Ideas on what to eat and not when having an infection please?

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Could anyone tell me what best to eat. This time my bowels arnt loose which is unusual but have all the other symptoms. On antibiotics. Was very naughty on Xmas day and got more horrible pains today. What should I eat from now on? Not eaten much today. Many thanks.

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    Stick to fluids only for a few days to give your bowels a rest.  Once you've finished your antibiotics slowly introduce low residue foods back into your diet in small well cooked meals and chew thoroughly.  (Mash, steamed white fish, grilled chicken, crustless white bread, scrambled egg, plain yogurt, broth, tea, coffee).  Then slowly reintroduce soluble fibre.  If anything plays you up, keep a note of it and eliminate it from your diet in future.  We all have different trigger foods.

    I think you've learned from something we have all done before - eaten the wrong food at the wrong time and paid the price.  You might be able to tolerate that food further down the line when the infection has cleared and your insides started to heal.  I can't talk - I've had some Christmas pudding and brandy sauce today and I've got the niggles back!

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      Ha! But it it Christmas! Thing is I'm not emptying my bowels just lots of wind and the normal pains there. Definitely the symptoms are a lot worse today. Thanks for yr advice.

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      If they continue to worsen you should go back to the doctor.  Sometimes more than one course of treatment is needed.  I'm back on fluids today, but I did enjoy the pudding and sauce!

       

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      I am back on fluids today   But I did enjoy my Christmas lunch and Boxing Day meals x
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    I just have liquid for a couple of days and then start to introduce solids   I have had a bit of a upset stomach due to eating sprouts yesterday but it's not to bad. Hope you feel better soon 

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      Thanku. Last day of only 5 days antibiotics but no better at all. Will ring up tomoz. Just hope our surgery is open else it means a trip to hospital.
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      DRS should be back to normal this week. So you should get an appointment tomorrow. If they say they don't have one tell them it's ether them or the hospital. It works at my surgery. Good luck let us know how you get on 

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      Felina could you tell me do u get totally exhausted when you have an infection? I have fibromyalgia so I can't tell if its that. Sick of this now. I've missed Xmas with all my family and I'm getting low being totally isolated. All I can do is watch TV but even that wears me out so I have intervals of going to bed to sleep . the pain is so aggravating too. Many thanks!!

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      Yes I do.  I think its a combination of the infection and the severe side effects of the medications.  They are very strong and totally knock the stuffing out of me.  Also they linger a couple of weeks after I've stopped taking them.  Fibromyalgia is a nasty disease as well - both my cousin and neighbour have it, and they say it makes them feel totally exhausted and in pain some days.  So your pain and exhaustion is probably a compound of both.

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      Many thanks felina. I've had 11 infections under a year and just had enough! Still waiting on results of ct virtual scan.

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      Have all the infections been diverticulitis? Have you had antibiotics for all the infections 
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      They thought I had kidney infections so had scans but then they realised it was diver! Took a prescription nurse to diagnose it was diver instead.
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      That's one every 4 - 5 weeks, and the effects of one lot of antibiotics have hardly worn off.  I don't think I've ever heard of anyone having constant recurring attacks so close.  That suggests to me that a) the antibiotics don't work on you or b) one of the complications of DD is developing or c) something else is going on as well, such as IBS, food intolerance etc.  When did you last have a colonoscopy or CT scan?  It may be that you are one of the few cases where further treatment may be required.  I would ask your doctor for a hospital referral to try to get to the bottom of your repeated infections (pun intended).  Better now than further down the line.  What do other posters on this forum think?

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      Do you remember falinia when I thought it was DD probably every week   You said to look at IBS and food intolerance. Now they say I have IBS and are looking at colitis and celiac. I see the consultant on the 5th so will let you know   Maybe that's what Carpy has 

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      Hi I am celiac but if I stay completely off wheat I'm fine. I'm not joking about the infections. Sometimes get better briefly then 2 weeks later go down with another one. I have a slow transit and a muscle issue with my bowels but these infections r not any of that! It dosnt get better and gets worse if I don't have antibiotics.

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      If I have got colitis would the symptoms be the same and would it show up in ct ?
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      Hi Susan. I had one two years ago but since then the last 5 months I've cut wheat out and notices my constipation lots better. I don't bloat anymore so much either.

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      All my infections didn't appear until nearly a year ago.

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      Can't think of any more to add in the way of suggestions, except I'm not convinced the doctor has yet found exactly what all your medical problems are.  I hope you push for more investigations.  Good luck

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