Reintroducing fiber after episode

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It has been 2 weeks now since my flareup, 10 day regimen of meds are done and been on low residue diet for 7 days. The only symptoms I still have are loose stool due to lack of fiber and discomfort in lower abdomen/rectum area before and after stool movement. I'm wondering when I should reintroduce fiber into my diet and in what measure, any ideas welcomed.

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    I’d take it very slow. It takes more than 2 weeks for your intestines to heal.  That you still have discomfort tells me you’re not better yet. If you’re hungry make some crockpot meals.  They are easy to digest because they are soft.

    I’d watch the amount of fiber for a while. Take little steps. 

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    Loose stools could be related to antibiotics also. I was on a low residue for 3 weeks but mainly because I was so nauseous. I had oatmeal yesterday and that was ok a little discomfort. I would definitely add one thing at a time to see if your body can handle it. For women it’s rec 25 gms of fiber per day on low end. Google rec fiber for men with dd
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    The advice to add fiber back in unfortunately doesn't talk about the type of fiber. There is soluble fiber and then there is insoluble fiber. If you look at a lot of the posts, it seems the insoluble fiber may be a culprit in a lot of folks. I stay away from insoluble fiber as much as possible. I take a dose of Miralax everyday and have been symptom-free for 2 years now. I do not eat any skin on fruits or vegetables, no nuts or seeds or popcorn and coconut. No corn either. Anything that comes out the way it goes in is off my list! Keep a food diary. A friend of mine with this disease just visited her gastro doc. He said it was a bunch of nonsense and to eat everything, however the nurse practitioner said and all the cases she sees it always seems it's related to insoluble fiber. My friend said she started to eat nuts again and had a flare. She had been flare free for 3 years

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      Thanks Linda..coincidently, just before this latest flare, I had eaten a small bag of almonds and the day before had Thai food with crushed peanuts in it. My gastro agreed that even though the consensis is that seeds and nuts are ok, he has observes this pattern as well.
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    Welcome! I really miss eating peanuts and almonds but I don't do it anymore. About 4 years ago I can point directly to pistachio nuts as my problem. Good luck. It's a pain in the butt. (Pun intended). I was 2 weeks from surgery and decided to try diet control and it's been very successful. Best of luck to you.

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