I'm new to this forum and I need help for my 77 year old Mother. I have turned into her primary caregiver and she is now a shut-in. She has been dealing IBS for the last 7 years since her gall bladder was removed and the doctors diagnosed her with IBS. Since the local doctors could not help her with the IBS after all of the testing they did, she has decided not see any doctor ever again. She has trouble sleeping with cramps and discomfort. But the biggest problem is in the morning. She has bowl of bran cereal (6g fiber) and about an hour later she has a piece of wheat bread (5g fiber). Right after the bread she has 1/2 teaspoon of clear Citrucel in water. The Citrucel has no taste and that is why she originally liked it. 45 minutes later she has an upset stomach and her whole body gets upset. This lasts the better part of 4-6 hours, which is the perfect is timing when I come home she is still upset.
She was on Metamucil for 6 years at the full dosage, but the last couple of years it made her really sick so she started to cut back on the dosage. She is only taking 1/4 of the recommended dosage of Citrucel and she still gets an upset stomach. The makers of Citrucel have been no help. She drinks her 8 cups of water a day and gets about 20-22 grams of fiber total, but nothing is working. She has one good day a month and rest are bad. She does everything the doctors originally told her, but most of it came from her experimenting and telling the doctors what she is doing. They just kept telling saying that is a good idea, but they would not recommend anything, it is all self-diagnosis and self care. I am at lost to help her, especially since she refuses to see a doctor.
Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.
Post Edited (dbab) : 10/26/2005 5:59:50 AM (GMT-6)