(Closed) Metamucil/Fiber question for my FI (Possible TMI) Please help!

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2867 posts
Sugar bee

I have IBS.  The worst physical pain of my life has been associated with IBS.  Give me a 4 day migraine, I’d rather have that.  I cannot convey to you how painful it is.  I have the alternating pain version–three versions (constipation, diarrhea, or alternating with pain).  I take psyllium husk pills with food and lots of water when I know that I’ll have an episode soon–I slowly start getting more and more constipated and my period is coming up or about to end that’s usually when I get the episodes.  My suggestion, talk to a doctor.  Fiber works differently for everyone.  Also, I’ve known psyllium to give people massive gas pains so that could be related too.

Post # 5
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It sounds like you increased his fiber intake way too quickly. You need to start out with the minimum dosage (1 tbs/day or whatever it is), and gradually add more to his diet as he builds a tolerance.

Also, not all metamucil contains insoluble fiber, and insoluble fiber is very important for normal BMs. The best way to get it is to eat whole fruit/vegetables — most insoluble fiber is in fruit/vegetable skins (apples, grapes, etc). It is also in whole grains. If he has trouble eating enough fruit, he can try a bowl of Kashi Go Lean or Heart Healthy in the morning, it will have 4-5g of insoluble fiber.

Post # 6
2867 posts
Sugar bee

@mrs.peters.to.be:  I believe Maltodextrin is corn based?  It’s something that is chemically made from corn, if I’m correct.  Some people have corn based sensitivities.  Has he had issues with corn ever?  Additionally, I know of fructose malabsorption.  I’d check that out as well.

Post # 7
28 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

Maltodextrin is a corn based, digestion resistant fiber.  In many foods/supplements it is added as a binder or filler.  However, in nutraceutical products it can be added as a source of fiber for labeling purposes.

Post # 8
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My fiance had the same problem. The maltodextrin was the cause and he switched to Benefiber. It is working much better!

Post # 9
305 posts
Helper bee

Well I can’t tell you about Metamucil specifically, but when I started taking Fiber Choice I had the same problems of cramping and I was very nauseous.  It turns out I wasn’t drinking enough water.  I don’t know how much liquid your Fiance takes a day but I had to start faithfully drinking my 7-8 glasses of water a day.  I was only drinking about 5 glasses a day when I started the fiber pills and my cramping didn’t improve until I was better hydrated.  Your body really needs the liquid in order for the fiber to do anything.

Post # 10
222 posts
Helper bee

I am totally with grenadine on this: way too fast! I have IBS and other associated intestinal problems and I can tell you it is beyond miserable and miserable to have gas trapped behind stuff you can’t get out!!!

Here are some things I did that helped a lot:

– Spinach on sandwhiches
– FiberOne breakfast bars (they are actually yummy) or cereals
– FiberOne drink mix (I honestly think it tastes far better than metamucil)

Adding some extra walking or other physical activity may help too.

Hope it helps! I feel his pain!

Post # 11
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I would also HIGHLY recommend Fiber One and Plus Fiber brands of cereal, granola bars and poptarts (you bet I eat those for lunch! haha…). I have never been ‘regular’ until I started eating fiber cereal for breakfast every day, and supplementing with the granola bars and poptarts, but I totally am now! I’ve also been losing a bit of weight from all the fiber (bonus!). 🙂

ETA: They’re also very tasty!

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