrate) -- only works in large doses (for me).
Triphala (in the form of Colon Rx from Designs for Health) - Don't think it worked very well.
Smooth Move Tea (from Traditional Medicinals brand) - works pretty well, but not as well as Yogi Tea brand's Get Regular tea. That one is fairly good. (And the mint flavor is delicious! Doesn't taste like a traditional senna tea, which is usually nasty.)
BUT - the single most effective thing I've found is homemade sauerkraut!! (The longer it's been fermenting, the better.) It takes a hefty serving to, um, "get me going," but it works! And you get some other benefits by eating the kraut that don't come with the teas or supplements. Honestly, I think that's a great way to go. (No pun intended, hehheh!)
Live Bigger's advice was good too -- sometimes just being too tense overall will prevent a nice, comfortable elimination. (Due to stress--whether you're even aware of it or not--your lower GI tract can sort of "freeze up" and not be calm, relaxed, and able to let things happen easily.)
Colon hydrotherapy! 300mg/day magnesium citrate. Sprouted flax seeds (building gradually to 2T/day) with lots of water between meals. Personally, I also like having a strong coffee in the morning. Fantastic that you are dairy-free.
What about chia, either whole seeds suspended in liquid or the meal added to your food? You can drink it in pre bottled Synergy kombucha, which is super easy. Perhaps adding more veggies as well? What about adding fruit?
Some things that help: 1 TBS of Olive oil on its own. 2 Tbs of flax added to something. sauerkraut. Fermented foods and drinks. Up your veg intake and drink plenty of water. There's always the fig stuff you could try.
I take 200mg magnesium morning and night; if it gets to be too much and I have loose stools, then I skip a night or two. It's been the most helpful for me. I know that "not taking the time to poop" is a big part of my problem, but with little kids it's not like I get left alone long enough to have a relaxing bathroom visit.