Helpful Suggestions.....for Millie and others

From: Helen Dynda (
Fri Feb 23 22:30:01 2001

Dear Millie, I can understand how disappointed you must be after your appointment with Dr. Redan today. Since your surgery was so recent, this may be his reason for not scheduling surgery for you at this time. In the meantime there are some things that you can try

I have excerpted the following information from messages, which are now in the International Adhesions Archives. These suggestions are not listed in any particular order. I hope that you will find something on this list that will be helpful for you:

1.) Someone mentioned that she drinks 2 - 8 oz glasses of water BEFORE every meal -- everyday without fail. She said that this really helped her.

* Have you tried doing this?

* Are you willing to give it a try?

There is nothing harmful about drinking water!! In fact, our bodies require at least 8-10 glasses of water everyday!!

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2.) The food you eat each and everyday can make a difference!! When a person has intestinal adhesions, a low-residue diet can be helpful. Are you following a low-residue diet? If not, are you willing to try doing this? I will post websites, which will give you information about a low-residue diet.

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3.) Someone commented: "You are right about the diet. Popcorn is my absolute favorite food. I haven't touched it for over six months. Ruffage of any kind: such as the skin of fruits, nuts, fiber etc. -- all cause me trouble. Beef is also not very good for me anymore."

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4.) I also read this message: "I take phayzme pills for gas and several stool softeners each night to keep things "soft."

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5.) This person shared what the doctors at Scranton, PA had told her: "I wanted to share some information I received from Dr. Redan & Dr. Reich's office. Due to the fact that I have intestinal adhesions, I suffer from bowel problems and obstructions. I was put on a liquid diet which then progressed to a soft diet. Scranton told me to continue taking Metamucil and Colace daily. They called Colace "lube for the tube"!!! I am also to stay on a very soft diet ... small portions ... peel all fruit ... eat prunes ... and do not eat popcorn."

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6.) Another person said: "I haven't totally cut beef out of my diet; because I know it bothers me much more than chicken or pork. Steak is always a problem; but softer beef is OK."

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7.) This person offered many helpful suggestions: "A few things I do: Ensure drinks ( they aren't bad tasting....I like Vanilla ), soy protein drinks with fruit juice ( no pulp ) and tofu mixed in.

I have a juicer so I make carrot and veggie juice when I have time. Odwalla carrot juice and super green drinks. With the drinks I feel sure I'm getting all my vitamins.

I also take flaxseed oil capsules 1000 mg. and multi vitamin once a day.

I usually try to have liquid stuff for breakfast and lunch. Then I can have a small dinner with my husband.

One important thing is to CHEW, CHEW CHEW!! I've always been a fast eater; but now I'm trying to take it slow and eat small bites and chew."

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8.) This is worth trying: "The only thing that helps is to get up in the morning ( before drinking or eating anything ) and drink 8 ounces of cold from refrigerator ) prune juice ... followed by a hot drink ( coffee, tea ). This causes a bowel movement within 2 1/2 to 3 hrs. Maybe this will help you."

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