| | Question for Harry or Sarah
You two seem to have the best information on Metamucil and fiber. For the past 3 weeks I have been taking Metamucil, and have noticed some improvements, but for the past 5 or so days notice stools that are more watery and diahrrea like. I am drinking a lot of water during the day, but not sure if this is a side affect of the Metamucil. Also, when the stool is more watery which is not at every BM, there are different colors of mucous mixed in with it. I guess I could say that every BM is softer, but during the day it seems watery but more formed. First thing in the morning, and propably the last BM of the evening are the most watery and diahrea like. I have noticed fissures and a hemorroid, actualy my fiance noticed them when I asked her to look.
I cut meat out of my diet for the past 3 weeks, and with a lot of meals I add some kind of salsa or hot sauce (IN my egg beaters in the morning) I eat a lot of carrots, tuna, breads, and about 2 apples a day. I take my metamucil in the morning around 10 and in the evening around 10. I guess the only other thing I could mention is that my stools, while growing some in width, are still a little more narrow than I would like.
Last bit of information; During the day at times I feel gassy and my stomach feels queasy, this is when my BM seem to be the most liquidy. MY fiance mentioned it might also be due to stress or my obsessing about what is wrong with me all the time. Are their any illnesses that could explain what is going on with me. Over the past 5 months or so I have seen blood twice... Once I am sure was due to a fissure because it was droplets of blood in the toiet and no poop present and the second was after being constipated to the point my rectum hurt, and that was a streak of blood on one stool. It seems that my thin stools happened after being constipated and also about the time I began worrying about what was wrong with me. Also, the upset stomach does not affect me when I am sleeping or even when I first get up. It seems to bother me after my first meal and if I start worrying about it
Thanks for any advice
[This message has been edited by depaul11 (edited 01-26-2003).]