Thanks for the info PB4 - that's the answer that I didn't want but that I knew was coming! As for the confusion Abs...- I totally understand that too. We're so programmed as crohnies to avoid fibre that it is VERY counter-intuitive to put globs of the nasty stuff in our bodies voluntarily. It really is supposed to help "bulk up" bowel movements though, and help them "consolidate" so to speak... meaning - I'm willing to take the stupid stuff if it means I can have ONE bowel movement in the A.M. that actually feels like I might have accomplished something... rather than 7 trips throughout the day that don't make me feel any better.
Back to the nitty-gritty of it though, if I could for a minute PB4...
I'm 10 weeks pregnant, so I had to be very selective about
the fiber supplement (this is a problem I've had for much longer than my pregnancy btw). With my midwife's approval, I chose the psyllium (sp?) husk. It's the same stuff that metamucil is made of, it just doesn't have all the extra orange flavoring, etc. It also happens to be one of the most horrific, clumping messes I have ever tried to consume! What kind of supplement do you take? I tried mixing this stuff in orange juice, which seems to mask some of the massive clumps, but... any tips on how to get it down the hatch?
The recommended dosage is 2 tablespoons. I tried 1 tablespoon, and all hell broke loose. Should I lower the intro dose even more or should I just "suck it up" and deal with a couple days of discomfort and panicky quick trips to the bathroom? I noticed an IMMEDIATE improvement in my bm the following morning, but it's after that when things get complicated...
Since taking it, my bm's are a bit more "slippery", shall we say? My time-window to get TO the bathroom has shrunken considerably because the fiber seems to help things just move right along at their own darn pace! This is a symptom of not using it continually I hope? Does the slippery factor ever go away?
26f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade only, every 16 weeks.
Digestive enzymes, and probiotics.
Doing pretty darn good, all things considered.
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