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Hi,I'm wondering if anyone has any tips to help with constipation. I have a thyroid problem and am on eltroxin. My current TSH is 2.5 and GP says this is perfect.
Constipation is the bane of my life and I feel like my world revolves around avoiding constipation. I drink lots of water, eat lots of fruit,vegetables eat very little meat/cheese. I watch other people eating and feel like I couldn't eat like them as I would be constipated. It is also a lot worse before my period.
I did the corn test and it was almost five days before the corn passed so it seems I have slow transit.
Has anyone any exoerience/tips? I'm a normal weight and always get 10k steps.
Your TSH should be around 1.0 or below if you are medicated.
R.e. The constipation, you could try lactulose to keep things moving.
My thyroid level was around 1 when I was trying to get pregant and I was never constipated so maybe it was that.
My GP refuses to increase my meds and says 2.5 is perfect and that before I was at risk of becoming hyper.
Maybe it is all connected to thyroid. I would rather not take laxatives.
My personal experience with constipation has taught me that it is not what you do it is what you are not doing is causing the problem. You can walk , run, drink liters of water and still be constipated if your body is deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. Try adding magnesium citrate first , it will decrease the transit time and increase water in your bowels , 300 mg is the best dose for chronic issues. It is not a laxative, does not cause dependency and your body will thank you for the extra magnesium because we need magnesium for 300 functions and most people are deficient.
If that sorts your problem completly then good, if you are satisfied but not nearly there then add b12. B12 200 to 400 mcg will definitely do the trick with magnesium and you will never be where you are now.
However before you start supplements clear your bowels first. I can vouch for sodium picosulfate (Pico liquid). Take 5-10 ml at 6 in the evening and by morning you will be clear. Won't cause bloating or pain , does not have a bad taste. It is available at Sainsbury's and some online pharmacy.
Once you are clear, then start adding supplements to your regime.
If you have thyroid issues then you need magnesium and b12 anyway to maintain good thyroid health.
@Literallyfedup thanks. I have bought Magnesium so hopefully that will work.