fiber with stricture

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   Posted 7/13/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I was recently diagnosed with a stricture in my descending colon, up by the tranverse colon, which my doctor was able to dialate back open.  It was due to inflammtion.  I used to take metamucil since it really helped softening up my stools, bulked them up,  and kept my hemmroids quiet.  Since I found out about the stricture I have stopped taking in fiber and my stools have become skinnier and I am straining more when I go to the bathroom which is causing a lot of irritation and hemmroid issues.  I actually feel worse now then I did before, but am afraid to start taking the fiber again as I do not want to cause a blockage.  I am not sure if the fiber can really cause any harm to me as it is the soluable type but I know I feel much better when I take it.  Just looking for some opinions on the matter as my doctor has been MIA for the last 3 weeks and never mentioned anything about being on a special diet.

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   Posted 7/13/2010 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
In the past, fiber and me do not get along well AT ALL! It seems to cause more problems with me, and can induce partial obstructions. I stay away from it as much as possible.

I'd say if you do try to add it to your diet again, add it very slowly to see how things go.

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!

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