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I have used this forum since being diagnosed 2 to 3 years ago with DD. Very helpful site, but I'm wondering about ??different experiences of DD.
A lot of people comment on left sided pain, antibiotics, I/V drips in hospital, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, abscesses, weight loss etc.
My experiences is this. I had 2 occasions of pain, discomfort, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and bloating. 1st time was when I was diagnosed, and the second was some months later. Both times I was given antibiotics and situations resolved within 1 to 2 weeks.
Since then I have made changes to my diet. practically no meat. Might have a slice of ham or 1 sausage approx once a month (diet is so bland without these). Very little chicken. I now have fish a few times a week. Massively reduced salads, seeds. I eat fruit, mainly pureed, eg mango ,peaches, tangerines and yoghurt. Homemade liquidised vegetable soup. I like eggs and insides of jacket potato. For breakfast I will often have a skimmed milkshake (slimfast).Pasta and mushrooms are also a favourite.
I drink very little alcohol, although I tend to have crisps and biscuits a few times a week. Drink lots of water as well as tea, peppermint tea and coffee.
I take lactulose approx 5 days a week as advised by GP. If I do not take it the bloating gets worse.(As Felinia says, an empty bowel is a healthy bowel !!)
My general experience of DD over the last month or so is that I do not have pain, but 4 or 5 days a week I will have diarrhoea, anything between 2 and 8 times in a morning. Also bloating and wind. 2 weeks ago I started taking Ultra Maximum Acidophilus 20 billion bacteria, and thought my guts felt calmer somehow, although this might be my imagination.
Does anyone in DD land have a similar experience to mine? I often feel my experience is nowhere near as bad as others, and am lucky in that. But, I would be grateful to know if I'm not the only one who tends not to have pain.
If the diarrhoea does not improve in the next month I will see my GP.
Thank you for letting me write to you.
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