Walking and aerobic activity in general help keep up your bowel motility. Keeping things moving lowers the chance of stuff stagnating and getting infected in your diverticula (according to two physicians I've talked to and one dietician). So, walking and hiking is excellent. Jogging is probably okay if it's not painful for you.
I do some pseudo yoga as part of Tony Horton's 10 Minute Trainer video series. I have to avoid the yoga vids when I'm in a flare-up phase as it's just too painful. Same goes for ab crunches, etc.
I'm currently on liquids as my bowel went south on me last weekend. I've been able to exercise every day except for the first day I was ill. I got in one hour of cardio yesterday and an hour and a half of cross country hiking. I did half an hour of step aerobics this morning and lifted weights over lunch, but avoided the ab crunches as the tummy region is still tender.
I find that I recover more quickly from flare-ups when I exercise, so I try to push myself regardless of how I feel so long as the pain is manageable.
Anyhow, that's my 2 cents coming from a non-doctor.
I haven't been able to stay on the clear, due to the stomach upset from the antibiotics 4x a day and the cipro 2x a day. I did finally get some actual appetite back last night though and ended up eating plain spagetti noodles with butter, just what my diet needed! haha Oh well.
DOES ANYONE have any info /input on getting back to exercise? Start slow of course, but my main urge is for the yoga I was doing, which can be intense, anyone know if that can possibly be bad? It seems like it would have to be ok....but since I dont' have a dr I have faith in, I'm leaning on the wisdom of my peers!
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That sound just like what my doctor told me, exactly nothing. Well, he did say that milk could cause a falre up. Just take the meds, no dietary advice.
As for liquids, what I like to use is JELLO! I just warm up a cup of water, and pour some jello in it. It warms you up and is soothing. Don't put it in the fridge, just drink it as a liquid! I also like some broth. After the first day or so I will add some noodles to some beef broth.
It does end, and you will go back to being yourself!
Maybe you can help me! I was just in the E.R. the other night. Although I'm not sure I have any faith in the staff I met there and wasn't overly impressed with the Dr. After a CT scan he waltzed in and announced 'diverticulitis' gave me the cipro and clindamycin with some vicodin for pain and said it was just 'bad luck'. No dietary advice , no suggestions. No restrictions. I've been slowly taking bites of things but nothing sits well...not sue what to consume on a liquid diet. Suggestions?
When you're in the middle of a flare-up and the doctor has put you on a liquid diet, STICK TO IT. Never mind the fact that the Cipro has kicked in, you feel good, your appetite has come back, and your spouse has just cooked deer sausage.
Definitely should NOT have eaten the deer sausage. Now I feel worse than when I originally went to the doctor about the flare-up. Pain, pain, PAIN.
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