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Has fiber helped anyone with D and if so, what fiber did you use, how often, and how long did it take before you noticed any results?
 
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I can tell a difference if I don't use some sort of fiber. First I tried Citrocel. It worked okay. Then I started eating Fiber One. It did really well but being lactose intolerant it was hard to eat enough. Now I am using fiber tablets (1 each night). I use the generics because they are cheaper. I can tell a big difference when I forget to take it.
 
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Fiber has helped me 110%. I eat whole grain bread, oatmeal, pears and grapes, a lot. I also take Metamucill, usually only once daily. It works so much better than citracil for me, and quickly too. I also bought FiberChoice the other day to try for travel--they're tablets, and can be taken w/o water. I'm telling you; up your fiber content, and you will feel SO much better. ------------------Amanda
 
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So far, have had very good results with Fiber Con tablets, 2 at bedtime every night. Am keeping my fingers crossed. It has been 9 days. Good luck!! Cindy (in Arvada)
 
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Hi from Sweden!Nope, fibre doesn�t help me at all. I have been taking all sorts of them for 2 years and nothing has changed.When I went to see my GI spec. he told me that for some of his IBS D patients fibre makes the D worse, don�t know why. I have stopped taking the fibre now and will stick to my Colestid twice a day.
 

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Yes, BUT you MUST make sure you get plenty of water. No, Coke, coffee, tea, and Budweiser do not count.Also, I think you'll find that you may have to experiment with fiber to see what helps you the most. Psyllium-base products like Metamucil make me worse because psyllium produces gas. Fibercon works better, and just adding more FINELY ground whole wheat to my diet in the bread I make at home helps too. But that store bought bread KILLS me with all that high fructose corn-syrup ####.I don't feel 100% well ever even with fiber. However, before fiber, I had MUCH MORE pain, urgency and cramping.
 
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When I first got IBS my GP told me I was anorexic, which didn't go down to well!! So I flagged the "medical profession" and turned to the nature world. I went to see a naturopath, amazing. She gave me fibres (sorry can't remember the names) and minerals which I took with water and within 6 months I noticed big changes within a year I was back to my old self again. I still struggle with the mental side alot, but at least I know now that there is actually nothing physically wrong!! Anxiety and panic attacks are all thats left to combat! Any cures please let me know. Sorry about the fibre names, if I remember I'll let you know, but I'm sure if you go to a health shop they will be able to help you.
 

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Fiber supplements don't help me at all. Metamucil and other psylliums give me gas, which causes D. Citrucel has artificial sweeteners, which are a trigger for me... more D. The others tend to have milk products and I'm lactose intolerant... more D. Eating more fruit and veggies and more whole grains is all it takes for me to get enough fiber that WORKS!
 
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Yes, I use ground flax seed, 2 tablespoons a day and it has helped immensely and has so many other nutritional benefits. You can buy it at a food co-op or many Health Food stores. It needs to be refrigerated and can be ground in a food grinder, or purchased ground in many places.Chuckles ------------------Chuckles
 

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Hey thereFibre may help and it will depend on getting the right type FOR YOU. For example you might have a problem with gluten in wheat and so wheat bran would be worse.Flax seed is good as are fruits and vegetables. For me porridge oats works well with coffee ground flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
 
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AD - Do we know which fiber additives are soluable? This weekend, I read part of a book "Eating Without Fear", which states that people with IBS "D" handle soluable fiber better than insoluable. I read about the fruits, vegetables, breads, etc. that are supposed to be better for me, but I still think I'd profit from the extra fiber. Do you know which brands of fiber additives are soluable?Thanks,Ann
 

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Soluble fiber is in Fiber Choice and Citrucel. Fiber Choice has 2 g. per tablet, and Citrucel has 2 g. per serving. It is probably easier to get it in foods. Apples, dried fruits, prunes, prune juice, beans and oats are all good sources of this type of fiber.
 
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My doctor told me to take one bowl of bran a day. I use bran buds with psyllium and top it with banana. I noticed the difference in one day. Fortunately I am not allergic to grains. I did notice more gas for the first week then it subsided. I also eat whole grain whenever possible. I take one caltrate plus tablet a day also and so far so good. Still get abdominal pain sometimes though but not too bad.
 
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