IBS-C – Naturally Heal Constipation

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IBS constipation (IBS-C) sucks! I’ve been there, straining so hard you see stars on the toilet or looking and feeling like you just ate Thanksgiving dinner for the 3rd time this week even though your half eaten salad is still in front of you.

Most people never seek professional medical help, they hear from a friend to “try more fruits and vegetables” or “take Miralax.” Maybe they go to a doctor who tells them it’s in their heads or they just need more fiber.

I tried these and many more common IBS relief methods, and can tell you they are only temporary band-aids that usually do more harm than good. I’m hoping that you won’t waste as much time as I did trying to figure out your ISB-C! I’m going to explain how I overcame my IBS-C and you can do it with a few natural changes.

Why You’re Not Pooping as Often as You Want To

There are several factors that could be at play, most of which are still not well understood, hence the fact that the mainstream medical community commonly prescribes things that don’t actually fix any of the root causes of constipation. I want to focus on two known components of constipation: the first is gut bacteria and the second is digestion speed.

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Poop is 50-70% dead bacteria. In my opinion this tells us two things: the first is that the amount of good bacteria we need in our system is important (generally more is better) and second the proper mix of bacteria is important (more of the good kind & less of the bad).

The speed at which you digest is not controlled consciously. After chewing your food, everything else is supposed to happen in harmony (on auto-pilot). For those of you (including me) with IBS-C, something is screwing this up. So, the question I often wondered was: what am I doing that is causing my digestive problems? Well, there are many factors that could be at play speeding up (stress and digestion) or slowing down (brain or nerve damage/problems) digestion. But what if I am asking the wrong question?

What if the correct question to ask is: is my digestion structurally sound? Could it do its job if everything was optimal? Absent of any external forces, my digestion should proceed at the proper speed. So, that begs the question, during perfect digestion what controls digestive speed? Our current understanding is the stomach acid strength or pH is the biggest contributor. What that means is if it is low, high, or not working correctly, then your digestion is basically doomed before you even take a bite of food.

How to Conquer Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Overcoming IBS naturally takes a few steps. You may need to stop some current habits and/or add some new ones. The best piece of advice I can give you is to start taking action (oh and forget any “magic pill” ideas… they don’t exist). It’s easy to be overwhelmed by too many conflicting opinions or choices. But the only sure way you will overcome your Irritable Bowel Syndrome is to try a treatment and evaluate it for yourself. Take what works, adopt it, and leave behind what doesn’t. If you stay true to taking action, in short time you will be regularly pooping with ease.

If you are ready to take control of your IBS-C and get relief from the cramping, bloating and pain, the steps are laid out below. They work best when combined together, but at the very least you should pick one habit to stop right away and one new habit to implement in its place.

Stop the Top 3 IBS-C Triggers

1.  Stop Using Artificial Means of Pooping
Your brain and body are always learning based on the stimuli they come into contact with. If you’re regularly using enemas or laxatives to poop, your body is going to start expecting and depending on them. Each time you use one of these methods, you are strengthening a neural pathway that says “you cannot poop on your own” (there are extreme exceptions like going longer than 4 days without a bowel movement, but do what you can to stop the dependence). Stop using these helpers and give your body the chance to do its business.

2.  Remove the Food Triggers of Constipation
Diarrhea gets most of the press when it comes to food reactions and food allergies, but people with IBS-C can have the exact same problems with a different symptom. Again, this is not totally understood, but for some people dairy and gluten trigger diarrhea and others they trigger constipation. Most people with IBS-C will see improvements if they eliminate the most common food allergens from their diets: wheat, corn, egg and dairy.

3.  Don’t Strain on the Toilet
Straining on the toilet is like sucking down your food without chewing. You’re messing up your body’s built in programs…STOP IT! No, but seriously just like you were given a set of teeth to crush your food into small particles for good digestion, you are equipped with a hormonal system that will urge you to evacuate waste effortlessly when it’s time. Until then, straining and pushing on the toilet is counterproductive. Not to mention too much pushing and toilet seat time can cause hemorrhoids and anal fissures, which no one wants.

Top 3 Steps to End Constipation

1.  Get More Bacteria in Your Life (Take Probiotics)
In our digestive system, there lives a diverse and large population of bacteria. Our poop is mostly made of bacteria so it is important to support the good bacteria that make perfect poops possible. There are a couple ways of getting more good bacteria in your life. The first, like our ancestors did, is to eat fermented foods on a regular basis. The second way is to take probiotic pills which contain known strains of good bacteria that will help. When I started taking probiotics I immediately saw an improvement in my bowel movements. I also saw good results eating SCD legal yogurt (a lactose-free fermented food) on a regular basis. So, I would recommend picking one or the other to get started. Try either fermented foods or probiotic pills. The fastest change I know of is to start taking some lactobacillus acidophilus pills.

2.  Eat a Supportive, Easy to Digest Diet (like the SCD Diet)

What is a healthy digestive diet? My definition would be one that removes food toxins, is made of whole non-processed foods and filled with nourishing easy to digest foods. That means specifically no grains (filled with toxins) or added sugars (which feed bad bacteria and cause poor hormonal changes). The best diet specifically designed for restoring digestive health is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). SCD encourages good bacterial growth to further heal your gut and helps to kill off bad bacteria that might be running amuck in your gut. If you go the extra step of starting off with the intro diet (like the most successful people do), it is likely that you will start seeing results in the first week.

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3.  Make Sure You Don’t Have Slow Digestion

IBS-C can easily be the result of slow digestion. As I said above, there are a number of things that can slow digestion down like stress, emotions, and toxins (to name a few more). But if the structural components that govern the speed are broken, then all other treatments are only going to be marginally effective.

Healthy stomach acid is the key to creating the proper bowel speed. It all starts with the acid level, which is a first line body defense that destroys pathogens, toxins, and starts the digestive process through the intestines. If you’re low, which is pretty typical for IBS-C people, you need to figure out how to get your acid levels up. The best supplements are usually digestive bitters or Betaine HCL. I use Betaine HCL very effectively and it has been a big key in getting rid of my IBS-C.

Remember, these 6 steps work best in concert together to naturally get rid of your IBS-C and stop that nagging constipation that creeps up every few days to annoy you.

I encourage you to take action today by choosing one of each and implementing them in your life.

Then, come back tell me you’re still alive and how it went!



Steven Wright

About Steven Wright

Steve Wright is a health engineer and author. In 2009, he reached a breaking point when IBS took over his life and the doctors didn't know how to help. Since then, he has transformed his health and started HealthyGut.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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98 thoughts on “IBS-C – Naturally Heal Constipation

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    About the lack of acid- I take a lot of pills (I’m severely ADD among other things, including IBS C) already, but I work in a nutrition and health store. We have research files that I took time to read about acid reflux, because I’ve been told I’ve struggled with that since I was an infant (I’m 19 now). I read that sometimes, lack of acid can be mistaken for reflux, and that you could take a teaspoon of lemon juice if your stomach was too basic. Will this work if I do it daily vs. the dietary supplements?
    Just trying to avoid taking more pills, ha. Thanks!

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    I have IBS-C and I was just wondering if anyone has eaten fried food and had any problems with it? I know that it is usually a problem for people with IBS-D but I’ve been afraid to try it. Can someone let me know if it works for them or not.

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    So I have a question… I’m not sure what I have, but I know I have some issue. Long story short… 4 years ago I gave birth to my son due to pre-e and hellp syndrome and I almost died. Fast forward to Nov. 2016 when I decided to go off depo (birth control). They said it would take up to a year to get my period back so I can get pregnant. Not naturally I suffer anxiety and depression for years but had no problem #2 at all. Now fast forward to may 2017. I started having constipation. My constipation is still present as on now Sept 2017. I went in 4 times, they suggest more fiber. They do blood and urine tests. All come back fine. I started in July (after 2 months of constipation) having lower left dull aches. Below hip but on the left of my side. They last 3-6 sec. It went on for 2 months. I had a ct done and they told me nothing is wrong and I have no blockage or any issue with anything shown in the ct. I had dye so they could see it all. I was shocked with the results… my next thought is colonoscopy. I first off want to know what’s causing long term constipation and 2nd I want to know what that pain was cuz I don’t doubt it would come back. Part of me things I’m so stressed knowing I can get pregnant I’m causing this issue upon myself. Is it possible??? I tried relaxing after months of worrying of the outcome of having a 2nd child. And I feel like I’m fairly relaxed… but maybe I’m not? Can stress cause dull aches and constipation for this Long? I feel like once I get my period each month I know I’m not pregnant and my pain went away oddly enough last week. Now it’s just the constipation issue… I do wonder if I have pstd. It was a traumatizing experience and the thought of if happening again has me over edge I know. I been waiting 4 years to do this and I’m not getting younger but I’m also worried going into a pregnancy with this issue. I know I over think things… I wish I knew if I’m causing this issue and if it’s possible for this issue to last so long due to pstd/depression/anxiety? I just have a hard time believing it. I know it’s a coincidence this all happened at the same time I started getting my period again. Just can’t believe I could do this to my body… What do you think? Could it actually be something more? You think it’s me? I’m looking for advice or answers from thoughts… I know you might not be a dr.

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    You mentioned in type D, “We recommend 2 stool tests: A BioHealth #401 GI pathogen screen and Doctor’s Data Parasitology X3.”. Are there similar tests for IBS-C?

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    Hi, so long story…
    I had my son with pre-e and hellp and almost died 3 years ago. He was born at 28 weeks. I had no problems digesting until last fall. When I went off birth control. I had one issue last fall and 3 so far within the last 3 months. I’m not sure if I’m stressing myself out or what but for me I had the issue last fall and I was backed up to my lungs. What th3 doctor found odd was that I had no pain or discomfort and I felt normal besides a little full feeling all the time. After a month though I went to get all of their helpful remedies and nothing worked until I used their powder stuff that took 6 days to kick in. Fast forward to this year, that stuff doesn’t help at all. The only thing that works a little is phillips, but it only helps get some out, not all of it that I knows in there. I recently used magnesium citrate and it works for me. For some reason it is the only thing that works to get it out. However unlike last time my body isn’t digesting normal after use. My problem is that I’m having small skinny shaving like bathroom visits. I can’t just seem to go a normal size! I’m so annoyed and I’m sure it’s stressing me out more. I want to have another child but I’m annoyed I have this issue as well and worried I can’t take anything if I do get pregnant. What can I do? What are your suggestions? They didn’t check me for gluten but she said for gluten it’s diarrhea and I read online it could be both. Idk maybe my Dr was an idiot. Personally when I go in I like to be checked to make sure my body is ok. When I went last fall they said I had no obstruction or issue that they saw even my bloodwork was fine. What do I do? Do you feel I’m stressing myself out? Should I take something to help??! What do I need to do because I can’t live like this forever I’m only 30 and I have pstd and depression and no I’m not on any meds. Part of me thinks me having another child is stressing me to do this but I don’t honestly think of it that much to where I don’t know how I could be. Please help. What can I do or take to help me a little more naturally.

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    I read a book called The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Solution by Dr. Stephen Wagen (founder, IBS treatment center) and he covers a lot of this same stuff, which is all very helpful.

    I have suffered with IBS for 12 years and the best advise I took from this book was to use a probiotic that contained: Lactobacilli acidophilus and Bifidobacterium with about 4 billion organisms per capsule. He says that you want a prebiotic along with the probiotic mix because the prebiotics keep the friendly bacteria (probiotic) alive. The prebiotic I found (that was included in the probiotic capsule) is FOS: fructooligosaccharides. I have tried many different probiotics over the years and some worked for a while and others didn’t work at all…this recent mix has worked wonders.

    I also recommend acupuncture, this helps a lot as well. Some insurance companies DO cover a percentage of office visit fee. May be worth checking out.

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    Hi Steve, Although I have not been diagnosed with IBS-C all the signs and symptoms point to this. ( I have been diagnosed with constipation) 21 years ago the pain would just come when I started menstruating. I had been to the doctors, even rushed to the hospital with SEVERE abdominal pain. Though the doctors said each time this was very common they didn’t know what it was or what caused it. Each month I would get physically ill, faint, hot sweats, cold sweats, dizziness, extreme lower abdomin pain to the point I would be screaming, circulation would cut off in my hands, I would go to the washroom and feel better after ( but completely exhausted) etc..Now after having my child 18 months ago the pain during this time of the month went away…. Here is the issue now. Its just happening at random times. Just this morning I was at work and WHAM!! Very embarrassing to be laying on the bathroom floor in the middle of my male bosses house screaming in agony waiting to have a bowel movement. I’m horrified and I am sure my co-workers are as well. My question to you is, is there anything I can do right now for myself to try and lessen the flare ups until I see a doctor and am properly diagnosed.

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      Hi Sarah -it sounds like you need to see a doctor immediately. It sounds like you could be dealing with a condition called endometriosis – it causes severe pain during the time of your period. I encourage you to NOT take matters into your on hands until you’ve seen your doctor.

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    Hi, I started the SCD diet yesterday. Had the carrot puree for the first time today and it ran straight through me, do you recommend not to eat it anymore or is this normal? Also do you recommend taking betaine hcl with the intro diet or after the initial 3-5 days?

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      Hi Chris – congrats on your decision to start SCD!

      It can be hard to tell at first if you’re reacting to the Intro Diet foods or just experiencing some die-off. I’d give the carrot puree one more try – if you have the same symptoms, you can swap out the carrots for zucchini.

      We recommend starting HCL and digestive enzymes as soon as possible.

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    Thanks for the nice information.
    Constipation is on the rise at global level due to the lifestyle we are adoption. Natural remedies are the best solutions to cure constipation as it has no side effects, cure the cause along with disease and are more cost effective.
    Natural remedies for constipation are used for thousands of years and have outstanding results. I am a pharmacist by profession and have seen thousands that have got relief by the option to natural remedies to cure their constipation issue.

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    I’ve had I IBS C for about 10 years, I’ve tried Lindsess ‘s and it cramp me so bad I had diarrhea. I was told to take a cuturell, how do you know the best which one is best. I suffer with burning pain, constipation and severe cramps. I’ve tried a diet and nothing works. I’ve heard a lot talk about weed, but it is not legal in my state. Any suggestions it has stopped a lot of my activity.

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      Hey Robbie – we’re so sorry to hear what you’re going through. Addressing JUST your diet or JUST adding in a supplement might help some people, but for Tough Cases like you we think you need to address your diet, supplements, and lifestyle all at once (we call this a pleiotropic approach).

      I’d suggest you attend our free webinar on how to use this approach to get lasting relief from IBS here: http://solvingleakygut.com/webinar/live-qva/

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    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Swedish Bitters, but this contains Senna Leaf. I know it’s just a fraction of a Senna Tea, but should this be of concern for someone who is trying to avoid laxatives?

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    This is a good article. I was diagnosed with IBS-C at age 17. For years it was a living hell. Like one of the posters above, I started smoking weed. It helped me sleep and helped me eat, which definitely improved my quality of life a lot, but I still wasn’t regular.

    I went to various doctors, got all the tests you can imagine – even colonoscopy at age 20, and various other endoscopies – all negative. My body is fine.

    I eat healthy food and plenty of fiber and probiotics. My issue was never one of consistency anyway – it was one of not feeling the urge.

    I started noticing improvements when I randomly started crouching on the toilet seat one day because that felt comfortable for some reason. Now, in the morning, when I wake up, I drink a glass of water and just let my body do its work. I think what had started happening was that I had gotten in my own head and was straining even when I didn’t ned to. In the last year, I had a BM where I literally just “let go”, which is how it’s supposed to go, and I realized that it had been years since I had had that feeling.

    Now, it’s not perfect, but I am in way better shape than I was before. Like I said, I am able to go every day, sometimes twice, and feel almost complete evacuation in a way that I hadn’t experienced in years.

    I think there are two takeaways from my story:

    (1) It might not be all in your head, but your head might be an important part of the feedback loop. If I focus on relaxation, in particular visualizing relaxing your pelvic floor with each breath, I start to feel things movement.

    (2) More specifically, try varying the angle at which you go to the bathroom. Western toilets are terrible!!

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    Hey! Great article. Need advice please. I have ibs-d and I’m now so constipated. It’s been about a week with no bm. I have the urge to go but when I go I just push and push with nothing really happening. My stomach hurts so bad. What should I do?

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      Hey Bonnie – thanks for reaching out to us! We recommend you go to your doctor if you normally have IBS-D and this is an unusual change for you. Your doctor can help you determine what caused this shift to happen so radically

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    Hi, this is a great article and very informational. However, the opposite seems to be happening with me when I take coconut oil. I tend to experience constipation when I eat it. Any possible reasons for this?

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    Hi I’ve had Ibs-c and acid reflux since I was 18, I’m 20 now. The dr had given me pantoprazole which I took on and off for a year and I don’t take it anymore because I don’t really experience heartburn anymore or most of the symptoms I was before. I just bought beta in hcl with peptin. I’ve definitely gained weight I would say about 15 pounds the last two years even though I eat very healthy, dairy free, gluten free, and soy free and a lot of the food I eat is vegan and I cook everything myself although ilI don’t eat much meat but I will try the beta in hcl with meat very soon to see how it works for me. I had lots of issues before, I feel like they have improved but I still feel very fatigued and always sore aside from that I do have brain fog. About a month ago I started seeing a functional medicine practitioner and he said I have leaky gut and lots of food sensitivities and he started a treatment called NAET I personally have never heard of it but it seems to be working. I also supplement with L-Glutamine and I drink lactose free kefir although I still feel constipated although I just started taking beta in hcl yesterday. Is there anything you can recommend that could help ?

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    (Pre warning, my spellings aren’t great cause im dyslexic)
    Hi I have IBS-C, which Ive been told is associated with EDS (hypermobility type). I have suffered from it forever, (as long as i can remember) and one doc ive seen says theres nothing that can be done until my uncureable genetic condition is fixed and well managed, while another says i need to stop the spazaming before i can help build my core strength. I am 21 and sick to death with this. I can go days without a bowel movement and then pass rabbit pellets, or weeks without a decent bowel movement and then diarreaha. Would these tips help, or could you recommend anything, as im pretty sure its the main cause of my weight gain and crap feeling (pun intended ;P). If there is anything you can recommend, could you try and ensure it is reasonably cheap as im a broke arse student paying an extortionate rent in London. I welcome suggestions for a quick and long term fix. Thanks

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    Hi everyone. Most of my adult life, I had IBS. Occasionally, I would be briefly constipated, but the vast majority of the time, I would go too much in one sitting, accompanied by stomach ache. It was as if my body would say, “OK, everybody out, now!” Sometimes emotional upset, food trigger, or no apparent reason would cause it. Occasionally, diarrhea would occur. Then, during peri-menopause, things started slowing down, and eventually ground to a halt. I started, and still am, taking bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, but nothing changed. Frequency, size, and appearance went out the window. When I become too full of #!%@, I develop heartburn, which is immediately relieved if I’m able to have a movement. I’ve gone from drinking my usual 0-1 glasses of water a day (years ago) to now 8-12. I’ve tried hot water, non-chlorinated water (to protect the flora), bile acids, and psyllium husks. Psyllium worked well, at first, but lost effectiveness. Still, if I don’t take it 2x a day, I’ll be worse off. When I feel sick, full, and have heartburn, I will take non-stimulant magnesium citrate or oxide, infrequently. I refuse to take stimulants because I’m wondering if my constipation arose from a lifetime of overstimulation, and I burned out my nervous system. If I don’t take magnesium when I’m at wit’s end, I can’t eat, and am afraid that one day I’ll have a bowel obstruction. My big question is this: I have tried different probiotics, which worked beautifully at first, then fizzled out. I would take a vacation from them, then start them again. They worked, but not as long as the first time, and so on. Now, they DO NOT work. I am a medical professional, and was a biology major in college, and it perplexes me as to why the probiotics just stopped working. I vigorously exercise, 2-4 times a week, eat vegetables, fruit, etc, but do eat popcorn and other corn. I somewhat limit wheat, but love my morning cereal (with soy milk). I have greatly cut back on sugar. Does anyone have suggestions, please?

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      Hi Karen ,
      I had the same problem with probiotics , they worked wonders at the beginning and they just stopped working one day , I even started doing tests to the tablets I was buying to make sure the bacteria was still alive and to my disappointment they were usually dead so I decided to start making my own kombucha about 5 months ago and it took a while to get used to and find the perfect dose but almost all my IBS symptoms have disappeared I now go to the toilet every day and it’s just effortless , I never though that would happened as I have suffered from IBS-C since I was about 11 , I also take lglutamin in the morning and when I remember digestive enzymes , I feel there is a lot I can still do but I fell better and have the energy to keep my research now my bowel moments are what I will call perfect ? and I don’t have to worry about it anymore .
      Hope it helps .
      Good luck

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    Currently i have constipation and have dealt with it for almost 8 years since the birth of my son and having my tubes tied. Anyway. One minute im bloated and cant go and then all of a sudden i go but its like i have went foe the days i missed. I saw a gastro and had uooer and colonoscpy done, nothing!! I was perfectly healthy. I have had ct of abdomen as well as ultrasound of abdomen and gallbladder. It drives me crazy. I eat nothing but raw veggies.. my hubby says i dont wat enough. Morning i eat 1 boiled egg and a carrott. Lunch i eat another boiled egg and some celery carrots and natural peanut butter. Dinner is meat and salad and i use mustard as dressing. Drink tons of water.. i will snack on nuts apples and anything fresh. Tried supplements, magnesium, b vitamn, olive oil, casada sagrada, tons of fruit veggies , acv..
    What is going on

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    Hi, I was diagnosed with IBS-C about 10 years ago. I have been trying to deal with this for a long time. I have been on just about every diet there is. I also have a health condition that does effect the nervous system, it is called dysautonomia. One of the problems that it causes is problems with the intestinal tract. I have been doing everything possible, but I do know that the meds I am on also cause constipation. Problem is I have to be on the meds. I am gluten free, I take probiotics every evening, and now I am going to try lactose free milk to see if that makes any difference. I can’t hardly deal with this anymore. I also have other medical conditions that came from the dysautonomia: I have fibromyalgia, IBS-C, anxiety, depression, raynauds, and sinus tachycardia (heart condition). Oh, I forgot about mitral valve prolapse (very very mild). Also, while I am dealing with peri – menopause. I am at my wits end, please help!!

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    I realized that I might have ibs-c.
    I was looking for help and came across this site. It’s very nice to read people’s comments and hear what they are going thru.
    I started having constipation and weight gain after my second child (8 yrs ago).
    I tried soo many options. Miralax (prescription strength ). Activa yogurt, probiotics, u name it. NOTHING WORKS !
    Thinking about seeing a gastrointestinal doctor this week.
    Would love some insight into this disorder.
    Any support helps.
    This is my email address if anyone can help.
    Thank you.

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    I was wondering if you knew any other methods then the ones you had mentioned. Because I would like to join the military, I believe I have IBS. My body has a problem with just fully digesting food in the morning, I feel like a bowel movement is coming along and I just strained and strained, nothing. I have taken probiotics and they work, but sadly the military doesn’t allow them. So you know any methods that I could at least for 8 weeks at boot camp, because I guess I can have probiotics once im done with boot camp. Also, they don’t serve coffee at boot camp, I was hoping so then that way I could use it as an alternate method. Any tips or certain foods that help the process work better is much appreciated, other then just “eat more greens!”, tried that, doesn’t work

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      Hi Justin – this is a really interesting question! First, we think it is awesome you want to join the military and want to support you in helming your gut so you can do so – and that is what you really need to do – heal your gut! That probiotics help is a sign that your digestive flora are out of balance. You can promote a better balance by taking probiotics when you can, but more importantly:
      eating 7-10 servings of fruits and veggies per day
      eating more healthy fat like coconut and olive oil, fat from pasture-raised meat, and grass-fed butter – on your food and straight off the spoon if needed (this will really get your digestion moving)
      eating PREbiotic rich foods like asparagus and onions
      eating PRObiotic rich foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, and kimchi

      Avoid processed foods, refined sugars, and processed vegetable oils.

      I hope this helps, Justin! Good luck 🙂

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    Im 30 yrs old looking at all of the symptoms for ibs and what does help it a lot I’m not sure I think I just developed ibs-c and ibs-d not sure yet going to doc to figure it out

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    Hello I have been suffering for years with ibs-c to no relief! My life quality is terrible and I’m having Gallbladder removal surgery in a week!Do you think this will help me or make it worst?If you could tell me what helps with digestion speed or anything to releave this pain I’m truly at my wits end.Sincerely’Katherine

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    Leia Christine says:

    Imagine of having the urge to defecate the entire day then you always go to the bathroom and still not be able to pass stools? Every single day I suffer from excessive bloating and farting which took my dignity anywhere I go. It is just impossible to enjoy live and be at your best having this disease. My goodness it has been 5 years since I have been suffering from IBS-C! I went to different doctors, took tons of different medicine, and did lots of lifestyle and dietary changes but still nothing changed! This disease is not only physically painful but also emotionally and socially. I just don’t know what to do!!! I just wanted to try the medicine Dr. Hyamn said but they are not OTC drugs. Doctors are all giving me the same sh*ts. How could I possible ask a doctor to prescribe me a drug he/she don’t prescribe to his/her patients with the same health condition?! Please help me. IBS-C made my life into a complete hell. T.T

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    I have a stomach problem i unable to go motion i taking daily vegetables and fruits but my stomach is increase a weights 25kg so please clear my problem my stomach is full i feel sleepy i getting stomach during night time i am suffering this problem past 8month

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    Hi, A couple of years ago I found something called the FODMAP diet on the internet and it’s changed by life. Look it up. It’s an elimination diet and it involves cutting out a lot of foods in the beginning, and then gradually reintroducing them to see which ones bother you. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it. Now, when I get constipated, I know what I ate that caused it and know that if I go back to avoiding those foods (for me it’s garlic, onions, apples, pears, honey …..) I feel very good, not bloated, not tired, in control.
    There’s lots of information on this on the internet, and for me it’s been a miracle.
    Good luck!

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    Hi ive been suffering with ibs c for 4 years now all medicine has failed to help apart from sodium picosulphate which helps me go to the loo everyday but i still feel horendous with nausea, tummy ache and not feeling right. Its slowly ruining my life and stopped me being a nurse. I know people suffer with this for over 30 years and i cant cope now. Do you think taking betaine hcl probiotics and enzymes as well as still having the laxative will work? As i cant stop taking the laxative if so what dose of betaine hcl would you recomend? Do you have any other advice Thanks so much Katie

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    I found something that worked for me – and it turned things around fast. I had (have?) a bout of ibs-c. Came on right after a gut infection of some sort. So I was operating on the theory that my good bacteria had been wiped out and that my digestive tract had been damaged. Tried everything for about 3 weeks. Started a probiotic, which I’m still taking. Drank a lot of water, which I’m still doing. Taking deglycyrrhizinated licorice. And I’ve removed things from my diet that I know I can’t handle very well. But what really made the huge difference for me was eating coconut oil (a good grade – virgin, unrefined). Everything feels back to normal now – and the change happened just like that – the coconut oil literally cleared up all my symptoms the first morning that I ate 2 tsp of it. I think it’s a natural laxative, but I think continued use also ‘preps’ the colon so that the probiotic can take hold ( it’s not that easy to repopulate the colon). Anyway, still taking a couple of times a day, but hope to stop soon (almost afraid to) and just do ‘oil pulling’ with coconut or sesame oil.

    I’m not selling the stuff, and up until a few days ago didn’t know anything about it. I was desperately googling when I came across the amazing benefits of coconut oil – controlling ibs symptoms just one of the many things that it supposedly is good for.

    One more comment – I’m getting into the ‘fad’ of ‘oil pulling’ (which I also discovered when researching IBS) because I suspect that some undiscovered tooth infection or decay may have started this trip. I’m hoping that oil pulling will take care of the bacteria in the mouth – and subsequently keep the colon clean.

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    How long have you been on HCL betaine?
    I was on it for 2 years, my stomach was good and I stopped about a month ago. The past two weeks my stomach pain/constipation has resurfaced.

    Is it safe to be taking longterm?

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    I am a Christian also & I have been looking for something natural to help with my IBS-C & it’s severe, I even have gone to a good gastrologist & he even said I should try cannabis, but when I did, it was using a large tube thing that my son-law let me use & it caused me to have a lot of gas that was trapped I my colon & I really thought I was dying & they called 911, all test were taken & again nothing turned up but my doctor told me that a person can be really allergic to gluten & the test still will say that your not allergic, he said just to cut it out & if u start to feel better than u need to stay off of it! I also have spent most of my time in bed, because now it’s effecting my Immune system& I don’t know what to do but continue to pray!!

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    Hello. I just came across this website and I have read through everyone’s stories and comments. I tried a diet very similar many years ago and it changed my life for the better as I ignored Ll the doctors medical advice. My story of what happened to me was quite unbelievable, but I made it through. I lost my ENTIRE large intestine. However, as the years passed I began eating and bringing back sugars and ‘good carbs’. I am still suffering from CFS and Adrenal fatigue and I do know it’s the foods that is the culprit because my gut system is not healed. However, I am looking for support because this time around I am finding it almost impossible to give up my sweet treat each day. The
    cravings are so intense and ALL day and night. The sweet treat I cheat on is GF,Dairy free, soy free, nut free, vegan, egg free etc….they are delicious but I KNOW it’s the sugar and the grain that is used. I don’t eat a lot of things in fact my diet is so restricted. By reading the SCD diet, I cannot eat nuts,diary, any fruits,broths,garlic,onion,broccoli, lamb, turkey and the list goes on. I eat organically and cook fresh meals three times a day.
    What I am searching for is some support system and or coach to get me through this to start again on a SCD diet/lifestyle. My digestion is so bad that it takes hours for me to digest chicken and vegetables. If I take a Sip of water the food just comes back up hours later. I am so frustrated and do feel a little resentment on being so limited. I have asked for my husband to try to help and join me on a similar diet so we can work together and he’ll each other, but he says no. I need support and I am reaching out. Thanks for listening.
    P.S I don’t see any activity recently on this site. Are there people I can talk to?

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    Another person with IBS-C . I’m 58, just had my second colonoscopy and endoscopy. Colonoscopy was no issues, the Endoscopy revealed the beginning states of Barretts Esophagus, which could be the precursor of esophageal cancer. The reason for that is GERD. The problem is if I take any type of meds for that, BAM, constipation. I also recently started having that burning sensation in the gut like another poster had. I’m to the point that no matter what I eat, I get bloated, gassy, and just feel like crap. (no pun intended) So, I’ve read what you suggest, what others have done and it looks like it’s time for some more changes in my diet. Right now I don’t eat any cheese, rice, bread with yeast because if I do, I’m backed up like The New Jersey Turnpike. Pretty frustrating.

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    I swear is a daily battle, I have IBS-C my two symptoms are BLOATINESS I look like misses Puff from Spongebob daily and of course constipation, I will follow your suggestions, I started taking Allign last Saturday to get some good bacteria in and I will have to completely change my diet, sometimes I wish I had IBS D instead of this one, is uncomfortable to even get out of bed, thanks for the good info and good luck to everyone

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    hi I was wrongfully diognosed with Chrohns for 1 1/2 years turns out I had H-pylori they killed the Bacteria with lots of antibiotics took them for months with no probioticsended up killing the h-pylori ended up after that having to get Sugery for grade 3 Rectocele and now the Natuopatic doctor says I have Candida due to the antibiotics 4 years later…. have to go for the same surgery again not as bad but never feel any movement in my stomach burps seem to be weak and have severe IBS C I was taking restoralax for the last 1/12 but now I am on a cleanse called cleanse smart and it seems to be helping never been on restoralax for 1 month now but I can go to the bathroom better but still IBS C can you please help me!!!!!! I feel like giving up throwing in the towel… oh also he said I have thrush but since I have stoped sugar and the cleanse has made that get better too

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    I’ve tried so many things since being diagnosed with IBS and none of them worked. After researching online what seemed like months I finally noticed that in everything I read stress was always there as a possible trigger for IBS so I changed my focus and started researching stress and how to relieve stress. Exercise is a great stress reliever so I started running 3-4 times a week for about 30 minutes within a month my symptoms were gone. I highly recommend some sort of exercise program. I don’t take any medications at all and no longer have to limit anything in my diet.

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    Hi, I have IBS-C I have been dealing this for 23 years now. In 2013 I was having a lot of problems with my stomach my Doctor ran all kinds test yet I still get this burning feeling in my stomach, but not as bad since I take hci pills sometimes. I have this feeling of bad gas that I can’t get rid of and I can hear like water floating around my stomach. My Doctor wanted me to try the foodmap diet I can say it has helped in a way but still having ibs-c with ibs-d I just don’t know what to do any more.

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    This acid/alkaline thing is very confusing. There are websites touting bicarbonate of soda as a cure for cancer and other things, but they never say don’t take it before eating, which to me rings alarm bells. Surely the bicarb is just going to fizz with the acid in our stomach, then the body is going to panic and make some more. I’ve read about taking acid, but it has always seemed sort of counter-intuitive when you seem to have too much. I do take digestive enzymes sometimes, especially if I am having meat. I’ve been trying all sorts of diets and protocols over the years because bowel cancer is in our family. The thing that helped me most I think was liver flushes. But you need to take herbs to clear the kidneys first and make sure there are no parasites. I have cut out wheat after listening to the gluten summit with Tom O’Bryan. To the person who tested negative to Celiacs I would say google Tom O’Bryan and get hold of the recordings of the summit. Amazing info from top professors. There’s a follow-up summit called Now you know, where do you go? starting end of the month.
    I’m new to this website and I have been sprouting chickpeas, then drying them, milling them into flour and making pancakes. I’ve just seen that chickpeas are on your no list which is disappointing. I have no problem digesting them if sprouted first – socca bread from gram flour would totally kill me with gas. Maybe I’ll experiment with the permitted legumes.
    I also find milk kefir very helpful. I use goats’ milk. Is that safer than cows’?
    Many thanks

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    I also suffer from incomplete evacuation most of the time but sometimes I have to go to the washroom so bad that i absolutely cant hold it…I have had this problem for 7 years and its pretty much screwed up my whole life..any sguggestions??

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    Hi ive been having bowel problems for about 10years ive been to the doctor they all say the same thing….. I have tried everything fiber metamucil cleanses which help while I’m on them and so much more. Nothing is helping!!!!! I’ll go a week before I can go to the bathroom its been so bad ive had to use enemas I have hemmroids removed but that didnt help at all… I’m stressed a lot always have been that way I’m just lost and getting sick of it.. and when I do go sometimes I can’t stop all day so that makes everthing worse rather then better so I lose eather way any suggestions?? Please help

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    I have had IBS-C for 10 yrs…it does not affect me all of the time. I can literally go months , eating anything, then boom. Constipation, nausea, constant feeling of fullness. I am currently 2 mos into this current episode. I have not been able to eat as much as I normally do because I am afraid of how i will feel. I have gone from 197 to weighing 180 and im 6’1. Tested negative for Celiac disease, Stomach CT scan normal, colonoscopy 1 yr ago-normal, had upper gi one week ago, waiting on results.

    I can’t figure it out..y can i go so long without anything being wrong then bang..the elimination diet sounds correct in theory..but as i said, i can go for months eating anything. I dont know what to do..any suggestions?

    Thanks a million

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    Natalie Macdonald says:

    I found that the probiotic syntol helped me tremendously as it has enzymes in it as well as probiotic spores that don’t die before they reach your gut. I actually got to the point where I was having 1 movement a day which was a huge upgrade from my once every 3 or 4 days that I am usually. I got a bit ahead of myself and tried to incorporate eggs back into my diet and now am back to not going. Really sad as I love eggs 🙁

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    Teryl (Teri) Barrett says:

    Which digestive bitters do you recommend as I see things in some of them that are not SCD legal but at this point I’ll try anything… going to start over today with the steps for getting the right amount of HCL/pepsin also. I’m miserable. Teri

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      The best thing to help heal your bodies is Swedish Bitters and fermented foods.

      If you are having problems with digesting food it is because it is not being broken down properly.

      In the UK, the best source of Swedish Bitters is Granary Herbs Ltd, run by Herbalist Christine Brown.

      I used to haemorrhage at least three times daily, had to retire from working as unable to leave my house, forget travelling anywhere, had a massive stomach ulcer and was admitted into hospital for tests regularly every three months whilst undergoing every possible tests, including a Meckel Scan.

      Having been told by an Austrian friend to try SB, my bleeding stopped within two days.

      I take it every day, twice a day, a teaspoonful in luke warm water before eating, and I eat Sauerkraut and drink homemade Kefir from RAW goats milk, this milk is supplied by Ellie’s Dairy.
      They sell their milk at various farmers markets at weekends in London and at Borough Market.

      Try these and I hope they will free you from pain and discomfort like they did me.
      Best wishes and better health to you all. Sara

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    I have cystic fibrosis (pancreatic problem leading to fat malabsorption, big digestive problems, etc.) and I started the SCD last week. I have not had a substantial poop since I started, only rock-hard small pebbles every few days. Does eating a lot of meat (grassfed beef) create constipation problems? I’ve been eating way more meat than usual on the intro diet. Is my body telling me that meat is clogging me up? If so, how does meat cause constipation exactly? Thanks!

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        Hi Steven,
        I just ran into your website as I took L-Glutamine with a 3 day pre-cleanse diet from Dr Oz’s website. I have serious digestive (and health) problems.
        I was reading the comments and I ran into the one saying maybe the amount of meat eaten as part of the SCD diet was making his/her more constipated. I suffer from Sjogren’s Syndrome (that was the first autoimmune disease I was diagnosed with, now it’s secondary as I have Lupus, MCTD, etc) which means my moisture glands are being attacked by my immune system. I have been part of studies at NIH, and have been told by the Drs constipation is a common complaint of patients with Sjogren’s, and adviced to AVOID MEAT AS IT IS HARD TO DIGEST. There is a theory we humans are nor equipped with claws and strong big canines to reap meat as carnivore animals do. I don’t know and don’t care if this is true, but it is a fact meat takes longer to digest in humans. With Sjogren’s, salivary glands (as well as the rest of the glands that produce moisturewhich aid with digestion) are being attacked by the immune system.
        I am on disability now and I hate it. Constipation is part of my daily living. I pretty much know what foods to avoid, but it is hard to live like this. I am going to continue reading your website as it has interesting suggestions and will try some of them, hopefully something will work! You are right when saying Drs give you Miralax, etc and don’t take care of the problem, just the symptoms.
        Hope to hear you comment on my message!

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    Hello myself Anmol and I m suffering from ibs.c from past 5 years.anyting i eat causes me constipation please do suggest me any measures whch can work for me.as my life is finish i used to go to gym in the morning daily and go for a walk at the evening bt my problem is as the same.I am unable to do a job as i am afr
    aid that if i got a motion where should i go i got motions daily but incomplete as there is a feeling of nt having a complete motion.I hav to go to the motions 2 to 3 times a day and i cnt stp the feeling without passing motion.my lyf is finished i cnt enjoy my lyf nor help my parents my helping them by giving money as i am unable to do the job as i am afraid that if the urge to go to toilet will happen i got vry streesed up bcoz of this.the stool i passed is nt hard its soft but i m unable to finish it at one time i hav to walk 2 the toilet 2 to 3 times a day.and sometimes there is a pain in the toilet area.as i hav read ur above suggestions and i wil try 2 follow them and if u cn do sumthng more for me plz.suggest me as soon as posibl bcoz its ruining my lyf.plz help me out plz.

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    I have a question about the acid level. I have Achalasia, for which I had surgery last year. So I take an Omeprazole acid reducer pill every morning. I’ve been taking it off and on for years, but my understanding is that since the valve of my esophagus is permanently open now, it’s necessary for me to take an acid reducer. Should I not be? I’m just starting the SCD diet, and I do suffer from iBS-C. Do you think my need for Omeprazole will go away? And should I be taking a Betaine HCL instead? I’ve never been able to figure out if my acid level is too low or too high.

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      Late to the commenting here but… I also take omeprozole daily 40mg. I have GERD, regular acid reflux, indigestion, etc., to the extend of it eating away at my esophagus and sinus passages. I actually had to have my sinuses rebuilt and esophagus patched. After trying to get off the meds for years, I finally had to accept that I had to take it: next conclusion- my IBS was never gonna get better. Now I am still working on comfort treatments because meds and diet dont work for me. I just wanted to let people with acid issues (severe ones) to not stop taking meds unless a doctor says to. The surgery I had was not fun. The ear problems, collapsed sinuses, holes in throat, throwing up blood, is not fun. If trading your meds for acid issues for ibs issues – you’re just prolonging a windmill effect. If it isn’t one that is bad, it will be the other. At least there are some ways to help ibs discomfort. The only treatment for the other is acid reducers – unless you have surgery but that is also a bandaid.

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    Jeremy, it’s not unChristian to think our amazing Creator made a plant that can help you! He made lots of them. No condemnation! Heather, I feel ya, I’ve had the same problem all of my life and can’t wait to implement the suggestions here that I haven’t tried. Thanks, Steven, for sharing what works for you! I’ve been gluten/ grain and sugar free for over a year. Lost tons of weight (78# with the help of HCG and above changes). I’m still only graced with a little poo every couple of days. I eat tons of veggies now, eggs, meat (grass fed/free range if I can afford them- lately sad factory farmed meat, which only causes more harm-yuck), cheese, avocados, two fruits and some nuts. I cut out nightshades cuz I read they cause inflammation leading to chronic pain, which I’ve dealt with for years. After over 2 mo. the pain is still here, so maybe it’s not the nightshades, or maybe I’ll have to try to go without dairy and/ or eggs. I don’t miss processed foods or sweets too much, but I seriously don’t know how I’ll get enough calories to maintain my weight though. Jeesh. Life can be crazy.

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    I love your site first of all.

    Second, I started eating SCD in 2005 for IBS-C mainly. The scd vanished every autoimmune symptom I ever had from Iritis to insomnia to PMS. The scd completely regulated my monthly cycle and eventually, every symptom that went with it went away (acne, cramps, etc.).
    But the one thing that never went away is the constipation. I tried cutting out dairy and nuts for a time but I felt so limited I eventually would add them back. I didn’t notice a difference without them anyway. Back then, I couldn’t tolerate the yogurt. At all. It would make me badly constipated for days. Now I can eat a little and I don’t get bloated or gassy but I don’t think it ‘helps’ with the constipation.
    I tried eating spoonfuls of coconut oil. I ate sauerkraut. I took probiotics. But I never did any of it consistently which could have been my problem. I don’t know. I did however, stick to scd consistently.
    The past 4 years I started traveling and began eating non-scd foods like rice and potatoes and oats. I don’t like eating these things as I want to stick to scd but in certain countries, you eat what you are given or you starve. Or it’s rude. I’ve noticed a few things. These foods seem to be okay with my gut. I don’t get bloated from them nor does the constipation get worse. Yet, they don’t help the constipation get better either. Since I began eating them, other auto-immune symptoms have come back like acne, pms, joint pain. I just turned 30, this should be. And my body doesn’t seem to be able to fight disease and illness. Most days I don’t feel well and I am tired all the time. I NEED to be 100% scd for these reasons but the main issue, constipation, never gets resolved. In over 7 years of scd, it never went away.

    I developed a slight egg allergy and break out in a rash under my eye when I eat them now. I suppose if I cut out all dairy, now eggs, permanently it may help. But at this point, I really don’t know what to do. Constipation has/does affect every aspect of my life. I just want it gone once in for all.

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      Constpation also started for me in my 30’s I am now 51 and still have no answer. I tested my thyroid was told normal. I am taking nascent iodine and Relora now and am going to add beltaine hcl , had colonosopy last year . Was told I have a beautiful colon , bummer was hoping for answer. Tried Amitiza caused so much pain I had to stop , and NO it did not work either. Like you it runs my life . I take laxatives in scary amounts and have gone off or them but c’mon after 2 and 1/2 weeks I had to start on them again because I was miserable, (yep went that long without pooping!) Wishing you best of luck.

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    I’m going to say something that’s likely volatile but first let me preface.

    I’m a Christian, husband, father, business owner and worship leader and about 5 years ago I started having pains in my side, heartburn, anxiety attacks, insomnia, numbness in my left arm and problems going to the bathroom etc… You get it. I searched the web to try to narrow the cause to no avail. Next step go to the Dr. correct? I spent $3,500.00 for multiple tests like CT scan, the probe (ouch) you name it. I had no ins so I paid OOP. Well everything was inconclusive but the problems remained. I tried the natural healer route but I was told I was gluten allergic so I cut it out, no good. My diet at this point was avocado, eggs, sour kraut because it’s all I could process for some reason. No hope, no plan and my future was crumbling, I thought I was dying.

    I started doing some more research because dying wasn’t an option. I found a forum like this and read a comment like this that changed my life. The writer stated that cannabis is the miracle drug for IBS. Hmm, that seemed terribly conflicting with my values but desperation can lower your standards right? I know my neighbor smoked the stuff and I had done as a young person so knew it wasn’t going to take me to HELL or whatever, so I gave it a try. Immediately I felt the old factory get going in a very comfortable way, I was on the commode within minutes and my bowels were functioning normal. So it worked and I was amazed. It’s not a cure and I have to take it at least once a day but it does completely reduce the symptoms completely. Every now and then if I eat to much cheese it flares a little but I just roll a joint of some really good medical marijuana and it goes away. Don’t get the cheep seedy stuff that just gives you headaches and doesn’t work. I believe the active cannabiniod that is helping is called CBDT. Anyway you can imagine the adjustment I had to make in my mind to reason out the fact that among the list above I was also a pot head. I feel brand new again, I have hope for my future and I can eat what I want. Please don’t judge me, I had to make a choice for survival sake and the law be damned because a man has to do what a man has to do to live and love.

    • Steven Wright

      @Jeremy – Thanks for the input, it’s always great to hear from people what is working. I think you said it best “Don’t get the cheap seedy stuff” LOL. Anyways, we aren’t against this kind of treatment but please know you are not working to heal the root cause only to band aide the problem. So I’d encourage you too keep doing what’s working but don’t give up trying to figure out your root problems.

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      I was intrigued by your success with ‘Mary Jane’. I used to smoke casually but when all my issues started (anxiety, depression, stomach upset and constipation) MJ made it worse…especially the anxiety. I did a fair bit of reading on all of the above issues and found a strong connection between mood disorders and dysbiosis. Seems our bellies and bugs are pretty central to many health parameters. One point of relevance to your comment is that in addition to 5HT (serotonin) receptors our bowels also use Cannabinoid receptors to regulate certain functions. It doesn’t surprise me in the least to hear that smoking a little weed helps regulate your BMs. I agree with Steven though; the weed is not the fix and you should continue on with your research to find what’s out of balance and why. You could take the cannabinoid connection as a starting point. One last thing. I respect your decision to share your experience with us despite the apparent conflict you feel. I do judge you; I judge you to be honest and to put your welfare and the welfare of others above the dogma that has so stymied organized religion over the years. The world needs more Christians like you.

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      I am a Christian also & there’s a scripture telling us if we judge than we will be judge & if we forgive than we will be forgiven & so on!!! But I have felt the same way u did, & mu doctor told me to try it but I don’t know if the way I was inhaling it gave me such gas that lock up because of my IBS-C that the 911 was called I thought I was dying so I don’t know if that was just because I was taking to much air, but right now I feel like I am dying & I know that Jesus promise us hope but I getting so tired of being onmy bed feeling like I am not going to make it!! Maybe I should try it another way? Please pray for me!!! Eileen

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        I’m wondering if anyone else has heard of porphyria? My brother and I have had problems for years when I went to an ER in CA (after several times) and finally discovered I have AIP.. Acute Intermittent Porphyria. Look it up, you may be surprised. Especially if others in your family suffer from same issues.

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        I’m wondering if anyone else has heard of porphyria? My brother and I have had problems for years when I went to an ER in CA (after several times) and finally discovered I have AIP.. Acute Intermittent Porphyria. Look it up, you may be surprised. Especially if others in your family suffer from same issues.

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      ha,ha, Jeremy, I had a good laugh! I understand your dillema! I am also a Christian and my son keeps telling me I must try it, but I have an inbred aversion (especially as my boys used to smoke it as teens and mom didnt have the easiest time!). But your post has made me reconsider. I will try to get the oil though – as I have never smoked in my life, cant see myself doing that.

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    Would you recommend both a digestive enzyme and HCL w/ pepsin at the same time, or should you just stick with one? I have low stomach acid according to the baking soda test (no burp after ingesting 1/4 tsp and 8 oz water).

    • Jordan Reasoner
      Jordan Reasoner says:

      That’s a great question Sean. I’ve taken both together for years. I find that if I just take Betaine I still don’t break down fats that well.

      I suspect it’s related to my Celiac Disease and you might find that you do just fine with one or the other. Start with Betaine, that’s most important.

      Then if you’re still not getting great results add in the enzymes. For some people that have history of stomach ulcers or are taking a corticosteriod it makes more sense to start with the enzymes first.

      Let us know how it goes 🙂

      – Jordan

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      It makes a big difference for me if I take the Betaine HCL with Pepsin at the beginning of my meal and the Digestive enzymes at the end of it along with ox bile because I had my gall bladder removed.

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