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By Elly On 2011.08.24 22:51
My husband has been suffering from constipation over the last few months. I know it can be a side effect of Mirapex but I suppose it could also be Parkinson's since it seems to affect all systems or it could be some combination of the two. I mentioned it to the neurologist at our last appointment and he had nothing to say and wrote down the name of a bowel specialist. Here we go again with another specialist. My husband has a good diet, drinks plenty of fluids and takes a stool softener every day yet it happens. Both the condiiton and then the relief from the condition are difficult. Is this problem common?

By karolinakitty On 2011.08.25 00:42
Elly...it's very common... #1 PD slows down the digestive system, from the stomach all the way down... at present we don't have that issue but I think if you put "constipation" in the search at the top of the page you'll find some good ways to combat it....I swear some neuro's haven't a clue as to the symptoms of PD.....If your husband eats a high fiber diet, be careful though too much fiber can actually cause constipation and extreme gas and heartburn....

By susger8 On 2011.08.25 08:35
It's very common, in fact some people think it's one of the early signs that people have years before being diagnosed.

Do check out some previous threads. I think most people seem to have the best results with Miralax. Another remedy that seems to work for many is to take a couple of spoons of unrefined coconut oil per day.

Sue

By Elly On 2011.08.25 16:48
Thanks to both of you for your responses.

By lurkingforacure On 2011.08.26 23:37
Take a tablespoon or two of extra virgin organic coconut oil (not processed, not heated, etc.) a day. Works wonders, and it's very good for us!

By MJ-Camano On 2011.08.28 23:17
This has worked for my husband:

Fruit Paste for Constipation
1 pound Pitted prunes
1 pound Raisins
1 cup lemon juice
1 pound dried Figs
1 cup brown sugar
3-4 oz pkg Senna Tea ( can be found in health food stores)

Steep tea 5 minutes in 3 cups water, strain. Add fruit to 2 cups tea, boil for 5 minutes. Add sugar and lemon juice, allow to cool. Blend in food processor. Keep in freezer. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons daily

By brainstorm On 2011.08.31 21:22
This is what I use for my Mom.

4oz prune juice + 3oz Milk of Magnesia.
Mix well and warm in microwave for about 30-40 seconds at medium setting about 600W and drink it, then drink 4oz of hot water over it.

I give this to her at least 30 minutes before her first meal of the day. she usually starts going with 1-2 hours.


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