Posted 1/28/2012 9:12 PM (GMT -7)
Fiber for me makes my situation worse too. I eventually had to go on a low residue diet, post ostomy reversal. 12+ years ago. Initially I went on it to solidify my stool and to be able to leave my home (and bathroom). Just to simply drive a car was impossible because of the high output I had back then and mostly D. The diet turned things around for me within 48 hours. My GI doctor approved of this diet after I explained how fiber was making everything worse for me. I kept a food diary back then and remained on that diet 100% of the time for about 2 years. I began introducing more fresh fruit or a chocolate chip cookie here and there. Now I'd say I'm on the LRD about 60-75% of the time. The foods that my touchy gut seems to crave and need were and still are: white rice, white breads, plain bagels, plain english muffins, instant mashed potatoes, cottage cheese, roast chicken or turkey, applesauce, and bananas. Also, plain or vanilla flavored organic yogurt such as Brown Cow brand.
If I were to eat a high fiber diet each day consisting of whole wheat products, fresh produce, bran cereal I'd be a mess.
This diet is in a sense what you give to children after they've had an intestinal virus - called the BRAT diet - bananas, rice, applesauce and (plain) toast.
My gut just needed foods that would zip thru my tract and not irritate the lining. Low residue diet foods are not popular with doctors nor dieticians, they are foods we're not supposed to eat. But when your insides are screaming out in pain, sometimes very plain food is what you just might need. Even if temporarily until you heal. You can always introduce fiber on a gradual basis.
I wish you well.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg, twice daily + Probiotic: Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/Critical Care/80 Billion daily