So I have a history of abdominal pains for years. I've seen a few doctors about this now, and they all say it's constipation, and tell me to try taking metamucil/benefiber even though I've never had straining or hard stools, nor did I ever have bowel movements less than once every three days...
So whatever, I'd think metamucil is pretty much harmless because it's just natural fiber, so I thought I'd take it to see if it helps at all, and if not go back to the doctor and hopefully they will go to the next step.
However, the text on the back of the metamucil container clearly reads:
DO NOT USE IF YOU HAVE:
- ABDOMINAL PAIN, FEAVER, NAUSEA OR VOMITING
- A SUDDEN CHANGE IN BOWEL HABITS PERSISTING FOR 2 WEEKS
- UNDIAGNOSED RECTAL BLEEDING
- FAILURE TO DEFECATE FOLLOWING THE USE OF ANOTHER LAXATIVE.
The doctor tells me to take this because of my abdominal pain, yet metamucil says not to take it if I have abdominal pain. Thoughts?
Also why does the text warn about this? For example, could it be because there is gluten in it (don't know if there is or not) so it could worsen celiac disease (a symptom of celiac disease is abdominal pain)?