I was diagnosed with ibs years ago and always suffered with bouts of diarrea and constipation. Last week, My doctor told me to start taking metamucil once a day to help with the constipation, which I did. What has started to happen, is that I have started to bloat very badly and it feels like I have severe back pain. I went back to the Doctor this week and he told me to stop taking the Metamucil and see if the bloating will go away, now it's day 4 and i'm still bloated and it feels like I am full of gas that I cannot pass. Is this a side effect of the Metamucil and what can I do to relieve this? Please help me...
Maggs3 I am new to Healthboards and was diagnoised 3 years ago with IBS. One of my constant battles is bloating one sort or another. However you may consider trying a product called Konsyl, it is also a fiber sup. but seems to be far less gas producing. One of the other problems/symptoms in my case is cronic pain ie. lower back lower abdomin ect. ect. I am on Endocet 10 mg. which helps tremendosly. You might also ask your Dr. about a smooth muscle relaxant such as Librax I think the more calm the colon is the better chance the gas has to pass. I will include you in my prayers . God Bless
Unfortunately, bloating of the belly is normal when you first start taking Metamucil. You do get used to it though. If you have bloating and gas, try adding Acidophilis caps or eating live yogurt and this will increase the lactobacillis or good bacteria in your gut that may help you.
Sarah's right Metamucil as well as Konsyl's active ingredient is Psyllium husk. It is a natural fiber that is broken down by your intestinal bacteria ----forms GAS but as your system gets use to it then gas usually goes away. Citrucel is not natural and does NOT form gas or breakdown by intestinal bacteria. You may want to try Citrucel
The best thing I found for bloating is "Probiotica" that I bought from Wal Mart. But, I also eat yogurt daily---both are GOOD for intestinal FLORA.
<p>[This message has been edited by Harry (edited 04-28-2002).]