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bcb1200
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So...sorry of this topic is gross or TMI.

For the past 8-9 years I've always had a bit of IBS..meaning more "loose" stools and usually 2-4x / day. I was rarely, if ever, constipated.

Since starting my Lyme treatment 22 days ago I noticed my bowel habits have changed. I have less bowel "urgency" and I'm also way more constipated. I'm not sure if this is because of the Abx, the low gluten / carb diet, the massive amounts of protein / dairy I eat, or the supplements.

Today I am in PAIN. Real pain...hemmorhoids are acting up. I've always had them off an on...but not like this.

Suggestions on what to do. Yes..drink water and eat veggies. What about a stool softener (not a laxative) like Phillips stool softener? Or what about metamucil? Is this allowed on the yeast diet?

I thought I was going to pass out this morning because of the pain.

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2/10 symptoms began
5/10 dx'd, after 3 months numerous test and doctors

IgM Igenex +/CDC +
+ 23/25, 30, 31, 34, 41, 83/93

Currently on:

Currently at around 80% +/- most days.

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sammy
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First thing you want to do is make sure that you are staying well hydrated.

Since you recently started your new antibiotic protocol I wonder if you've also added some new probiotics? It may take awhile for you gut to adjust to the probiotics. I've also heard some people say that S.Boulardii (Florastor) caused constipation problems. Even if this is the cause, it is still best to take the probiotics.

If you are not already supplementing with magnesium you might want to go ahead and try it. Best absorbed forms are malate, glycinate, and citrate. Start by taking a couple tablets per day, gradually increase the dosage until you have diarrhea, then back down a tablet or two and take this dose daily to maintain regular bowel movements. It may take awhile to get cleaned out and find the right dose to maintain.

You could also try miralax. It pulls water into the intestine and forms a gel to help your body push the waste out. It is safe to use daily or randomly when needed. Your body won't get "addicted" to it like other OTC laxatives.

Try one capfull of the Miralax mixed with a large glass of your choice drink tonight. If no BM after breakfast take another dose. If you still haven't had a BM by dinner, take 2 capfulls. Stick with the 2 capfulls twice daily until you have a BM.

Once you get the BMs regular and soft, you won't be bothered by hemorrhoids any longer.

Also, remember to run a search on constipation. It is something that many of us have asked questions about in the past. You will find some great information there.

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we must be on the same schedule! i just posted about my problem too.

first, i tried miralax for about a week -- nothing.

metamucil -- intense pain. then i read where it's psyllium husks. well i have diverticulitis. i thought i was going to die from the pain.

fiber -- did nothing.

correctol -- really bad cramps, double over kind, but only went water.

so i tried the colace somebody on here recommended. i took two tablets and started drinking a ton of water. finally went this morning. had some mild cramping but not bad.

hemmoroids -- mine have gotten so bad they bleed. i use a suppository from walmart and plenty of tucks.

also i have a large jar of "beaudreaux's butt paste". hey, don't laugh. this stuff is a blessing when your little bottom is raw!! so get some of that. i think it's in the baby section.

i've just learned to keep the medicine cabinet stocked with all kinds of stuff.

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Ginger root will shrink them. I rubbed it on external and they shrunk to nothing....

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unable to identify.Igenex Jan.09IFA titer 1:40 IND
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31 +++ 34 IND 39 IND 41 IND 83-93 +
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Try the soluble fiber that dissolves in liquid. "Clear and Natural" by Metamucil is a good one, made in Belgium.
Start with the prescribed dose, 1 heaping teaspoon once per day to start and up it from there to find your perfect dose.
You can dissolve it in tea or coffee of whatever you like to drink. It has no taste, no texture, you won't even know it's there!

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Miralax- stool softener. all it does is help pull water to the bowels. Very safe not laxative. My nephew has been taking it since he year old.

The dr. can prescribe hydrocortisone suppository. This will help with inflammation and healing and pain! Feel better soon

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Check out the threads on parasites and worms. Also check the symptom list for parasites at humaworm. IBS, hemmorroids and constipation are definitely some of the symptoms and ALL Lyme patients should treat for parasites.

Gael

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NaturalNews.com printable article
Originally published June 1 2010

Common Herbal Tinctures Offer Natural Hemorrhoid Relief without Laser Surgery or Banding
by Susan Laverie, citizen journalist
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(NaturalNews) Hemorrhoids are a common, painful ailment among both men and women of all ages, and though an unpopular and embarrassing subject to discuss, someone has to do it. A combination of herbal tinctures prepared at home and applied when needed brings hemorrhoid relief helping patients avoid laser surgery, banding and other unpleasant methods for treating hemorrhoids.

Often brought on by chronic constipation, straining during bowel movements and bearing down during childbirth, hemorrhoids are varicose veins occurring in the rectum and sometimes protruding from the anus. A variety of at-home and over-the-counter hemorrhoid pain relief applications are available offering varying degrees of efficacy. After many years in practice and making preparations of hemorrhoid home treatments for clients, the author would like to share her formula which is guaranteed to reduce pain and itching from thrombosed external hemorrhoids as well as other less painful hemorrhoids.

A Simple Constellation of Herbal Tinctures Offer Hemorrhoid Relief

Herbal tinctures for use in hemorrhoid home treatment are available at several online homeopathic pharmacies. Tinctures are different than extracts in that the tinctures are prepared with less alcohol which is desirable for hemorrhoid home treatment to help avoid burning sensations. Herbal extracts may be substituted for tinctures.

-Arnica, derived from daisies, reduces swelling and pain due to bruised sensations of external hemorrhoids. Arnica is a well-known remedy for aches and pains and its action when applied topically is almost immediate.

-Calendula, from marigold flowers, is a well-known herb found in liquid form as well as in ointments. Its main use is for healing skin ailments, abrasions, sores, irritation and other problems that need soothing on the skin. Well known homeopathic scholar and former editor of "Homeopathy Today", Julian Winston used to say, "Calendula heals those areas where the sun don't shine!", and it certainly does wonders as a natural cure for painful hemorrhoids and delicate surrounding tissues.

-Aesculus, or horse chestnut, is a superb remedy for hemorrhoid pain relief especially if the patient is experiencing severe venous congestion of external hemorrhoids with sharp sticking pains extending up into the low back accompanied by a low backache. Aesculus is one of the best-known cures for hemorrhoids in homeopathic dilution or as a topical application.

-Hamamelis or witch hazel is an old-time remedy that most moms knew well and is still used to sooth a variety of bruises and aches. Hamamelis tincture is included in the natural hemorrhoid cure because of its ability to sooth bruised, swollen, protruding veins and to reduce engorgement allowing external hemorrhoids to shrink.

Recipe for Natural Cure for Hemorrhoid Home Treatment

The author has named her miracle preparation, "Smiling Goddess Butt Balm", and those who have used it do indeed smile from the hemorrhoid pain relief they experience.

In a two ounce glass or plastic jar combine the following ingredients:

-Equal parts of hydrous lanolin cream and cold pressed olive oil
-20 drops each of arnica, calendula, aesculus and hamamelis homeopathic tinctures

Stir well to soften the lanolin and incorporate the tinctures throughout the mixture. For a thicker cream, add 10 percent more lanolin and reduce the olive oil accordingly. That's it! Very simple and extremely effective. The ointment keeps indefinitely and may be kept chilled in the refrigerator for additional hemorrhoid pain relief. Apply topically as needed.

Because the cream reduces venous congestion, it may also be used on painful varicose veins in the legs. In that case it is called, "Smiling Goddess Beauty Balm". Apply lightly at night before bed.

Sources:

"Synoptic Materia Medica", Frans Vermeulen, 1992

"Materia Medica and Repertory", William Boericke, 1987

U.S.A. Homeopathic Pharmacies
http://www.homeopathyhome.com/direc...

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I have a similar "IBS-like" history to you. Upon starting treatment, overload on the probiotics caused me constipation problems (I was taking 2 pills (billions of bugs, each) and a DanActive a day). Now I take just one pill and I'm doing fine.
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