How long does it take for food to cause an issue?

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Hi All.  

Diagnosed with DD in February.  

Just wondering how long it takes for a food to cause an issue?

Admittedly I probably need to continue doing a food diary which I've stopped doing, but I've had symptoms recently, such as extreme bloating, pain, diarrhoea and try to link it back to something I've eaten but difficult to pin point what it was.  

What's weird is sometimes the symptoms hit me soon after  I start eating something but doubt food can affect you so quickly? 

Also alcohol - I have been indulging far more then I usually do and firmly believe at times that I'm much better off not drinking at all.  Any comments?

Thanks and hope all are well or as well as can be expected.  

P.S I do find that mint tea seems to help my symptoms tremendously.

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    Alcohol in excess can cause gastritis in the healthiest of people, so it is wise not to drink too much. The advice I was given after blood tests which showed normal liver function was not to drink to excess with excess being enough to cause a hangover and always to have at least 2 alcohol free days a week. I avoid sugary drinks altogether and stick to plain soda water on off days. Food I avoid bran and strong curries.
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      Thank you for your reply.  

      It makes absolute sense as I've always felt better in general when I don't drink and am pretty sure my GP suggested I have had diagnosed gastritis in the past.  

      Many thanks.  

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    I think everyone's different , however we had family dinner yesterday with what I thought was food that would be fine with me , however really suffering today with loose bowels, bloating , nausea terrible pain  etc and like you can't pin it down to anything specific. I am having little to no food today and hoping all will settle down however this creates the tiredness too . Sick of this disease !  I made the decision to really boycott alcohol especially wine as feel this does me no good. Wishing you all the best x

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      Thank you Caroline and hope you recover soon !  

      It's an awful disease indeed with a constant worry of what one can or cannot eat!  

      Hope you feel better soon and many thanks for your reply. 

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    I have found any food that caused a problem was ingested up to 3 days before symptoms. I always do my diary right after I eat.
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    I was diagnosed with DD 3 years ago, then went 2 years symptom-free until earlier this year when I had a flare up. I know for sure the cause of my problem from the get-go was a lifetime of not drinking enough water and not eating a fiber-rich diet. Not anymore! I am extremely cautious to eat correctly and I drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day. No alcohol whatsoever. On the occasion when I fall off the wagon and eat/drink what I should not, like at a party or something, I can feel the effects. I've decided that DD is like a simmering volcano: If you do what you should, no problem, but if you go a day with the wrong diet, a flare up can erupt. Best of luck to you.

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      I was to the letter correct with my fiber 30grams a day and 2+ liters of water always and I still have spent more time then not sick in the last year and 7 months. So sometimes that won't help you. Everyone is different but I still do at least 2 liters of water a day and am slowly building up my fiber again without eating my suspect foods.

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    Stop the alcohol, eat soft diet, no spicy or fried foods, no red meat, stay away from gassy foods such as veggies and fruit. Also eat in moderation like the size of your fist. Lots of water and at least 1 Gatorade a day for the electrolytes. There are many Diverticulitis acceptable food lists on line. Try WebMD.
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    There is a very good book written by a German lady (doctor I think)

    .It is Gut by Julia Enders. It explains much about the working of the Biome and is an excellent read. It does not venture a cure for DD but understanding what happens inside and it's effects on the rest of the body is useful knowledge. Remember we are all different.

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