Fiber - what do YOU take?

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   Posted 8/29/2010 6:45 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was first diagnosed with CD, my GI said, "You don't normally hear a GI say this but I don't want you eating much fiber".
Over the years, though, he's changed his suggestion and says that when I have IBS'y spells (he believes some of my symptoms sound more like IBS rather than problems associated with my Crohn's) that I should take a small amount of fiber.
Yesterday morning I had a really sick spell and it ruined my day.  Granted, I only went to the bathroom 2 more times but the 20 minute spell in the A.M. knocked my body out for the day. My mom, who is the MOST supportive of my CD, suggested to me (again) that maybe I'm not getting enough fiber.  The reason she said this was because I hadn't gone to the bathroom too much for a couple of days and then yesterday morning it was like my intestines just opened up 2 days worth of STUFF causing me awful pain & vomiting (well, dry heaves since it was morning and I hadn't eaten anything).  She says when she was my age, she used to go a couple of days without going and then on that 3rd day would be in the bathroom with bad gas pains and a trash can in front of her.  She started on Metamucil and those spells got better for her.
I've told her time & time again that Metamucil is AWFUL for rips my intestines up so bad I swore it off.  I've tried Fiber Choice pills...OMG...just as bad.  I've also tried Benefiber...not as bad but I don't get "regular" BM's with it either.
So I'm getting my grocery list together for the week and wonder what, if ANY, kind of FIBER you guys get in your diet whether it be something like Metamucil or just from food????  For me, it just depends on how I feel that day as to whether I'll eat a salad/strawberries/brocolli...  if I'm achy, no way.  If I feel fairly good and am hungry I can usually eat that type of thing with no problem.  But I can honestly say it's been months since I regularly ate fruit or...well, anything that normal people would consider healthy.  I keep it pretty plain.

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   Posted 8/29/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
The two things I find best for my fiber are psyllium seed and bananas. It is harder to find but I think psyllium seed, not psyllium seed husk is easier on me and still helps. Psyllium seed husk is what Metamucil is, I find just a psyllium seed supplement at my health food store.

I know some people have issues with bananas, I do not. When I am flaring I eat up to 2 bananas a day and I think bananas really help. If you go to and read the info on fiber in bananas it is pretty interesting. It says bananas are good for D and constipation which I find interesting.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 1998, father has UC we were diagnosed at the same age.

Currently on 20 mg Prednisone, 2g Sulfasalzine, Butyric Acid, Kefir/probiotics, Curcumin, Magnesium, D3, B complex vitamin, and multi-mineral. Previously on Remicade, stopped Humira after 9 months, wasn't working.

No surgeries so far.

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   Posted 8/29/2010 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to take fiber supplements at my GI's suggestion, but I hated the way I felt on them and haven't done that in 8 years or so.
Now I really do try to get a balanced diet in, including fruits and vegetable and whole grains.  I rarely try a low residue diet....I know exactly what you mean about having gone 2 or 3 days without a bowel movement and then having a day or so of misery.  Frankly, I don't know the answer.
I do think that exercise helps move the bowels - I haven't been able to run for a few years because of arthritis in my SI joint, but I'm determined to start walking several times a week.  I'm hopeful that will keep things moving.  And a little caffeine in the morning helps, too.
I guess I don't have any smart ideas, just commiseration.  I like the previous poster's suggestion, tho!

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   Posted 8/29/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI recommended that I eat All Bran Buds with lactose free milk and yogurt with bacterial cultures every day. I find that if I do that every day it really helps, and I notice if I miss a day or so. I have done Metamucil, but I find it difficult to do it every day because it is more of a performance and much less enjoyable!!. Some people on this site have written before that you have to start slow with Metamucil and find the balance of what amount helps.
45 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March last year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Pregnancy Vitamins for iron etc., Salofalk suppositories as needed.

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   Posted 8/29/2010 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I get my fibre from food. I don't eat tons of it, but I try to eat 2-3 portions of fruit and veg a day. Sometimes it's more, other times it's less, but that's about my average.

Not that it helps very much. I had chronic diarrhoea for 9-10 years, then about a year ago my BMs started slowing down to an average of 1 a day. It sounds like good news, but for me it was anything but. My abdominal pain got worse, my insides would feel bunged up and swollen for hours on end, and I was grossly uncomfortable after eating a normal-sized dinner. And if I didn't go for a couple of days, I would have an absolutely horrible time going; it was as though my bowels had seized up. Even if the stool was liquid (which it usually was unless I hadn't been for 2 or more days), I would have to practically coax the bloody stuff to come out - sorry for TMI.

I'm still like that. I was controlling it reasonably well until a couple of weeks ago, but my patience snapped one night when I resorted to taking a suppository at 5am in the bloody morning just to be able to go to the toilet after two days of not going. (I normally wouldn't have done that, but I was meeting somebody in London later on that day and did not want to feel bloated, sore and uncomfortable while trekking around the British Museum.) My response is not something I would recommend to other people: I started taking a Dulcolax laxative. For the first few days it actually worked really well and did a good job of 'cleaning' me out. But already it does not seem to be working as well, and so I'm not quite back to square one, but I'm almost there.

Sorry I can't help you any more. I do sympathise, but I'm stuck as well. No individual food helps me, except for possibly an entire bag of dried pineapple - that got me running to the toilet >_>. The only thing left for me to suggest which you probably already do is drink lots of liquids: never eat a lot of fibre without also consuming a lot of water, as too much insoluble fibre and not enough liquid can actually make constipation worse.

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   Posted 8/29/2010 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I just remembered one of my solutions for my slow bowel - go shopping in a big box store! No matter what time of day, if I am shopping in a Target, or whatever (today it was Office Depot) after a few minutes I have to go. Why? I don't know! But I'm glad for it today, LOL.
48 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (6g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, vit. D (20K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed.

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   Posted 8/29/2010 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm one of those people who managed symptoms by myself -didn't like the over the counter anythings, but couldn't regulate myself without really ever understanding why for years. Over the last several years, I have resorted to a daily bowl of fiber cereal -Quaker oat squares one day, the next day Total cereal. (Total with skim milk = 100% of daily Calcium requirement). Don't know if you can tolerate milk but sure helped. Too many days, too much Quaker oat squares results in pain and frequent bathroom breaks! Now I'm in a different phase of this dopey disease and so constipation isn't so much of an issue. Hope you find something that works for you!

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   Posted 8/30/2010 12:37 AM (GMT -6)   
My only suggestion is to try adding it a little at a time to your diet. Some people do well with fiber added to their diet, others don't. I do horribly with more fiber, and end up obstructing if I have too much. It's a bit of a balancing act for me...a little of it doesn't hurt, but too much is BAD!!

If I could, I'd eat fiber more, since it does keep you full for longer. I actually enjoyed munching on Kashi cereal (the really crunchy kind) but had to eliminate it.

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!
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