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LindaB
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posted 01-12-1999 11:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LindaB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My gastroenterologist and primary care doc have both said I could use Milk of Magnesia as often as every other night for IBS C type,since MOM is not a stimulant. Said it was important to keep things moving along since I also have diverticulosis. I hate the thought of doing that on a regular basis though, but have trouble with the usual high fiber natural foods and can't tolerate Metamucil for some strange reason. I have had moderate success with ABC Colon Cleanse from the health food store, but sometimes even that just seems to stay put. Damn this is annoying, especially since I had never had a C or D problem at all until 2 years ago and had always been referred to as the "Fiber Queen" because I liked salads, whole wheat breads and high fiber cereals. What do you other C types do or use?

silver
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posted 01-13-1999 12:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am a C and I dont use any fiber supplement at all. For one thing they bloat me up with gas so bad and they taste terrible. I concentrate on veges like squash, cabbage, and other green one that I can handle. Fruit, whole grain like brown rice, and bran. My C is under control but I seem to have D flare up at times. When I get these little episodes, I'm good for about 2 hours on the toilet. No diet is perfect but it works for me.

Karl
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posted 01-13-1999 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Karl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LindaB,
I'm a "C" IBSer and take real low doses of MOM, anxiety & antidepressent meds, and stool softners, but lately drinking a glass of prune juice after my evening meal has improved my bowel movements. I know you mentioned high fiber cereals, but I also use Fiber One which has 13 grams of fiber and seems to help too.

Hope You Find a Solution,

Karl

Shelley
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posted 01-13-1999 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shelley   Click Here to Email Shelley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,
I'm a "C" and my doctor told me to use M.O.M. also. I also eat 2 heaping tablespoons of unprocessed wheat bran-I mix it with some applesauce. I eat lots of high fiber cereals and fruits and vegetables. This seems to bw working.
Good Luck.
Shelley

Chloe
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posted 01-13-1999 09:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chloe   Click Here to Email Chloe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am just like you! At last, someone just like me!! I also have diverticulosis and struggle with constipation. My doctor tells me to use l tbl. MOM every other day if necessary. I also am finding it necessary to use a glycerin suppository to stimulate things. IMPORTANT! Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, try Citricul (tastes better), eat frost mini-wheats (dry - a handful), raisins, apples, baked potato with skin and try to increase fiber slowly. It is helping keep my stools soft. I am still struggling with pain, how about you? Do you have sharp twinges in the lower sigmoid colon? Do you nauseated when constipated, and/or get headaches? That's me. I'm just plain miserable. I am trying to do all the right things - still having a tough time getting "normal" if there is such a thing anymore. What meds do you take on a regular basis? How long have you had diverticulosis and do you have infection flare ups from time to time? I really want as much info. as you can give me so perhaps we can help one another. Thanks! Chloe

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