Friday, July 17, 2009 NJJones, Community Member, asks

Q: How long to stay on low-residue diet after diverticulitis?

A week ago I was in the hospital for diverticulitis. They gave me antibiotics and clear liquids. Since I have been home I have started backs on a few low residue foods. How long do I need to stay on a low residue diet? I have been feeling very weak since the diverticulitis and am still on antibiotics. I am not sure if the weakness is due to not eating much food or the antibiotics.


Norma Jean

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Elizabeth Roberts, Health Guide
7/18/09 5:55pm
Hi Norma Jean, Sorry to hear you've been in the hospital. It's different for everyone. But usually, most people stay on the low-residue diet until their most bothersome symptoms (i.e. diarrhea, cramps, etc.) subside. I'd imagine you are feeling weak simply from being ill and living on clear liquids for a week. It will take your body some time to heal and get used to eating solid food again. I found bananas, rice, toast, applesauce, scrambled eggs, yogurt, and baked white fish to be easy on the gut and nutritious. Hope you're feeling better soon, Elizabeth Reply
NJJones, Community Member
7/18/09 8:16pm

Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for answering my inquiry. Your suggestions on what to eat are very helpful. I have started back on rice and eggs and introduced a small amount of tofu. I went to the store today and bought some bananas. I like the idea of yogurt and the white fish baked sounds wonderful. I'm still weak but I have no pain, but do have the runs. I've lost about 3 pounds so far. Thank you for the encouragement.


Norma Jean

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By NJJones, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/26/11, First Published: 07/17/09