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I have had diarrhea 2 1/2 months, hospitalized surgery

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I have had diarrhea 2 1/2 months, hospitalized for emergency surgery for bowel obstruction, diarrea on a ckear liquid diet, losing lot of weight, colonoscopy shows diverticulae with pockets. Help! I'm so hungry.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrHoellering replied 1 year ago.

Hi there, I am Dr. Hoellering and pleased to help ypu with your question.

Were you evaluated for food intolerances?Are you still on a clear liquid diet?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
not evaluated for food intolerance but I stopped gluten, dairy & sugar. On a clear liqid diet, also drinking Pedialyte which has sugar. In Hospital 13 days on IV but my veins kept blowing, cd not get IV so I asked for discharge, am home now, down to 100 lbs.
Expert:  DrHoellering replied 1 year ago.

When you still have diarrhea without gluten, dairy and sugar, there will be no intolerances against this food. I would try bread, cooked potatoes, cooked carrots, mashed apple. You should be evaluated for Cl. difficile, bacteria that cause intensive diarrhea. Was that done?

Expert:  DrHoellering replied 1 year ago.

Don't worry too much about your weight loss. As soon as you are better you will gain weight quickly.

Expert:  DrHoellering replied 1 year ago.

You will need salt, you might try this saline solution:

Imodium still can help, but it has to be taken strictly proper doses: Take one, and take another one only when you again have a watery bowel movement. If your stool is only mushy, don't take any, and don't exceeed 4 a day to prevent obstruction.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
C dif was negative. I'm seeing a group of GI docs. They differ in treatmt. One says stay on liquids. Other doc says move to solid food but when I do, results in diarrhea.
Expert:  DrHoellering replied 1 year ago.

Liquids have to be salty, too, it won't work without saline solution. And: It depends very much on the sort of solid food! I recommend the ones above. And: NO dairy!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Buy a saline solution or just add salt to liquid?
Expert:  DrHoellering replied 1 year ago.

I sent you this link how to do it:

Expert:  DrHoellering replied 1 year ago.

Recipe for Making a 1 litre ORS solution using Sugar, Salt and Water

  1. Clean Water - 1 litre - 5 cupfuls (each cup about 200 ml.)
  2. Sugar - Six level teaspoons
  3. Salt - Half level teaspoon
  4. Stir the mixture till the sugar dissolves.
Expert:  DrHoellering replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  DrHoellering replied 1 year ago.

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I wish you a soon recovery.