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Hi I'm now in my 3rd week of recovery after my first flare up with diverticulitis. 

I had 2 days iv then 10 days oral antibiotics. Had ct scan which showed blockage and I'm still constipated and taken laxatives a couple of nights to be able to go. Still feel tired very quickly and legs feel like jelly also still have pain but not dibilitating. I'm scared of what to eat and drink as everyone seams to be different. I loved coleslaw cabbage mincemeat bovril and had recently grown to love steak. 

My question is how have others gone about recovery and I'm due back at work Friday but don't want to set myself back and then be off again. 

Thank you in advance 

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    Eat soft foods till you get to feeling better, no coleslaw cabbage, stake is heard to digest , take Miralax every day with plenty of water, it puts water to your stool making it easy to pass, you want have to take laxatives this is what Doctor put me on, it works. hope you are feeling better soon..
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    Liquid diet until you feel better no red meat I can't eat anything with seeds pips or skins I have problems with eggs beans tomatoes. I eat mainly fish chicken mash a little broccoli carrots peas pears banana and jelly. But everyone is different. It's a good idea to keep a food diary so you can see what upsets you. I have fybergel a probiotic tablet every morning and mabevarine before meals. I hope this helps. I hope you feel better soon 

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    Miralax is a gentle laxative. It really helps and you can take it everyday.

    Stay in a light diet until you feel better and gradually increase foods as you can tolerate.

    I stay away from nuts, seeds , raw veggies and skins and avoid meat if possible. If I do eat meat it is either a filet or ground.  Meat is very hard to digest.

    It is a very frustrating condition but you’ll learn to adjust.  I use a crockpot a lot.  Everything is cooked soft so I have less worry.

    I do believe everything in moderation.  You will adjust.  Take care.

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    I dont eat red meat anymore l eat chi ken and fish l also avoid fresh veg but i seem fine with frozen or spinach. I eat a lot of homemade veg and chicken soups l cant eat anything spicy so avoid that as well.
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    Hi Cathy, my flare ups can vary...a recent bad case lasted about five weeks, I know how you feel about going back and scared of another flare up. Try decaf tea/coffee it's really helped me...i also suffer IBS and feel the two are related as suggested in another post...bland plain foods help me...arrowroot biscuits.. pasta...soups...i know you will be very careful because it makes you scared to eat...plenty of water also helps me...we are all different but try the decaf..hope your feeling better soon

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    Thank you all for advice. Can I ask is everyone seen by a specialist or just gp? 
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      I have seen all andeven 2 conservative surgeons. They all say the same but emphasize keeping your stool soft, fiber and water.  I take Miralax and it is a blessing.  I watch nuts, seeds and skins. Peel all fruits and cook in a crockpot a lot.

      If your flare up is severe I have found antibiotics are necessary but try a heating pad in the area and a anti spasmodic first to see if it helps.

      Avoid hard to digest meat. I stay away and only eat on occasion steak.  

      Everyone has foods they feel trigger. Doctors say eat everything but I am guarded.  I have suffered from this disease since I was in my late 40ties.  You can live with it just must make some modifications in your diet. Good luck and God Bless.😘

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      Thank you for advice. I really go not like water or squash so I'm drinking diluted orange juice so getting water without taste but unsure if this ok. It's the tiredness as well as I'm an extremely busy person so not being able to do much is a real shock. 

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