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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/31/2008 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
for chronic constipation and bloating? for those of you who use metamucil, how long does it take to affect your system?

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 10/31/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I use only Metamucil Smooth Orange (NOT the sugar-free) and by the next day I noticed a change in the stool consistency.

I would suggest you start with taking it after's a large meal and won't give you as much bloating.

How are your eating habits in general? can you give examples of what you'd eat in a day?

*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 10/31/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
It's different for everyone on how effective or quickly fibre supplements will work, but if you're having serious issues with constipation, try prunes/prune juice, or OTC colace or something like that (stool softener) I would still suggest you start taking fibre supplements daily though and start with a small amount (expect excessive bloating and gas which is normal, you system is just adjusting to it, for me it took 3 months but was well worth it)...and drink plenty of water with it, only increase the amount if necessary (after your system has gone through the adjustment period) and do it slowly.

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

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 10/31/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Taking alot of probiotics daily help my constipation and bloating big time.

26y old male. Diagnosed with UC (lower proctitis) in 2004.
Current daily treatment:                             Probiotics & supplements:
2400mg oral asacol                                       Digestive enzymes
75mg azathioprine                                        folic acid & calcuim with V-D
20mg Prilosec                                              VSL#3 probiotic 
Diet:Little/no sugars, fats, carbs, caffine,yeast,breads,alcohol. Stay natural as possible. A not so strict form of the SCD.  
Results:1 Bowel movement in the morning no blood! Remission since 08Sept08

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