... months... No surgery was needed, just hospital stay with an NG tube. I'm trying to prevent another anytime soon... what type of diet would you recommend? I've been looking into doing a soft diet
I would suggest a low residue diet - having said that since I follow that for colitis, I'd definitely find a gastroenterologist and have an upper GI series done and let him/her prescribe and advise you what to do. 3 obstructions in the last 6 months is WAY too many - find a gastroenterologist and quit playing doctor with yourself! All the best, Tony
This is my first post and I've been looking around for some kind of support group like this. I have obstructions approximately every 2 months, most being manageable at home but some requiring hospitalization and the ng tube.
brandil831, i have been to many practitioners in the last 10 years looking for ways to avoid these episodes. A gastro recommended a low residue diet but most doctors/surgeons I've seen say the obstructions are due to scar tissue from previous surgeries and there's really nothing to be done - the intestine moves around freely and occasionally it runs into the scar tissue, so it's a mechanical failure. I also haven't been able to see any connection with diet; I can eat the same thing Wed. I had on Mon but on Wed I'll get terribly sick.
I've explored Chinese herbal remedies (I can't drink the teas, they're too awful), acupuncture and lately visceral massage to try and make the scar tissue more flexible. I thought the latter might be helping but I got terribly sick after my last treatment (maybe just a coincidence but disappointing none the less). I guess what I'm trying to say is I don't believe diet plays a role in my situation at least - I hope it will work for you. It bothers me that the first question people always ask me when I get sick is 'what did you eat?', as though I somehow brought this horrible experience on myself, yet again.
I wish you all the best and I'd be interested in hearing other people's forays into alternative treatments.
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