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Beth in NC

I'm Not Sure What To Eat Any More!

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I'll go get some today. I promise. Hold me to it.

Got 'em. I found one with 8 different ones in it and the largest amounts I could find. I already took two and will probably go ahead and take a couple more at bedtime.

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I feel your pain - been there.

If 'water' continues more than a while (depending on your health, pain tolerance, etc. anything from 12-24 hrs?) call your dr. and get tested for electrolytes, I ended up on prescription potassium (just for 3 days I think) and it was a mini-miracle for my system.

You can also try a sports drink or do your own, 1/4 tsp regular salt, and 1/4tsp 'fake' salt (one with potassium in it) plus if you tolerate sugar at all 1 T honey, all in some hot water (or even better 1/3 hot, stir to dissolve, 2/3 cold so is room temperature and gentle on your system). If you are already at 'water' this may be too late, but it could help avoid 'water' in the future.

May you heal quickly!!

Okay, my edit window is gone now, but you can also put some (1/8 tsp?) dried, ground ginger in the 'do it yourself' drink, ginger is very stomach calming and this helps mask the saltiness of the drink

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Well, if it's already rushing through your system, eating say...carrots, a salad, an apple...is just gonna make it rush through faster. What's the point? How will the D ever slow down or get more normal?

Hi, Beth in NC. I'm in the same boat right now. Please excuse some of the graphic symptom description, but I hope you'll understand! I've been avoiding all fiber, too, but I made up my mind today to eat start back eating small amounts of soluble fiber (peeled and cooked fruits & veggies, quinoa, nuts, flaxseed meal, psyllium) and avoid only the insoluble fiber (skins of fruits & veggies, salad greens, outer husks/skins of beans). The soluble fiber adds bulk to the stool. I'm hoping that for me adding bulk means an actually formed stool rather than a large volume of D. I don't want to add more gas than I'm already dealing with so I'll start back eating it in small amounts. The soluble fiber is supposed to help bind up some of the extra water in the colon so that it forms more of a gel. That gives the muscles of the colon something to push against without irritating it to make it spasm. At least that's what I've been reading. It's the insoluble fiber, like salad or the outer peeling of veggies, that is known for making things rush through faster.

For the flaxseed meal, Bob's Red Mill makes one that is certified gluten-free. It tastes a little like ground nuts. I don't know anything yet about whether the products that contain psyllium are gluten-free.

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