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Old 02-26-2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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Default Sorry but...I can't go potty!

I know this is TMI, and I'm not sure where it goes (here or nutrition) but I can't poo!

After reading advice here before, I've been all about upping fiber, insoluble fiber, soluble fiber. You name the high fiber foods, I eat them. I can have serving of dry Fiber One in the AM (I hate milk), I eat split peas, broccoli, I don't eat any grains unless they are whole wheat. I eat oat bran. Flax seed. I drink all my water and then some. Many days I hit like 40g of fiber and I still can't get regular. Its starting to hurt. HELP!

Is there such a thing as too much fiber?
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Old 02-26-2009, 12:54 PM   #2
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Did you increase that fiber slowly?

There isn't really so much "too much" fiber as "more fiber than your body can handle". People find that a slow increase in fiber is easier to tolerate and less likely to result in side effects than a slower increase.
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:05 PM   #3
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Yeah...I had an "adjustment period." It did eventually work itself out. I would recommend a big cup of coffee and then a good run on the treadmill (seriously).
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:19 PM   #4
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If the coffee and exercise doesn't work, try a little extra magnesium and vitamin c. That's what the Doctor recommended for my son who gets constipated frequently, (absorption problems) If all else fails there are also over the counter laxatives available. I'm not a huge advocate of laxatives, but a very occasional use is what they are made for.
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:35 PM   #5
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I also have that issue. I eat Kashi Vive and it works wonders on me. I bought it by chance and when I got it home and started reading I thought I would try it and it works like a charm. It has dried broccoli, you can't taste it, and it is blended with probiatics. I am very happy with it and I have suffered with this anytime I cut my calories back.
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I heard that if your water intake doesn't up itself as you up your fiber then, you tend to get stopped up.
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:44 PM   #7
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You might have IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, its fairly common. Certain foods will either cause constipation or diarrhea. Please google IBS and you will find a wealth of information.
If you increase your fiber intake you also need to drink more water, plain old water is best.
Anything Fiber One kills me, so I stay away from it, I find I have less problems eating plain non processed fiber rich foods, like beans, green veggies and whole grains, again with plenty of water.
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:47 PM   #8
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I am a bariatric patient. My doc has me drink Miralax once a day to keep me regular. It is tasteless and may be added to water, juice, whatever. It does keep me regular without getting the runs. My iron supplement constipates me.
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Old 02-26-2009, 03:19 PM   #9
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Are you getting enough healthy fat? I find I get "stopped up" when I am eating very low fat. Sometimes, if I am hurting, I even decided to just not worry about the "healthy" part of that fat and will eat something fatty. That usually works.

Also the advise about the big cup of coffee and running on the treadmill is good advise. After having my last baby (long ago) they gave me coffee followed by a prune juice chaser to get me to go. It worked!
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short term: if you are seriously stopped up, use a laxative/enema/huge cup of coffee/prune juice to attack the problem head on

long term: fiber+more water is your best bet. the next step i would suggest is miralax. it is now over the counter and you can start with the recommended dose and then adjust and use more or less as you need. as your body gets used to the dietary fiber and you increase your water intake, you will likely start to need less and less miralax.

if this doesnt work you need to see your doctor.
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Eat a big green leafy salad with olive oil dressing. You may need more oils or fats in your system. Salads always get me moving.
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two words .... boiled cabbage!
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:41 PM   #13
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All of the above, to which I add warm prune juice. Somehow warming it up seems to maximize the effect
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1 spoon of minaral oil in the morning and before bed . the doctor recomended that for my daughter once.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:59 AM   #15
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Stroh's beer has legendary overnight properties. But I second/third/fourth the strong coffee recommendation - and for some reason, have found Maxwell House to be tops in the "response" category.
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