Fiber Problems

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   Posted 2/24/2007 2:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I hope I can use this forum. PLease bear with me if I'm in wrong one, but couldn't find anything listed for Diverticulosis/ Diverticulitis. Which I have, but also have IBS. And sometimes symptoms are so much alike.  I have been hospitalized once for 5 days for Diverticulitis, still have flare ups. they reccommend adding fiber, such as as Metamucil, and fruits, etc. Problem is the very thing they say will help bothers me quite a bit. Don't do fiber to well.  To try and make it short I would like to know if anyone has had a problem with Metamucil or similiar product. I have recently started using it, and going slowly as suggested. (For constipation mostly and getting regular) First few times, no problems, just some gas.  Yeterday I took a dose,  1 teaspoon in 8 oz waters.  In one hour I was having extreme cramps/pain. They turned into diahhrea, which lasted all evening, like a faucet turned on. Today I had the usual lower left sided pain , which I always seem to feel in bladder area also. (Not like bladder infection, just painful in area) Painful. And maybe someone can tell me if this is normal.  Maybe from swelling?  Ask a DR. you just get different answers. I was close to going to ER, but took a Vicodin, for the pain , laid down and it's easing up.  One more thing to ask, is it normal to have such a violent reaction to Metamucil? Even though I had taken it a few times lately, without that problem.   And I took it on an empty stomach. Just can't figure why I took it a few times with no problems, then this time , was so bad.
  I have the usual, constipation/ diahhrea problems that come with both IBS and Diverticulosis.
 Bought some Activia, don't know yet how it will work.  Tried the new "Plum Smart juice) Taste good, but got a stomache from that. 
  Will prune juice each morning help so I don't have to worry about adding so mauch fiber?
Not sure I'm in right forum, but looks like it might be. Would appreciate any help suggestions.
Hi Cherann, all I did was add a subject to your post. -- Lil  :-)

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   Posted 2/24/2007 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Many people have trouble with the insoluble fiber in metamucil. You may do better by turning to prunes or prune juice to increase your fiber intake, or maybe even something like Citrucel, which I understand is more soluble fiber and doesn't make one as gassy and bloated. A daily fiber supplement may just be too much for you and you might need it only every other day instead. It does take some time and experimenting to figure out exactly how your body will react.

A friend of mine used flaxseed on the advice of a dietician and ended up with terrible diarrhea for a couple months before she finally figured out it was the flaxseed causing the problem. Just too much fiber for her!

Lay off the fiber for a couple days and try again - only slower! :-)
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   Posted 2/24/2007 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cherann,
There are several things you can try besides Metamucil.... There's prune juice (as mentioned), aloe vera (pills are best), Dannon Activia (give it enough time), and other types of fiber. I had trouble with Citrucel so my doc suggested Psyllium. She said it is the easiest on the gut. But there are plenty others out there for you, like Benefiber, FiberCon, Fiber One, FiberChoice, Konsyl, and the list goes on and on. There should be something out there that agrees with you. Just take it real slow on upping the dosage.
Your doc mentioned for you to add fiber such as fruits... Be careful with seeds (that goes for veggies too)! With your divirticulosis you will probably have trouble with any type of seed: strawberries, tomatoes, cucumber, most berries, squash, eggplant, chilies, kiwi, etc. You might also want to stay away from apples. Apples for IBSers usually cause lots of gas and bloating.
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   Posted 2/24/2007 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all. I appreciate any feedback. Cherann

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   Posted 2/27/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I once tried some chewable fiber tablets when constipated, only to get worse constipated. Some years later I tried them while having diarrhea, only to get even worse diarrhea. So no, you're not the only person that can't tolerate fiber supplements!
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