FEC x6 Cycle 1 day 13
Thanks Chelle that's fab, nice to see someone else is awake at silly times too.
On the bunged up vs have the trots battlefront, it's all really confusing one drug counteracting the effect of the other and then producing their own problems.
If you are of a nervous disposition or think this will be too much information - look away now.
the key seems to be stool softening vs laxative. Sennakot acts to increase the action of the bowel and push the poo out hence shitting a brick, and possibly helping piles to form. Sennakot can cause stomach cramps. It is only meant for short term constipation. I have been given Macrogel which is a stool softener, Movicol looks as if it is similar.
foods to avoid if constipated are - dairy, red meat, cakes and biscuits, wheat based breakfast cereals, and caffeine and sugary fizzy drinks
foods to increase are - whole grain, brown rice and quinoa (cooks like risotto rice and has loads of good things) cooked vegetables and veggie juices
fish particularly tuna and mackerel,
Fats Include fresh nuts and seeds, cold pressed oils and oily fish to supply essential fatty acids. Protein Increase vegetable sources of protein (pulses, lentils, rice, quinoa and soya products). Lean, organic chicken, turkey and fish provide good animal protein. Include live yoghurt with no added sugar to encourage and healthy gut flora. Fibre Include plenty of dietary fibre to encourage gut motility and peristalsis. Soluble fibre holds water and brings bulk to the faeces. Foods rich in soluble fibre include barley, oats, oat bran, prunes, figs, vegetables, fruits (apples, pears, banana), seaweed, lentils and pulses. Prune juice or soaked prunes on a daily basis can be a great help. Introduce fibre foods slowly to prevent excessive wind. Fluids It is very important to increase fluid intake when increasing fibre in the diet. Drink two litres of water daily — taken away from meals and sipped slowly to avoid stress on the kidneys. For variety drink diluted fruit juices, organic vegetables juices and herbal teas.
I have never eaten prunes before but now have a packet of dried with me all the time for snacking on (although I do think of it as medicine). I still have the yucky taste in my mouth so not all of the above appeals . Just suck it and see. Diarrhoea - just because you have the trots doesn't mean you aren't also constipated at the same time, diarrhoea can be leakage around some impaction. I went easy on the anti diarrhoea meds as I know I tend to the other side. Avoid dairy, drink plenty of fluids, have something with salt like crisps and then when the diarrhoa wears off eat as above. The aim is for soft, bulky poos and maximum nutritional input to help us resist all the nasties. dont forget I am not a professional this is just what I have found on the Internet and from experience particularly the last 2 weeks, i am not avoiding the bad foods altogether just mixing it up with the good stuff, bit then as i am getting to grips with this cancer lark I find I am wanting to eat the healthy stuff and drink more water as part of the going to war against those bad cells. on the practical front for those spending time in the bathroom, have a handy loo box at floor level with garden kneeler or towel, air freshner that you can stand the smell of,anti-bac wipes, gloves, bleach, full loo roll, gentle face wipes, soft bottle wipes, easy to read book or magazine although I have my ipad connected to lovefilm and have comedy shows lined up ready to play. Hope this helps and any other suggestions please add so we can together compose a bible on SEs. love n kisses to aall nicj xx
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