My mother woke this morning with left abdominal pain, primarily upon moving or getting out of bed or chair. She is obese and has a wedge pillow to keep her knees flexed due to spinal arthritis. Unfortunately, her left leg was off the wedge due to a muscle sprain. She had diverticular attacks a few years ago but nothing since she started taking probiotics and eating more fiber. She also takes Bactrim with mannose twice a week to prevent bladder infection.
However, she had a large teaspoon of inulin (fiber) with her midday ice cream yesterday. We went to the doctor today, and he performed a physical examination and discovered that her abdomen was full of gas. He suggested taking a tablet of Beano for a week and cutting back on cheese and cold vegetables. Is tablet Beano some fungus-derived digestive enzyme? My mother also has a mesh hernia on her right side. Is this just an intestinal problem caused by gas, as he suggests? Is it better to take a digestive enzyme supplement like Beano or Simethicone? What role does fiber play in this?