Jan 10, 2013

Retraining the bowel

There have been a lot of articles written lately about constipation and Parkinson’s and here is yet one more.  As Parkinson’s sufferers we are always on the lookout for breaking news and treatment on how to deal and live with the disease. Constipation is a huge problem for Parkinson’s patients and taking calcium pills as part of your daily medication can make matters worse.  Calcium protects the bones in your body, yes, and we all need calcium, but the price you pay for strong bones can be a hard and taxing one.  This writer found out the painful way after she became impacted and the doctor had to manually use his hand. Drinking lots of water is imperative for a spongy stool. Have lots of fiber.

Here is what happened. The doctor inserted a fleet enema. Minutes later the bowel started to heave and growl, and cramped to the point where you just had to let everything go. You spent some minutes on the toilet and then feeling mighty relieved, washed your hands and returned to your job. You might return to the toilet two or three times before you are done. That is the first part.

How to retrain your bowel

Set aside the few items you are going to need and commit yourself to the task or it will all be for nothing. Start the day with a hot porridge breakfast and a cup of caffeinated coffee. Don’t eat too much. Swallow a full tablespoon of laxative. After the enema does its job have a snack of dates or nuts and drink lots of water. The idea is to clear the channel and have a bowel movement every day. Please note that once you do this you will have to do it every day – so be careful with treatment.