Fair warning: in this blog, I’m going to be open and honest. This time, about POOP. There, I said it! I feel relieved now. (I know, poor joke. Blame it on social skills.)
I have not informed my son, who is just six, that he has Asperger’s. Instead, anytime he asks about any differences he observes between himself and his friends, I refer to the elephant in the room as “the gut issue”. Mommy has the gut issue, as well as several people in our family, I tell him. You can usually tell by our moods whether or not we have gone numero dos. The gut issue, partner-in-crime to menstrual cycle hormones, has always been the key to my sensory issues. I just never realized this until the last two years, when I eliminated gluten from my diet, reduced sugar and salt, and began a fitness path that has made a serious difference for me!
I am still on this health journey, but I have lost 104 pounds so far and it has been the best thing I have ever done for myself! I went from a dress size 22/24 to a 4/6! I will post at a later date some more details on my diet, which has been the key to reducing so many of my symptoms. I think I can really help those struggling with similar issues with some simple tips.
Obviously, I’m not a doctor, but having put myself through this dramatic weight loss transformation, I feel I can pass along some GI related treatment and prevention info to other spectrum families.
First, let me talk about some of the many severe GI related symptoms I’ve had over my life:
- Frequent hospitalizations for impaction (yuck, I know). Read about impaction here
- Constipation during stress, travel or schedule changes of any kind
- Mood largely dependent on digestive system
- Digestive woes severely impacting my ability to function in school, work, home
- Highly sensitive to menstrual cycle hormones, which, in turn, cause constipation and extreme mood highs and lows
- Extreme physical discomfort with a bogged-down GI tract
- Constipation triggered meltdowns, stimming, irritability
Everyone gets constipated, but when it impacts your life as severely as it has mine, it’s time to change something! Our bodies are trying to tell us that something is very wrong! When a hospital has to give you five IV bags of soapy water in order to get your bowels to move at age 20, there is something VERY wrong!
So what did I change? Continue reading “Can’t Go? Constipation on the Spectrum”