I have recently had an IBS flare. My doctor has suggested that I use metamucil to add extra fibre to my diet. I followed the directions, started out slow, and am now taking two packaages per day. (fibre wafers)Question: I realize that it can cause bloating and gas, but where does the bloating usually occur. Prior to this, I have only had upper abdominal bloating, but now my lower abdomen is extremely bloated and painful to touch or lay on. Could this be caused from the metamucil or is it just part of the flare. If you can help, please let me know what symptoms you have experienced when taking metamucil and where the bloating occurs.