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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 3/8/2010 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all!
When I first went to my doc complaining of diarrhea (before I was diagnosed) he perscribed something that I think were similar to metamucial fiber wafers. I recently mentioned it to my mom and she picked me up a couple boxes. I still have frequent and sometimes violent d. I was wondering if anyone that tried these or some similar fiber product for diarrhea. I am hesitant because the box reads "Fiber Laxative/Fiber Supplement" but I wonder if it stands to reason that if the fiber is good for constipation then it could have the opposite effect on diarrhea?  Any advice would be great!



Everything in moderation, be thankful everyday, and be the most honest I can be. If I can look in the mirror at the end of the day and say I have done these things, I am happy.
Drugs I have tried: Pentasa, Entocort/Imuran, Prednisone, Remicade
Drugs I am on: None for Crohn's, Predisone for drug induced Psorasis
What I need: A bowel resection

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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 3/8/2010 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Fibre aids with D or C, don't be scared by the package mentioning the word laxative, they usually have that to ensure you don't get constipated, it will not cause D or make D worse.

Best advice my GI ever gave me was to take a fibre supplement daily and indefinitely which I started around 6 yrs ago now (listed in my sig below) I find it very beneficial...I use caps (one called Prodiem, similar to metamucil) at first it increased my already excessive gas/bloating but once my system adjusted to it all my bloating is gone and I have very minimal cut back some of my frequency and formes my stools quite nicely...I plant to continue with it indefinitely even though I am now able to tolerate eating fibreous foods without getting gassy and bloated from them like I used to, so it's even benefitted me that way as well....nothing but benefits from it for me, just be sure you drink plenty of WATER daily....and start with a small amount, increase only if necessary and after your system has adjusted (no more gas/bloating) to it.

bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 3/8/2010 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Fiber is good for you and will help to bulk up your stools as PB4 said. But.....whatever you do, start it off slow. Do not do your first dose the one recommended on the bottle. Start with like 1/2 a wafer and slowly work yourself up. I have the stricturing/scarring type of Crohns, so fiber and I are not friends. Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 429
   Posted 3/8/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI told me to buy Benefiber. It's some kind of powder. I was just like you. I thought fiber=more BMs, but I guess it has other functions???
Apparently, she has patients who sprinkle benefiber on their cereal and put it in their scrambled eggs!?
My Crohn's started with a mild dose of constipation and a VERY painful fissure that took a year to heal, so I'm just not ready to take something that will make my stools more solid. I figure as long as I'm not having explosivo! type diarrhea, I'm good.
But that could just be me doing my usual MO and putting up with something I don't need to.
Diagnosed with typical Crohn's at 16.
Got lucky with Asacol for a year, then even luckier with ten years of relative remission.
Now abscesses and fistulas are having an "atypical" Crohn's party around my junk.
My HMO refused the Remicade and now I could be going on Lialda or sulfa? blah

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