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I am 47 years of age and was diagnosed with Diverticulitis on 7/11/2018. In the last few years I would say that I have lost a little drive so haven't been exercising, gained weight (I am 6'4" and was at 260 pounds), and was not eating nearly the daily recommended amount of fiber. Needless to say, pizza will no longer be my friend. I went to the ER on 7/11 after spending a day at work with pretty severe abdominal pain - I thought maybe appendicitis. After 10 hours and a CT scan I was diagnosed with D and given cipro and metro for 10 days.
My experience since then and research led me to here for possible advice. I was on nothing but a clear liquid diet for 72 hours and then tried to introduce some soft foods as recommended. That did not go well as the abdominal pain immediately returned and I did not eat a thing for 48 hours. I went back to a clear liquid diet for 72 more hours ending on 7/22. I have only been "eating" dietary supplement shakes and strained soups since then. The pain is still there, just not as intense. I am having regular movements, but it is primarily water to very soft so this has me a little worried. I also feel wiped out due to the 15 days of basically no food and no relief in sight. I have lost 25 pounds in those 15 days.
I have plenty of questions, so I will try to narrow them down. Is it normal to not be able to handle even the softest of foods for so long with D? Are supplementary shakes a bad way to go or can they be part of my diet (Boost/Ensure/etc.)? I am almost afraid to try and eat anything for fear of what might happen. I am thinking a follow up may be needed soon. Also, I am pretty bullheaded and have been powering through work for most of this - I took off 2.5 days is all. How long does everyone usually take off to recover?
Thanks for any advice/replies!!
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