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Eva Lou
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   Posted 7/7/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone! So for years my GI has been recommending I try metamucil, or some fiber supplement. He thought it would help with urgency issues. And me being stubborn just blew it off- I figured "Hey, there is NO WAY I'm constipated!". At my last visit with him, last tuesday, he recommended it again- so we had this old box of Metamucil wafers kicking around, & I decided to give 'em a go. Well, in 3 days the amount of bm's has dropped drastically! I've gone from 7-9 a day to 3-5. I never had much of a problem with D, not for a long time- my bm's were always soft but definitely formed. And they still are that way, but I am going SO much less. It's awesome! I highly recommend the fiber supplements! The wafers aren't too bad- I've been having them for breakfast with a big bowl of fruit. They do leave this nasty gluey residue in your teeth, but aside from that they taste alright.
diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Culturelle
 
 
 
 


princesa
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   Posted 7/7/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Fiber supplements are not just for constipation... they can regulate you and promote healthy elimination whether your have constipation, diarrhea, alternating symptoms or are somewhere in between on the continuum.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 7/7/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been sharing my success with fibre supplements (also strongly recommended by my GI) for the last 5 yrs now...many people with IBD are so afraid of fibre not realizing fibre is infact their friend...it helps sweep the bowels of bacteria as well and is quite necessary for the bowel to function properly, of course too much isn't a good thing either but it's up to each person to find the right amount for themselves and keeping in mind that initially fibre supplements can cause extra gas and bloating which is normal (happens to healthy people too) it's just your system adjusting to it. I have no more mucus, no more bloating and very little gas...I can tolerate eating fibreous foods without getting all gassy and bloated too.

Key is, start with a small amount and increase only if necessary and very slowly and drink plenty of water regardless of which method of fibre supplements you choose.
Fibre aids with D or C, that's the beauty of it as well.

:)


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


bellski
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   Posted 7/7/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm going to mix up my glass of citrucel right now! You convinced me. I hardly ever remember to do it. Thanks so much for the miracle post! Bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Canasa X 2 
Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 


AMK77
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   Posted 7/7/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree! Metamucil has been great for me. I take about 10 capsules a day and it helps with the D. I actually have form to my BM's! It's great b/c it's fairly cheap and it's good for you. It's also safe to take during pregnancy which is what I really have to look out for these days!
31 yr old female, currently pregnant.
Diagnosed 2/29/08 with Mild Universal UC
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Lialda Colazal & Asacol made symptoms worse, MUCH worse
Not taking any more meds for now. Trying a holistic approach.


pb4
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   Posted 7/7/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
You have to stick with it daily or the results won't likely be as noticable.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


Severin
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   Posted 7/7/2008 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
For me, the only fibre supplement that has worked has been Metamucil. I have tried 3 others without success. Seems Metamucil is one of the few made of Psyllium seed husk. The others tasted better, were tasteless or in some other way more palatable, but didn't work anywhere near as well.
"We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers..." - Elric, Technomage
  • 28yo male. Brisbane, Australia. Diagnosed at 16yo. Currently enjoying severe pan-colitis.
    - Participating in the Golimumab trial as of 1st May, 2008;
    - 2x Colazide, twice a day; 25mg of 6-MP a day; 1xAllopurnol;
    - 1x teaspoon of Metamucil 3 times a day;
    - 3x Garlic oil capsules & 7mL Olive Leaf Extract twice a day.


pb4
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   Posted 7/7/2008 11:30 PM (GMT -7)   
That's why I like my Prodiem because of the psyllium...and I take tabs, no mixing, no fuss...one/day works for me...Metamucil is similar to Prodiem and I know Prodiem is more readily found in Candad compared to the US, some states carry it but not all so Metamucil is an excellent alternative.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


quincy
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   Posted 7/8/2008 1:29 AM (GMT -7)   
And it took a doctor for you to try it. Fibre supplements are suggested on here at least a gazillion times with good reason..happy you took the plunge (pun intended) with success...pass it on.
 
The colon needs to get exercise, many UCers stop eating any fibre and forget that certain fibres will help the colon from getting lazy from spasming, diarrhea and constipation. 

Remember that some have lots of artificial sweeteners that you might not want to add to your daily intake. The pills might be a better choice ultimately.

q


*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


Eva Lou
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   Posted 7/8/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I know, I know! Not only did it take a doctor to get me to try it, it took numerous suggestions from a doctor! I'm still thrilled with the results- I was always leery of adding fiber, but did (and still do) eat plenty of fiber in foods. The metamucil wafers don't have that much sugar, & it's from natural sources- no funky artificial sweeteners. I'm still only going 4-6 times a day, & 6 is definitely the high end of the spectrum. I'm due for an infusion this coming Tuesday, so it should be interesting to see if I can actually get down to...well, 2-3 bm's a day! Wow, bliss!!!!! I had no idea regulating oneself could be so easy & gratifying.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Culturelle
 
 
 
 


Sara14
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   Posted 7/8/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I like the cinnamin flavored Metamucil wafers. Glad they're helping you!
24 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into complete remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly; Canasa (1,000 mg) in the morning
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 2/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv


Severin
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   Posted 7/8/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Sadly we don't get Metamucil wafers in Australia. Our only choices are the powder you have to mix in a glass of water or Metamucil pills.
"We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers..." - Elric, Technomage
  • 28yo male. Brisbane, Australia. Diagnosed at 16yo. Currently enjoying severe pan-colitis.
    - Participating in the Golimumab trial as of 1st May, 2008;
    - 2x Colazide, twice a day; 25mg of 6-MP a day; 1xAllopurnol;
    - 1x teaspoon of Metamucil 3 times a day;
    - 3x Garlic oil capsules & 7mL Olive Leaf Extract twice a day.

Post Edited (Severin) : 7/9/2008 2:42:45 AM (GMT-6)


quincy
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   Posted 7/9/2008 12:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Eva..Happy to hear it's working for you and that the infusion has you feeling that much better.
q
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


at wit's end
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   Posted 7/15/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't mind the Metamucil powder. I buy the orange flavored. Use a glass every day. It just takes one glass a day for me. The container says to use it 3 times a day. I don't have to. My bowel movements have good form to them since I have gone back on the Metamucil. The chewable tablets caused me too much gas.
Diagnosed with left sided UC in sigmoid colon and rectum 1986.
Put on Azulfidine 2 X 3 a day and Rowasa enemas 60mg.
Have been pretty much in remission overall other than a few flares over the past 21 years.
Medicine changed to Asacol 400mg 2 pills X3 times a day. Taken off all meds in 2004.
Diagnosed with acid reflux 2005. Put on Protonix 40mg.
Have been using Canasa 1000mg suppositories nightly since January 2007.
Was put back on Asacol 400mg 2 pills 2X a day in July 2007 maintenance. 


PeanutMom
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   Posted 7/15/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Someone mentioned that you end up gassy at the start. Any idea how long? Like if I tried starting on a Friday after work do you think the gassy phase would pass (no pun intended) before Monday?

I have a VERY long walk to the bathrooms here and I am always nervous about trying something that may cause bathroom trips, gas for me is a bathroom trip because I'm always afraid it's not just gas. The bathroom run is what's really kept me from trying much new.
Kim
~ Mom of Nathaniel aka "Peanut" 18m (6/08)~ Married ~ 36
"The List "
- UC dx 8/2000 - Culturelle 1x day Prenatal Vitamin (Currently not flaring but not what I would call in remission either.)
- CKD Stage 3 (Chronic Kidney Disease) - Lisinopril 7.5mg - Still have 27% function!
- Anemic - Ferolicit IV on hold (6 weeks free of IV, check in August)
- Allergies - Zyrtec 10mg 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 7/15/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
you know, I didn't find myself having any more gas intially than I normally do. I was a little bloated at first, but I'm still using the wafers, one pack every day, & still having awesome results. Instead of 6 painful, mucousy bm's in the morning, it's now only 3-4, easy & formed. So while it's a small decrease, it's much easier to deal with. No more having to wait 2-3 hours until I leave the house- I go a few times within an hour or so, & that's it. Try it over the wknd, see how it goes.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Culturelle
 
 
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 7/15/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
It took 3 months for my system to adjust, fibre supplements can cause extra gas and bloating which is normal (happens to healthy people too) it's just your system adjusting to it.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


mbx5
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   Posted 7/15/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had luck with Fibercon tablets....also my GI recommended wheat toast in the morning (the kind w/ high fiber)... I hadnt been eating breakfast at all.... So far it has been positive.
33 yr old male. UC for 14 years. 5mg pred (tapering off), 12 pills Asacol per day, Dicyclomine (for cramps), 0.5 - 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, Fish oil pills, Culturelle probiotics. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (And I am still more afraid of my UC!!)  "I poop in the woods because I can"


PeanutMom
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   Posted 7/16/2008 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Eva Lou - thanks for the encouraging post about the fiber, I'm glad to hear it worked. . .. .I'm thinking I'll give it a whirl . . .I was always nervous about trying new things but posts like this are just what nervous nellies like me need to push us into action (o:
Kim
~ Mom of Nathaniel aka "Peanut" 18m (6/08)~ Married ~ 36
"The List "
- UC dx 8/2000 - Culturelle 1x day Prenatal Vitamin (Currently not flaring but not what I would call in remission either.)
- CKD Stage 3 (Chronic Kidney Disease) - Lisinopril 7.5mg - Still have 27% function!
- Anemic - Ferolicit IV on hold (6 weeks free of IV, check in August)
- Allergies - Zyrtec 10mg 


pb4
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   Posted 7/16/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Key is to start with a small amount and take in plenty of water...only increase if necessary and only increase after your system has adjusted to the initial amount you started with and expect extra gas and bloating but stick with it because once your system adjusts and you find the right amount for you, you will be wondering why you hadn't been doing the fibre thing long ago.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


TraciZ
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   Posted 7/16/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
My old GI said that metamucel can kinda "scrape" out the bad bacteria like a brush, so that might help you, too. I'm glad you found something that helps!
Tressa 35 (F)
probably pancolitis, but almost in remission!
Canasa twice/day to get that last 5 cm
Asacol 12/day


pb4
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   Posted 7/16/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
The term "sweep the colon of bacteria" sounds less harsh especially since it only works in a "sweeping" way and not a scraping one or it would damage the intestinal lining which it doesn't.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


seldom_seen
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   Posted 7/26/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Eva Lou, you're my new hero.

After reading this, I decided to give Metamucil a shot. After a few weeks of 1-2 tsps daily, it has helped significantly. I go less often (2-4 instead of 5-7), the quality is unusually good (by my reduced standards) and best of all, it has greatly curtailed gas/bloating, which makes me feel much better and helps with urgency issues.

Funny, 10 years ago, when I first visited a doctor to complain about this persistent little stomach bug I had (that surely would run its course and go away, as it always had before), Metamucil was the first thing he recommended. I don't recall whether I ever tried it, but probably I ignored him. Dozens of fancy, obscure, sometimes expensive meds later, I'm back to Metamucil, and it has helped more than anything except prednisone, which I don't consider a long-term option.

Amazing what getting back to the basics can do.
Dx'd left-sided UC in 1998
-Lialda 2.4 g qam; Fish oil 5 g qam; Metamucil 1 tsp BID
-omeprazole 20 mg qam; alprazolam 0.5 mg BID (for anxiety, not UC)
-calcium-magnesium-zinc 1000 mg, 500 mg, 200 IU qpm
-vitamin D 1000 IU qam; beta-carotene 25,000 IU qam
[strike]prednisone 5-30 mg[/strike]
[strike]azathioprine>20 mg QD[/strike]
[strike]Cortenema qpm[/strike]
[strike]VSL #3[/strike]


Pooie1981
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   Posted 7/26/2008 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Does Metamucil help with constipation or build up as well???
Jenn 26/female
Ulcerative PANCOLITIS diagnosed 2004
Asacol 3 pills once/day
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid
Flare March-June 2008.. pretty much in remission again July


MamaDove
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   Posted 7/26/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I just posted about 'liquid stools' and then saw this post...
 
My GI for years suggested no fiber yet he said nothing in my diet was causing the rectal bleeds either...My new doc (proctologist) right away gave me metamucil wafers and konsyl, with psyllium...I knew he had the answers, why didn't I just listen to him...Could it be that simple?
 
I have added psyllium again and will be shocked if it's a matter of fibre intake seeing that I have a complete diet that should keep my bowel healthy...I guess we need some help from these lil wonder products...I hate to add anything in a package, powder or a pill but it may just be what I need...
 
Off to get some metamucil wafers too...Might as well splurge here...can't kill me now can it?
 
Thanks for the post, good info from everyone...Love this place!
 
Peace~MamaDove
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