Browkenwing: Possible bowel obstruction puts man in hospital; but he solved his own problem!!

From: Helen Dynda (
Mon Jul 22 14:40:22 2002

Dear Browkenwing, I've posted this several times in the past. What he suggests helped him - and may help you. Drinking a lot of water - and not eating may help you. I certainly hope so!!

Possible bowel obstruction puts man in hospital; but he solved his own problem!!

I received a letter from a young man, who had the misfortune of having to spend Easter 2001 in the hospital because of a possible bowel obstruction. Perhaps someone else can benefit as a result of his experience.

He said: "It seems that my assertiveness coupled with my surgeons willingness to let me try solving the bowel obstruction by drinking alot of water --and not eating -- has paid off. I'm passing gas now, have no pain, have eaten some food today without ill effect and am being discharged. "Being very health conscious may have precipitated (caused ) my bowel obstruction and hospital stay. I'm a web developer and use "a specific restaurant" as my office away from home. I may spend 6 - 8 hours a day there with my laptop. Not wanting to eat any of their pastries, I'll typically snack throughout the day on dried fruits and nuts. And before each main meal, I mix fiber powder in water. I also eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables.

"It's only from the information you sent that I learned I should be on a low-fiber (low-residue diet) and NOT a high fiber diet!! Obviously, I'll be making a big change in my diet."

If you suffer with frequent bowel problems, perhaps a diet low in fiber (low-residue diet) and drinking at least 6 to 8 - 8oz. glasses of water each day will help you become more comfortable.

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