HELP! Need advice on what to eat

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 3/15/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm three weeks out of the hospital with a major flare caused by c-diff infection.  Been doing really good... following low residue diet... taking my meds, etc.
Well today I woke up with the big D... it doesn't feel like a flare... it feels like when I eat something I'm not supposed to (also Celiac)...
My question is... what should I eat now... I need to give my tummy a rest for sure... but not sure what that means... all liquids?  BRAT diet????  Any suggestions?
I started a new job last week so sick time is not an option right now... I need to really baby my system to stay as well as possible.
Any help will be appreciated.

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/19/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear debijo65,
what can I tell you? I am suffering from the exact same horrid thing..c diff... All I can say is try to eat plain white rice, hard boiled eggs, no sugars, peppermint tea decaffeinated.... plain white toast, plain boiled potatoes...nothing fried. I am taking flagyl right now, but its not really helping...what meds were you taking? And did they help?

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   Posted 3/20/2008 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
May I ask what c diff is?

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   Posted 3/20/2008 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   

When I am flaring I do my white food diet.  Of course, you may have to adjust for the celiac.  I eat fish, chicken, eggs, rice, potato, pasta, bread, custard, puddings, yogurt, tapioca, cheese.  Basically bland, soft food that has some nutrition but little to no fiber.

C-Diff is an infection caused by antibiotics


CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 3/20/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
When I am having a bad flare I make myself some home made chicken and rice soup.

Basically I boil low sodium chicken broth, dump the cut up raw chicken in the broth to cook, and then once the white rice is done cooking I dump it in the broth as well.

I am now going to go on a straight liquid diet of peptamen, b/c the chicken and rice soup isn't cutting it anymore (I'm past the point of no return as far as flares are concerned)... =(

I hope you feel better soon and GOOD LUCK with your new job next week!

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   Posted 3/20/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   

you need a detoxifying diet. Try the maker's diet.

It's eating only natural foods like fruits, veggies, meats, fish, whole grain sourdough breads, plain yogurt with probiotics, organic cheeses.

Cut out all sugar, white flours, and everything else processed. This feeds the bad bacteria and it's bad, in general.

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   Posted 3/20/2008 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
C.diff is not fun by any means!! Try the flagyl for 2 weeks and then ask the doc about a pulse/taper. If not you can always try vanco. That usually will work it is just tricky getting off of it. C.diff has spores which hatch every 3 days inside of you. That is why the pulsing works. Also, make sure to clean any surfaces in the bathroom w/ bleach water solution which will kill any spores. You also want to wash your hands vigorously in hot water and soap for along time. Purell does not get rid of c.diff spores only water/soap on the hands. Doc also recommended paper towels instead of towels. We also used Tide w/bleach for clothes. Hope these hints help you get over you infection quickly. Don't know what antibiotics you were on but alot of them are cdiff offenders. Feel better!!!

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   Posted 3/20/2008 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
tough question. we are all different and what one person can tolerate, others cant. it sucks. you have to figure it on your own. sorry. keep a food journal, writing down what you eat for every meal every day. do it for a few months to really figure out what foods you can tolerate, cant tolerate, can sometimes tolerate/in small amounts, and which ones are questionable. as for a diet plan, check out the maker's diet and the specific carbohydrate diet. people have had good results with these. they are intimidating and tough. but if you can do it and stick to it, i think you've got a good chance to reclaim your "old life".
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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