Re: Bad Pain and alternating between...
Sorry about your problems!!
I think if you take a water soluble fiber supplement daily it would make you regular w/o straining. It is safe and it works for diarrhea as well as constipatiion.
Just start off slow because it does breakdown by intestinal bacteria --- ferments and causes GAS but the gas will go away with continued use.
Make sure you drink enough water with each dose. I use the less costly type from Wal Mart Equate --like Metamucil.
Isn't Caltrate mostly calcium and I think it does slow your system down but you also need a magnesium supplement to help with the cramping and spasms. ---400mgms daily.