I started taking Metamucil w/Calcium capsules almost 2 weeks ago, per my doctor's advice. (The same advice I've ignored for 20 years.) I hate taking pills and b/c the dosage is 15 per day and b/c I didn't want to shock my body (lol), I've been working my way up to the full dose. (I'm up to about 12/day.) My normal routine was C for about 4 days and then one or 2 large BMs, maybe with D at the end. This time, around Day 4, I started have small, hard, BMs and I've been going to the bathroom daily this week. Yesterday, I felt like I was in the bathroom all day, but all BMs seemed formed and firm, but not necessarily hard. I just had an episode of some upper abdominal discomfort that turned out to be gas and another BM (that's 2 today) that was somewhat urgent, but not D. It was large and, in the end, soft. What I'd like to know is how do I know if I'm taking too much fiber or not enough? I mean, how do I regulate myself? I just want to go to the bathroom like a normal person and not have pain or urgency. Maybe once or twice a day and be done, KWIM? I guess that's what we all want. I'm happy that I haven't had any cramps, that's for sure. I'm also taking Align and ate popcorn and nuts this week so maybe that's kicking in, too.