After many SBOs, frustrated that doctors don't seem to be very connected to diet and nutrition. Have others found diets that work?
stay away from hard to digest foods like pork,raw veggies,steak,nuts,seeds that r sharp. i was told a low ash diet. u can probably look up online. i eat a lot of soft foods including hamburger,usually ok. i am prone to blockages. had resection and laparoscopy to remove scar tissue.
I too have these frequently, the result of what should have been a routine gi surgery that got complicated, leading to adhesions - the usual story. I can't count how often I have gotten these and how much time I have spent in hospitals and ER's. I have been unable to work over the past year, as I cannot be counted on to show up consistently due to pain/illness. I am opposed to more surgery so am trying to see what I can come up with to manage this problem.
This is what is starting to work for me, though not perfectly:
1. I take Miralax and colace, a stool softener, twice a day.
2. If I get a hint that an obstruction is beginning I drink three glasses of Golytely, which is that foul tasting bowel prep that you take before a colonoscopy. I also take three glasses of Golytely routinely every two weeks. One gets used to it.
3. I eat frequent small meals, low in fiber; meat has to be very well cooked and tender, or at least ground up. I eat slowly and chew very thoroughly before I swallow. Soups and stews work pretty well. Any sort of raw roughage is out of the question. 6 very small meals per day are much better than three average sized meals.
4. I drink lots of fluid and try to exercise daily. The exercise is easier said than done, as a bowel obstruction wipes me out from days to even a couple of weeks, and one loses muscle strength just lying around, so the problem perpetuates itself. Also, you become afraid to eat, then comes the weight loss/the depression, etc etc.
But as long as I stick to this and don't skip doses of these medications I do reasonably well. They still do happen on occasion for reasons I cannot explain.
But I have yet to hear a surgeon tell me that it would be a great idea to go in and break up the adhesions - surgery is what got me into this mess to begin with, so unless it is life of death, I say thanks, but no thanks. I would rather deal with the occasional hospitalization/ng tube, as wretched as that is, than subject myself to that kind of risk. But that is a very personal decision, everyone is different.
You might talk with your doctor about the medical program I have mentioned above. I have done it on my doctor's advice, of course, and as I am a doctor myself, it seems to make sense.
Good luck - you have all my sympathy - I tell my friends that it is like a labor contraction that won't quit, and I would not wish it on anyone - but I remind myself that people go through all kinds of horrible problems which are part of life - working on an attitude of gratitude and acceptance is helpful as well - even though some days I can be wallowing in self pity!
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