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After diarrhea, a week of slow recovery

I will eat the BRAT diet after diarrhea for about 2 days, but the result is still the same. Tremendous amounts of gas, nothing being digested. I take Immodium and Gas-X, but the same symptoms persist. It's hard to get back on any kind of regular diet, and 6 or 7 days go by without another bowel movement. I've tried skipping Immodium, but the same scenario persists. What else might I do?

  1. So sorry that you're struggling with this. My digestive system also takes a while to recover from a flare. I usually only eat white rice and chicken at first, then slowly add in other foods. Could you be sensitive to gluten? In that case, toast might not work for you. Right before discovering my gluten sensitivity, I'd always eat bread as a safe food and it was making things so much worse. I hope other community members will share their advice with you soon. Karina (team member)

    1. This. If my flare up was severe, it normally takes about 3-4 days for me to "get back up". Somtimes my dirrhea is almost gone on day 2 only to come back once on day 3.

    2. That happens to me too when I re-introduce foods too quickly, and it's so very frustrating. Thank you for sharing! Karina (team member)

  2. I have done a thorough check and gluten is not a problem for me. I find it takes 6-7 days to "get back up" as you say. This frustrates as it puts my diet on such a slow recovery with days of cramps/gas off and on in the meantime. Thanks for your reply.

    1. I feel you, that's frustrating indeed. Have you ever tried working with a nutritionist or a holistic practitioner for that? Maybe they could recommend ways to adjust your diet so you don't miss out on nutrients during your "recovery period", and help you with those persistent symptoms. Karina (team member)

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