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Kelly

Concord, NH

#1 Jun 10, 2012
I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago by a CT scan. Took the bactrim/flagyl combo which was awful. Now the pain area is gone but I am now constipated. For the last week I an only "going" every 3 days or so. My question is what are thoughts on say Milk of Magnesia?? I am afraid it will force it.
Also I am fearful of everything I eat. My doctor said there is conflicting info on foods yes avoid seeds but nuts may be ok. Everyone is different, keep a food dairy and watch fot irritants. Well once I have eaten the irritant, isn't it too late. I am a nervous wreck!!! Advice please Help!!!!
Carolyn

Riverview, FL

#2 Jun 10, 2012
I hear ya Kelly. I am newly diagnosed as well & on the meds for a few more days. Yes they're HORRIBLE.

I can only tell you what I plan to do. I plan to try a stool softener (docusate sodium) and see how that goes. My dr. said I could take perdiem (sennocides) if I need to, that it is important to keep the bowels going.

As for me, I plan to stick to the Mayo diet 100% as I do not want to EVER get this condition again.

I will stick with soft foods for a long time & I will change my eating habits permanently. I would not take the chance of eating nuts, seeds, or husks (& I used to live on them -- chunky peanut butter, berries, popcorn etc). This will be hard for me because I have to literally change my entire diet for the rest of my life & I LOVE TO EAT! But that is all changing now!
Georgia

United States

#3 Jun 10, 2012
Hi Kelly,
I do believe a lot of people use Miralax. My Dr. and others seem to recommend this for a laxative because it is gentle. As far as the foods go, you can't go wrong using the Mayo Clinic diet for Diverticulitis. It is what most of us use when we are having an attack.

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.

Since: Jun 12

Stroudsburg, PA

#4 Jun 10, 2012
Hi Kelly,

I was also recently diagnosed about 3 weeks ago. I finally went to the ER and was diagnosed with it and also had an abscess. I was in the hospital for five days. It really sucks,!, I am already having a flare up. I went back to the dr on Thursday and have started antibiotics again. I am miserable, not being able to eat and afraid to leave the house due to the diarrhea from the antibiotics. I think what brought this on was constipation. I always take two colace daily which is a stool softener and when needed I take Miralax which is a gentle laxative. When I told the Dr. I was constipated again, he told me to take a capful of Miralax every hour until I moved my bowels.
Don't let yourself stay constipated. Take something or call your doctor.
Georgia

United States

#5 Jun 10, 2012
Hi Pongo1,
I hope you are only eating a low fiber diet as the one right above your post.
It states on the Miralax bottle that it may take up to 36 hours to work. A capful every hour sounds a little much.

Since: Jun 12

Stroudsburg, PA

#6 Jun 10, 2012
Hi Georgia,

It does seem like a lot but that is what the surgeon told me to do and it did the trick. I was very constipated and unable to go. As far as a diet, I am on liquids only.
Georgia wrote:
Hi Pongo1,
I hope you are only eating a low fiber diet as the one right above your post.
It states on the Miralax bottle that it may take up to 36 hours to work. A capful every hour sounds a little much.
Kelly

Concord, NH

#7 Jun 12, 2012
Thanks everyone, I seem to slowly be on the mend from this attack. I am just watching what I eat and taking it day by day. I have been off the antibiotics for a few days now and starting to feel human again. Although I am still so tired and little tasks seem to take so much effort, my muscles in my arms and legs feel like i did a marathon after the smallest task. Has this happened to anyone else? I am thinking those antibiotics really do a number on ya!

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