More than menopause…
As I continue on this journey of wellness , one of the things that is affecting me the most has nothing to do hormones, hot flashes or mood swings…it is not something that you complain to your friends or spouse about on a regular basis. I am not sure I have ever seen a blog about it (nor have I looked for one) and I will never post it as my status on my Facebook page: Diane is CONSTIPATED!
As I began experiencing menopausal symptoms the last few years it seems it seems like my bowel movements were fewer and further between, until it got to the point before I saw Dr. Grossman, that I was having only 1 or 2 a week! No, I am not exaggerating…I was miserable! I always felt bloated, gassy, full, and dirty inside. And when I did finally go it was hard as a rock, painful, and I never felt completely empty.
Back in April when I discussed this with Dr. Grossman he prescribed 2 things from University Compounding Pharmacy for me to help with this; a very high grade, expensive fiber and Ultra Flora Plus.
Fiber, as we know, helps provide extra bulk in our diet which aids in waste elimination. The Ultra Flora Plus “is an enhanced potency, probiotic formula designed to help relieve bowel irritation and related digestive discomforts. Through promotion of an optimal bacterial balance, this formula may help support normal intestinal motility and address abdominal discomfort, bloating, and cramping.” You can get it in some yogurts and other foods but apparently not in the dosage you get from a supplement.
Unfortunately after seeing how expensive the hormones and other prescriptions were I chose not to get these 2 supplements. This was a big mistake, because even though I was reaping the benefits of the hormones I was still constipated.
About 2 months ago I decided to do a 7 day detoxcolon cleanse. Part of my morning ritual was a tablespoon of psyllium seeds with a glass of juice each morning. After the first day I noticed a difference and for the next week I had a bowel movement almost every morning. They were still painful, and hard, and I could tell I still was not emptying completely, but at least it was better than before.
By the time I went back for my 2nd BodyLogicMD appointment I had started to get constipated again. I talked to Dr. Grossman about it, and told him that I had never gotten the probiotics or fiber that he suggested. He didn’t scold me, but encouraged me to just give the probiotics a try for a month, and that if I didn’t feel significantly better to just not renew my prescription. He also said the psyllium husks I purchased were just fine, but that I should double my intake.
All I can say is that I wish I had listened to him back in April! I finally got the Ultra Flora Plus and increased my psyllium husks from 1 tablespoon to 2, splitting between mornings and evening. Within 3 days I noticed a significant difference! The first thing I do now when I wake up in the morning is evacuate! It is soft, long, and when it is over I feel clean on the inside. Over the last few weeks I have significantly less gas and I don’t feel bloated.
Both Ultra Flora Plus and psyllium can be purchased without a prescription and I truly feel it is one of the best this things you can do for yourself – I am so happy that I finally “made the move”. J
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