My GI doc explained it to me like this. Fiber is what absorbs excess liquid in your bowel and when you are having loose stools, it bulks them up. When you're constipated, it absorbs any liquid it can and releases it in the bowel so as to loosen the hard stool. So I think they tell us to eat or take fiber to keep everything balanced. Does it work? Not usually, for me anyway. If I happen to get a bit constipated, I just take a stool softener for a couple of nights. Otherwise, what little bit of fiber I get in what I eat generally keeps everything flowing more-so than I'd like.
Diagnosed 13+ years ago.
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread. No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum. Currently have C-Diff.
Current Medications for the Crohns: Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Hyomax, Welchol 625mg, Flagyl 250mg, 3xday, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on: Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro, Prednisone & Entocort