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Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:23 am
by Polar Bear
I press on the perineum if and when it feels that a stool needs some assistance on its journey.
How long - probably a minute or so, maybe two, maybe longer if needed, gently press/release/press/release.
How hard to press - gently firm, I think you would know yourself when/if you try it.

Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:21 am
by ViewsAskew
I do the same as PB. You can easily break it up - well maybe not easily, but without much work. You can tell from the touch what it needs to help make it smaller or break it up in some way.

Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:22 pm
by legsbestill
What iron supplementation are you taking? I have heard that iron bisglycinate (aka 'gentle iron') is less severe from a constipation point of view.

Never heard of that perineum pressing solution before - it's inspired - so obvious - like slicing bread before selling it - obvious and yet elusive until someone thinks of it.

Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:49 pm
by Polar Bear
Never heard of that perineum pressing solution before - it's inspired - so obvious - like slicing bread before selling it - obvious and yet elusive until someone thinks of it.


Never did I think I would be discussing this particular aspect of this particular subject.... and be happy to be discussing it. :roll: :roll:

Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:18 am
by ViewsAskew
Polar Bear wrote:
Never heard of that perineum pressing solution before - it's inspired - so obvious - like slicing bread before selling it - obvious and yet elusive until someone thinks of it.


Never did I think I would be discussing this particular aspect of this particular subject.... and be happy to be discussing it. :roll: :roll:


There is a lot of that on this forum, lol!

Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:18 am
by ViewsAskew
legsbestill wrote:What iron supplementation are you taking? I have heard that iron bisglycinate (aka 'gentle iron') is less severe from a constipation point of view.

Never heard of that perineum pressing solution before - it's inspired - so obvious - like slicing bread before selling it - obvious and yet elusive until someone thinks of it.


Indeed - I felt the same when I first read about it!

Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:21 am
by ViewsAskew
To add to the perineum discussion...if you have a vaginal canal, you can really feel it easily! I learned that when I was in college, having a pelvic exam and the doctor said, "Oh, you need to defecate?" and I was horrified, lol.

Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:11 am
by srgraves01
Steve,

When you discussed your experience with methadone, I was surprised to see that you took it around noon. My experience with RLS meds is that they are typically taken about 1-3 hours before bedtime. I was thinking of discussing taking methadone with my pain specialist. Is taking methadone this far in advance what is typically done?

Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:03 pm
by Rustsmith
I tried taking it at bedtime, but experienced a side effect that you sometimes see described here as "alerting". My mind stayed very active and I wasn't able to fall asleep until many hours later. So, I decided to try switching the time to noon to see if that would help. It did for me. The alerting had worn off by bedtime and because methadone has a long half life, it still controlled my RLS when I was ready for bed. I realize that this isn't for everyone, but it worked for me.

Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:00 am
by srgraves01
Polar Bear wrote:I take 150mg codeine daily and have done so for several years. I have never suffered from constipation.
Started iron tablets last week, lets hope they don't be the straw that starts the constipation. I do drink a great deal of water.

Does your codeine come with or without acetaminiphen?

Re: Iron supplementation & Constipation

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:52 pm
by Polar Bear
srgraves01 - For many years I took Co-codamol (codeine and paracetamol).

As the paracetamol doesn't actually do anything to help for RLS i asked my dr if I could have Codeine Phosphate. i.e. this is minus the paracetamol.
It is also very inexpensive.

I have never had any constipation with Codeine but since starting iron tablets I notice a difference.