Pheonomonal Relief with Metamucil!

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Doc2007
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   Posted 8/12/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Metamucil for two weeks now and have found Relief beyond anything I have experienced. When I go to the bathroom 2 to three times a day...my stools are solid, formed, and I feel relieved! I have not experienced this in the past 8 years of my disease. Gone is the Diahrea the cramping, the wet farts..the mucus...Im amazed right now.
 
Does anyone else on this board use Metamucil and have you found this kind of relief from using it? Has your experience with MEtamucil been as good as mine has?

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   Posted 8/12/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that PB4 uses Prodiem which is supposed be Metamucil like and has good luck with it.
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   Posted 8/12/2009 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, Nanners is correct, I've been using a fibre supplement called Prodiem (similar to metamucil) every single day for the last 5ish yrs now as recommended by my GI (best advice I've ever gotten from a GI), he told me to take it daily and indefinitely...I strongly urge you to continue with it even while in full remission...I find it helps me quie well too.

I'm even able to tolerate eating all fibreous foods (popcorn, salads, all fruits and veggies) without getting all gassy and bloated like I used to, fibreous foods never caused me D or pain, just excess gas and bloating but not anymore.


Just be sure you are drinking plenty of water with it (which we all should be anyways since we're prone to dehydration) but with the fibre supplements you don't want it to expand in your esophagus so you need to drink enough water when you take it.

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Doc2007
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   Posted 8/12/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I do drink plenty of fluids...water included...I agree with you that it is the best advice my GI has every given...and one thing that has truly worked!!! I will also stay on it daily and indeffinitley as there are no side effects no long term effects at all...

Not2Spunky
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   Posted 8/12/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you take the pills or the powder form?
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CrohnsDaddy
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   Posted 8/13/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Psyllium powder (the best tasting one I've found so far is Metamucil) and prednisone are the only two things that have *really* helped my CD symptoms. Unfortunately, psyllium powder helped more in the very beginning than it does now, but it still helps enough that I really suffer the following day if I forgot to take it the day before. I've taken it every day for just over six years now.

One *huge* benefit I've gotten from it is a reduction in the severity of cramping episodes. Yeah, I still get cramps every day, but not the toe-curling ones I used to get before I started taking psyllium every day.

As a general rule (and please talk to your doctor about it, don't take my advice) soluble fibers like psyllium, cellulose, and a few others I can't remember right now, are a great benefit to those of us with GI disorders. On the other hand, INsoluble fibers, like whole wheat and their ilk, are a terrible no-no.

Try this.... put three tablespoons full of metamucil in about eight to ten ounces of water. Stir it well, then let it sit for about ten minutes. It will turn into a *very* thick gel. Even though it's thick, it's still very movable. That's kinda the way it stays as it moves through your system. Thick, but soft and pliable. Not to put too fine of a point on it, but it generally comes out the same way. It really moderates diarrhea, yet helps to keep things moving to prevent constipation. Don't be concerned if you end up getting a lot of floating stools. While "floaters" can sometimes mean that you aren't absorbing fats correctly (which can be a symptom of some pretty serious things), floaters are common among those who take a daily soluble fiber supplement. It's always best to talk to your doctor whenever your symptoms change, though, so just to be on the safe side, talk to your doc if/when you get floaters from taking soluble fiber, if for no other reason than to just keep him/her in the loop.

In my experience/opinion, the mixable powders are far, far, FAR more effective than the capsules. Even though psyllium powder *likes* water, it needs to be encouraged to absorb it, and you *do* want it to absorb as much water as it can, so it needs to be mixed up in a glass with water. If it passes through your system as a dry powder, it can give you the opposite effect of what you want. Often, the mixing action of your GI tract just doesn't do a good enough job of mixing the dry psyllium powder you get from swallowing a capsule with the needed water.
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Doc2007
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   Posted 8/13/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   

I indeed take the metamucil powder mixed with water...right now I am taking three servings a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. And yes I do have floaters but am not concerned int he least as I feel wonderful. my energy is up up up and the cramps are down down down...I have very very few cramps if any during the day.

It totally nixed the diahrea so thats no longer an issue either, as well as nixing the mucus and the wet farts...lol


pb4
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   Posted 8/13/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I take pill form of fibre supplements, that way I'm not getting any added sugars/artificial sweetners or any un-necessary fillers and such, so no risk taking the pills of having any of the above exacerbate my IBD or IBS symptoms...this is just what works best for me.

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   Posted 8/13/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Metamucil's fiber can be digested by some gut bacteria, so longer term use of it will result in more of those bacteria growing in the gut. This means that a certain amount of gas and the rest will return after a time, but since fiber is a lot harder to digest, even for bacteria, it is less. The metamucil or other fiber also sweeps the gut, or rather sponges it out, resulting in a reduction of the number of bacteria present in the gut. There are still lots of bacteria left in the folds and rugi of the gut, so the ecology is maintained. Prodiem is a non-fermentable fiber, which means that bacteria can't digest it at all. It works much the same way, but it will not lose its effect as time goes by.

pb4
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   Posted 8/13/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, fibre helps sweep the bowels of bacteria but bacteria (typically good and bad) is always present in the GI tract...taking a good probiotic ensures that the gut flora is balanced...fibre can cause excessive gas/bloating initially but this is normal (happens to healthy people too) and once your system adjusts then it will disappear (it took my system 3 months to adjust but was completely worth it)...I've been taking fibre supplements for the last 5 yrs daily with no ill effects, just continued benefits.


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tamsprote96
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   Posted 8/16/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I was afraid the Metamucil would make the stools more loose so I never had the urge to try it.  I have been having terrible cramping lately so maybe I will try the Metamucil route.  How long does it normally take to see some results??

pb4
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   Posted 8/16/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
It varies from person to person, you may get excess bloating and gas but stick with it daily, that is a normal symptom, it's just your system adjusting (took me 3 months, I use Prodiem, similar to metamucil).

Start with a small amount and increase slowly and only if necessary (and wait until your system has adjusted to the inital amount first....drink lots of water with it too.

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   Posted 9/23/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been doing Metamucil off and on for about a year. I finally decided to take it on a *regular* basis :). So far I am very pleased. I have about 3 formed bowel movements a day with much less blood and mucus than before. Since I moved up to 100mg 6MP I started having diarrhea and the fiber has cleared that up in about 2 days! I would also echo the advice about not starting out with the full dosage. I didn't really heed that and was amazed at the pure volume of stool!
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Trigirl
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   Posted 9/23/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Metamucil is the best thing to keep things regular for me. Now though with an ileostomy I don't need it.

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   Posted 9/23/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Is it safe to take while flaring? I am going 15-20x each day and am supposed to be on a low residue diet.
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pb4
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   Posted 9/23/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I was flaring severely when my GI suggested I start taking it, daily and indefinitely...along with the naturals that I take it has most definitely been helping me.

:)
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crohntigued
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   Posted 5/13/2013 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
hi, i know its been a few years but i was searching for something to help with my urgencies and came apon this post. i really want to try metamucil or prodiem but when i was researching it i found that it is a laxative for constipation.... how does it stop urgencies and diarrhea?

kazbern
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   Posted 5/13/2013 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Adding fiber can bulk stool. My experience has generally been good, but I learned to add fiber slowly. I take 1.5 tsp of psyllium every day now, but that is mostly to deal with slow bowels, not multiple bms or diarrhea.
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BigCheese
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   Posted 2/19/2014 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 18 years old in college and during the week I have very normal bowel movements, sometimes barely having to wipe at all. However, when i go home on weekends (I work near home, and school is only 15 minutes from my house), I have loose and messy stools Saturday mornings and sometimes Sundays. Along with the messiness, I get the burning gas sensation when I fart and a bit of discomfort. I was wondering if Metamucil would help me with this problem? I literally cannot keep dealing with the issue, as it is truly affecting a lot of aspects of my life. Thanks!

westat
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   Posted 2/19/2014 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so glad you have found some relief with the Metamucil. I tried it quite a few years ago on the advice of my GI. It caused me to go into a severe flare. Doc said it's about 50/50 when it us Crohnies.

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