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pb4
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   Posted 11/12/2005 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm in Canada and watch this health show called "Balance" it's hosted by Dr. Marla Shapiro, anyways there was a veiwer question from an IBSer asking if one who has IBS D should take prodium or metamucil type fibre supplements and the guest she had on said actually that both IBS C and D's should find some relief from taking fibre supplements because of something about how those products produce a jell type substance in the gut and can go either way helping those with either C or D, especially since commonly with IBS it can alternate from D to C.
 
I take prodium myself after my GI suspected that along with my having crohns, he highly suspects that there is some IBS going on as well...have to say it has helped some, now instead of making ton of trips to the can with mostly small deposits, I go less times and have bigger deposits.
 
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Jenny43
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   Posted 11/13/2005 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
After experimenting, and missing 2 doses of Metamucil, I got major IBS back. I really believe that Metamucil is the key for relieving my symptoms. I better go buy some stock!
Thanks for the info.

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   Posted 11/13/2005 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Citrucel tablets to help me bulk up.  I think it's had somewhat of an effect; the D has been less watery since I started taking it several weeks ago.  I'm up to 4-6 tablets a day.  Metamucil's ingredients are tougher on my system than Citrucel's.  With Citrucel I think there's less gas production. 

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   Posted 11/14/2005 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
While I'm absolutely NO expert on this matter, I believe the "gel" they were referring to was a result of the soluble fiber. Soluble fibers are great for this.

I have IBS-C (with just a bit of D) and I really really have to be conscious of getting enough fiber (both sol and insoluble). As a result I'm taking lots of raw flax meal and benefiber. Unfortunately I believe that if I take too much flax meal or two much high fiber whole wheat breads at one sitting, I get bloated and really gassy. Ugh.

pb4
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   Posted 11/14/2005 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey googlebot:)


Even normal healthy peeps that don't suffer with any gut problems can suffer with gas, cramps and bloatedness whenever they increase fibre in their diet....I too went through this (although, I'm not normal and healthy) but it's normal for everyone, just stick with it and only increase it by small amounts at a time, the symptoms from it will go away once your body adjusts to it, they did for me.

Take care!

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   Posted 11/14/2005 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4:

Thanks a lot!

Cheers.

pb4
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   Posted 11/14/2005 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, You're very welcome!

Her guest on the show did also mention that flax was also excellent for IBS symptoms.

Take care!

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   Posted 11/14/2005 11:28 PM (GMT -7)   

I thought this might be a little helpful, I got it from my mom who has an email subscription to Dr. Weil:

The human digestive system is about 30 feet long - quite a distance for food to travel. You can help keep the process running smoothly by getting regular exercise, eating a diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water. If you suffer from digestive difficulties, you can further help your digestive system by experimenting with natural digestive remedies. Common ones include deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), slippery elm, fish oil, probiotics, psyllium, marshmallow root, and triphala. Reliable, condition-specific information about which remedy to use is available on DrWeil.com, and your local health food store should carry most of these remedies - try one appropriate remedy at a time to see which one works best for you.


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