Metamucil: the new enemy!

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kristasplace
kristasplace Member Posts: 957 Member
edited March 2014 in Colorectal Cancer #1
Hello! Has anyone tried that metamucil stuff?? I've been having a horrible time with constipation since my takedown. No matter what i eat, and i'm very cautious about what i eat, it turns to paste. The miralax did absolutely nothing, and stool softeners are even less effective. So i decided to give that metamucil garbage a try last night.

OMG! It hit this evening, and it was soooo bad! I had gut wrenching craps, and more stool than i think i've eaten food in the last week. It continued until i knew there couldn't be any more, than BAM! I couldn't even stand up to go to the bathroom before it hit. I won't disgust you with any more detail than that! What i need to know is why did it do that to me? It's supposed to only be fiber, and secondly, what the heck can i possibly use, or do, to get rid of this constant constipation? Would a plunger help?? I have another concern about my colonoscopy next month. If metamucil did this to me, a gallon of golytly just might kill me! :(

Hugs,
Krista

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  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,044 Member
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    Sorry about that
    Interesting how different things affect different people. Miralax is the only thing that keeps me going, and Metamucil makes me dizzy and icky feeling, but is not very effective. I'm sorry you had such a rough time with it.

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • nudgie
    nudgie Member Posts: 1,478 Member
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    I hope tis helps
    I always had problems with consitipation throughout my life until my cancer DX in 2006. What I was told to use for my consitpation by my GI Doc was Milk of Magnesia (sp?). It comes in cherry flavor.

    I also try and eat ALOT of fiber foods throughout the day like:

    Fiber one bars
    Fruits and veggies
    Whole grain crackers, snacks, etc.,
    Fiber one yogurt
    Fiber one cereals

    and LOTS, LOTS, LOTS of water. I drink an average of 70-94 ozs of water everyday. Also, exercising helps alot. Walking is good.

    Also, please speak with your doctors, especially, your GI Doc since the colon is their speciality. They should be able to tell you what's going on.

    Keep us posted.
  • Sundanceh
    Sundanceh Member Posts: 4,392 Member
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    nudgie said:

    I hope tis helps
    I always had problems with consitipation throughout my life until my cancer DX in 2006. What I was told to use for my consitpation by my GI Doc was Milk of Magnesia (sp?). It comes in cherry flavor.

    I also try and eat ALOT of fiber foods throughout the day like:

    Fiber one bars
    Fruits and veggies
    Whole grain crackers, snacks, etc.,
    Fiber one yogurt
    Fiber one cereals

    and LOTS, LOTS, LOTS of water. I drink an average of 70-94 ozs of water everyday. Also, exercising helps alot. Walking is good.

    Also, please speak with your doctors, especially, your GI Doc since the colon is their speciality. They should be able to tell you what's going on.

    Keep us posted.

    Nudgie
    I think Nudgie has got a good handle on it.

    I could not have said it better myself.

    I also found time works Krista...the first 2 years after bowel surgery was a living nightmare and I questioned that if this was going to be my Life, then I was not sure I wanted it. I believe in a Quality of Life.

    I'm 5 years out of the surgery and it has taken me nearly that long for the new bowel to become what it likely will be unless they wreck it some more one day.

    I hate to be that bleak about it, but it has taken me that long to recover. And of course, there are still episodes where it's a rerun just not like before, but every bit as brutal.

    On your colonoscopy, that will be tough but in a different way...metamucil I think "gums" you up and you have to drink way too much water - I know how you are feeling.

    But the stuff they give you to drink, it should be Colyte, is designed to dump you so not as destructive as the Met...

    But Nudgie has got all of the right protocol in her post....she outlined it beautifully.

    -Craig
  • grandma2selena
    grandma2selena Member Posts: 199
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    Raisins
    Metimucel and all the other stuff didn't work for me. I started eating raisins and I mean a lot of raisins, kept them at my side all the time. They did the job from keeping me from getting constipated. I would have tried prunes, but I just can't handle those. (these are tricks of the trade used in the nursing homes to keep the bed ridden from being constipated).

    Debbie
  • bdee
    bdee Member Posts: 304
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    Fiber tablets
    I have had constipation so bad I would have to put on gloves and work the s*** out of my anus. Talk about disgusting. But the feces would be so hard (like little rubber balls) and all stacked up right inside my anus that it just could not come out on its own. One time I had to use an enema and that still took a lot of straining on my part. My doctor would only tell me to drink more water and eat more fiber. So I started taking four fiber tablets a day and stool softners in the morning. I've got to say it really helped. I haven't been constipated since I've been doing this. My question is, why didn't my doctor tell me about the tablets?

    Debbie
  • luv3jay
    luv3jay Member Posts: 533 Member
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    Hey Krista!
    I had the same

    Hey Krista!

    I had the same problem for a while then I started using Benefiber daily. It mixes right in with pretty much any liquid and has no consitency or taste. Stool softeners didn't work for me, and Milk of Magnesia tasted awful! I also started drinking PlumSmart, but I don't do that on a regular basis. The benefiber daily works for me. Good luck!

    Sheri
  • snommintj
    snommintj Member Posts: 601
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    luv3jay said:

    Hey Krista!
    I had the same

    Hey Krista!

    I had the same problem for a while then I started using Benefiber daily. It mixes right in with pretty much any liquid and has no consitency or taste. Stool softeners didn't work for me, and Milk of Magnesia tasted awful! I also started drinking PlumSmart, but I don't do that on a regular basis. The benefiber daily works for me. Good luck!

    Sheri

    Constipation
    Which stool softeners have you tried. Colace should be effective, it's basically mineral oil, or simply try mineral oil. Try liquid fiber, they sell it at wall mart, it doesn't taste bad and moves through you very easily. I know your pain though. When you're stopped up the last thing you want is something compounding the internal pressure. Something that I found very effective when I was obstructed was a massager. Six hours before bed I would take three colace and hydrate myself very well. I would take another three colace before bed, then some more water. I had a padded massager that I would lay on. I would fall asleep with it running. Sometime in the middle of the night I would wake up and go. The one time I didn't, I went shortly after breakfast.
    If you're on pain killers, you'll need to stop them for a while or try and cut back. If I take one lortab or percocet I'm guaranteed to be blocked for 2-3 days.
  • lmliess
    lmliess Member Posts: 329
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    snommintj said:

    Constipation
    Which stool softeners have you tried. Colace should be effective, it's basically mineral oil, or simply try mineral oil. Try liquid fiber, they sell it at wall mart, it doesn't taste bad and moves through you very easily. I know your pain though. When you're stopped up the last thing you want is something compounding the internal pressure. Something that I found very effective when I was obstructed was a massager. Six hours before bed I would take three colace and hydrate myself very well. I would take another three colace before bed, then some more water. I had a padded massager that I would lay on. I would fall asleep with it running. Sometime in the middle of the night I would wake up and go. The one time I didn't, I went shortly after breakfast.
    If you're on pain killers, you'll need to stop them for a while or try and cut back. If I take one lortab or percocet I'm guaranteed to be blocked for 2-3 days.

    Yes pain pills are the enemy!
    If i take a Lortab I better be taking a total of 4 stool softners/laxatives a day. Thhats how I ended up in the ER while taking pain pills. No one told me they were constipating!

    Also can you handle prune juice? That does wonders for me if I need it. A few stool softners and prune juice. I alway put a splash of OJ or apple juice to ease the taste a bit. Once I get the clear to have a little alcohol I may try a splash of rum! Just kidding...but it might be good!

    Linda
  • kristasplace
    kristasplace Member Posts: 957 Member
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    stricture
    Hello! Thank you all for your suggestions! I've been pondering this, and especially after hearing about what some of you have gone through with hard stools, my mind is going back to the possiblitly of a stricture. My stools are never hard. Sometimes pastey, but usually fiberish. They are almost always very narrow, and there is always a lot of pain after any stool. I've already been dilated three times before the takedown, and my Mother remembers him telling her that i may need more of those after the surgery. Wouldn't it be wonderful if that's all it was? Before cancer, i NEVER had a constipation problem. I've been a vegetarian most of my life, and i just never had those problems. I know things will never be the same as they were before (please God, don't let it take 5 YEARS for recovery), but maybe some normalcy?

    Has anyone else had to deal with a stricture?

    Many hugs!
    Krista