Recovery from Diverticulitis
Georgia

United States

#385 Sep 24, 2011
H1 Michelle,
Diverticulitis makes you tired on it's own, but the antibiotics make you twice as tired and it is because of them you are nauseous. You will feel much better after you are through with the pills. Just remember to eat a low fiber diet and to keep to small meals for 3 or 4 weeks. Canned fruits, Desserts without seeds or nuts, Eggs, Enriched white bread, Fruit juice with little or no pulp, Low-fiber cereals, Milk, Yogurt or cheese without seeds or nuts, Smooth peanut butter, Tender meat, poultry and fish,White rice or plain pasta, noodles or macaroni, Well-cooked vegetables without seeds or skins. You may need this low fiber diet for a couple weeks or more before slowly starting back on the fiber foods. Also it is extremely important to eat tiny meals—about the size of half a sandwich. To much food can also cause a good amount of pain. Good luck, I sure hope this helps.
Jean

Tyler, TX

#386 Sep 25, 2011
Folks, I ended up in the hospital. Got the oral antibiotics started on Friday morning, but continued to vomit, pills even with a few crackers...Er doc did yet another CT scan, no perforation or obstruction. I was in through Thursday afternoon with IV Flagyl, Levaquin, and for a short time Zosin. Easy on the food. I am home, getting strength back. Pain gone, but have to eat small, frequent meals. Today, I am going to add some fruits/veggies....all without skin and seeds........Want more chicken, think will put a roast and carrots in the crock pot.......I have an appointment with a surgeon Tuesday. Had a partial bowel resection in 2007. Was told my "tics" are all over the entire surface of the colon, and later might need a BIG surgery.....That is looming, but Lordy, it is time for something. Since my first episode in 2004, I have been in hospital 6 times, and many more CT's than that! I am now 52. Will let you know what the surgeon thinks! I've had a pep talk from my dad, some amazing prayers, a heart to heart talk with my husband, and now feel ready to handle whatever the surgeon suggests. In the last year, 4 flareups, this last one landing me in the hospital. Missing 7 work days.........So, need to make some new plans. Michelle....hang in there. For every day you are down, it takes at least two to get your strength back. Take up your friends on offers to help. If she's really your friend, she will sweep and mop your kitchen and change the kid's beds......and etc......It is just me and the husband, so I am using the "chores" as Physical Therapy to get strong to go back to work. Grueling when I get there, today it is sheets and to vacuum and up and down the stairs. Can't imagine trying to get kids ready and cared for,so do take up your friends offers to help.....Take care! And Miss Lizzie, hang in there!!!
Pam

Fresno, CA

#387 Sep 25, 2011
michelle wrote:
Spent 4 days in the hospital this week and was diagnosed with diverticulitis. I am home but feel dreadful....nauseous and exhausted. How long will it take to feel normal again? I am a mom of two and have fulltime job but right now, I can't even find the energy to dress. Is this normal?
It's very normal Michelle. This disease just wears you out for some reason, and then not being able to eat well just compounds things. I know it's very hard when you have children, but you really need to find someone to help you until you start to feel better. Above all, don't overdo! Let us know how it goes. How long will you be on antibiotics? I don't think you'll feel better for another couple of weeks -- not to depress you, but it's better to be realistic and know how hard the recovery is. You won't feel as bad as you do right now, though, but you just won't start to feel back to "normal" (if there is such a thing once you have Diverticular disease) for a bit.
Scott

Neenah, WI

#388 Sep 30, 2011
Georgia wrote:
H1 Michelle,
Diverticulitis makes you tired on it's own, but the antibiotics make you twice as tired and it is because of them you are nauseous. You will feel much better after you are through with the pills. Just remember to eat a low fiber diet and to keep to small meals for 3 or 4 weeks. Canned fruits, Desserts without seeds or nuts, Eggs, Enriched white bread, Fruit juice with little or no pulp, Low-fiber cereals, Milk, Yogurt or cheese without seeds or nuts, Smooth peanut butter, Tender meat, poultry and fish,White rice or plain pasta, noodles or macaroni, Well-cooked vegetables without seeds or skins. You may need this low fiber diet for a couple weeks or more before slowly starting back on the fiber foods. Also it is extremely important to eat tiny meals—about the size of half a sandwich. To much food can also cause a good amount of pain. Good luck, I sure hope this helps.
Hi Georgia, can you again post the details of the Mayo diet?
Thanks!
Georgia

United States

#389 Sep 30, 2011
Hi Scott,
Sorry it took me so long, I was gone today.
Your doctor may also recommend that you stick to a clear liquid diet for two or three days. Foods and beverages allowed on a clear liquid diet include: Broth, Clear soda, Fruit juices without pulp, Ice chips, Ice pops without bits of fruit or fruit pulp, Plain gelatin, Plain water, Tea or coffee without cream
Diverticulitis diet once signs and symptoms begin to resolve
As you start feeling better, your doctor will recommend that you slowly introduce low-fiber foods. Low-fiber foods include: Canned fruits, Desserts without seeds or nuts, Eggs, Enriched white bread, Fruit juice with little or no pulp, Low-fiber cereals, Milk, Yogurt or cheese without seeds or nuts, Smooth peanut butter, Tender meat, poultry and fish,White rice or plain pasta, noodles or macaroni, Well-cooked vegetables without seeds or skins. You may need this low fiber diet for a couple weeks or more before slowly starting back on the fiber foods. Also it is extremely important to eat tiny meals—about the size of half a sandwich. To much food can also cause a good amount of pain. Good luck, I sure hope this helps.
Lori -

Danville, IL

#390 Oct 2, 2011
I am 48 yrs old and recently diagnosed with diverticulitis. Abdominal pain, fever and nausea. My pain is worse when I am up and moving around. I too was given flagyl and cepro and the fagyl makes me very sick to my stomach. I am supposed to be on a liquid diet but with the flagl it makes me sick on an empty stomach..any suggestions?
Jean

Tyler, TX

#391 Oct 2, 2011
Try popsicles to take with the flagyl. A lot of suger there, that might help. Call you dr. and ask if you can have two saltine squares with the flagyl! I find that a peppermint candy helps so much with the nasty taste left when one is on flagyl! Seriously, I wished I had of discovered popsickles sooner!!!! Made a liquid diet FUN! Try the crackers.....call the doc first.
Lori -

Danville, IL

#392 Oct 2, 2011
Jean wrote:
Try popsicles to take with the flagyl. A lot of suger there, that might help. Call you dr. and ask if you can have two saltine squares with the flagyl! I find that a peppermint candy helps so much with the nasty taste left when one is on flagyl! Seriously, I wished I had of discovered popsickles sooner!!!! Made a liquid diet FUN! Try the crackers.....call the doc first.
Thanks Jean for the prompt response. Yes, the flagyl makes everything taste different. My Gastroenterologist also recommended miralax. I have been using it for three days with little results so far. How long will it take for the bloating, pressure feeling to go away? I made the mistake of going to the grocery store with my daughter yesterday and could not make it home fast enough to lie down. I had cramping and pressure that was really bad.I generally work about 50 plus hours a week, but supposed to remain off work until my next dr. visit on Wednesday. Being on my feet more seems to make my symptoms worse.
Lori -

Danville, IL

#393 Oct 3, 2011
I started out with Augmentin on Wednesday, changed over to flagyl and Cepro on Friday. I was feeling better earlier today and all the sudden this afternoon I am now having abdominal pain, bloating and started a low grade fever and nausea. Is this normal to feel this way. My only cocern is that I had an experience a couple of years ago with pnemonia and I was immune to the antibiotics that were provided. Worried that the antibiotics may not be working. Any advice?
Rick H

New London, CT

#394 Oct 7, 2011
Does the BM go away before completing the meds?
Jean

Tyler, TX

#395 Oct 8, 2011
Lori, I hope you called your doctor back with the fever business. It may be time to go in the hospital to be given IV antibiotics. That is why I had to go in, the oral medicines were not working. There is another drug similar to Cipro, called Levaquin, that can do wonders for the infection. And one they give IV in the hospital called Zosin..........Let us know how you are. I have been sick again with a stomach virus, we all passed it around at work. Thought I was having a relapse, but only a 24 hour thing. Take care.....
Jean

Tyler, TX

#396 Oct 8, 2011
And Lori, when the dr. allows you to start back eating solid foods, remember, you will need SMALL amounts, FREQUENTLY. When you go back to work, take your snacks/ie mini meals, and eat about every 2 hours. I brought potato soup, chicken/noodle soups (homemade, I didn't like canned stuff), Chicken quesedillas, and would eat one part and some fruit, peanut butter sandwiches, or peanut butter crackers, tuna and crackers, boiled egg......YOu see, small amounts don't cause the too full/bloated feeling. Eventually you will add more fiber foods, and please get clear directions on that from your doctor. Cooked carrots like when you fix a roast and cook potatoes and carrots together are great. Soft, mushy veggies without seeds. Scrape the seeds out of squash.....peel it, and cook until soft. Season with onion flakes, garlic powder and a bit of butter. Work will just have to understand the need for frequent breaks so you can have a snack! Even a yogurt cup is perfect for a mid morning snack! And since you have been sitting around/laying around being sick, your strength and energy are zapped. You are "deconditioned", and must get a workout with your daily activities, frequent rests, and no big shopping trips. If a friend wants to "Help", say come get me, drop me off at the front door, go park, and go with me to shop. Then you lean on the shopping cart, and send her to to the back of the store for something, and you will get out of there fast. And have her go get the car and pick you up. Next time you go, maybe you have her drop you off, then walk out to the car yourself. Slowly add more activities......I lost muscle tone after nearly 10 days of sickness and liquid to semi liquid diets......TAkes time to build back up.
Diverticulitis is a MAJOR sickness, do not ever take it lightly!
Renee

Silver Spring, MD

#398 Oct 14, 2011
My mom uses 'smooth move' tea. It is natural.
Jeannie wrote:
Biker,
Yeah....it's the constipation that gets me everytime! I have come to realize that my entire life I have had chronic constipation issues, but no one ever caught on, and of course since it isn't the topic at the dinner table, I never knew until I started having problems with Diverticulitis. While some foods might contribute to my issues, I KNOW this last bout it wasn't food related, in the sense I ate a "no no food." It was due to constipation. And I do believe all of my other attacks have been due to this reason as well. My Dr. told me I am a young woman with a sluggishly old woman's colon :-) I believe I have over the course of my life unknowingly overworked my poor colon and now it is really struggling and I am trying desperately to find foods, medications ANYTHING to keep me from having to take drastic measures in order to rid waste from my body in an unnatural way.
Thanks for your input about the tea. I hadn't thought of the diuretic aspect of it. I will do some more reading on tea's. Wondering if they are ALL diuretcs....hmmmm.
Thanks again,
Jeannie
Debbie

Boca Raton, FL

#399 Oct 21, 2011
I'm sitting in my hospital bed as I was diagnosed with diver. This forum is very informative. I've only had ice chips and Popsicles for 3 days. They want me to eat a little before I can go home. And then what? What do I eat when I get home? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank ou
Deb

Port Townsend, WA

#400 Oct 21, 2011
Debbie wrote:
I'm sitting in my hospital bed as I was diagnosed with diver. This forum is very informative. I've only had ice chips and Popsicles for 3 days. They want me to eat a little before I can go home. And then what? What do I eat when I get home? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank ou
Debbie - Read Georgia's message above, which lists the foods recommended by the Mayo Clinic. The nurse should give you instructions before you go home about how long to stay on a liquid and/or soft diet before you begin to add more fiber.
Jean

Tyler, TX

#401 Oct 21, 2011
"Georgia"wrote a note on Sept. 30 about the diet. Read that post, show it to your doctor and be sure he ok's that. She has researched a lot, and remember gradually get back to a high fiber diet. The low residue thing is what you need until the gut completely heals. And we are all noticing that too much food at once is PAINFUL. Small, frequent meals right now. Chicken and dumplings are low residue. Make them pretty plain....salt only for the spice. Grilled cheese sandwich, even a quesadilla, chicken and cheese only. Baked potatoes. Apple sauce. cooked carrots. Think a roast with the potatoes and carrots cooked with it. Again mild spice. AND small amounts at a time. Things without fiber........the stuff that got us into trouble in the first place! Obviously you can't stay on this forever, I find two weeks, and then I can gradually increase the fiber....Oh, juice without pulp.

Your first food in the hospital could be mac and cheese or some mashed potatoes and cooked carrots. Fish, baked, if you are a fish person. And apple sauce is a good first food.

Hope you heal fast. Just wondering, Debbie, how old are you? I was 45 with my first attack! I had treated myself for constipation with a fleets enema......yeah, who knew! That liquid must have washed right up into a little pocket. Yikes, I was sick as a dog..........Two years later, hospitalized again and then surgery. Now, here I am, no surgery options, my "tics"cover the entire surface of my colon!!! Just have to maintain a great amt of fiber, many liquids,and daily yogurt. Oh, yeah, yogurt is a great first food!
Take care, and let us know how you are!
Teresa

New Boston, MI

#402 Oct 21, 2011
I've been fighting left side cramps for three weeks and just got diagnosed yesterday. I was told to drink only clear liquids for the weekend and prescribed an anti-inflammatory only. Now it hurts to urinate and still backed up with the urges to go. It looks like, from these forums that laxatives are a bad idea. Not sure what to do now. I'm starving on liquids but no changes yet. Any advise?
Georgia

United States

#403 Oct 21, 2011
Hi Teresa,
You were diagnosed with Diverticulitis??
What pills are you taking??
Someone has said on this forum a couple of times that the drink Boost makes s drink with vitamins and minerals in it that is for someone on a clear liquid diet.
sue

Millbrook, Canada

#404 Oct 30, 2011
l have had at least two flare ups a year since l was diagnosed three years ago. This last episode is like no other. Two weeks of antibiotice made no difference. Recently on antibiotics for three days via IV in hospital.Still have pain and back on oral antibiotics. A colonoscopy is planned, then surgery to remove a section of bowel. Has anyone went this long with a flare up?
Georgia

United States

#405 Oct 30, 2011
Hi Sue,
I suppose it could be a complication of Diverticulitis, such as an abscess. My only real bad flare up lasted 2 months. To make a long story short the reason I had to go through all that was the Dr. was to stupid to know what foods I needed to be eating to have the flare up stop. I learned everything from this site and the hard way. Good luck. I hope you are feeling better soon!!! You better go back to your Dr. Diverticulitis can be life- threatening. You need to find out what is causing the pain.

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