Diverticulitis attack recovery time?

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#1210 Dec 21, 2010
Thanks Georgia for your patience with me...You are a God send. I have copied the list and will go shopping tomorrow. Will treat me to some popsicles instead of christmas fudge:) I am trying to stay off the meds and will try really hard to be good. You know this will take me thru the holidays but maybe this year I'll lose weight istead of gaining. Feeling well is more important than eating. What do you think about the post that said sugar was not good for you? Just wondering...should I get the sugar free jello and popscicles? What do you do?

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#1211 Dec 21, 2010
Oh...and I noticed cheese was on this list for the low fiber part...what do you think about regular, not spicey, pimento cheese sandwiches..I love those.
Georgia

United States

#1212 Dec 21, 2010
I do know how you feel Janea, because I was really scared the 2 months I couldn't get rid of it. I know sugar isn't good for you, but I feel the stuff they use instead of sugar is worse. I would get the popsicles and jello with the sugar. I think the most important thing for you is to get the Div. under control then you can worry about other stuff later. I think the regular cheese should be fine. I've never thought cheese was constipating, but then everyone is different. Just remember to drink lots of water and small meals. I like to drink Cranberry juice too. I sure wish you all the luck in the world.

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#1213 Dec 22, 2010
Thanks ....Have a very Merry Christmas! We can do this, I know we can!
Georgia

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#1214 Dec 22, 2010
You have a Merry Christmas too, Janea. Yes we can do this. The hard part is just knowing what to eat.
Georgia

United States

#1215 Dec 22, 2010
I have been reading that twinges are pretty common with Diverticulitis, especially up tp 3 months after you have an attack so don't worry if they are just twinges. I seem to recall a few, but I really didn't pay any attention. Now I wish I would have. They didn't hurt or anything.
Lisa

Columbia, SC

#1216 Dec 22, 2010
Janea, I ate a lot of cheese the first several weeks when I had my first bout. That should be fine. Another thing that I had was low fat instant pudding. That stuff just was so easy to whip up in a minute and lots of flavors to choose from. Smooth natural peanut butter too. When it got cooler weather here, I found I really like cream of wheat too. The yogurts with the live stuff, Stonybrook farms, is supposed to be good for restoring the good stuff back, so you may want to add that in the mix.

I felt like I may be on the verge of another flareup today, but I think I just ate too much last night. I really feel like overeating with larger meals after this is a big no-no cuz there is too much moving down the pike so to speak.

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#1217 Dec 22, 2010
Thanks Lisa...every little advice helps..Merry Christmas..maybe this stuff will keep us from over indulging this year...Have to look for the positive..ha
pauline

Santa Ana, CA

#1218 Dec 22, 2010
Janea wrote:
Thanks Georgia for your patience with me...You are a God send. I have copied the list and will go shopping tomorrow. Will treat me to some popsicles instead of christmas fudge:) I am trying to stay off the meds and will try really hard to be good. You know this will take me thru the holidays but maybe this year I'll lose weight istead of gaining. Feeling well is more important than eating. What do you think about the post that said sugar was not good for you? Just wondering...should I get the sugar free jello and popscicles? What do you do?

sugar and sugar substitutes are BOTH bad. if you do some reading on what sugar/and substitutes do to the body, it might give you some inspiration and motivation to cut back. i find i have to keep motivated through constant information. knowledge is power, or so they say...i've worked at overcoming a sweet tooth and i think it has definitely helped in more ways than one.

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#1219 Dec 23, 2010
Pauline....what do you use? Like when eating Jello or popscicles when you are on the liquid diet? Also, how about Honey or natural sweetners like agave? Could you give me a sample of a daily menu you eat? thanks for your input...I am very open to trying anything to avoid this. I've eaten nothing but broth and a few scramble eggs for 3 days and had to give in and start back on my flagyl (yuck) last night. Trying to feel better before my guests arrive on Christmas eve. What a bummer....all the food I am fixing and won't be able to eat...on the upside tho, I've lost 6 lbs...ha. Thanks and Merry Christmas.
Georgia

United States

#1220 Dec 23, 2010
I am so sorry you had to start the antibiotics again. It sounds like Christmas activities plus the Div. is causing you a lot of stress and that is really bad. Stress used to be a major contributer to mine. One thing I'm sure you know, but I didn't want to take any chances is DO NOT eat ANY dairy products with the antibiotics. Some people eat a little dairy a couple of hours before or after taking the pills. I always live by Murphy's Law and just wait till the pills are gone before I eat any dairy. I sure hope you get to feeling better!!!

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#1221 Dec 23, 2010
No I didn't know that..I ate some pudding while ago. What does dairy do with the antibiotics?
Georgia

United States

#1222 Dec 23, 2010
It's been a long time when it was explained to me by the Pharmacy, It can not only make you sick, but it can inhibit the antibiotic from doing it's job.

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#1223 Dec 23, 2010
Thanks Georgia...I've been really nauseated this time with the Flagyl but I've had waves of nausea for almost a week before my pain actually started.
Georgia

United States

#1224 Dec 23, 2010
As long as you are experiencing any symptoms from Diverticulitis, maybe you should be on the clear liquid diet. I know it's so hard to know what to do. I'm hoping the clear liquid diet will make you feel better. It's in the top part of the Mayo Diet. I sure hope it helps!!
pauline

Santa Ana, CA

#1225 Dec 23, 2010
Janea wrote:
Pauline....what do you use? Like when eating Jello or popscicles when you are on the liquid diet? Also, how about Honey or natural sweetners like agave? Could you give me a sample of a daily menu you eat? thanks for your input...I am very open to trying anything to avoid this. I've eaten nothing but broth and a few scramble eggs for 3 days and had to give in and start back on my flagyl (yuck) last night. Trying to feel better before my guests arrive on Christmas eve. What a bummer....all the food I am fixing and won't be able to eat...on the upside tho, I've lost 6 lbs...ha. Thanks and Merry Christmas.
I eat very little processed food...that means almost nothing out of a box, can, freezer, etc. I might eat soft boiled egg, with toast for breakfast, or real oatmeal that you have to actually cook. For lunch, I might eat salad with avocado. I might have a bowl of something called Smart Bran (oops, that's out of a box) with pecans and walnuts, cinnamon, with water!!! For dinner, i might have chicken, a veg, and brown rice. For a snack, 1/2 a banana or slice of toast with a bit of honey and cinnamon.
this is hard core and takes a lot of desire to avoid digestive suffering to get to this point. But now i actually prefer eating healthy.
if you google Dr. Fuhrman and watch his videos and read his stuff, you can learn about good nutrition.
I hate jello and don't eat popsicles. brrr...too cold...my stomach would scream. I haven't done a liquid diet after an attack...i just keep staying regular as best i can. my problem is a tendency toward constipation since birth (63 years ago) so i have been working at this a long time. i was also macrobiotic for a while and if you read that stuff you can learn a lot also. then of course you have to modify it to fit yourself and what you are able to do. it is a lot of work, especially at first, but well worth it. i have learned to eat and cook simply. real food. no chemicals, no sugar, good fats...i also do supplements of omega 3, vitamin d3, calcium, magnesium and a few other things.
cinnamon helps counteract the bad that sugar is doing to you. the only simple sugars i eat are fruit and honey. but i try to have the honey with cinnamon. agave is a marketing trick...all hype...really bad for you, if you investigate its effect on the body, i think you will see what i mean.
If i were to eat a "liquid" diet, it would be very nutritious soups, homemade chicken soup or pureed soups, fresh juice in small amounts, tea, white rice, banana. That would be the only time i would eat white rice.
I hope this helps.

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#1226 Dec 24, 2010
thansk Pauline...I will goggle those sites and check it out. I have started about 6 mos ago to avoid processed foods. I don't do a lot of sugar as I am hypoglycemic but have used a lot of splenda ,agave and honey...I will definately start researching more...I do take fish oil tabs, vit D and a multi vit,. I tell you, this is tough stuff! But at least maybe if the diver doesn't kill me, it will make me a healthier person:)
Georgia

United States

#1227 Dec 24, 2010
I used to be and eat just like Pauline, until my last attack. I have never had to go on a liquid diet before. I just kept eating my veggies, chicken, oatmeal and brown rice, and the pills alone cleared up my attack. That was my problem, and why my last attact lasted for 2 months. I couldn't get it to go away till I found people with bad attacks need to be on a liquid diet. Everyone is different, and maybe you can get away without a liquid diet, if so, you are one of the lucky ones. It means the attacks you are having are mild. You only need to be on the liquid diet if the attack just keeps reoccuring and won't go away.

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#1228 Dec 25, 2010
Georgia, this is the first time I had to go on liquids and it helped. My attacks are usually mild but I have had so much nausea with this one. Happy to say tho today the nausea is so much better and only one episode so far of diarrehea. Hopefully things are improving. DID I MENTION THAT I HATE THIS STUFF. ha...guess it could always be a lot worse. I had a crescent roll for xmas dinner and for dessert I treated myself to Jello and a dollop of cool whip...what a treat!
Georgia

United States

#1229 Dec 25, 2010
I am glad you are feeling better. If you were nauseated a week before the pain hit, I guess it means you have warning anyway. I have never been nauseated with my attacks. I guess I'm lucky that way. Yes, I hate this stuff too. I actually had a mild attack yesterday-- who knows from what. I killed it with Aspirin and today it's all but gone. i guess I'll never figure this stuff out. I think it's taking so long to heal because I had it for 2 months. Guess I'll just have to wait and see.
I hope you continue to feel better!!!

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