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posted 01-23-1999 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alyson   Click Here to Email alyson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello my friends...I know many of you have had the lovely problem with constipation that I have been experiencing more frequently lately and I need some advice. Has anyone found something that does A. not give you terrible cramps B. not give you the type of gas that could kill a man at 10 paces C. not leave you with the big D and D really works.

I am so tired of playing poop roulette but the metamucil is just so BAD!!!! How does anyone stand it??? I take half a dulcolax every 4 or 5 days but that usually backfires the other way. Is there really a key to regularity that I haven't tried? I know this is a shot in the dark ( by the way I hate prune juice but I'm almost ready to start chugging) but do you guys have a clue??? Thanks A


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posted 01-23-1999 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Alyson
I must say first of all, relax. The more you stress over your C problem, the worse its going to get. I'm a C type as well, and I have been able to control it without metamucil(too bloting and gassy) or prune juice. Concentrate on high fiber food besides bran, there is lots of other choices. I eat sweet potatoes, acorn squash, some kidney beans, baked potatoes in the skin. You have to do a some testing for yourself to see if some green veges are too gassy for you. I can tolerate some at times. I try not to eat too much meat, but load up on veges, fruit and muffins made with bran cereal. I also eat brown rice, and hot cereal. You have to give it some time, dont expect to eat right for a week and be fine, it takes time and you have to stick to it. Hope this helps you a bit.


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posted 01-23-1999 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for belfor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I eat salads without tomatoes. I find that romaine and belgian endive work the best. I put a teaspoon of Berio or Bertolli olive oil (non virgin oil is easier to digest for me) and half a lemon and virtually no salt. If you are not watching your salt intake and are not drinking enough water that can be sources of trouble. I have recently discovered the apple crisp metamucil cookies and they are surprisingly tasty and crisp. But drink one glass before eating them and then follow up with another glass. Very important info. to follow. Hope this helps, belle


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posted 01-23-1999 10:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brava   Click Here to Email Brava     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Prodiem is a good product. It's similar to Metamucil in some ways, but I think it's gentler on the system. You still have to be sure to drink PLENTY of water throughout the day when taking these kinds of things. A friend of mine who has IBS was much better with Prodiem. After a trip to the emergency department earlier this week, and a good dose of morphine that same night to kill the pain, I'm back on this stuff and hoping it solves part of my problem. Good luck folks!


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posted 01-24-1999 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for K   Click Here to Email K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is going to sound totally weird, but I have found that it works for me every time I'm constipated. You know those fat free chips that are made with the "new" kind of fat? (Wow, Pringles). They're fat free because the fat doesn't get absorbed, it just goes right through you. And it certainly does!! They taste like the real thing too! Try them, they're a heck of a lot better than Metamucil and prune juice! K


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posted 01-24-1999 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for musem     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you're taking the PerDiem in the yellow bottle, be aware that it has a stimulant laxative. Just because it's natural doesn't mean it's good for you.

I'd heard that some people were complaining about leaking this "not-fat" stuff, it never occurred to me that it would do the trick as a stool softener!


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posted 01-25-1999 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for IBSsuffer   Click Here to Email IBSsuffer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sometimes the good things in life for you, doesnt taste that great, prune juice does help with constipation and I take it. It's a taste that one can acquire, especially if one can see the benefits it has in taking it. Just like the medicine we took as a child (remember the one that tasted terrible going down) it is the same one that helped remedy the ailment. M.O.M.'s is a good one to take to relieve constipation. They make one that doesnt have a chalky taste to it and I believe it comes in strawberry flavor and is concentrated so that you dont have to down to much of it. I alway have chased it with a glass of water right away to avoid tasting it so much. I just seen on t.v. that they now are coming out with it in capsule form so no more downing the liquid. M.O.M's is good because it doesnt stimulate the bowels, so it's less likely to be habit forming and can be used for short periods to make a person regular again. =)


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posted 01-25-1999 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KimR   Click Here to Email KimR     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You also might want to try eating the prunes rather than drinking the juice. The taste is slightly different. Some people I know have gotten results with apple juice and bananas. For anyone with gas probs metamucil is not the way to go. It says on the label may cause gas/bloating etc. Citrucel is better. Also, ditto what silver said: calm down, drink a lot of water, and change your diet to include as many non-gassy fiber foods as possible. Good luck!

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