Cure for constipation

Hi guys

You may have noted from previous posts that I do not have a very nice time at all when it comes to my bowels.

Lately I have been 7 days without an opening. Doc gave me Fibogel twice a day which has reduced me from 7 days to 4 but still painful an uncomfortable.

However, I happened to buy fresh Apricots from Lidl the other day as they were in the cheap fruit n veg deal - 79p I think - they are only small so I have had 2 per day last few days - and guess what??

Yes - the miracle cure I have been searching for - been twice in 2 days - woot woot woot.

For all you other guys who suffer - give it try - cheap, pleasant and do the job.

I actually cannot believe that I my bowels have opened twice in 2 days and that is the only thing I have done different.

I am tempted to buy loads and freeze them so I don't run out - hahaha

:-) :-) :-)

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  • An added bonus Apricots are good for you they contain iron and potassium as well as being high in fibre which you've happily found out πŸ‘πŸ˜„

  • Even better, thanks Ary, I thought I was quite well up on my fruit n veg but I missed that one xx

  • Hi

    Thanks for this post. I'm going to try them. A lot to lose (literally πŸ˜„) and a lot to gain too.

    Hugs Lu xx

  • Fingers crossed for you Bluemermaid. I can't believe how much better my stomach feels - and it may just be coincidence, but I feel less tired today too - haven't had an afternoon nap and not felt like I needed one either which is a first for a long time xx

  • I can believe you don't feel so tired, as you've got rid of all the toxins that have built up. Like you, I'm lucky to go once a week. I bought some apricots today. Will let you know how I get on xx

  • You may find that apricots canned in fruit juice are also helpful. xx

  • Also dried Apricots are handy to keep or take with you when on the move (literially. LOL ) πŸ˜‚

  • Hi Arymretep

    I actually used to put them in the flapjacks that I made to take on days in the hills. Stopped making them when I was no longer active as they are quite high calorie - all good though - honey, oats, fruit and nuts but have brown sugar and butter too and I no longer work hard enough to earn that.

    Perhaps my belly has missed them more than I realised - didn't have such bowel problems then but put it down to the fact that I was very physically active which I know is good for the bowel ;-)

  • I will look into that lou, thanks for the advice. Will stick with the fresh ones whilst I can though ;-)

  • Having on occasions having to have rather large doses of morphinem I have had the wonder of constipation and faecal impaction, neither of which are to be belittled by jokes, as anyone who has suffered will understand. I now have a stock of Movicol which is much better for me than fibogel which does absolutely nothing, you have to have Movicol on prescription though I think. the great thing for me is that it doesn't taste of much and certainly not of ghastly orange, which seems standard for fibogel.

    I have tried prunes, which only serve to avail me of gales, strawberries if I haven't had them for a long time help too. Apricots did nothing for me and I munched my way through so many I can't tell you.

    The one natural thing I have found useful is to grind up a mixture of the omega 3 seeds, which of course contain linseed, but they have to be crushed, otherwise they just pass through your system whole. If things have progressed to the stage of faecal impaction your GP can give you both suppositories or enemas which most certainly sort the problem out, but I save them for the most serious of problems as the results are so dramatic, I will leave the rest to your imagination.

    Foggy x

  • like you foggy, I have had some serious bouts that have caused me bleeding on several occasions and when that starts (usually due to a small tear from straining to evacuate something that is rather too large) life is horrendous and you have to decide whether it is more painful to go or to wait. I have had to stop trying and "push" it back when the pain makes you feel sick and faint.

    I have had movicol but it did not work at all. Can't say for sure about the Fybogel - except that I haven't had to wait as long as 7 days since taking it.

    Like you - most other things make my stomach sing out loud heeheehee.

    I swear the apricots made me run upstairs today - I thought I was just going to sing but there was nearly a standing ovation hahaha.

    I have to laugh or I would absolutely be walking around with eyeballs like red tomatoes lol xx

    Where can I acquire these Omega 3 seeds - they sound like a possibility for a good clear out ;-) xx

  • just googled and found pumpkin, sesame and linseed - I have those - I sprinkle them on pastry and put them in crumble - really tasty - never tried crushing them though - great tip xx

  • Yes landslider, it's essential that you do crush them up. I use a mini food processor and I tend to do them each day as trials have shown that fresh are much more effective than when I've kept them in a tub for a few days.

    I sprinkle them onto oatabix with some crushed hazelnuts and a tad of stevia and that way they are very very palatable, and you also get the other good things from the Omega 3 properties as well as the help with constipation. If you have rectal bleeding that probably is down to piles, which can need attention from your GP if they become too much of a problem. Take care and hope things continue to improve for you πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

  • I'm with Foggy on Movicol far superior to that horrible Fybrogel whatever they flavour it with has never been near an actual Orange in its life. Strangely enough the chemist gave me the unsweetened Movicol last time and that seems to work even better.

    Also on the same track as Foggy's Omega 3 lead they say Golden Linseed is excellent even though I have not tried it myself.

    I absolutely adore Apricots so off to Lidl's I go. Hope they keep on working for you.x

  • After having two haemeroid operations after my daughter was born it is so painful to go to the loo. The pain meds I take make me constipated and the last thing the surgeon said to me at the time was "you don't ever want to get constipated because it's really going to hurt!" Now I am permenantly constipated. When I'd do go I tear which is so painful. I use lactulose but it really bloats me and also ducosate but I still don't go often. I will definitely be trying the apricots and if anyone else has any ideas I would really appreciate it,

    Thanks xx

  • Hi Eggcustard

    I have internal hemorrhoids so I can most definitely empathise with that pain - when you have to do the child birth fast breathing to try and blow the pain away and can barely walk afterwards!

    Still stings a bit at the moment with the Apricots but I am hoping that with regular use they will work their magic.

    Good luck with yours xx

  • (no fibro hat on) this was sent to me. I can't back-up the info, there wasn't any source info, just thought it interesting:-

    Apricots are incredibly high in minerals and rich in beta carotene and are one of the most healing fruits you can eat. They are one of the best sources for organic iron, copper, and cobalt making them very beneficial for anemia, digestive disorders, and reproductive health. Apricots are highly beneficial for autoimmune disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, lupus, colitis, IBS, and PCOS. They are also wonderful for keeping the heart strong and healthy as well as being a powerful weight-loss agent. Apricot’s high concentration of beta carotene makes them an excellent food for disease prevention, especially lung, skin, and stomach illnesses. And they are very helpful in helping to regrow hair and improve the quality of your hair, skin, and nails. Fresh apricots are always best, but when they are not available, dried apricots are a great alternative. Look for wild and/or organic varieties that do not have any preservatives such as sulfur dioxide. A handful of dried organic apricots each day is a fantastic snack that can help keep you energized and focused throughout the day.

  • wow - what a find - I can actually vouch that i have felt better today than I have in weeks and I have actually been able to do some studying for an exam I have on Friday - and successful studying too - it feels as though my head is working and I really cannot remember the last time I had any clarity in my brain at all.

    I am definitely putting that down to the apricots after reading this and will be making them part of my daily diet

    Woop woop woop - watch this space xx

  • Hi hamble99b

    Further to your entry, I did a little bit of research and discovered that Apricots are high in Phytonutrients -

    Definition: Compounds in plants (apart from vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients) that have a beneficial effect the body. There are over 10,000 of them, and they have effects such as antioxidant, boosting the immune system, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and cellular repair. Highly colored vegetables and fruits tend to be highest in these chemicals, but tea, chocolate, nuts, flax seeds, and olive oil are all excellent sources as well.

    Get the chocolate out guys and indulge lol - dark chocolate without sugar though - and if you find it too bitter then melt it and dip strawberries in it - win win xx

  • Wow, more amazing than I thought πŸ˜ƒ

  • That is wonderful news, and I genuinely hope that it keeps workign for you.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • Whilst in hospital a few years ago,another patient swore by lidls dried apricots,and whilst the rest of us moaned about the attempts to open our bowels so we could be discharged,her husband arrived with said dried apricots and by the next morning she was first to be discharged....sudden queue at local store by visitors. Result.

  • Happiness is a decent poo

  • Plums are also very good and mangos are very good also !

  • I shall be trying apricots then!! I like threads like this, practical, helpful things, thanks for all the info. My own problems in the bottom area (if you know what I mean) came from years of running to the loo because of endo and adhesions on my bowel but I didnt know that at the time. Childbirth was just too much for my bottom to cope with ha, ha (sorry, too much info) xx

  • Wow! I'm going to give them a try too.

  • Hi all like you all I have suffered from constipation after my hysterectomy op I thought I was going to die it was so bad however was given a remedy by a friend which has instant results and we'll you can't take it if you going out as things become very loose very quickly but hey I feel like a new person and my stomach feels great well for anyone who wants instant relief you need Epsom salts the one you can drink NOT the bath salts. you can get it from tesco pharmacy or health shop bush wacker etc one table spoon Epsom salt, fresh or bottle lemon juice 2 table spoons and pure apple juice about have a cup mix until salt dissolved down them hatch and things should start moving in next half hours. The salts quite cheap 1.50 in tesco and you can keep it for ever I take this once to twice a month now and works wonders I do also have movicol on prescription but don't work as well but good for the following days after I've had my wash out as not as drastic results.

  • That is awesome Goldenone. Will definitely give that a go. I could do with a good clear out lolz 😁

  • Thinking back to a climbing holiday I had in Kalymnos when I was savaged by a mosquito. I have a very bad reaction to bites. This particular one was on my forearm which was beginning to swell and was angry red. I asked the local lady where I could find a pharmacy on this tiny island. She shook her head, sat me down, squeezed 2whole lemons from a tree in her garden into a glass., topped up with hot water. She then said" drink, all bad gone". She stood over me until I downed the lot then said"soon toilet". I laughed and thanked her. 20 minutes later I was running as though my life depended on it - I needed a toilet - and fast. Hahaha so funny 😁 but the next morning my bite had vanished and that never ever happens without antibiotics xx So yes lemons - vile but good xx They do say that nature has a cure for everything and I think between us we are finding those cures 😁 xx

  • I saw a nutritionist as I was having similar problems as a result of codeine combined with morphine patches. I now take psyllium husk which is a powder form of fibre. You mix it with 1/4 pint of warm water. After you have taken it you then drink another 1/2 pint of warm water. It is the fibre version of dynarod and gets everything moving. It is also natural with no side effects and only costs about Β£5 for a big bag from Amazon. She also advised not to drink cold water as it locks everything up. It is amazing what a difference it makes not having all the toxins floating about inside you.

  • Just ordered some from Amazon - I am all for natural products - thanks for the tip ;-)

  • still waiting for my husk to arrive - apparently good for lowering cholesterol and reducing blood sugar too. I suffer with both and I am not overweight - just unfortunate. The glucose intolerance affects the cholesterol - even with a good diet. I am hoping the husk will help xx

    Went down to my local Lidl yesterday but they have run out of apricots and the tinned ones were in syrup so bought fresh plums instead - no luck yet - day 2 again - boo

    Still got a relatively clear head though - woot woot - pain is bad today though - arm, back and hips tsk tsk - blummin nuisance xx

  • Sorry to hear that there is no movement and you are in pain. Keep yourself hydrated as that helps. You may also wish to try prune juice, not expensive and another natural product. I order so many health bits from Amazon that I subscribe to Prime therefore I never have to wait too long.

    Best regards,


  • Wow some great advice on here! Think Lidl's profits are about to soar! Thanks everyone

    Jo x

  • Oh he** I don't like apricots!!! I'm just going to have to disguise them some how.

  • hahaha poor teddybear - how about chopping them up with some dark chocolate - both good laxatives and very tasty xx

  • Good idea but I can't eat chocolate. Been looking for interesting recipes online I won't be beaten if they work I'll find something lol. X

  • i have the same problem with constipation plus am on limited fluid intake to no more than 50 oz. of any form of fluids a day. anyone have suggestions?i noticed someone mention apricots?how many do you take and how often? thanks much...

  • Hi Nadine, try at least 2 or 3 every day - more if you want to go more often - prunes are also excellent as suggested by someone else - in fruit juice and not syrup - 4 or 5 for breakfast depending how bad you are. More if it has been a while 😊. Hope it helps xx

  • Really the doctor just prescibed me that for me go try i go days without going toilet i am always constipated and bloated? Do u still take fybogel?

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