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Hello, I am getting frightened as I have been having a particularly bad time these last couple of weeks with my IBS-C/D and Diverticulosis. Seems like anything I eat now except for toast (and even that is "iffy"), will give me pain, spasms, and the "runs" until I can't go anymore. Are they any of you out there with diverticulosis who can give me some tips? I sure hope so. I can usually handle it, but I am losing weight and feel tired all the time. I take Librax which doesn't seem to help, Acidophulis/Bifidus capsules and .25mg Xanax twice daily for panic attacks. Rose? You always gave me good advice before ... where are you? Kmottus...?? All of you out there, thanks and God Bless. Scaredy Cat Chris. p.s. I have not introduced anything new into my tiny "can eat" list.
 

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Chris~~I am IBS-D and have the condition known as diverticulosis. I had two diverticulitis attacks in the early '90s, but have been symptom free since then.Here are some foods to STAY AWAY FROM per doctor's advice:Avoid tough skins, seeds, nuts, coconut, corn and kernels.Remove seeds from tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and green peppers.Avoid raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, kiwi fruit, figs, whole cranberries and pomegranates. Raisins may be eaten, if tolerated.Avoid cheeses and spreads with caraway seeds or pepper seeds, and chunky-style peanut butter.Salad dressings with celery seeds or cumin seeds and sausages with fennel, anise, or mustard seeds should be avoided.Bread and rolls with caraway, poppy, or sesame seeds should be avoided; along with wheat germ, cracked wheat, granola, and popcorn.Drink plenty of liquids including fruit and vegetable juices, milk and water (8 to 10 cups each day).Also, if a diver. flare-up occurs:* Avoid food for the first 24-48 hours and sip on warm apple, cranberry or grape juices, water, clear broths, liquid jell-o, and decaffeinated tea.* Follow a bland, low-fiber, low-fat diet for the next 4-7 days.* Avoid milk products and caffeine-containing foods (regular coffee, tea, cola beverages, chocolate) during acute attacks.Foods I could best tolerate after the attack subsided included: soft-boiled egg on dry toast, baked fish or chicken, rice, plain yogurt, cooked carrots or winter squash, applesauce, dry rice krispies or rice chex cereal.Once I was completely over the flare-up, I resumed a normal diet always keeping in mind the taboo foods to avoid and not eating high-fat items.
 

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Chris~~I am IBS-D and have the condition known as diverticulosis. I had two diverticulitis attacks in the early '90s, but have been symptom free since then.Here are some foods to STAY AWAY FROM per doctor's advice:Avoid tough skins, seeds, nuts, coconut, corn and kernels.Remove seeds from tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and green peppers.Avoid raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, kiwi fruit, figs, whole cranberries and pomegranates. Raisins may be eaten, if tolerated.Avoid cheeses and spreads with caraway seeds or pepper seeds, and chunky-style peanut butter.Salad dressings with celery seeds or cumin seeds and sausages with fennel, anise, or mustard seeds should be avoided.Bread and rolls with caraway, poppy, or sesame seeds should be avoided; along with wheat germ, cracked wheat, granola, and popcorn.Drink plenty of liquids including fruit and vegetable juices, milk and water (8 to 10 cups each day).Also, if a diver. flare-up occurs:* Avoid food for the first 24-48 hours and sip on warm apple, cranberry or grape juices, water, clear broths, liquid jell-o, and decaffeinated tea.* Follow a bland, low-fiber, low-fat diet for the next 4-7 days.* Avoid milk products and caffeine-containing foods (regular coffee, tea, cola beverages, chocolate) during acute attacks.Foods I could best tolerate after the attack subsided included: soft-boiled egg on dry toast, baked fish or chicken, rice, plain yogurt, cooked carrots or winter squash, applesauce, dry rice krispies or rice chex cereal.Once I was completely over the flare-up, I resumed a normal diet always keeping in mind the taboo foods to avoid and not eating high-fat items.
 

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Wellwisher covered the do's and dont's of what to do to avoid a diverticular attack. I have had several, but absolutely NEVER have "D" during a diverticular attack. Chris, it sounds as if something else is going on. Eating bland food, like toast would not trigger an attack. If this has been going on for a couple of weeks, as you said, I think it's time to call the doctor. You could have food poisoning or something along those lines. Sorry I can't offer more suggestions. Hope you feel better.------------------"Remember To Stop and Smell the Roses"Rose (C-type)
 

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Wellwisher covered the do's and dont's of what to do to avoid a diverticular attack. I have had several, but absolutely NEVER have "D" during a diverticular attack. Chris, it sounds as if something else is going on. Eating bland food, like toast would not trigger an attack. If this has been going on for a couple of weeks, as you said, I think it's time to call the doctor. You could have food poisoning or something along those lines. Sorry I can't offer more suggestions. Hope you feel better.------------------"Remember To Stop and Smell the Roses"Rose (C-type)
 
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Thankyou Wellwisher and Rose. I don't know why I have the runs with a bad bout. It usually starts out as pain in the lower left side, urge to go and then regular stools...continuing on till it is just the runs. I am wondering if it might have been the bowl of cereal with milk I tried eating yesterday morning...Oatmeal Crisp - Apple/Brown Sugar? Reading the ingrediants to-day, I found "almond slivers"....I wonder. Yes, I believe it is time to consult the doctor again. Thanks once more for your replies and help.....if you have anymore suggestions feel free to e-mail me...I really need reassurance right now. God Bless, Chris
 
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Thankyou Wellwisher and Rose. I don't know why I have the runs with a bad bout. It usually starts out as pain in the lower left side, urge to go and then regular stools...continuing on till it is just the runs. I am wondering if it might have been the bowl of cereal with milk I tried eating yesterday morning...Oatmeal Crisp - Apple/Brown Sugar? Reading the ingrediants to-day, I found "almond slivers"....I wonder. Yes, I believe it is time to consult the doctor again. Thanks once more for your replies and help.....if you have anymore suggestions feel free to e-mail me...I really need reassurance right now. God Bless, Chris
 

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Chris~~Yes, any kind of nuts consumed are taboo for a diverticular condition. And almond slivers would be a no-no food.I find that sticking to a basic, almost bland diet, is best for me. Translation: nothing fancy, boring is best. I find it hard to go to restaurants that serve spectacular dinner entrees dressed to the gills with chopped nuts and sprinkles of sesame seeds and tomato slices galore. Looks great but not for me! I need everything plain.
 

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Chris~~Yes, any kind of nuts consumed are taboo for a diverticular condition. And almond slivers would be a no-no food.I find that sticking to a basic, almost bland diet, is best for me. Translation: nothing fancy, boring is best. I find it hard to go to restaurants that serve spectacular dinner entrees dressed to the gills with chopped nuts and sprinkles of sesame seeds and tomato slices galore. Looks great but not for me! I need everything plain.
 

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I have diverticulosis and also have the runs when it gets irritated. Have never gotten diverticulitis, but I do have "attacks" if I eat the wrong things, and these attacks involve D progressing into passing slime (sorry for the graphic description!). And, though the doctor says that diverticulosis does not cause pain unless there is an infection, I frequently get pain in that area, especially if I've eaten something off the safe eating regiment. I agree with Wellwisher, the plainer the food the better. Any type of seeds are out, and tomatoes skins are bothersome, any hard veggies, like raw carrots cause trouble, broccoli, even cooked is bad. And so on and so forth. I don't know about others w/diverticulosis, but high fiber diets (which they recommend) make me much worse, and so I avoid fiber rich foods. For medications, I take 6 Colestid pills each day, 2 calcium pills and for vitamins I take Estroven, Centrum and Vitamin E. For the occasional out of control day, I take Lomotil and avoid Immodium like the plague--it may work today, but tomorrow I will pay!!! After trying about 50 different meds, this is the combination that works for me. I will never again take any Bentyle, Librax, etc., that they pushed on me for a year--I tired of living like a Zombie (and the meds didn't make any difference anyway!!). Hope you are feeling better now and are able to track down what's bothering you. Best wishes, Angel[This message has been edited by HereIam (edited 09-20-2001).]
 

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I have diverticulosis and also have the runs when it gets irritated. Have never gotten diverticulitis, but I do have "attacks" if I eat the wrong things, and these attacks involve D progressing into passing slime (sorry for the graphic description!). And, though the doctor says that diverticulosis does not cause pain unless there is an infection, I frequently get pain in that area, especially if I've eaten something off the safe eating regiment. I agree with Wellwisher, the plainer the food the better. Any type of seeds are out, and tomatoes skins are bothersome, any hard veggies, like raw carrots cause trouble, broccoli, even cooked is bad. And so on and so forth. I don't know about others w/diverticulosis, but high fiber diets (which they recommend) make me much worse, and so I avoid fiber rich foods. For medications, I take 6 Colestid pills each day, 2 calcium pills and for vitamins I take Estroven, Centrum and Vitamin E. For the occasional out of control day, I take Lomotil and avoid Immodium like the plague--it may work today, but tomorrow I will pay!!! After trying about 50 different meds, this is the combination that works for me. I will never again take any Bentyle, Librax, etc., that they pushed on me for a year--I tired of living like a Zombie (and the meds didn't make any difference anyway!!). Hope you are feeling better now and are able to track down what's bothering you. Best wishes, Angel[This message has been edited by HereIam (edited 09-20-2001).]
 
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Thanks once again Wellwisher, and HereIam - I find your comments interesting as you sound quite alot like me. It really angers me to have a "gastro" doc say, "oh, it is just something you have to live with" "go home and just watch what you eat." I have learned more from the people here on the board than from the specialist or my family doctor. I am still having a bit of trouble to-day, but not as bad. It seems though that the IBS-C has turned to C+D, and the diverticulosis has gotten worse since I was diagnosed over two years ago....even though I have been really trying to watch what I eat. I am not sure if we have Colestid or Lomotil in Canada, but I aim to find out. Oh, and don't worry about the "slime" comment....I know exactly what you mean.
Thanks again, and God Bless, Chris
 
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Thanks once again Wellwisher, and HereIam - I find your comments interesting as you sound quite alot like me. It really angers me to have a "gastro" doc say, "oh, it is just something you have to live with" "go home and just watch what you eat." I have learned more from the people here on the board than from the specialist or my family doctor. I am still having a bit of trouble to-day, but not as bad. It seems though that the IBS-C has turned to C+D, and the diverticulosis has gotten worse since I was diagnosed over two years ago....even though I have been really trying to watch what I eat. I am not sure if we have Colestid or Lomotil in Canada, but I aim to find out. Oh, and don't worry about the "slime" comment....I know exactly what you mean.
Thanks again, and God Bless, Chris
 
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