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Reaction to first dose of SFS...please HELP
      #119806 - 11/08/04 05:15 AM
daliatree

Reged: 07/10/04
Posts: 1176
Loc: Manhattan, New York

hey everyone. I have been really excited to start my acacia, so yesterday evening I took 1/3 of a teaspoon with applesauce and straight away ate a huge dinner of barley, sweet potato, asparagus and carrots (very safe dinner for me). Everything felt fine, bit gasy, nothing out of the ordinary.
I woke up at 2am and had the WORST D I have had since a ten day course of strong antibiotics - I mean, the D was comparable to that! I had been constipated for a few days, I am IBS C predominant with a touch of A. The only things I ate yesterday are time tested safe foods for me. I can only believe it was that tiny portion of acacia that knocked me out like that. It wasn't fun and has made me really scared of it. Is this normal??????? What the hell happened? I am starting to think crazy things like 'maybe I don't have IBS', maybe its something else? I mean, I eat loads of fibre everyday in the form of oatmeal, fruits, brown rice - food (apart from a bad curry in India) has never given me D like this before..
I really need help...thank you so much...off to eat a load of french bread...

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Re: Reaction to first dose of SFS...please HELP new
      #119810 - 11/08/04 06:17 AM
atomic rose

Reged: 06/01/04
Posts: 7013
Loc: Maine (IBS-A stable since July '05!)

Well, it could have been the acacia. I don't take the stuff, and I never have, so I can't relate from personal acacia-taking experience, but my first SFS of choice was Citrucel, and man oh man, did that stuff just about kill me. I started out taking 1/2 tsp (which is a LOT less fiber per dose than even 1/3 tsp acacia), and it gave me wicked gas, cramping, and D. It never got any better, either, so after a month of struggling along taking the Citrucel, I finally just gave up and tried something else - and I never had a single problem from a fiber supplement again.

It could be that you just need to get used to it. It could be that acacia isn't the supplement for you. Unfortunately, you really won't know until you've taken it for a little while, and see if you keep having problems. A reaction like that to a first dose - and to increases, by the way - isn't all that uncommon, but if it continues, it's something to be concerned about.

And I'm rambling. Feel better!

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Wow! new
      #119812 - 11/08/04 06:26 AM
Linz

Reged: 09/01/03
Posts: 8242
Loc: England

I'm amazed. I'd suggest sticking to 1/3 teaspoon a day for a few days and see how you go.

Good luck.

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Re: Wow! new
      #119817 - 11/08/04 06:55 AM
khyricat

Reged: 08/05/04
Posts: 3612
Loc: Michigan

thats a very severe reaction- I'd suggest going back to 1/4 teaspoon and sticking with it for 3/4 days and see if it gets better.. it may have been too much fiber too fast- I started with a lower concentrate fiber (benefiber) and later switched to acacia... I've adjusted easily and well, but I had some issues those first few days and when I first increased the doses on the benefiber...

thanks...

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Re: Wow! new
      #119818 - 11/08/04 06:55 AM
StephS

Reged: 09/11/03
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Acacia and I didn't get a long very well either! It mad my stomache feel horrible for days....I could't figure it out, I was eating everything safe....I finally figured out after a week or so that it was the Acacia.

I stopped taking it and a few months later I gave it a try again...same thing happened! So I don't take the stuff needless to say!

Try something else. I do just fine with Citrucel.
Hope you feel better soon!

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Re: Reaction to first dose of SFS...please HELP new
      #119819 - 11/08/04 06:56 AM
bellshel32

Reged: 10/28/04
Posts: 371
Loc: Kansas, USA

Sorry that happened to you! I'm always struggling with C, and no SFS has ever given me D. I'm taking about 1 1/4 tsp of acacia every morning & evening before meals, but I'm still C. Wow! Maybe your body will get used to the SFS & will do great on it.

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Re: Reaction to first dose of SFS...please HELP new
      #119821 - 11/08/04 07:03 AM
BJake66

Reged: 10/17/04
Posts: 126
Loc: PA

same thing happened to me! And, I am usually ibs-pain predominant/C...I am up to 2 T a day..but waiting this week to see if my BM will get more formed..if not I am going to cut down slowly..mabye I am taking to much? Every time I upped my dosage with acacia I got D.



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Re: Reaction to first dose of SFS...please HELP new
      #119822 - 11/08/04 07:07 AM
daliatree

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so let me get this straight...even though it gives you D, you continued to up the dosage?? Its such a change from C, isn't it?
SO glad I am not the only one....

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Re: Reaction to first dose of SFS...please HELP new
      #119823 - 11/08/04 07:09 AM
daliatree

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thanks for your response - really appreciate it - I will send you some of my D to ease your C if you want!

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Re: Reaction to first dose of SFS...please HELP new
      #119828 - 11/08/04 07:25 AM
daliatree

Reged: 07/10/04
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Thanks for your advice Casey - you are always so amazing at giving advice...
I feel much better about last night now. I sat on that toilet swearing I wouldn't go near it again, but I think I will persevere for a while. If not I will move to another type...oh this ibs takes so much trial and error!!!

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