Thursday, April 07, 2011
Greetings from the 37 year old guy with the internal shell of of a senior citizen. 4 years ago, I had my gall bladder removed. 2 weeks ago I had some kind of weird stomach attack and I find out I have diverticulitis! (a fact that in talking about it with friends and co-workers, people invariable pipe up - "Hmm, my mom has that", or "that sucks, my grandma has that.). Nice - I have a disease thing that senior citizen WOMEN have.
Hmm. "Your mom has diverticulitis". Thats kind of a funny insult.
Yep, 2 weeks ago had an awful stomach episode. Couldnt use the bathroom and my whole lower abdomen felt like I had been doing hours of core exercises. (which I hadnt darn it). Plus, i got WICKED chills for like 20 minutes, only time in my my life I've ever had that. So I went to the doctor a couple of days later who sent me to a CT scan, and i find out not only the diverticulitis news, but also that its torn a tiny tear in my colon. (torn a tiny tear - LOL. That sounds funny for some reason).
Went to the surgeon last week who thankfully thinks anitbiotics can treat it but warned me that next time it happens, will likely have to have a bit of my colon taken out. So I'm eating tons of fiber (at least 25 grams a day which is not pleasant) plus Activia daily. I feel better but can still feel a little of those "pouches" being a bit inflamed. I guess this is something I am going to have to learn to live with.
On a side note, have been reading on the internet that it seems people are more likely to pick this up who have had their gall bladder removed. Interesting. Trade one problem for another.
The worst part is, the surgeon said there is no way I should even think about doing my half marathon in 3.5 weeks. He doesnt even want me to going to the gym. Lovely.
Anybody who knows anyone with diverticulitis? Have it yourself? How do you cope?
P.S. If you know someone with it, and that person is a female and/or senior citizen, please lie to me as to age/gender.