metamucil(good or bad)

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   Posted 1/17/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
So I have been doing some reading both from the library and I invested in two books regarding colitis. If anyone is interested I recommended the one by Mount Sinai Hospital specifically by Dr Steinhart the most. At least for people who are new at this like me, it is a good overview. Anyway I am getting conflicting information about taking soluble fiber. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? I read it is the best thing for you and I also read that it can cause toxic mega colon(which I gather is rare but possibly fatal). I also wanted to say thank you for all of your help in answering all of my questions - I have gone from going completely insane to at least dealing okay with this because of this forum. Thank you for all for all of your effort.
Jessica 26/F
Asacol 3pills /three times a day(from 2 pills/ three times a day)
Prednisone 40Mg/day taper every 5 days(at 30 mg currently)
Culturelle once daily/ three times a day
Tried (Entorcort EC 9ml/day)

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   Posted 1/17/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
The metemucal fiber wafers seem to help firm things up for me. I also give them to my daughter to help loosen things up. You need the right balance of fiber to keep things running smoothly.
lower left UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft, levoxyl, prednisone 40m 30m 25m, multi vitamin, Azathioprine 100m (started 1/9/08)

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   Posted 1/17/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Metamucil is GI told me to take fibre supplements daily for the rest of my life and it was the best advice I've ever gotten from a I'm able to tolerate eating all fibreous foods without any problems which for me were mainly bloating and severe gas...but taking the fibre supplement has aided with that among many other things too...that is once my system adjusted to it after 3 months (it gave me even more bloating and gas) but it was well worth the extra suffering for the end results...I still take them and it's been almost 5 yrs now, havn't missed a single day.

Both fibres are actually necessary but here's the differences of each...

Soluble fibre becomes sticky when it combines with water and forms a gel-like substance found in fruits, veggies, seeds, brown rice, barley, oats and oatbran.

Insoluble fibre acts as a sponge as it passes through the digestive tract and abosrbs moisture many times it's weight in water, by doing so it increases the bulk of stools and softens it. These characteristics facillitate the transit of foods through the intestines, thereby preventing constipation...insoluble fibre is found mainly in wholegrains, legumes (beans, peas, lentils) and the skins of many fruits and veggies.

Fibre also aids with sweeping the bowels clean of bacteria and taking a probiotic daily is also essential...if you don't enjoy yogurt then there are powder and cap forms of probiotics to choose I use is called primadophilus reuteri which along with fibre supplements as well as eating fibreous foods has helped me with my crohns and IBS.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 1/17/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I just started taking Metamucil and it has been really good for me. It has eased me urgency somewhat and firmed up my stools a bit as well after having D all the time.

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   Posted 1/17/2008 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm reading two books on IBD and nutrition right now ("What to Eat With IBD" and "The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut") and they both say soluble fiber is beneficial to IBDers. I take two Metamucil wafers every day. It seems to firm things up a bit and I think they taste good, too. I hadn't heard it could cause toxic megacolon.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - daily
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D); fish oil

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   Posted 1/17/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Taking fibre supplements doesn't cause toxic megacolon...

This is a complication of inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, and some infections of the colon. Other forms of megacolon exist and can be congenital (present since birth) or associated with some forms of constipation...if anything, making sure to get fibre in your diet daily as an IBDer since it can help against toxic megacolon.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 1/17/2008 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Benefiber and I really like how it's flavorless.
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Proctocort, Anamantle, etc...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis with almost rectovaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Remicade 700mgs every 6 wks (had reaction, will start Humira Jan 29) Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil as needed, Darvocet, Tylenol pm

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