My recovery diary - going the natural route

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Re: My recovery diary - going the natural route

Postby roseyaa » 04 Oct 2016, 13:40

Update time:

The main challenge I've had has been keeping my stool soft - consistently - from tip to end, but not be watery (as that stings). As I wrote in a previous update, alfalfa did the job (perfectly soft formed stools that were the right size) but I developed an allergic reaction to it.

Having tried so many things, I believe Magnesium is really the only thing that seems to work. I'm still playing around with the dosage to get the right consistency.


Talking to pharmacists + nurse

I decided to talk to a nurse (there's a heathline we can call anytime to talk) and see if she would give me any advice that could help my situation.

She didn't really tell me anything new. She recommended I take Colace, but I've read how inconsistent it was so I didn't want to bother wasting money on it.

Then I went to 3 pharmacists to see what solutions they could offer in regards to stool softeners that worked consistently.

All of them recommended Colace/docusate sodium, once again. All of them haven't heard of Kondremul, though it's not something I plan to take.

None of them recommended magnesium or chlorophyll. I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

It kind of feels like I know more about how to soften stool than a nurse/doctor/pharmacist!

One student pharmacist did tell me that maybe I needed a prescription to decrease my gut motility... that should soften things up by speeding up the process. I'm hesitant to take something like that long-term but it's an option.


Vitamin C powder

I started taking vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid) with hopes of reaching a point where it would loosen my stool (I bought the powder as I wanted to be able to control my dosage, plus it's a bit easier to take more of).

2000mg didn't really do much. In fact, I think my stools may have gotten even a bit firmer (not sure, it could be other factors).

I suspect that vitamin C might have a detoxing effect, so when it released the toxins, it made my stool firmer. That seemed to be case also when I started taking more coconut oil.

So right now I'm still taking 1000mg daily, but won't be increasing the dosage.

For those who are interested in taking it - you don't want the calcium ascorbate version present in Ester-C and other brands, especially if you plan to take more than 2000mg. You'll rack up too much calcium.

Milk of Magnesia

I had issues with this earlier when it coated my throat for over a day. I've now found a way to get it to work: mix it in water and drink it down!

I've tested 1/2 tsp earlier - it didn't get rid of the hard tip, but it made the rest of my stool quite watery.

So I tested 1/4 tsp yesterday (in combination with mag citrate 150mg mid-afternoon, and 1tbsp of EVOO with all meals) - and my stool was easy but it's a bit loose/watery (this stings).

My ideal stool is one that is slimey, soft yet firm and evacuates completely.

The interesting thing is though, today's BM was just like stools I used to have when I had more of a tendency towards diarrhea than constipation.

I'm really grateful to have tried MOM! I'm hesitant to take it daily, but I think 1/4tsp isn't too bad.


Magnesium Citrate


I've now found that ideal amount of magnesium citrate to take per day.

3 x 150mg capsules (450mg total) was making things too watery. However 2 x 150mg capsules per day was NOT enough.

So I gather that I need around 400mg per day. I took Natural Calm earlier and noted in my journal that taking 2tsp per day (total of 405mg of magnesium) made my stools loose.

Maybe I can get the right consistency around 375mg-400mg. But that would mean I'd have to combine 2 different solutions.

I get side effects when I take Natural Calm (hives, and it makes my tongue swollen when I take too much), so my new solution is to combine magnesium citrate capsule (150mg) with MOM (1/4tsp).

Eventually I want to eliminate the magnesium citrate and just take the MOM.

I want to take as less things as possible! While I might be magnesium deficient, I get more tired when I take the magnesium citrate. Also if I take 3 per day it turned me into a zombie. I was so so so chill and couldn't be excited about anything.


Other stuff I may try

I still haven't tried Chlorophyll tablets/liquid. I read that it is also a natural stool softener. I also have a sample of green powder, that might do something.

There's also flaxseed oil that I've yet to try.

Ideally I just want to take oils + MOM + vitamin C + rutin.

That's all for now!
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Re: My recovery diary - going the natural route

Postby Healingthroughdiet » 05 Oct 2016, 20:49

Thanks for all that info. I think all of your posts are great.
I think colace works for me 300 mg three times a day works for me that's 3 times the recommended dose. I also take miralax which I think you are avoiding. Mango, Apple and avocado seem to work for me.
Do you think yogurt works for you?
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Re: My recovery diary - going the natural route

Postby jdirect » 01 Mar 2017, 06:16

Thank you for this detailed thread. I have used most of the natural things mention here like EVOO, mag citrate, mag nitrate. Now I have come to know that magnesium l-threonate is the only effective type of mag as it passes the blood barriers while the other type do not.

I am currently researching the net about homeopathic remedies. Some poeple swear by it while other think them to be rubbish. I just came across this homeopathic formula which seems to be popular with a lot postive reviews. I have not ordered yet, but if anyone has used with any success please share you story.
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Re: My recovery diary - going the natural route

Postby HopefulRebecca » 31 Jan 2018, 21:13

Hi all - really enjoying this thread, thanks to all who have posted here. I'm wondering roseyaa, how are you doing today? I'm about to start taking MOM and a bit scared. I'm very sensitive to things so I'm thinking of just taking 1/4 teaspoon, does that sound ok?

Also jdirect, I have tried the homeopathic formula and although it did help with soothing the pain, it didn't help heal the fissure.
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Re: My recovery diary - going the natural route

Postby roseyaa » 12 Feb 2018, 19:28

@Healingthroughdiet - Sorry for the slow response! Hope you're doing better, I'll check in on your thread. I hope things have improved since the last time we talked. Yogurt doesn't work for me; it seems to slow down transit time. I just don't feel right with dairy products.

@jdirect - How are you doing with the magnesium l-threonate? I haven't taken any supplements since I cut out magnesium citrate. I have also come across H-Fissures in my research, but haven't tried it.

@HopefulRebecca - Thanks so much for posting in my thread and asking how I'm doing! I posted my success thread just now, you can read more about what has worked for me:
how-i-healed-my-fissure-naturally-what-i-eat-my-routine-t13269.html

Whenever you try something new, it's always best to use a low low dose, so give the 1/4 tsp a shot and see how your body reacts!

But if you can, try to soften your stool through your diet. This will be much healthier for you in the long run.
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Re: My recovery diary - going the natural route

Postby roseyaa » 12 Feb 2018, 19:34

The journey to health is never over, but I've now learned what I needed to learn from having and healed a fissure.

I'll update this diary thread if I learn anything new (even when healed, there are STILL things to learn that could improve my routine!). Never stop learning, and never take good days for granted!
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