• NJJones NJJones
    July 17, 2009
    How long to stay on low-residue diet after diverticulitis?
    NJJones NJJones
    July 17, 2009

    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
    July 18, 2009
    Elizabeth Roberts
    Health Guide
    July 18, 2009
    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
    • NJJones
      July 18, 2009
      NJJones
      July 18, 2009

      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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