I had appendicitis (a year or so ago now). My life was saved by the surgeons, at hospital, of which I am truly grateful. After the appendectomy, I was expecting various medical staff, professionals such as doctors and dieticians, to give me good advice on how to recover from my operation after I went home.
They offered no advice. I suffered for a month with Peritonitis cramps and all the GP offered was tests, ultrasound, painkillers, anti-spasmodics, and immodium and the like. Drugs!
At no time did anyone medical say: “Ok you have Peritonitis. Your gut is really sensitive right now, so eat like a baby, pure food, like what you would eat after a bout of gastroenteritis”.
Really, how removed from medicine, would it have been, to say something like this?
Medical professionals are only allowed to offer drugs. And we patients are getting a raw deal, when we could have been helped, but they are too restricted in their profession to say anything outside of drugs could be used as medicine. What about Food as Medicine?
It took me a few weeks to realise I had to help myself. Start reading my body signals, what it was saying to me…
Cut out normal adult food. If you bring it back you will get stomach cramps and diarrhoea. Therefore I changed to watery soups and mashed fresh veges, boiled chicken, NO spices, herbs or rice or bread or tea or coffee, and most definitely gluten free. No sugar or flour. Like a Coeliac, eat no gluten or anything out of a tin, bottle or packet. Herbal Tea allowed.
The moment I ate pure and fresh – my pains went away with the very next meal time. Go figure.
So I would advise any readers, to pass on this info if you hear of anyone with the same issue. I searched on the internet but nobody knew why they were getting cramps after an appendectomy. That is astounding!
An Alternative Health Consultant advised me this:
“Get some good naturopathic medicine as your gut microbiome will be compromised with all the antibiotics from the operation so your immune system will be “vulnerable”. Your body is also getting used to having no appendix which is the store house of the master set of your good bugs for your microbiome. So your body needs some help.”
Correct treatment: Pure food, and Pro-biotics.
After a few weeks, I slowly started reintroducing normal food again.
What is a Microbiome?
According to Merriam-webster.com Dictionary a Microbiome is:
- a community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that inhabit a particular environment and especially the collection of microorganisms living in or on the human body
- The intestinal microbiome consists of the microorganisms that inhabit the gut.—Clara Abraham et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 19 Nov. 2009
- Collectively known as the microbiome, this community may play a role in regulating one’s risk of obesity, asthma and allergies. —Carrie Arnold, Scientific American, March 2012