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Concussions and Constipation

Concussions and Constipation
December 9, 2018 Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

Constipation is one of the most common ailments experienced by individuals, both young and old. The excessive retention of stool can be extremely uncomfortable, and a wide variety of remedies deal with the discomfort of poor elimination.

Many people consume more fiber or prunes, drink more water, or take a laxative such as magnesium to improve their daily elimination of stool.  But what they have not been told by their physicians is that constipation is a neurological problem.

The autonomic nervous system is major part of the central nervous system that regulates our hormones, immune system, emotions, blood pressure, and our organs including the intestinal track.  The autonomics can be injured with trauma to the head, emotional trauma, or inflammatory damage from the immune system.

The symptoms that occur from the autonomic damage may be either low blood pressure and oxygen delivery to the brain (headaches, neck tightness, poor concentration/focus or fatigue) or a slowing of the intestine conveyor belt (i.e. intestinal tract).

When the intestinal track slows, each segment of the intestine will develop particular symptoms. If the stomach does not push its contents forward efficiently a person can experience heartburn, reflux, nausea, and bloating.  Slow motility of the small intestine results in cramping and is referred to as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) if excessive.

Whereas, constipation is the direct result of the inadequacy of the nervous system to create the proper muscular contractions to propel the contents forward.  In other words, constipation is first and foremost the result of the brain not working properly.

Symptom surveys performed after concussion injuries in soldiers and athletes reveal that anywhere from 50-70% experience some level of constipation within the first week after their injury (and heartburn occurs in about 30%).

Although changes in diet and the use of OTC laxative agents can be useful when the constipation is uncomfortable, you can also work on improving autonomic nervous system function with high doses of fish oil, olive oil (certified by the COOC), and the use of a prebiotic plant fiber called inulin to help balance your intestinal bacteria and lower inflammation.

With time, those dietary additions stand a good chance of putting your constipation into remission.

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Stacie Tonucci
Stacie Tonucci

Our 19 y.o. ASD/OCD son just finished round # 3 Rifaxamin for SIBO after being hospitalized for self injury after 6 days of constipation. Even one day of constipation can lead to head self-injuring in the past. Six was unreal. He was confused beyond all imagining. Prior to this, we had a fine tuned regimen of morning colace and an evening Mag Citrate pill but he seems to have become resistant to that. We have been using a half bottle of liquid mag citrate which even that has stopped working. His new psychiatrist in conjunction with an integrative physician recommended… Read more »

Priya
Priya

Mr. Nemechek, My son who is now 10 has been on your protocol for about a year now. I’ve read your book and have him on the full dose of inulin, fish oil and EVOO with all the recommended brands. I have seen some change since he initially began but since he is very high functioning I’m guessing it will take longer to see real changes. My issue is with his weight gain. His weight is less than 5% of his age range. Do I continue to wait to see if this changes or is there anything I can do… Read more »

Shadia
Shadia

Hello! My son almost 5 had severe constipation and was hospitalized. We found out the cause was Sibo. So he took 2 rounds of antibiotics( Flagyl) and during this time I read your book and started him on Inulin and EVOO. I haven’t started the fish oil mainly because of his food sensitivities allergies. We have been doing inulin about 1/4 tsp 2-3 times a day and EVOO 1/4 tsp twice a day and he only eats potatoes so I make them with EVOO. His bowl movements are fine now and my question is about his bursts of laughter that… Read more »

Jen Benke
Jen Benke

My now 21 year old daughter suffered 4 concussions over 2 years and was nearly bedridden for close to a year with severe migraines and many other symptoms. She was eventually healed when we stumbled upon Matrix Repatterning Therapy and in 9 appointments she was packing for college. She is well enough to be in school full time but still has residual symptoms. Constipation/ loose stool, acne (especially on her back), depression, anxiety, food intolerance, chronic sinusitis. She had her tonsils removed 6 weeks ago. She’s working on her BSN RN and lives in a sorority so stress is part… Read more »

Enisa Ugljanin
Enisa Ugljanin

Hello dr Nemecheck i had a baby month ago and am breastfeeding he is not passing a stool everyday and seems Constipated how much inulin can i give him directly he is turning two months old . i am also taking 1/2 teaspoon i am trying to get my dr to write me script for Rifaximin how much should i have her write a script for 10 days ? 14? course

Thank you Dr Nemecheck

My toddler is on your protocol asd dx hoping to see some great changes soon

Jillnar Leone
Jillnar Leone

Hello doctor my son is 6 years old with asd and adhd diagnoses ..he is taking the ADHD medicine (clonedine) every morning.. we are starting your protocol soon but wondering if we should stop the clonidine or not. Thank you so much.

Anonymous
Anonymous

My 9yrs old son has struggled with constipation ever since he was a baby. He does not have ASD and he is a bright very sociable boy who performs very well academically but has fluctuating concentration and processing speed issues. I have read your book and found he fits to all of what you described leading to accumulative brain injury. He was born prematurely, i had antibiotics during delivery, he had respiratory distress and stayed in NICU for 10 days, received antibiotics there then was seldom treated with antibiotics during his early childhood till 7 years old. He also fell… Read more »

Tin Onato
Tin Onato

Hi Doctor! I am constipated ever since, i don’t poop well, I am currently breastfeeding (g6pd baby) Can i take inulin?? does it have any effect on breastmilk and on her?? Hoping for your help.. Thank You from Philippines.

Rockie
Rockie

My daughter had a hypoxic brain injury at birth resulting in athetoid cerebral palsy (injury to basal ganglia). She has been constipated since infancy due to feeding difficulties (as in many kids with CP) and GI suspects she now has megacolon.. We got her up to full doses on the protocol this week. Haven’t been seeing any big changes. She does not have any behavioral issues. Do you think the protocol will be helpful for either her brain injury or the constipation eventually? When might we expect to see some changes?

Ash
Ash

Hello Doctor nemecheck my daughter is 7 year old not asd. She have a mood problem and she is not gaining weight. My question is does protocol will help her. Also I have a son he is 3 year old asd. On protocol for month and half doing really good. I am already seeing small gain thank you so much. I have your book I loved it. It makes so much sense.thank you thank you you are helping so many people. Happy new year.

Anne Zaika
Anne Zaika

My 12 year old Son diagnosed with Asd has been on the protocol for almost 3 months… we are seeing nice growth and a little bit more language but more tics than usual . My question is about ketotofin. He is taking a Prescription antihistamine Called ketotofin 1 mg daily to help as needed.
Could it be interfering with his healing on this protocol?
The antihistamine helps him sleep better but I can use it as needed as per our doctor.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Your protocol was the only thing that fixed my daughter’s decade long battle with constipation! We tried everything twice – more fiber, eliminate dairy, probiotics, more water, medications on and on and nothing worked. Finally we have resolved the issue once and for all! Thank you!!