I take Nopalina for fiber. The ingredients are Canadian Flax Seed, Wheat Bran, Oat Bran, Edible Cactus (Opuntia Ficus), Senna Leaves, Psyllium Husk, Apple Fruit Extract, Orange Fruit Extract, Pineapple Fruit Extract, Grapefruit Fruit Extract. I tried Psyllium Husk alone and it didn't do anything for me. I've tried Nopalina in the bag and in capsules. The bag doesn't work for me but the capsules work quite well. They are also quite convenient. I just take four with water and also take Slippery Elm. The Slippery Elm helps to move food through my system more quickly.
I get small bowel obstructions from time to time and the effects are somewhat similar in that I get cramps which feel like pressure. They can last for up to two days and they will produce watery stool - basically as if the large intestine just let everything through without processing it. The obstructions showed up five months after reversal and this is about the limit to when scar tissue develops. The effects of the obstruction showed up in a CT scan when I went to the Emergency Room. That might be a possibility from your surgery last year.
6/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy
7/17: 3B rectal. T3N1bM0. 5.2 4.5 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6, 5 x 5
7/17-9/17: Xeloda radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 11/30: 0.6; 12/20 1.4; 1/10 1.8; 1/31 2.2; 2/28 2.6; 4/10 2.8; 5/1 2.8; 5/29 3.2; 7/13 4.5; 8/9 2.8, 2/12 1.2
MSS, KRAS G12D
10/17: 2.7 2.2 1.6 cm (-90%). Lymphs: 3 x 3 mm (-62.5%), 4 x 3 (-75%), 5 x 3 (-40%). 5.1 CM from AV
10/17: LAR, Temp Ileostomy, Path Complete Response
CapeOx (8) 12/17-6/18
7/18: Reversal, Port Removal
2/19: Clean CT