I suffer from IBS for years. This morning I had an episode which was very painful and frightening. Sorry if I'm being gross but I will try and put it in the best words. Is it posible I'm eating too much fiber? When I went to have a bowel movement this morning I was on the bowl for approx 1 hr; the stool was too big too pass; so I will spare the details. I do have a bm every morning but nothing like this. How do I avoid this from ever happening again. I do take hydrocodone which causes constipation but I've never had this problem. I have increased my fiber the past month. Any ideas what I can do; I've never had so much pain and discomfort before. I felt like being sick at the same time; just from pushing. I thought I would have to go to the hospital. Please give me your thoughts. Do I cut back on the fiber, the meds or both? Thank you for listening.
Hi Kim! A few years back I was diagnosed with a colon impaction. Doc told me that folks who suffer with C should be very careful about
taking fiber supplements, especiall OTC brand names which are full of psyllium husk. Because I tend toward C, it's vital to keep my gut as hydrated and "liquid" as I can. Fiber supplements work by bulking stool and extracting fluid from the colon to compact the fecal matter. If you are already contipated, as I was, adding more and more fiber may simply dehydrate the colon to the point where nothing can pass easily.
Since you are taking a drug which constipates, you might want to consider introducing a stool softener into your regiment. Of course, drink as much water as you possibly can. Investigating the many different fiber supplements to find the one which works the safest is probably a good idea too!