Fibre experience question

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Severin
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   Posted 12/16/2007 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, hope today finds you closer to remission then the last.

It appears that after the past near on 2 years of continuous flare, I am finally recovering thanks to an awesome Gastro specialist and the Abatacept trial I have been on.

I am now at the point where I have just been able to stop the prednisone all together (as of 2 days ago), and am looking at ways to help my gut recover from the beating it has copped.

So to the point:

- "Who uses some kind of fibre suppliment in their diet?"

- "What types of fibre do you use and how much?"

- "What experience have people had with using fibre to help restore normal bowel function?"

- "What should I be wary about?"

Thanks all!
--Sev
"We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers..." - Elric, elder Technomage

Post Edited (Severin) : 12/16/2007 8:06:28 PM (GMT-7)


pb4
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   Posted 12/16/2007 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I use one called Prodiem it's similar to metamucil my GI told me to take it everyday for the rest of my life...it has brought many advantages for me...of course for me the first 3 months of adjusting to it caused increased bloating and gas but I already had tons anyways so a bit more was no biggy, besides it was well worth it, because it ended up getting rid of all my bloating and cut my excessive gas waaaaaaaaaaay down to a very minimal amount, I can eat fibreous foods without getting all gassy and bloated, no more mucus, I have formed stools (sometimes when I wipe the TP is clean because it's so formed!!!), less frequency because instead of going a ton of times with little deposits I go less times/day with larger ones.

Always start with the smallest amount (one tab) drink plenty of water, take it everyday no matter how bad the gas/bloating gets and only increase the amount if necessary, after your system has adjusted to the inital amount first.

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tjf
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   Posted 12/17/2007 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I take Fibercon. 2/day everyday whether in remission or flaring. I really think it helps keep me regular. I also try to make sure I drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Nexium

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TheLori
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   Posted 12/17/2007 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
i eat 1 or 2 metemucal wafers a day
Lori
37/F
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft,levoxyl, prednisone 60,50,40,30, 25,20,15,10,5, 0!!!!!!!!


Severin
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   Posted 12/17/2007 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone!

I have heard of Metamucil wafers. Whats the difference between the wafers and the old school powder you mix in a glass of water? Do they work better from your experience?
"We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers..." - Elric, elder Technomage


pb4
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   Posted 12/17/2007 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I would think it's more to do with preference...which is why I enjoy popping a tablet rather than drinking that murky water and eating those wafers might make it a little more costly route to taking fibre supplements daily...I pay 20.00 for 90 caps.

:)
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Sara14
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   Posted 12/17/2007 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat 2 Metamucil wafers every day. I get the cinnamon kind and think they're tasty. I don't know that there's much difference, it's just easier for me to eat the wafers, and it's like a little healthy snack. There are 3 grams of fiber per wafer and 3 grams of fiber per tablespoon of the powder (I have both here in front of me). There is wheat flour in the wafers, so if you have problems with wheat, you may want to avoid them (there isn't any in the powder). The wafers are a bit more expensive. The orange flavored powder is pretty good, too. I used to use that occasionally before I got UC. I sometimes take Fiber Choice, chewable tablets. It has inulin, a natural dietary fiber, in it, which is supposed to aide in healing the gut's mucosa. You can get them with calcium in them too. I don't really like the taste/texture though.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed

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