One week after antibiotics finished and have lingering bowel pain

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Hi Its one week after I have finished the antibiotics and I still have bowel pain and finding it hard to eat normal food.  Almost soup based diet and feeling a bit of nausea at times.  Is this normal post antibiotics or should I go back to doctor?.  I am feeling more and more depressed and don't want to speak to people about it incase they think I am overreacting.  Am I? and should I just get on with it?  I keep worrying it is serious and I wont be able to live alone anymore.  Does the pain and discomfort just linger for a few weeks after a diverticulitis attack?  I had one attack last year but I cant remember how long it stayed and how debilitated I was.  I am in a stressful job now so I don't know if thats making it worse.  Is it just me or does this thing make you feel depressed and how do you cope?  I use to love travelling and now I am scared to incase I get an attack. 

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    In my experience there is still some pain and discomfort even after taking antibiotics. The infection may be gone but the tenderness remains for some time until the healing is complete. During that time stick to a fairly safe diet, avoiding anything with seeds, pips, skins such as tomatoes, grapes, and spicey foods. Try Fybogel once or twice a day to keep up your fibre. I have heard some recommend probiotic tablets from H & B but I have no personal experience of them. Good luck.
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      Thanks for your help.  I was beginning to get panicked that it was getting worse.  I couldnt remember how long the pain lasted when it happened before.  I thought the antibiotics cleared the pain away but I suppose its a bit like having a bruise it takes time for the pain to stop sometimes.  I feel quite weak through not eating much.  Where do you get Fybogel?  
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      Hi Alexandra, I see you mentioned grapes not to have.  Is it because of the peel? This all is so new to me.  Having lots of ups and downs.  Thx. Anna

       

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      Hi Anna, I used to eat all manner of fruit and veg and wondered why I still had a tender tum. Then I was advised to avoid pips, seeds, nuts, skins and what they call insoluble fibre. Consequently I gave up grapes which have skins and pips. For fruit I have bananas, peeled apples and pears, mango, melon, definitely no berries. I haven't missed grapes.

      It's very much trial and error to find what works for you personally. This has worked for me so far. Good luck.

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    You can get Fybogel on prescription and also over the counter at a pharmacy. Get the orange flavoured one. If you qualify for free prescriptions then go that route with your GP. Mine prescribes it with no hassle.
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