Q. I have been suffering terribly from constipation and heartburn. I am convinced that the calcium and Fosamax I take to build my bones are contributing to these problems. When I complain, my doctor just tells me to eat more fiber and take Metamucil. That makes me feel bloated and gives me gas.
My neighbor says you have information on constipation and gas. Please send it since I am desperate.
A. Calcium and alendronate (Fosamax) can both contribute to constipation and Fosamax may also cause heartburn, which can be a serious complication. This can lead to dangerous lesions in the esophagus or stomach. Other side effects of alendronate include:
• Stomach pain
• Swallowing difficulties
• Tarry stools
• Swelling of joints or extremities
• Bone pain or pain in hips or legs
Let your doctor know if you experience any of these symptoms!
You may need an alternate approach to deal with your bone problem.
Besides fiber and fluids, some readers have found flax seed (found in Uncle Sam’s cereal or in a health food store) helpful against constipation and gas.
UniFiber (powdered cellulose) solved one woman’s constipation problem, while sugarless gum has helped others.
We have three guides that might be very helpful for your health concerns:
Graedons’ Guide to Constipation
Graedons’ Guide to Digestive Disorders
Graedons’ Guide to Osteoporosis