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   Posted 10/26/2005 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
about 30 years ago I was dxed with spastic colon, severe stomach and abdominal cramping and "c". after years this subsided, about 5 years started with the frequent bathroom visits,normal stool but often. Went to an endo had a colon, polyps removed, and dxed with ibs.Second colon no polyps but diverticulous. Had the third in Jan. had four small polyps removed the Dr. said my diver had worsened and to take metamucil everynight.

If I take it every night I am in the bathroom 7-10 times a day, if I do not take it I cannot go, plus I get very gassy from it. I switched to benefiber and the samething is happening.

I woke at 4 am, this morning with stomach cramping, felt like someone was blowing up a ballon in my stomach and it was under my breast bone, I would burp it would go away and come back. Got up and went to the bathroom and than the intestinal pain started, I am sure I set a worlds record for bathroom visits today. My intestines and stomach still are spasming but the bathroom visits have stopped.

Can anyone recommend something that helps you to become regular without the frequent bathroom visits and the gas.Has anyone ever experienced the feeling I had under my breast bone and stomach?

I have tried three different meds for ibs but no help.

Thanks, Palmy

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   Posted 10/26/2005 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Palmy,
Welcome to the IBS forum!  I hope we will be able to offer you some help.
When I tried taking fiber I had a real problem with it.... lots of gas, bloating and D.  Are you taking too much at once?  Or maybe your gut just doesn't like the "cheaper" brands.  My doctor told me that Psyllium is much easier on the gut.  If you want to continue the fiber therapy then maybe you could try it; it can be found at most health food stores.
I have a co-worker with Diverticulitis and she swears by eating Bran cereal for breakfast everyday.  It has something like 5 or 6g of fiber per serving.  You may want to take you fiber the easier way, with food instead of a supplement.
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   Posted 10/26/2005 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Linda,
I have IBS-C as well as diverticulotis. I am like you, have so much trouble with the fiber supplements. My doctor even tried to put me on a natural homemade fiber regimine. YUCK!!! The taste wasn't bad but the texture made me gag. I am now on Miralax and have been for about 6 months. I will admit that I had a bit of gas in the beginning but it wasn't the kind that just stays in you, I was easily able to release it (I took many walks outside LOL). Before the Miralax, I was going every 7-10 days and now I am able to go every 2-3 days which it may not be the ultimate goal, it is so much better than before.
You really do need to make sure that you find a way and I'm glad you are reaching out here. I have had two bouts of diverticulitis and I would not wish that on anyone. Next one, doc said I will probably have to have surgery but my last scope didn't show any progression of the disease so I think that the Miralax is helping.
Take Care
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   Posted Yesterday 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Aloe vera is a laxative. You can get it in pills (the juice is nasty according to Sarita), but you'll have to just try it and see how much you need. Epsom salts are also an old-fashioned laxative, but I've tried drinking it before and its nasty as well! Tastes like unflavored "Go Lyghtly" that they make you drink for a colon prep (probably IS the same stuff). The other classic stand-by are prunes and prune juice. If you find the juice makes you gassy, you can try the prunes; I find fruits aren't as hard on me as pure juice is. The aloe vera and epsom salts shouldn't cause gas since they don't contain fiber (that I'm aware of); they can be found in the pharmacy section. Prunes, of course, can be found in the grocery aisle.
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