I totally understand your frustration! While it is better in a way to be constipated than have to go 20 times a day and be dehydrated and weak, I know it's really really uncomfortable and painful to not be able to go. Whenever I am on the steroids I have that problem, and I'm gonna throw my vote in with the Miralax also here, it was pretty effective and it also seemed to kind of make a little bit of a gel coating on everything that calmed down the pain of going to the bathroom. It's a bit expensive but I feel it is very much worth it when I am having trouble going. Using the milk of magnesia/philipp's products can help too, and they are pretty cheap, but just make sure you drink lots of water and do not eat too much sodium or you won't be able to go, they require lots of water to work. I also had to go have a sigmoidoscopy this week for the first time ever and they said to use two "Fleet Enema"s before the procedure....those things emptied me out within 5 minutes! It wasn't particularly fun to use but if you want -immediate- relief you could try one of those.
Good luck finding some relief and let us know how you are doing
What fiber supplement are trying? Also, where do you purchase it? I am going to call me gi on monday and speak with him about what to do and the fiber supplement as well.
Can this be an obstruction? I am not nauseous or vomiting but my stomach is growing larger each day. Not sure what is going on. No pain just tight clothes!!
Good ole Metamucil is my fiber supplement of choice. Remember when chosing a fiber supplement that soluble fiber is good, and insoluble fiber is evil. Look for something that is 100% pure psyllium or methylcellulose. Both of these are soluble fibers. Personally, I've had better success with the psyllium (Metamucil) than the methylcellulose. There are other types of soluble fibers, but right now the names are slipping my mind.
Three tablespoons of the sugar sweetened Metamucil in a full 8 oz. glass of water, followed by another 8 oz glass of water really helps with my D and C cycles. When things get bad (either lots of D, or really C'd), I'll do a second dose of three tablespoons later in the day.
I've been taking at least three tablespoons of Metamucil every day for the last five years. It has done more to help my Chrohn's (both the C and D, and even cramps) more than anything except prednisone.
It has also lowered my cholesterol a bunch.