Metamucil or diet?

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   Posted 12/21/2007 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that I'm in remission, not sure because I'm newly diagnosed.  I don't have freq BM's anymore only about 2x/day.  Although it is still very soft or loose but not full out diarrhea.  I'm just wondering about taking Metamucil to firm up or bulk up my stools.  I've heard this and was wondering if I can do with diet instead of taking the supplement.  If so, what foods would be good?  Before all this happened I used to eat a lot of bran, beans (all kinds), lentils, and whole grain breads and pastas.  Can I go back to eating this way and will it firm up my stools? 
Thanks in advance for your help, this board has been extremely helpful!
Currently on 5-ASA (Salofalk 4mg/day) and nightly 5ASA enemas (Salofalk 4mg), Iron supplements

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   Posted 12/21/2007 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd proceed cautiously adding alot of fiber or roughage back into your diet... particularly with beans and cruciferous veggies that can cause gas. But there's nothing wrong with wanting to use diet rather than a supplement to increase fiber.

On the other hand, with a supplement, it's easier to control how much fiber you're getting and start slowly, working your way up. Citrucel is the one I've heard recommended the most, since it's supposed to be more gentle on the system.
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   Posted 12/21/2007 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Finnaly after a month of D i added metimucal wafers, 1 or 2 a day and it worked within a few days to bulk up
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft,levoxyl, prednisone 60,50,40,30, 25,20,15,10,5, 0!!!!!!!!

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   Posted 12/21/2007 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I have used a fiber supplement (Fibercon) for as long as I can remember. I use it whether I am in remission or not. Unfortunately high fiber foods bother my IBS. So this works for me.
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   Posted 12/21/2007 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...I'd add only the pills since the other formulations have artificial sweeteners in them.

Are you still using the nightly enemas? When you get to normal bms, you'll be able to start tapering to every second night....then every third night..etc.

You can add some of your foods into your diet (that you previously ate)...slowly and small amounts. If they bother you then cut back.

Eat as normally as you can, well balanced.

The iron can also be contributing to improved symptoms.

*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  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 12/21/2007 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
tif :) That's odd about your fibre and IBS because fibre is also a great friend to IBS, there needs to be fine tuning done in the regard to fibre.

My GI told me to take fibre supplements daily for the rest of my life and once my system adjusted (caused extra bloating and gas) then all my bloating went away and my gas is very minimal anymore...there's many other benefits from it too, I can easily tolerate eating fibreous foods without getting all gassy and bloated, no more mucus, firm stools (sometimes when I wipe the TP is clean), also less frequency, rather than many trips to the can with small deposits, I go less times with larger deposits.

Fibre is your friend you just have to add it slowly, take it everyday and always drink plenty of water which IBDers should do regardless to avoid dehydration.

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

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