Clogg, no more Metamucil!!! You’re adding more fiber to a fiber backlog. Please give some serious thought to giving your doctor a call.
However, if it were me who was in the shape you’re in, I might try some Magnesium Citrate. Take the whole bottle, tastes awful, sorry. You can get it at Walgreens or just about any pharmacy. It comes in a green bottle and is used to clean you out FAST and COMPLETELY when you have to go in for a colonoscopy or the like. Also, drink plenty of water. Bran falls into the cellulosic/hemicellulosic fiber category, meaning it absorbs water and increases bulk. It is slightly irritating to the intestinal tract and is not my favorite fiber for that reason. In the future, I’d recommend a tablespoon followed by a 16-ounce glass of water. Taking bran (or any fiber) without enough water causes serious problems, like the ones you’re experiencing.
Another thing I might recommend as an alternative is cascara sagrada, which is an herbal laxitive. I’d probably start with 4 capsules and a big glass of water, with another 3 every 4 to 6 hours (with water) until your problem is resolved. Cascara is probably my favorite of all of the herbal laxitives. It is non-habituating, tones the muscles of the intestinal tract and does not produce griping, cramping or constipative rebound. It has relatively little effect on the small intestines, but cause vigorous peristalsis (the contractions that move intestinal content) in the large intestines.
My last recommendation – and I’m sorry if I’m offending anyone’s sensibilities – is the purchase of and use of an enema bag (available at any pharmacy). Use luke warm water, NOT COLD water, whatever you do.