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I have had IBS-C for most of my life. In the months of September through November, I have had some really bad pain and alternating C and D. I was originally eating all insoluable fibers like breads and pasta a crackers so the D wouldn't be bad and it was the only food that I could ingest without stomach pain. All the pain is has been gone for the past three weeks, which I expected becuase I am not due for my period yet. I also changed my diet over the past few weeks becuase the breads...seemed to be constipating me. I was still going everyday pretty normal but I had the "pellet" every once in a while. NOW...I have been very constipated for the past two weeks. I have been going about everyday but the bm is so hard that it won't even pass without my help. They are like tiny rock hard pellets that get "stuck" and are so painful! My hemmies are also growing hugh b/c it is so hard to get them out! This is the diet I have been eating lately to relieve the C, but maybe I'm doing the wrong thing:Total raisen bransaladSpinach soup (ghitta's recipe)pearschickenbroccolismall amount of rice or crackersstewed prunes1 glass of Citrucel1 capsule of flax seed oillots of peppermint and chamomile teaAm I eating the wrong things?? I cannot stand this C and it is really getting me scared. Why am I so backed up now all of a sudden? I remember someone saying that too much fiber is not good but I also dring about 14 glasses of water a day. Is there a difference between the fibers I'm eating that could plug me up like this. I am also taking Colace but it doesn't seem to be helping much. What has worked for you guys? Can you suggest something that might work? Have any of you had this experience? I am so uncomfortable becuase the bm is "stuck" right there all day and I can't hardly even sit. My tailbone has been really aching as well.I would really appreciated any information becuase I am so worried about this.Thanks so much.
 

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hi Briland, sorry to hear about your troubles. listen, perhaps giving up the raisin bran might help? also, when i have "stuck pellets" i go into the shower and pull them out of me manually wearing a finger cot and using prep H cream (not ointment). what has worked for me is not rushing the morning clock, retraining my body to "go" in the mornings (and now that i am taking 500 mg of magnesium supps per day, divided between two doses, first and last meal of day) i go in the late afternoons as well. magnesium supps have worked wonders for me but i will admit, when very stressed, anxious or traveling, i can block up with the worst C, - so, i try to maintain a good diet but i never take fiber supps anymore. have you tried a good probiotic? also, perhaps a Green Drink in the morning might help? here's another good recipe, if you have a juicer (not a blender): half pear juice and half apple juice, using organic fruit only, with their skins, and drink that before bedtime. works better than MoM and is better for you. on the other hand, i cannot recommend mag supplements enough. they have changed my C probs for the better, totally. it took a while tho, about a few weeks . also, if you try to "go" in the mornings, using a prep H suppository at bedtime is often very helpful. good luck my dear, G-
 

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Looks like you have a LOT of fiber in your diet! How much water are you drinking? Too much fiber and not enough water can definately lead to C. Also, taking a stool softner sounds like it would help. I also take magnesium supplements everyday (up to 750mg of mag oxide, with permission from my doc). It may take a while for that to work (it took about two weeks for it to really start working for me), but others have found after a day or two it worked.
 
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