I saw my pain management doctor today and addressed this problem in detail. I had been having problems for the past few weeks, something new to me since being prescribed this type medication. After an experience last weekend that almost landed me in the hospital, I thought it was time to let go of my "false pride" and ask. He told me this is the second most frequent complaint in people who must take narcotic agents to manage their pain, and often people do not discuss it with their doctor until it becomes an emergency situatiion, which can add to the danger of taking these types of meds to begin with. First, if you are completely bound up, you must take extreme measures to find relief, then after that, for ongoing maintenance, he suggested a medicaton called MIRALAX. He said the name is appropriate because people find this to be a miracle cure to their problem. It is not habit forming, has absolutely no taste, which is very good, and you take it with a little water twice a day until the biggest crisis is over, then reduce that to once a day - every day! He,said it has the same effects as meds like Metamucil, or Citrocel, but without the unpleasant side effects. I was relieved beyond words, to know there is finally a solution to this uncomfortable side effect to much needed medication. Please do not hesitate to discuss this with your doctor, and if it is a safe medication for you, by all means give it a try.