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LindaB
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posted 02-15-1999 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LindaB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My primary care doc called me this morning with the results of the Barium Enema Xray done last Thursday. It showed only "extensive" diverticulosis. I'm not surprised since my father had a world-class case of it, and from what I've read it is pretty much genetic. I certainly have not been in the same room with seeds, nuts or corn in the last two years, since the colonoscopy showed that I had "some" diverticula. The doc said that the diverticulosis could be the source of my pain if they become even slightly infected and therefore cause the colon to swell and spasm. He has called in a prescription for Septra, the generic of which is Sulfameth/Trimethoprim, the only antibiotic I have been able to tolerate. The prescription will include refills, he said, so that I can keep it on hand to take whenever I have a flare-up.

When we talked about the foods that cause me problems, i.e., high fiber, breads etc., he said it is also possible that I have *developed* a gluten intolerance. He has set me up with an appointment with the Dietician tomorrow morning so she can help me find things I can eat for nutrition.

Pretty fast work I'd say for one of the dreaded HMOs. Actually, I've been with either CIGNA or Intergroup since 1974 and don't have any major complaints, other than one female Internist who was too busy, and who had a real bitch of a nurse. The guy I have now for my PCP is a DO, and I really like him.

One of the things I want to ask the Dietician about is a nutritional supplement drink that is high in protein, low in starch and fiber, and that tastes good. Do any of you know of one? Sounds like a good development project for some of you entrepreneurial folks - flux? Belfor? Maybe something that would be easy to use and in keeping with the Carole Sinclair Starch-free Diet or the Atkin's Diet.

Thanks so much for all your care and support and suggestions. What a great group you are! And I really do want to apologize for my lack of discretion in posting the Valentine's funny for ladies. Like Flip Wilson used to say "The devil made me do it." I did not reread it before I pasted it in, or else I would not have done it. This came to me from a female friend who is 80 years old and the epitome of ladylike behavior. She and some of my female neighbors in our retirement community thought it was hysterical, but it was not appropriate for this board, and I apologize for my lack of taste.

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LindaB
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posted 02-16-1999 09:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LindaB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would appreciate info on my nutritional drink question. Thanks.

LindaB
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posted 02-16-1999 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LindaB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just came from my appointment with the Dietician. She recommended a low fiber, gluten free, lactose free, high nutrition diet, at least for a while to give my colon a chance to heal and as a test on the gluten and lactose intolerance possibility.

There are two liquid suppments, both by Ensure, that she suggested. One is the low fiber 250 calorie Ensure (Chocolate/Mint flavor), the second is a new product from Ensure called Enlive (Peach flavor), a clear liquid nutrition with 300 calories, and lactose and gluten free. Have them chilling now and will let you all know about taste.

At my health food store and at Trader Joe's, I also found a wheat and gluten-free Rice Almond Bread, fruit juice sweetened. I also found some pasta made from rice, and will taste test that. Would be so happy to find something I could eat for nutrition that didn't make me hurt!

Elissa
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posted 02-16-1999 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Elissa     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Linda, sorry to hear your BE didn't come out negative, but you sound pretty upbeat, and I'm glad. Hope you get alot of ideas for your diet, and hope it all works.

JeanetteC
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posted 02-16-1999 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JeanetteC   Click Here to Email JeanetteC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Linda, I became a member over here too.
Am willing to try anything and the Ensure sounds good to me. Can't go tonight to get it though. I look like I was run over by a truck. The pain has really been bad this evening. Even drinking a small glass of water made it worse. Jeanette

Nicol
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posted 02-17-1999 04:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicol   Click Here to Email Nicol     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gluten intolerance is Celiac's disease. There is a really good Celiac's disease board/site that originates in Edmonton Ab. I forget the address, but it has some great gluten free recipies and info. It is worth checking out. LOL

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