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    Having difficulty with going #2

    Sorry if this is TMI. I have been on the diet for a week now and think I'm really backed up. I have been drinking smooth tea and it's not helping. What other options can I use? I think I had a blockage because a week ago I had really bad stomach pains, got dizzy and felt sick. It passed but was very weird. Any advice been would be helpful. And yes I'm drinking a ton of water daily!

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    First, please make sure you are getting enough salt: any salt! Low electrolytes can cause dizziness, fuzzy thinking, and constipation. When I feel dizzy, I drink a cup of salty broth or bouillon.

    Second, I use mineral oil, available from Kroger, Walmart, and other retailers. Take a glug or two between meals, once or twice a day. It may take a couple of days to work but it will. You can also use stool softener; but I would be cautious of taking fiber or laxatives during VLCD.

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    Magnesium oxide works well as well as higher doses of vitamin C. If all else fails a warm water enema.

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    Enemas used to be the first place to start when dealing with constipation. Not sure where we lost our way with that, but it is worth consideration. You want to remove any dried plugs as soon as possible. If you can't stomach an enema, a suppository is the next best thing. You don't have to do this first, but you will have some immediate relief if you do.

    Once you have done the emergency triage....you must work on getting water to your colon. The way to do this is to take magnesium and vitamin C. This will soften the backup still in there and allow you to eliminate much easier. Start with a dose you are comfortable with and increase each every day until you get relief, then back down from the last increase and stay there for a while. You may end up needing 2000+mg magnesium and 3-4gms Vitamin C to get relief the first time. Or even more. It is safe to keep increasing beyond those amounts if you need to. I used those examples just to give you an idea so you won't be afraid to keep increasing.

    You can use any magnesium form, but the cheaper ones will draw water to your colon the most efficiently: mag oxide, mag citrate. (I don't recommend milk of magnesia, which is magnesium hydroxide, because every brand now contains some bleach.) Once you have found your level, you can replace the oxide or citrate with a better form. Most of us are magnesium deficient anyway. Keeping your poops small, soft and frequent is key to not getting in the same position again. Magnesium & C can help you get there, and then keep taking whatever dose of mag you need to stay there.

    A very important caution you received above about not adding fiber is really important. Fiber supplements can actually make things worse until you get things moving again. They can form another clog behind the first one. They may be helpful after you have things normalized again, but usually a very bad idea to start when you are still constipated.

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    Thank you for your reply. I went ahead and did the anema. It helped me somewhat but I think I have a block in the upper part of my colon. Can I take miralax? Anything else I can do? It's making me really sick not fixing this.

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    Thank you for your reply. I went ahead and did the anema. It helped me somewhat but I think I have a block in the upper part of my colon. Can I take miralax? Anything else I can do? It's making me really sick not fixing this.
    Miralax is extremely toxic. It's ground up microplastics that cause so much damage and long term is a carcinogen. If you look up miralax lawsuits you'll see a TON of posts of parents who's kids were hurt very badly from drs telling parents to give miralax. It is not at all safe.

    Keep doing daily warm water enemas or even colonics if you can find a place that does them. That would get an upper clog. If you can get the lower bowel clean and use magnesium Oxide which is very cheap on Amazon. Mag oxide will soften all the stool very well. You just need to find the right dosage.

    Sorry it's been hard. Keep trying magnesium and vitamin C and also if you need to daily enemas till you are regular can help clear the colon. For certain amounts of my life I've had to do that esp when I was pregnant and had severe nausea.

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    The longer you can keep the water in your colon, the more effective the enema will be. Laying on your left side can sometimes help you retain it longer. Trying a couple more enemas may help. I would say a suppository is a good second choice. It gives a quick result, but it can cause some discomfort.

    Magnesium and vitamin C are effective and a much safer way to get things moving. I encourage you to try those before using any kind of commercial laxative. Laxatives work by irritating your intestines/colon. I think of them as a last resort.

    Magnesium and VitaminC will draw water there and that will soften the plug. I find they work best if you take them before bed, but for the first couple of days, you might want to to increase more than once a day.
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