Re: Metamucil, Citrucel, Fibercon????
I have had IBS-D symptoms for over three years. The way it usually works is I will be okay for a couple of weeks and then really bad for two or three weeks. I tried the Metamucil fibre wafers a while ago and they did nothing for me. Then about two months ago I started taking one heaping teaspoon of Metamucil smooth texture every morning. After a couple of weeks I did notice a slight improvement, but since I had just gone through about three weeks of really bad symptoms, I didn’t know if it was just coincidence. I kept with it, and can honestly say I have improved significantly. I still get pain, some soft stools and urgency to “go”, but I haven’t had true diarrhea since I started taking it. Also, it hasn’t seemed to make me more gassy.
You are right, the powder isn’t very pleasant, but I’m used to it now. For me it’s worth getting through the grossness in exchange for relief of symptoms. How much were you taking? Maybe the key is to start off slow. I only take one teaspoon, not a tablespoon like the container says. Also, give it time. And I know what you mean by a sandy consistency. In the beginning I could certainly tell that it was the Metamucil that was bulking it up!
Everyone is different, but this is what has worked for me. Good luck!