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Mar. 8th, 2007 | 04:08 pm
posted by: bluesuitcase in eating_right

I would like to start off by saying that I realize these communities to which I am cross-posting are not substitutes for actual medical advice. I have been to three different gastroenterologists and undergone routine testing, which have only added to my frustration. I am simply here to see if anyone else has shared any or all of my symptoms, and what has been done to cure them. Here goes...

For the past three or so years I have battled severe constipation. Throughout this time period I have been on endless dosages of ex-lax, Colace, Fiber-Sure, Metamucil, Fiber-Choice, and GlycoLax, sometimes all at the same time. Despite of these medications, frequent exercise, and a diet high in fiber and low in fat, the most regular I am is having a bowel movement every 6-9 days. When I finally do go to the bathroom, it is not like I am 'making up for lost time;' my stool is dark, hard, difficult to pass, and usually between the size of a grape and a ping-pong ball. I never feel relief, and I often have feelings of 'incompletion' after using the bathroom. There is often bright red streaks on the stool, and I have faint-but-bright pink marks on my toilet paper. There is never fecal residue on the toilet tissue.

I usually drink about 4 liters of water per day, intake 45 grams of fiber, and rarely have more than two servings of starches per day. I am a vegetarian, but I do not eat eggs or cheese. I love to exercise, except since whatever I eat just sits in my stomach, it's so difficult to get the physical energy to become active. Regardless, I walk 30 minutes a day, but am no longer able to do aerobic exercise. My stomach is constantly EXTREMELY bloated, and I feel it literally weighing me down --- my legs are constantly achy and I have constant cramps.

It's getting to the point where it is painful to urinate. When I go to the bathroom [every 7 days or so] it's usually because I am so fed up so I resort to an enema. However, I can retain the liquid for over 30 minutes [the doctors told me to keep it in as long as possible] and I really have to strain and use my pelvic muscles just to expel the liquid. I wake up every morning to severe nausea, and have landed myself in a Catch-22. I feel extremely hungry, and my stomach hurts, so I eat. When I eat, I become extremely full very quickly, and I feel lots of bloated-ness and stomach pain.

I'm mostly just tired of not knowing what is wrong. If it helps to know this, I have major depression but am not on medication since my psychologist is super-Freudian. I was recently put on Zelnorm, and my GlycoLax prescription has been doubled. But, it's only my fourth day on these medications, so I have yet to experience relief or have a bowel movement.

I recently went to the ER because my weight had increased over 10 pounds in 9 days, and I am only 5'1". But, the hospital said I just have constipation and sent me home without any further consideration. I don't know what to do! I am going crazy. I feel so dizzy, can barely walk, am queasy, and have constant sharp, shooting pains throughout my stomach-region. I have a very skinny body except for my stomach, which seriously looks as though I am going to give birth within the next several weeks. I am also beginning to experience incontinence.

So...any ideas or similar experiences? I've been do different doctors and hospitals. All of my CT scans have shown severe stool backup, and the physicians say I simply have constipation, but then they just discharge me without answering questions or providing care. How do I get rid of this backup? Enemas, laxatives, and stool softeners do not work, period, but even more so since this fecal blockage is in my UPPER GI-tract.

Thank you for any potential help!!!

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Another question -

Apr. 2nd, 2006 | 12:08 pm
posted by: nutzi in eating_right

I seem to have a sugar addiction. Not sure when it happened, but it's very specific: sugary carbs. Cravings for cheesecake, cookies, brownies... mmmmm. And, you know, it's not healthy to eat that everyday. So I don't. But when I get these cravings, is there something on the healthier side that kind of hits the spot?

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Healthy, quick & veggie!

Apr. 2nd, 2006 | 12:07 pm
posted by: nutzi in eating_right

Does anybody know of a good source for healthy, *quick*, usually vegetarian recipes? I'm so busy, and I find I'm in a pasta or chili rut... Secret tips? :)

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Feb. 9th, 2006 | 12:04 pm
posted by: micu_angel in eating_right

Hey all! I was just dropping by to see if this place might be useful to me.I'm looking to replace my written food journal with something online. The reason I keep track of what I eat is because some days I just sort of don't eat at all and other days I eat but it's all the wrong things. My goal for this year is to try and be more aware of my triggers and patterns ( ie: when I'm stressed out I don't eat, making time at work to eat...)I haven't been taking very good care of myself this year, I'm tired and I'm hoping this might help me focus. Any and all support would be welcome. So far today at noon I've had 2 cups of coffee and 2 slices of toast with butter.

Eating at work is a HUGE problemCollapse )

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Jan. 20th, 2006 | 09:33 pm
posted by: andreya in eating_right


I'm excited to have found this community!

I'm looking to start eating more consciously and more 'right' again (also turning vegetarian/maybe in time vegan) so I'll have to watch my protein and vitamin intake.

I don't have any weight problems, well, I'd like to exercise more, but have committed to a daily walk/run/jog and have surprisingly managed to stick to that since January 1st (only 1 day off)! (Adding vitamin D etc.!)

I'm struggling with finding a system to keep up with my daily food & nutrients, vitamins... intake. Can anyone suggest a chart, or a helpful site where I could find more info on that? (I wasn't born organized, so I'd really appreciate any help.)

I'm thinking to include all meals (fruit also) and drinks, and have a page with recommended daily dosages of everything handy, and would need info on how much of anything a food (especially fruit/vegetables) contains (with regard to vitamins, minerals & proteins - I'm cool with eating carbohydrates) so that I could calculate it easily?

I apologize if this has been answered somewhere & will appreciate any pointers.


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Oct. 27th, 2005 | 08:04 pm
mood: ecstatic ecstatic
posted by: thepixieinside in eating_right

I have now lost TWO AND A HALF POUNDS, People! I know it may not seem like a lot, but this is like in ONE DAY! *squees* This keeps me motivated! ;)

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Chicken Veggie Pasta Medley

Oct. 27th, 2005 | 05:51 pm
mood: creative
posted by: thepixieinside in eating_right

I just made this for my mother and I and she and I LOVED it! Just know I don't usually measure, unless I am following a recipe, so I will provide you all with the ingredients. Use as much as you like and ENJOY! ;)

~Chicken breasts
~Veggies (I used broccoli, onions, tomatoes, squash, and zuchinni)
~Extra Virgin Olive Oil
~Minced Garlic
~Salt and Pepper
**Sprinkle the finished product with Parmesean Cheese

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Oct. 26th, 2005 | 09:06 pm
posted by: rozillla in eating_right

Hello. My name is Rose, and I'm a Foodaholic. I don't want to go into depth with that, I'll let you guys take my word for it, hehe.

One of my biggest problems is I get sick of [healthy] food easily, and I go onto something new - so when I try things that are somewhat healthy for me, I stick to it, until I'm eventually sick of it. So it's hard for me to stay on a diet when I'm so picky and I'm extravegent(sp?) with my food.

Another is procrastination. I'm currently not working or going to school so this poses as a problem with a routine that isn't a very good one. When I work or goto school, I get up early, eat some eggs and have a banana shake. Since I have no reason to get up early anymore I sleep in and when I get food it's usually a burger.

My mother recently got us these work out tapes that seem to be very good, but again, without a good routine I get lazy and don't feel like doing it. So I've been job hunting left and right hoping to get hired and get back into a good schedule.

Though I have cut down on alot of things, I still need to completely elliminate fatty [fast] food completely. Are there any fast food places you guys go where you can get something [somewhat] healthy ? That isn't salad - because, unfortunately I'm extremely picky with dressing and I have to have a specific ranch or I can't eat salad. It's weird.

Anyway with the workout came a complete kit, vitimins and a food chart - so I scanned the food chart for you guys so you can see what's good to eat and what you need to cut down on [and eventually ellminate]. And I may be the only one who didn't know but, margarine is just as bad as butter - so why do they even make margarine ?

Here are two sites that I've found that make great recipes to help on diets as well:


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Beef Burritos!

Oct. 26th, 2005 | 10:59 pm
mood: hyper hyper
posted by: thepixieinside in eating_right

10 ounces lean ground beef
1/4 cup drained canned diced mild green chilies
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) Mexican-style diced tomatoes, drained
1 package (10 ounces) frozen whole kernel corn
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chili powder
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Nonstick cooking spray
4 (6-inch) flour tortillas
Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add beef, onion and garlic. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until beef is no longer pink. Add tomatoes, corn, chilies, chili powder and cumin. Cook 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
Spoon beef mixture evenly down center of each tortilla. Fold bottom of tortillas over.
Nutrition Facts:
Amount Per Serving: Calories 338
Fat 11 g, Cholesterol 44 mg,
Sodium 333 mg,
Makes 4 servings

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Oct. 26th, 2005 | 01:45 pm
mood: hopeful hopeful
music: Roseanne
posted by: thepixieinside in eating_right

I think it is a good idea to start off this community by introducing ourselves. I am Amanda from North Carolina. I decided to start this community because of my need to diet, while staying healthy and exercising. I am 5ft2 and 150 pounds. My goal is to become at LEAST average weight for my short height...which is around 115. I need to lose 35 pounds and I hope that having this community can help me accomplish my goals! :D

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