I haven’t been feeling well for about two weeks, due to a flare-up of diverticular disease, with very severe abdominal cramps and pain. I eventually had to resort to a liquids only diet to make the pain stop. After three days of that, I finally started feeling better. I’m slowly introducing soft, low fiber foods again, and plan to take it very slowly.
For anyone who has this disease, you know it’s a strange thing. You can be feeling perfectly fine, and you are supposed to eat high fiber foods when you are feeling well. Then out of the blue, you suddenly get an attack after eating something that caused no problem in the past. This time for me it was Chinese food, an order of Sesame Chicken. I ate about one-third of the serving and planned to save the rest for the next day, but woke up in the night in severe pain, that lasted the entire weekend. Then, you have to switch to low fiber, low fat, soft foods. Sometimes that’s enough to stop the pain, and you feel better within a day or so. But this time, the pain continued even with the soft food. Even plain white noodles caused pain. I tried various foods for a week, but kept having pains. After another bad attack, I had to switch to only liquids. For three days I drank tea, broth, milk, and water. I was glad to finally have the pain stop.
(I didn’t have a fever at all during this time. If you have a fever, you need to get antibiotics, as it could turn into a life-threatening situation. Obviously, I’m not giving anyone else medical advice here…use your own judgment and follow your doctor’s advice, but I know in my case it wasn’t at that point.)
Also, I lost my appetite while I was sick, and ended up losing about four pounds. I guess that’s the bright side of feeling so bad. I was up three pounds above where my ticker showed on my SparkPage. I started logging my food again while on the liquids only phase of my illness, so I could easily see if I had pain again what was causing it. I was having less than 500 calories a day then, so that explains the weight loss.
I thought this was a good time for a reboot of my weight loss efforts. I’m planning to continue logging my foods, specifically so I can track how I feel after eating and make sure I don’t trigger any more attacks. And this illness was sort of a “forced cleanse” of my system and I feel better eating less, so I’ll see how it goes as I slowly introduce solid food again. Being ill really makes you appreciate it when you feel better, and just being out of pain feels great!
I hope all my SparkFriends are doing well. Appreciate your good health and good days when you have them.
PS...if anyone wants more info about diverticular disease or diverticulitis, there is good information on the Mayo Clinic website. Again, I'm not giving medical advice...just relaying my experience and my story (I've been living with this for many years, so I know what is normal for me, and when to see the doctor).
Also...if you want to contact me about this subject, please post directly on my SparkPage or send an email...I don't check this blog since it is old. If you post on my SparkPage, I'd be happy to share any info I have on the subject.