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LesleyV

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Hi - I am a new member and have just recently been diagnosed with IC - i used to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day and everything in the "bottom" area was fine, at the moment i have eliminated all fruit from my diet because of the effect it has on my bladder but am finding that i have become a bit constipated!  i thought about adding natural bran to my diet, has anyone tried this? if not bran is there anything else natural i could try?

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Hi LesleyV
Welcome to the Forum, sorry about your diagnosis and now your constipation.

I found this previous discussion for you to read
http://cobf.websitetoolbox.com/post/How-to-avoid-constipation-on-IC-diet-5393689?highlight=constipation


http://cobf.websitetoolbox.com/post/Linseeds-amp-other-cures-for-constipation-2736448?highlight=constipation&trail=30



As you will discover unfortunately we are all different and react in different ways.
There is no right or wrong, it is all about finding what is best for you.

Trial and error is the best way for your body to tell you, start off slowly with any changes and more importantly if the constipation continues do go back and talk with your Doctor.

You may also wish to join COB.
http://www.cobfoundation.org/page/how-to-join-us

http://www.cobfoundation.org/page/membership-benefits

You will receive so much extra support and information to help you.

They will send you a wonderful information pack which you can also share with your friends and family, to help them understand.

Do keep us upto date as this will help others like you, looking and searching for reliable information.
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LesleyV

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Hi Kate, thank you for your reply.  I tried to look at the link you sent me but it said it could no longer be found.

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Hi Lesley
Yep sorry about that I always go back and check once I have posted and cannot get it myself Doh!!!! will keep searching for you ,
I have posted another and that seems to be ok.
Will come back If I can find the other link.....
Edit..Test..

http://cobf.websitetoolbox.com/post/Linseeds-amp-other-cures-for-constipation!-2736448?highlight=constipation&trail=15

Grr! I can call it up off Board will keep trying for you.
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Have bumped up the post that Kate linked to above to the top of the forum re Linseed.

best wishes
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LesleyV

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Thank you Dawn - i used to eat prunes everyday with my porridge but have not tried them lately as was not sure excatly what was causing the bladder problem! - has anyone tried prunes and been succesful?

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Hi Lesley

The reason fruit and veg might have been upsetting your bladder is because most fruit and veg have  a lot of sugar in them and this contributes to fungal overgrowth and is an irritant to the bladder. Active candida in the bladder (which you cannot see) will cause toxins that in turn cause inflammation.  Also prunes will be extremely high in sugar.

Psyllium husk which you can buy in health food shops mixed with water, may help to clear the constipation and drink lots of water.
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Thank you, i really really miss the fruit!  i will get some Psyllium husk - would it work if i sprinkled it on my porridge?  i am drinking loads of water...... and not a great fan so its been quite difficult but am slowly getting used to it

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Yes, I guess you could sprinkle some in anything - porridge, soups, drinks. However, did you know that normal porridge has gluten in it. There are a lot of people who find that removing gluten from their foods really helps their bladder. For instance it is well documented now that candida and gluten share the same protein strands and the body will react to both of them in the same way.  You can get gluten free oats.  A lot of dietary lists say gluten is not in oats at all but that is not true - oats do contain gluten.
In the Better Bladder Book by Wendy Cohen she talks a lot about the impact of gluten on the bladder.
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Thank you, gosh there are so many hidden things that we now have to look for!  i have found previous threads really interesting.  bit hard to keep a smile on your face - i have lost 1/2 stone which i really cant afford to lose and have no energy - i used to go to the gym 2 or 3 times a week and am hoping that when i get things under control i can start to build my strength up again.  I also suffer with IBS and it seems that a bladder problem sometimes goes hand in hand with IBS so i am doubly blessed it seems!!

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Hi
Yep! unfortunately IBS can go hand in hand, with Bladder problems.
Pleased you found previous threads a help, there is so much information to digest,
Hopefully, we can help ease the way forward for you.

Initially it is a lot to take in, but you soon realise and benefit from all the wonderful input into this Forum,  and Cob website/Membership,that you are not alone.

Incidentally, you can buy and get Gluten Free Oats,and personally I always drink/use' Oatly'

Ask away, and someone will soon try and assist you.
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LesleyV

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Thank you Kate, that very reassuring - will be in touch

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I've found using lactulose and senna tablets very effective for consipation.  Both of these are avasilable over the counter or you can get your GP to prescribe them.


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LesleyV

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Hi, just wanted to let you know that i have tried the Psyllium husk and the Prelief tablets and they both work really well, am starting to feel a lot better.  Many thanks for all your advice.

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Hi LesleyV
That is so good to read....
Thank you so much for posting back with your info, this will always help others searching, and when we can post a good result, gives encouragement.

Long may it continue.
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