Careful about too much fiber when having a DD attack.

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Just wanted to let everyone battling DD to know that my GI doc touted the benefits of fiber and water in the daily diet, but failed to mention that fiber can actually be counterproductive when someone is in the midst of an attack or even 2 weeks following an attack. I learned that fiber should be introduced slowly, after the attack has passed. Otherwise, it may be too much for the gut to process, and end up making matters worse. I just completed a 10-day round of antibiotics for DD successfully, and am now taking a fiber supplement to make sure I don't make the same mistake as I did previously, that is, not adding nearly enough water and fiber to my daily diet. I won't make that mistake again. 

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    So I’ve cut out fiber with this recent diverticulitis attack, but please tell me why not so much water. I’ve been drinking 4-5 16 oz bottles a day.  Maybe that’s too much?  

    What about apple juice or cranberry juice.  I take stool softeners at night.   Does anyone else’s ache like a tooth ache flank right side, heating pad helps. I’ve had a CT scan which resulted in nothing.  This week I see a nutritionist/ gastrointestinal doc.  Mentioned on my CT scans says they can see 2 surgical clamps ....why would they leave surgical clamps in me after gall bladder surgery 20 years ago?  

    Thanks for listening. 

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      I think 1231pecan meant s/he was NOT having enough water rather than the opposite.    I think you should aim for at least 80oz fluid a day, not necessarily all water.   I have 2 tumblers of water, morning and night but in between drink tea with a dash of milk, probably 6 - 7 mugs.  So I wee for England but am well hydrated.  Apple juice I think is fine.  I find cranberry a bit acidic and irritating, but I also have gastritis and a hiatus hernia, so avoid acidic fruits and juices. 

      The niggling pain is common with DD and can last for weeks or months, particularly if there's been scarring internally.  As for your gall bladder, I'm not a medical person, ou need to ask your gastro doc immediately.

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      Aawww!  Thank you ssoo much.  I’m going for my initial visit tomorrow.  Today I’m eating fine rice cereal made w only water, apple juice & coffee no cream.  

      This is such a wonderful group I have found! Thank, thank you for being here for me. 

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      Yes it was a great help to me 18 months ago when my DD didn't clear up like it normally did.  We've all been there, got the T-Shirt etc!!  Now I'm a lot better and just try and share my experiences.  It helps to balance out posts, as most people come here new to the disease.  If you are in the UK, have a good Bank holiday basking in the sun - it's hotter and sunnier than the Canary Islands!

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      Thank you!  I’m in Florida USA and enjoying the sun here.  I nanny pups here so I walk a lot and think that helps my colon also.  But easy does it is the word now for me. I understand a lot more about this disease just from this group. I’m blessed that I found it. 
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      I was in Florida April 2013 - I found it far too hot for me, even at that time of year, and couldn't walk in it.  I remember sitting in the shade under a tree in Key West and taking the little covered train just to get a cooler breeze!  But yes, walking does help stimulate the colon.  But unless you've got air-con, heat pads are probably not the thing you want on your tummy!

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    Yes....it does get hot...the 1st year I ended up @ doc’s dehydrated.  That’s when I learned water is your best friend here.  

    And....silly me .....no wonder my DD wasn’t getting better for 3 weeks!!  I was eating 1-2 yogurt, breakfast fiber bars, etc thinking ...let’s push this all through!   Today is the 1st day in 3 weeks I have not had aching.   Thank you ...thank you! 

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      Hi, This is actually a very helpful post - someone who has read the tips, applied them, and found it helped.  So it should help others as well.  Thank you.
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