I havent had a BM in days. I have an uncomfortable pressure under my left floating rib. i feel bloated and heavy. is there anything i can pick up to get things ticking again that wont break the bank?
Update: after a good meal and some burps that felt like they came from the soul the pressure is better so wats a good gas remedy also?
Definitely constipation! There are several options to alleviate it.
Sennacides (senna herb): This causes the muscles of your intestines to push out the poo. Stimulant laxative. Pros: works quickly Cons: can cause cramping and gas. Can cause dependency if taken for more than a couple of days.
Mineral Oil: Provides a slick coating on the intestinal walls so the poo just slides through Pros: Safe to ingest, doesn't cause gastrointestinal issues like senna Cons: May not soften the poo enough to make it easy to pass. Also can cause anal leakage :(
Osmotic laxatives (Miralax, polyethylene glycol): Draws water to the colon, hydrating hardened poo and encourages a natural bowel movement. Pros: Makes poo easier to pass, does not cause cramping or gas, does not cause dependency Cons: May take up to 24 hours to work. Personally I recommend the MiraLax, I had to use it for 6 months straight until I got my chronic constipation under control. Worked like a charm, first thing every morning :D
Magnesium citrate (saline laxative): Increases fluid in small intestine. Pros: Works quickly Cons: May cause cramping & gas and can lead to an electrolyte imbalance. Not an ideal laxative, use as a last resort.
Once you get the poo out of your system, I'd highly recommend taking a probiotic with your lunch or dinner every day. Constipation is caused by A: Poor diet, B: Not enough fluids and C: Lack of good gut flora.
You must start taking a multiprobiotic. I recommend Original Medicine's MultiProbiotic, two per day will end this issue. It may take a month or so to get your gut healed but ride the wave to a better healthier gut!! If you can't find the OM MultiProbiotic (but I think you can order it on line) then look for a company called Garden of Life they have a product called Primal Defense.
In the short term there is a tea called "Smooth Move" the company that makes it is called Traditional Medicine. You can usually find it in most health food stores. It will relieve your issues in the short term.