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Do you wake up multiple times at night to have a bowel movement?

Sporadic sleeping has been my norm for so long that I often forget my sleep pattern is abnormal. I have a J-pouch. My body has decided that it's going to release most waste in the middle of the night. I wake up about three times per night (e.g., 11 pm, 2 am, and 5 am). My truly restful sleep usually starts at about 5 am. My body has adapted, but it was rough at first. Do you have this problem?

Yes.
No, I sleep at least 6 hours straight at night.
Sometimes.
Posted by Jake McCoy ·

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Wow, that's awesome! I guess you can always increase your dosage in small increments if you want to experiment. I only wish more people would be open to the Metamucil therapy (if situation permits), we would not have all these posts with problems such as butt burn, loose stools, leakage and urgency that are solvable for some. So happy for you...

Originally Posted by Meatball:

Jake McCoy, that's fantastic...I'm happy it's working for you!  I couldn't live without the stuff. I only WISH I could take merely one teaspoonful to get results, I have to take so much more each time...keep me posted on your progress!

I'm still using it with success!  I use about 3 heaping teaspoons per day.  I could use 6 heaping teaspoons per day for even better results, but I'm going to hang tight at this dosage for awhile.  In my use of psyllium husk years ago, I was using the capsule version and not seeing much success.  It was probably because my fiber dosage was lower with the capsules.

 

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One word: METAMUCIL.

Meatball, thank you for being so demonstrative. It prompted me to give Metamucil another shot. I tried to get the Trader Joe's brand, but they were out of stock. So, I went to Costco and got the psyllium husk powder, Kirkland generic. I sat there and did calculations with the capsules. You are right about the capsules not being enough fiber. Specifically, I have to pay about three times as much to get the same amount of fiber. By the way, the price on Metamucil powder was at least twice as much per gram of fiber.

 

Anyway, I got home and took about one teaspoon of the psyllium husk at about 3 pm. I got instant results after only one teaspoon. My next two bowel movements were healthy looking and full. Last night, I woke up only once.

 

These are preliminary results. However, I wanted to let you know because my body has not responded this positively to a remedy in a long time. Thank you.

 

-Original Poster

 

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Hi Everyone...so I will answer questions asked of me about my Metamucil (or equivalent) post:

 

Maddie18...I would definitely check with your doctor on that one. I don't have obstructions, so it goes through nicely.

Jake McCoy: Yes, I've tried the capsules. It's just not enough for me, even when I take four or five. I find it easier and more effective when I take it in powdered form.

Catinthehat: It is definitely NOT recommended to take it the way I do. I can see where some people might choke. It works quite well for me, however. It is easy and fast. And considering how much I take, I just don't have the time (plus I don't like it) to put it in water and drink it down. The way I do it is fast and simple. Plus I actually do like the taste. But it is definitely not the normal or standard way to take it.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Catinthehat:

It is available in caps by several companies, just look in fiber section of store. I'm a little concerned about swallowing dry psyllium with water. It is not recommended because it can swell up in your throat. see info here   http://www.drugs.com/mtm/metamucil.html

This applies to psyllium husk as well as metamucil which is just psyllium with sweetener and flavoring added.

I've found out that you can get your greatest savings with convenience with the psyllium capsules especially when out an about. Since it's in a capsule you never taste it and you can pay a 1/3 rd of the price with buying stores brand Target/Walmart etc.. over the known Metamucil. Like any larger size pill (Calcium, Multi etc.) just remember to drink with more fluid. 

Originally Posted by Meatball:

So glad it's working for you Liz........ Good luck to you...

Thank you for the extra information. I have wondered about taking it that way with a spoon but, I hadn't got round to convincing myself that I'm an idiot for not thinking it would be safe.... yeah, true...

Plus taking it everywhere with you, such a  simple but great idea.

cheers

Liz

So glad it's working for you Liz. And don't worry if it's not the brand "Metamucil". Actually, I purchase the store brand of sweetened psyllium  husk, as I go through a container so quickly and it's not cheap. It works exactly like the name brand. You should see the way I take it, it's insane: I put a teaspoon of the dry stuff in my mouth, and chase it down with a gulp of water. Then I do it a again...I take several heaping teaspoons at a time. I do not have time or patience to put it in water; I want to get it done quickly. To me it tastes like the old school Tang, not bad at all! I carry a small container with a spoon in my purse so I have it at all times, and have learned how to take it discretely when we're out. Your body will tell you if you're not taking enough. As soon as I experience some butt burn and loose stool, I think back of how much I took that day, and it usually wasn't enough, so I adjust accordingly. It's so simple. And it has been such a lifesaver!  Good luck to you...

Originally Posted by Meatball:

One word: METAMUCIL. As I've posted before, for me (and of course everyone is different), it has given me my quality of life back. I take it every day...lots of it...more than the recommended dose...after every meal, and at bedtime. I no longer have: butt burn, leakage, urgency to go, watery stools. I only get up once at night, sometimes not at all. I can eat and drink ANYTHING and EVERYTHING I want. The Metamucil bulks up in the gut, making your stool more normal. I'm reading how so many of you are going through so much trouble trying to avoid certain foods, taking different drugs, experimenting with every new product or suggestion, to no avail. I do not have to do any of that. Ever. Try it, folks. I hope it works as well for everyone out there as it has for me!

I absolutely agree but as I couldn't get Metamucil here, I opted to try psyllium husk. From memory, this looks very very similar to one part of the ingredients included in the Metamucil product. Could you have a look and let me know?????...I'm just curious but if it is, this is a cheaper option which would then be a substitute for some people.The only real difference is it doesn't mix into a solution as easily as Metamucil and I have to use my stirring spoon to empty the glass to get the entire initial teaspoonful...which is rapidly expanding.

 

I have only been using this for the past 2 weeks since seeing people recommend Metamucil, or psyllium, and I am astounded and so very thankful to have found this. It is every thing people have said it is for helping with many of the problems associated with J pouches. I wish I had known this 30 odd years ago.

cheers

Liz

One word: METAMUCIL. As I've posted before, for me (and of course everyone is different), it has given me my quality of life back. I take it every day...lots of it...more than the recommended dose...after every meal, and at bedtime. I no longer have: butt burn, leakage, urgency to go, watery stools. I only get up once at night, sometimes not at all. I can eat and drink ANYTHING and EVERYTHING I want. The Metamucil bulks up in the gut, making your stool more normal. I'm reading how so many of you are going through so much trouble trying to avoid certain foods, taking different drugs, experimenting with every new product or suggestion, to no avail. I do not have to do any of that. Ever. Try it, folks. I hope it works as well for everyone out there as it has for me!

Originally Posted by Michelle1964:

I just have a general question for anyone who may experience this. Often I am in so much pain after a BM that I actually need to take Oxycontin. It feels like I'm passing razor blades. I know to avoid fruit and vegetables as these seem harder to pass but sometimes there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the pain. On a side note, I cannot eat anything without bolting to the bathroom. I am a 51 year old woman, 5'2" and weigh under 100 lbs. I have not been able to weigh over 100 lbs since my surgery in 1999. Luckily my husband of 30 years loves his wife on the "slender side" although he'd prefer a healthier weight (as would I). Any suggestions on how to gain and keep a few pounds?

My son is also quite underweight.  His dietician suggested high-calorie smoothie every day.  I use the FairLife whole milk which is lactose free but has lots of protein.  I use frozen strawberries and banana and a scoop of lactose-free vanilla icecream.

 

Thru a consult at the big area Cleveland hospital. (You know who I am talking about) I was going to the bathroom multiple times at night even when I had a temporary colostomy bag and was trying to work.It as like my bowels were on a different shift. I also had my large colon removed. Anyhow I added benefiber to my only one cup of coffee. I was drinking lots of water and was told to switch to gatorade it moves slower. Avoid bubbles in soda  it equals gas. Milk and yogurt were no no. I kept a food and bathroom diary to see what worked. I am on maximum dose of Imodium and lomotil. I never eat past 6 pm and can not drink water ever. I learned lettuce is a no no. Beans, spinach,broccoli are all no no

I was in the bathroom 21 times in 24 hours. Codeine also works for me after meals. I only have half of my small intestine so I am extremely careful on what I eat. Unfortunately I have been on chemo for 25 months which aggravated my diarrhea. I can go some nights with no bathroom breaks but due to the chemo now I am back in the bathroom more.

Original poster here...

 

I randomly came across something that has improved my situation a little bit. When my first bowel in the morning is mostly diarrhea, I take Imodium and about 16 ounces of water first thing in the morning. I also eat a banana and a Premier Protein bar.  This also serves as a pretty good prep for my morning workout.  I find the effects of this routine kick in later in the day and continue throughout the rest of the following night.  If I don't have diarrhea in the morning, then I don't take any Imodium in the morning.  I find that if I take Imodium as a regular thing, my body does not respond.

 

By the way, the standard diet changes don't work consistently for me.  (Or maybe I'm not doing it right.)  Eating earlier (e.g., before 5 pm) does nothing for me except causes me to have less energy.  However, there are definitely certain foods that are guaranteed to give me gas and/or diarrhea.  Broccoli and Chipotle's mild salsa are at the top of that list.  Otherwise, a particular type of rice does not matter for me.  A particular type of bread does not matter.  Metamucil does not do much for me.  Costco's mixed nuts unsalted actually help me, and apparently I'm not supposed to eat a lot of nuts. So, go figure.

 

Mucinex has worked for severe congestion and coughing. It also has allowed me to sleep for more than 6 hours at a time.  The HUGE downside is that I always mess myself in the middle of the night, and I wake up having to perform clean-up.  I will only use Mucinex if my cough is so bad that I can't sleep at all.

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