Painful chronic constipation

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Hi people, after all day yesterday in hospital in agony, i discover yet again that my bowel is really backed up, it's not working properly again, for the 99 millionth time since i've been diagnosed with IBS. Can anyone tell me what nice soothing thing i can have to help my poor battered gut to recover?

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    Hi sam1836,

    Probiotics has worked well for me in the past. I don't mean a probiotice yogurt, I mean something stronger/better like kefir or kombucha. Drinking at least 2L of water (or hydrational fluid) a day helps too (I'm only mentioning the water as I've previously asked people and they usually don't drink enough - myself included).

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      I do agree with probiotics, it has worked well for me but am not sure if I did suffer from IBS. can you look at sauerkraut ( fermented cabbage ) I believe homemade is better and full of good bacteria. I am having a go at making my own just salt and cabbage.

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      Thanks ladies, i thought i was along the right lines i tried Kefir and was nearly sick, it tasted disgusting! I mustn't have cabbage in my diet it leaves me rolling in pain. The only thing that seems to help is probiotic yogurt.

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      Hi again,

      Was it water or milk kefir you tried? Both taste unpleasant by themselves; when I have my water kefir, I just make a glass of fruit squash and add a dribble of the kefir water to it (about 3-5 tablespoons worth), which then turns it into a regular glass of squash taste-wise. Have you tried drinking a glass of water with a teaspoon of organic unfiltered cider vinegar in it before breakfast every morning?

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    Hi Sam. Hope you're feeling a bit better please try probiotics. I have IBS. I swing from diarrhoea to constipation. Taking a probiotic with each meal 3 times a day has helped me a lot. There are many different ones out there. Thru trial & error, I finally found the one that works for me. The one I take is called Progut .

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    Do you have a redundant colon? a redundant colon is a colon longer than normal and can have more twists and turns, usually causes slow transit, bloating etc, I have a redundant colon, found this out when I had a colonoscopy.

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    Hi to everyone who has responded, finally the phonecall i needed about my coeliac test, i see someone in gastroenterology on Monday. My bowel is still really sore, still taking Fybogel, 2 sachets a day. I have tried Kefir milk and was nearly sick, it was vile! I didn't know you could get a water based one, i'll have to look for that. What's the trick with apple cider vinegar? Why do people swear by it? Can you take it with an acidic stomach, which i constantly have! As for probiotics it's only things like the yogurts i have, they taste good and put a lining on your stomach!

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      Hi sam18386,

      Yeah, I thought milk kefir tasted really gross too, which is why I thought I'd give the water kefir a go instead. My brother gave me some of his water kefir culture, but I'm sure you can buy some online (I bought my milk kefir culture online). I have acid reflux and drink the the cider vinegar with water every morning before before breakfast. The vinegar turns to alkaline when it mixes with the stomach acids, so it helps reduce the acidity of your stomach. My acid reflux/stomach pains have been way better for the last few months snice I started having the vinegar water in the mornings.

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