Dr. Passero, I have chronic constipation and have tried
prescription meds and some supplements from the health food stores like,senna,
aloe vera, magnesium, triphala with no success. the magnesium,all kinds makes my
mouth burn and irritates my stomach. I drink gallons of water and eat a lot of
vegetables and little fruit as I am hypoglycemic and am on a hypo diet and I
react to many foods. Is there anything I could try for constipation to help me?
I am desperate.
One of the most important issues related to constipation
that frequently gets missed is thyroid function. Low thyroid function will cause constipation
in certain individuals and to varying degrees.
Make sure you get a detailed thyroid panel that includes the TSH, Free
T3 and Free T4 levels. All three of
theses tests are very important and absolutely necessary to understanding if
thyroid issues are a contributing factor.
If you would like more information on thyroid issues and
explanation of the tests I suggest, follow this link to view an article I wrote
about this topic http://www.vitabase.com/blog/energy/sub-clinical-hypothyroidism.aspx
It sounds like you have tried all the natural and
prescription remedies for constipation yet nothing seems to be working. You must continue to ask; "why is your body not
responding and what is at the root of the issue?". Clearly, your body should be able to
eliminate on its own and there is some sort of imbalance occurring that is
preventing or inhibiting this. How long
have you been relying on laxatives (natural and prescription) to alleviate your
condition? Long term use of either can
create a dependency and make if very difficult to return to a normal rhythm.
Certainly there are other factors that may be an issue for
you but I have had several cases of chronic constipation respond very well when
underlying thyroid issues were resolved.
This is likely a very good place for you start.
You may also want to consider food allergies as you mentioned
you react to many foods. Doing an
elimination diet for 3-4 weeks will remove the most allergic foods from your
diet which may be irritating and disrupting normal function of your GI
system. Dairy products, wheat containing
products, eggs and soy are among the top most reactive foods. There are many resources available online
regarding the proper way to do an elimination diet.
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