SparkPeople Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis Support Team Messageboard Have you been diagnosed with Diverticular disease? Diverticulitis can be scary, and medical advice can be confusing, but we offer support for you as you come to terms with your health issues. SparkPeople Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis Support Team Messageboard Hi everyone Hello everyone. I've been on SparkPeople a long time, but didn't know there was a team for diverticulitis. I just went through a bout of it, and was looking up some things on the site, and found this team. I realize the team isn't very active, but thought I'd join just to share any tips and advice, and offer any help to others. I wrote a blog about my recent experience with it, if you want to read it on my SparkPage. <BR> <BR> I have several bouts a year, it seems. The first time I had it, ... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 10:54:12 EST Sending a friendly wave to my team mates Hi there everyone. <BR> I am still here, just about. What about you guys. Anyone around these days? <BR> Send me a friendly wave if you see this please. <BR> I feel very lonely. <BR> <em>524</em> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:31:49 EST hello new here I wrote one message under the Hello on the 8th but have yet to have anyone answer me, did I do something wrong or do you just write an no one answers. If anyone knows or wants to answer what is going on please let me know. I can really use the help with this Diverticulitis. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:55:37 EST fiber and diverticulitis How can i get my fiber when i have diverticulitis. Im having a flare up now. But i know i need to have fiber in my diet. How do we do that? Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:42:08 EST Christmas food and Diverticular issues Hi Everyone. Welcome to our recent new members, and *waves* to all our other members too. <BR> <BR> How did you all cope with Thanksgiving, and are you having to tread carefully this Christmas? <BR> <BR> For me, the saddest part is missing out on Christmas pudding and mince pies. Sun, 13 Dec 2015 04:43:34 EST The upside of this disease Last week I had the flu. Yuck. On the plus side, I was regular. I'm normally not. That's one way to have a bm. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 18:22:59 EST Hello I am newly diagnosed with diverticulitis with a perforated bowel. I have just finished the antibiotics and have been given the go ahead to slowly increase my fiber intake. I found your group and look forward to the support from others who understand what I am going through. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:58:55 EST Hello... I just bought a chocolate bar. <BR> <BR> On the cover it said: <BR> <BR> Hello... I am Strawberry Cheesecake... Is it me you're looking for? <BR> <BR> I can only assume Lionel Ritchie has shares in Lindt. <em>211</em> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:17:30 EST Surgery scheduled in two weeks I've been struggling with diverticulitis for a few years now and had a really bad attack earlier this year. It took 4 rounds of antibiotics to clear it up. Now I am scheduled for surgery in two weeks. Starting to get nervous and wondering if anyone else has had the surgery and can share some words of advice. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:26:38 EST How much fiber should I be getting? Because I am losing weight, I am on a 1200 calorie/day eating plan. I have had 2 bouts of diverticulitis in the past and my doctor had told me I need to get 25-30g of fiber a day but I was not on a restricted calorie diet at that time. How much should I be trying to get without sacrificing too many other essential nutrients or adding too much fat (avacados are high in fiber but I can only have a tiny amount per day)? <BR> <BR> I should add that I am focusing on getting enough water everyda... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 18:16:45 EST Howdy! I'm newly diagnosed with Diverticulitis Still trying to understand this disease and how to control it. Hopefully, I have found a support group to aid with my frustration. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 23:53:36 EST August! We just got home from an 11 day vacation to Florida. I go back to work tomorrow. Then in 2 1/2 weeks DH & I will take my youngest to school for his freshman year in college. My oldest will still be at home & she will be a Junior in college. <BR> <BR> So August is already shaping up to be a busy month! Sun, 3 Aug 2014 18:55:20 EST How is everyone? I have a new challenge to face now. Had to remove my lower dentures because of a growth, so having to adjust my eating to accomodate that, which as you can imagine means it affects my diverticular issues. <BR> I had a biopsy on Friday, and now await the results. <BR> *sigh* Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:10:57 EST Got the results of biopsy today Had a follow up appointment from my colonoscopy today. My biopsy came back negative. He said that I had an abnormal looking fold in my colon and that's why he did the biopsy. Told me to eat a high fiber diet. I try. Fruits and veggies, plus I take a couple of fiber pills. He told me I wasn't taking near enough fiber pills! Eat a big bowl of salad every day was his advice & eat a high fiber diet. Come back in a year. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:18:41 EST Happy Easter! Happy Easter everyone! Have a great & fabulous day. My goal for today is to finish painting the living room. Almost there. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:27:10 EST Anyone here have a Nutribullet? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am considering investing in a nutribullet, but am not sure just how smoothly it blends tougher food, like nuts, raw carrots, fruit skin, etc. As these are foods that i tend to have to avoid unless cooked and/or pureed because of the diverticular issues, and also because I now have a jaw issue which restricts chewing on even some of the tougher foods that weren't previously a problem as long as they were thoroughly chewed. *sigh* let's just add that new pain to the collec... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:46:59 EST TEAM NAME CHANGE Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> It would seem that the previous leader did not take her removal as leader here as well as was thought. She has set up a new team for diverticulitis with the exact same name we had, which would cause all kinds of confusion if people are trying to find us here at Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> So, as I was thinking of changing the team name anyway, we are now the Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis Support team. Unless you can think of a better name, as that is rather a mouthful. L... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:42:21 EST Thoughts on team challenges Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about the team challenges and rather than just choose the challenges myself I'd like your input. What presents a challenge to you personally? What would you like to see the team work towards together? <BR> <BR> For instance, even on a bad day I still try and keep my exercise streak going even if my personal minimum is all I can manage. <BR> <BR> My current streak is walking a mile with Leslie Sansone each day (now at day 167 as it happens). For ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:49:06 EST Time to check in and update I can see that some members posted in the last few months but did not get a reply from the team leader. I can only apologise for not being here at the time to help out. <BR> <BR> I shan't go into details about my absence because the problems are finally sorted out. It is all water under the bridge now, and I plan to be here to help out as much as possible from here on in. <BR> <BR> So let's do the clean slate thing. <BR> <BR> Tell me how you are all getting on. I'm dying to catch up wi... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:35:11 EST I'm back! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> After a few blips and issues, I have been reinstated as team leader. My thanks to Spark Coach Jen for sorting out the misunderstanding with the previous leader(s). <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is well and having good patches currently, and I look forward to helping you all again here in the Diverticulitis team. <BR> <BR> I can't tell you how pleased I am to be back! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lex xxx Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:02:30 EST MESSAGE FOR TEAM LEADER AMY Hi Amy, <BR> <BR> I'm sure you remember that I used to be the team leader of the Diverticular team. I saw your post on the team leaders group and am happy to take the Diverticular team off your hands. All you have to do is add me as a leader and then you can get on with your weightwatchers or whatever unencumbered by the team. <BR> <BR> Regards, <BR> Lexie Sun, 13 Apr 2014 03:20:56 EST Happy to take over as leader of this team again Hi there, <BR> I used to run this team and am happy to come back and take over the leader role again if you want me. <BR> Regards, <BR> Lexie Wed, 9 Apr 2014 03:20:09 EST colonoscopy When was your last colonoscopy? I couldn't remember when my last one was, so I called my PCP. It was 2 1/2 years ago! I really thought it was last winter sometime. I just remember being cold after drinking the jug. So scheduled the appointment to schedule the procedure. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:45:24 EST Been having the longest episode in years! Had my kidney transplant on November 14th and started having problems with the Diverticulitis after my bowel didn't work. It has now been a month and I have been miserable with it. Just a bummer to live with. No fever so guess there isn't much they can do. I have almost 300 diverticuli in my colon. Anyone else have this problem? Sat, 14 Dec 2013 07:28:46 EST Living with Diverticulosis & new kidney My name is Judi... I have between 200/300 diverticuli in my colon. Suffer a lot with this. But, just have to tell you my more recent miracle! Christian all of my life experiencing some pretty tough things. I just experienced the most amazing miracle and am just "full of God" at this time. I had a kidney transplant on November 21st of 1990. The kidney failed on my birthday (July 31) this summer, was on dialysis the next day. I live in rural Wisconsin and was having to go to dialysis 120... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 22:55:10 EST Hello I am new Hi My name is Julie. I was born in London UK and now live in Sheffield South Yorkshire UK. I have a condition Idiopathic intracranial Hypertension(IIH) and DEC 2012 I was admitted to hospital for emergency surgery to my abdomen. It turned out that my bowel perforated due to faecal peritonitis. During the surgery my spleen had to be removed as it had been cut and couldn't be stopped bleeding. I subsequently got septicaemia. My original condition- IIH required a VP shunt with a pipe which went ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 18:44:54 EST June/jul y/august chat I know people are going on cruises, vacations, etc so Im just going to lump all of summer months together... <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> I have a liver biopsy coming up so won't be here for two weeks... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:13:38 EST HI, I'm a newbie! PLEASE HELP ME. Hi everyone, My name is Eileen. I live on the central eastern coast of florida. In addition to my new diagnosis of diverticulitis, I also have epilisy and a handful of other annoyances. And going through a seizure medication change now too which is always a ball of laughs. <BR> <BR> last friday I had my first diverticulitis attack. I had a mild temperture ( barely 101) but felt like I was giving birth to a pineapple. I NEVER want to go through that again. I hope its my last and thats my go... Mon, 13 May 2013 10:16:15 EST May chat Well my birthday is sunday I am going to splurge and have banana cream pie. I will be 57. Wed, 1 May 2013 15:11:47 EST April Chat Got a book about diverticulosis and will put in here what I learn in the coming days..please post what you have learned about the disease..I am open to all since the disease is so diverse Mon, 1 Apr 2013 00:52:54 EST Recipes This is recipes to help you lose weight and help prevent future flare ups <BR> <BR> I am on weight watchers and weight watchers is on a point system. Fruits and veggies are no points. At my house my older brother is always talking about carbs and when I buy fresh fruit he always eats it all so I started buying frozen fruit for myself and eating it kind of tasted like ice cream. If you buy the no sugar added variety (one cup) put it in the microwave for 30-40 seconds to defrost it ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:23:00 EST march coffee hour Well one thing I didnt realize is how much is actually put in my coffee. I was counting more than was actually put in my coffee. Weight watchers is on a point system so i was giving myself more points for milk in my coffee then I should have. I learned that in my meeting today. <BR> <BR> Have any of you checked out spark coach? I signed up for it and I think it is really great. Also please say hello in my other team carbohydrate addicts team there is just me and the other team leader jan an... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:59:32 EST weight for march weighed in today at 249.4 Finally broke the 250 mark..I have been working so hard for months at that. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:53:12 EST Introduce Yourself Hello My name is Amy. I would like to introduce myself as your new team leader. I am a co-leader of carbohydrate addicts and use to be a team leader of 1200 calorie sparkers(a long time ago). I am in my second bout of diverticulitis,just got out of the hospital this last thursday. I had a cat scan that didnt show it, when they did a colonoscopy they found it just as I thought they would. I have epilepsy, asthma, and fatty liver disease. I joined weight watchers last June and have lost 28.4 po... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:50:44 EST Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a wonderful new year! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:35:04 EST Flares Ups again I was diagnosed with Divertic in 2009 when it caused a rupture in my intestines. It has been a long and slow healing process. Now starting to get flare ups again. What makes this even harder is I just relocated back to my home town after being gone for ten years and I know nothing about the doctors up here. <BR> <BR> I was really glad to find this group. I have been on other diet/lifestyle web sites and no one talks about divertic. Other digestive problems are all over the place but di... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:00:42 EST Silly Questions for some Getting to Know You Fun What colour is your toothbrush? <BR> <BR> Mine is red. <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:59:33 EST 37 year old just diagnosed and misreable Hi, Julie here. I am new to all of this and never want to go through what I went through this week again. For 5 years I have been told my pain (when not severe) was due to ovarian cysts. I even had my left ovary out 6 months ago. Intertesingly enough I had such severe pain etc. on my left side this week than when I was told it was from cysts on my right ovary I told them they were insane and I would not accept that as the answer. So here I am after finally go to the right doctor and demanding... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 16:24:52 EST Been a rough couple of weeks... ...thanks to a combo of Diverticulitis, and a nasty Costochondritis attack competing with it for which could give me the most grief!!! <BR> <BR> My blog here tells the details (along with some humour to lighten my mood): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135286 </link> <BR> <BR> I now have my daughter's cold, but fortunately the diverticulitis has cleared up and the spasms are better thanks to the doc prescribing anti-spasmodics. *phe... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 08:16:05 EST Hello everyone I was diagnosed several years. Tried to ask questions basically told not to worry about it probably would not have any problem. <BR> <BR> Well a month ago I was in abdominal pain (first not to concerned I always have issues) went to the er later ct scan and was told I had diverticulitis. Antibiotics make me so sick I get every possible side effect to the max. They gave me two cipro which I will never take again even affected my joints. then Bactrim to replace that. I was so sick from al... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:22:34 EST The Slug and Lettuce: drop by for a cyber beer So, welcome to the Slug and Lettuce. This is a virtual English Pub, where our motto is: <BR> <BR> Nothing is Inedible or Undrinkable! <BR> <BR> This is the beauty of a virtual pub. Here you can go to town. Ask for whatever you fancy to eat or drink, and this congenial landlady will do her best to provide. Whether you have a hankering for good old steak and kidney pie washed down with a jug of finest ale, or pate de foie gras and a large glass of tawny port, or even a twinkie and a mug o... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:06:57 EST Links to useful information Please feel free to add any links to web pages that may be of use to sufferers of Diverticular Disease, etc. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:31:12 EST Game: A to Z of High Fibre Assistance This may help some of us discover new goodies to try in our efforts to improve our high-fibre food intake. <BR> <BR> Starting at A and working through the alphabet, we take turns listing food and drinks that have a good fibre content. By good fibre, I mean ANY food that has fibre in it, types of bread, fruits and veggies etc. <BR> <BR> I will do A. The next person replies with a suggestion for the letter B, etc. If you can include some info for the fibre content of your suggestion, tha... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:15:15 EST SP info on Diverticulosis and Diverticultitis <link><BR>a-z_detail.asp?AZ=144 </link> <BR> <BR> This link takes you to all the information Sparkpeople has available, and I am in the process of typing up a six-page document from my British doctor on the same subject. <BR> <BR> I notice that SP touches on a couple of points my info doesn't and vice versa, so I figure both can help. :-) <BR> <BR> I'll pop mine up on the group as soon as it is complete. <BR> <BR> Here's hoping everyone is having ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:13:02 EST I forget how painful this can be! Last week I wasn't feeling well. Finally realized it was my diverticulosis. Did my home remedies and got through it. I had issues again a couple of days ago. Nothing like the week before. <BR> <BR> I just can't get my system to be regular! Sat, 29 Sep 2012 23:10:16 EST New Leader Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I offered to take over as team leader for this sparkteam yesterday. If you read my introductiory post, you will know that I have just been diagnosed with diverticular disease, and I was sorry to see this group so inactive, when I know from the pain I deal with on a daily basis that we need all the support we can get. <BR> <BR> But life gets in the way sometimes and team leaders have to step down and take a break from the responsibilities here on Spark, so I hope that... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 05:27:53 EST Diverticular Disease just been diagnosed Hi all, <BR> I had a barium enema two weeks ago because my GP thought I might have diverticular disease, and it turned out she was right. I have a number of diverticula dotted about my large bowel, and as an added bonus a polyp requiring biopsy and/or removal, plus the ultrasound I also had in case the pains were caused by kidney stones, revealed fibroids in my womb, so given three situations to deal with in one fowl swoop! <BR> So I looked on Spark for a support team and found you guys. <B... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:57:47 EST New here and waiting for a colonoscopy I just re-started spark people today after learning earlier this week that I likely have diverticulosis. I'm currently getting over an episode of diverticulitis, on antibiotics. My doctor is in the process of setting up a colonoscopy for me. Not looking forward to this! <BR> <BR> I've been doing research online about this condition, and I've seen that there's some debate over whether seeds like tomato or strawberry actually cause episodes of diverticulitis. What have your experiences been? W... Tue, 1 May 2012 18:18:42 EST New here Hi, just joined this group, I was diagnosed about 5 years ago. Had an attack about three <BR> years ago. Not a pleasant experience. Still learning which foods to eat, cause I am also <BR> lactose intolerant. Doing my best to maintain my diet. <BR> <BR> One writer talked about corn, that has to be worst of the foods for diverticulosis <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone <em>30</em> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 16:02:09 EST What's your take on Aloe Vera Juice? I just started drinking Aloe Vera juice about 2 weeks ago I heard it was good for the digestion tract I drink 4 ounces twice a day first thing in the morning and last thing before bedtime <BR> <BR> Long story short for me its really helping my stomach & digestion I was take metamucil daily but that was giving me way to much gas my stomach feels so much better since I started the aloe vera juice <BR> <BR> Benefits has the ability to improve digestion, circulation, detoxification and cleanse... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 20:26:00 EST hello everyone I am new here and new to the condition. I didn't even know I had it until I fell extremely ill. If you have had an attack you know the symptoms. Well, I didn't. I thought it was just a painful stomach flu. Then on day 5 I got out of bed to go to the bathroom and felt a huge ripping, popping and indescribable pain. I got to the hospital with less than an hour left to live. I was told my bowels didn't just perforate, the exploded and I was septic and my body was starting to shut down. M... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:02:09 EST Ok, now I feel completely stupid -Rant on- <BR> <BR> Now that I have finally gotten serious about losing weight I have made a lot of dietary changes in the last couple of weeks. One of them was to incorporate some low calorie whole wheat sesame seed crackers. Sesame seeds!!! Really!!! What the hell was I thinking??? <BR> <BR> It's been 12 years since my bowel resection (12" removed) and I'm now in the middle of a full blown Diverticulitus attack. Great! I had finally forgotten just how much these hurt. <BR> <BR> Wel... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 06:43:36 EST High fiber diet I had my second colonoscopy and found out that I have diverticulosis. I need to have a high fiber diet. I like certain fruits and vegetables but not always the kind that are high in fiber. I need help with this. <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Dec 2011 11:41:06 EST New team leader? Would anyone else here be interested in taking on the role of Team Leader for this SparkTeam? I am having difficulty giving this team the attention it deserves due to ongoing personal and professional commitments. <BR> <BR> Let me know. <BR> <BR> Sean Fri, 2 Dec 2011 09:12:18 EST 2 yrs after total colectomy surgery Hello all, I'm Peggie there's a history in my family of diverticulosis, I suffered with it for many years. You'd think I'd be skinny.....but it's just the opposite. I hope to inspire, and be inspired. Mon, 14 Nov 2011 23:11:24 EST Just found out this morning I have Diverticulosis! Had my first colonscopy this morning and was asked if anyone ever told me I had "Diverticulosis" No was the answer but I was suspecting it I had some signs. My name is Linda I have been with SP since 2009 Looking forward to getting to know you all Mon, 7 Nov 2011 12:32:39 EST New here and getting ready for surgery Hello...I just joined this group today and have only been a member of SparkPeople for about a week. I've been battling Divertic for at least 6 years now. I was hospitalized 5 years ago for a week. At the time and until a couple months ago I haven't had insurance so I was battling it alone, trying to figure out what I could and couldn't eat. I've done tons of research, trial and error and have it mostly under control. Last week I went in for a physical for the first time in 8 years when she he... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 20:52:50 EST Hi everyone, new to this group I was diagnosed last December, was hospitalized for 13 days. My symptoms at first were lower back pain on both sides and lower front abdomen (both sides). Though could not explain or find what was causing lower back pain, thought I had a severe urinary track infection (tests revealed nothing). Then as the pain worsened I thought I was going to give birth :(... <BR> Now I am having a flare-up, not feeling very well, so I will keep it short for now. will be reading this blog a bit at a time. t... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 09:36:37 EST New to group I was unfortunate enough to not know I had diverticulosis until I developed an infected, baseball sized abscess in my abdomen. My pain was in my back and left hip, never in my abdomen. I had had no digestive problems, constipation/diarrhea or bleeding. I continued to become more and more weak (partially due to critically low potassium levels). <BR> I was scheduled for an MRI to discover the source of my hip pain when the pain and weakness became so great I ended up in the emergency room. <B... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 09:05:36 EST high fiber foods I'm not a big fan of fruits & veggies. I have to be in the mood to eat them. I've noticed that if I'm not careful I won't eat any in a day. I do my meal planning ahead of time & there are some weeks that I just plan the main dish. I do this to create my grocery list. <BR> <BR> I don't like apples, unless it's applesauce or apple juice or cider. <BR> <BR> What are your favorite high fiber fruits & veggies & how to you serve them? Thu, 11 Aug 2011 09:49:37 EST 4 Hour Body (Slow carb diet) So... After a year of being stuck on the plateau from hell using the Spark plan, my wife talked me into trying the 4 Hour Body (Slow carb diet) by Tim Ferriss with her. Not only have I suddenly started dropping weight again, but my digestive health has been absolutely GLORIOUS since I've eliminated the majority of white foods (flour, rice, sugar, etc.) from my diet. Eating a TONNE of protein, mainly from beans and lentils so I'm not fighting hunger all day now, either. <BR> <BR> Anyone else ... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 00:49:12 EST Soooooooo...'s everybody been? Is everyone feeling good this summer or still having trouble? I hope I'm on the mend now...Had a horrible June with attacks and a hospital stay. Back to eating regular food and tracking my food to ward off things that give me trouble. So far, so good!! :) <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and is pain and antibiotic free!!! Enjoy the sunshine, wherever you are!! Thu, 14 Jul 2011 23:29:52 EST Have you ever experienced this? What to do.. Hi everyone. I'm Kim. I was diagnosed with Diverticulosis almost two years ago during a Colonoscopy (at age 41). I had some unexplained bleeding and a Colonoscopy was done to diagnose it. At that time, they also removed a polyp that was "pre-cancerous". Everything was fine until November 1st (2010) when I had my first bout of Diverticulitis, and then February (2011) my second, and then April my third and worst ever case of it. The Doc says I shouldn't be having these flare ups so frequently s... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 11:46:36 EST Suggestions appreciated! I just got home from the hospital... I was having severe left lower abdomen pain so I finally went to a gastro doctor and he admitted me... I had a CT scan, which confirmed his diagnosis of diverticulitis... Luckily, I only had to stay one night and treatment with antibiotics, no food and pain meds helped... I was sent home to eat a bland diet for a a week then to slowly add fiber... I had these same symptoms about a year and half ago but they resolved on their own... I thought they were rel... Wed, 4 May 2011 12:16:28 EST just joined Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new here. I was recently diagnosed with diverticulosis during a routine colonoscopy. My mother died last year of stage 4 bowel cancer, so my doc wanted me to have a scope. I am 44 years old. Happy to report no cancer, but they found diverticulosis. My gastroenterologist keeps asking me about pain....I have had some abdominal pain in the past, but just associated it with other things...guess it may have been some GI inflammation??? I am looking to learn more abo... Tue, 3 May 2011 17:26:41 EST removed removed Thu, 31 Mar 2011 01:09:33 EST This and that... 1. My diverticulitis flare-ups have almost disappeared since I had my gall-bladder removed last year. I think not having something dumping infected pus like material into my digestive tract has helped out a fair bit. <BR> <BR> 2. I've switched to a mostly ovo-lacto vegetarian diet. Not for moral reasons, but because I got tired of having to carry around a roll of TP and constantly be aware of where the bathrooms were because of perpetual diarrhea. <BR> <BR> 3. Most my protein now comes from... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 08:51:26 EST Didn't treat myself right, another episode I didn't think this was anything to worry about. So when they told me 2009 I had it, I was going to WW and was treating myself to Good Healthy Food. Then I stopped WW and guess what? Found out yesterday, I had another episode Diverticulosis. Now I am ready to do what I need to do. She said If I continue having episodes, I will need to get surgery. NO SURGERY Wanted. Anyone here that has good luck with eating correctly? Thanks Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:36:30 EST recently told I had this problem I went in for shoulder surgery and ended up 4 days sick in hospital with this condition. Needless it's been a very long Month of eating between liguid and soft food. Hope to learn more about how to live with condition. Sat, 11 Dec 2010 23:31:57 EST A left-side pain that never quite goes away Hi, fellow diverticulosis sufferers! I have a question for all of you. <BR> <BR> First of all, I am the woman who posted about the "dirty word" - surgery. I'm happy to report that I have been able to stay out of the hospital and avoid surgery since I wrote that post! I haven't had a full-out attack since fall of last year, and it's been over a year since I had last been in the hospital. <BR> <BR> However, I've had a mild, chronic pain on my lower left side since the last attack. I went for ... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 14:13:04 EST Gall bladder issues Just wondering... Anyone here dealing with gall bladder issues AND diverticular disease at the same time? Tue, 19 Oct 2010 23:01:49 EST 1st colonoscopy since resection last year... I'm scheduled Friday morning to have it. I've had one once before but that was before the diverticulitis and the resection surgery. Has anyone had any experience with a colonscopy after resection surgery? Pretty nervous about it. Tue, 14 Sep 2010 09:17:08 EST Newly diagnosed, just released from hospital Hi-I was released from a 4 day hospital stay from an acute attack of diverticulitis. I am trying to maintain a 100lb weight loss and am worried about how difficult the transition is back to "real food" after the low-residue diet. Just looking for some hope right now, more than anything. I had maintained my weight for 2 years, but had been backsliding for the past 4 months or so due to stress at work, and put on about 15lb. I'm also a vegetarian, so I'm worried about how it will be to toler... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 10:35:15 EST recently diagnosed i was having severe lower abdominal pain.. especailly when going to the bathroom. i couldnt handle the pain anymore so i went to the e.r. after what seemed to be an eternity of never ending tests... they came up eith diverticulosis. first time id ever heard of it. it doesnt stop there. now they are testing for chrons disease. i cant eat anything without my stomach feeling like it is being stabbed repeatidly. Tue, 3 Aug 2010 18:01:37 EST Dr Manny link Can anyone advise as to how to view the 'dr manny' youtube link someone posted? It says it's private? Sun, 1 Aug 2010 11:28:40 EST Recently Diagnosed Had a colonoscopy July 2 was diagnoded with Diverticulosis....never heard of it and I have had no pain what so ever....have no idea how long I have had it.My Dr told me to eat a lot of fiber. Happy I found this group....A little about me. I am Sandra live in California with DH of 40 years have 2 sons and 1 grandson. Tue, 27 Jul 2010 18:55:30 EST NEWLY DIAGNOSED LOUSY DR-SUGGESTIONS NEEDED! Greetings. <BR> After an unsatisfying encounter with an ER dr who after a cT advised me my pain and bloating was diverticulitis, I'm highly confused after trying to help educate myself on this. (most of the websites that pop up on a search want you to buy their book). <BR> <BR> I was just told this Friday night and sent home with antibiotics and pain meds and no other info/sugegestions/orders/diet, so I'm trying to fend for myself. <BR> <BR> The website suggested somewhere here on the ... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 11:56:09 EST As a matter of interest... When you're in the middle of a flare-up and the doctor has put you on a liquid diet, STICK TO IT. Never mind the fact that the Cipro has kicked in, you feel good, your appetite has come back, and your spouse has just cooked deer sausage. <BR> <BR> Definitely should NOT have eaten the deer sausage. Now I feel worse than when I originally went to the doctor about the flare-up. Pain, pain, PAIN. <BR> <BR> Gawd can I ever be a dumb ass. :-( <BR> <BR> s. Thu, 8 Jul 2010 09:43:14 EST New Team Member Hi - My colon and I have been doing battle for the last 10 years...for the past week my colon has been winning. I switched to liquids for a few days, slowly introduced food and increased my liquids. My diet has so much fiber I may as well chew on my firewood. My gastro doctor wants me to have a bowel resection but it just seems so radical. Any insights, suggestions or foods that seem to calm the colon would be very much appreciated. My colon is not perforated and I would like to keep it that ... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 19:29:56 EST interesting link to check out <link><BR>diet.shtml </link> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 21:09:32 EST Newby I'm new to SparkPeople and recently diagnosed with Diverticulitis. Am looking for a surgeon in the Fingerlakes Region of New York. I haven't read any posts yet, but will soon Wed, 9 Jun 2010 16:10:37 EST New here also I'm also new here, and was diagnosed with diverticulitis at the ER on saturday. I was having terrible cramps all day friday, felt exactly like labor contractions. The first doctor at the hospital was just going to send me home with orders to get some Fleet enema, but another doctor caught it and had me to a full work up. After 7 hours, bloodwork, urinalysis, ultrasound and CT scan, they confirmed diverticulitis and sent me home with 2 antibiotics and some pain meds. <BR> <BR> Of course, a... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 10:50:13 EST new here! I just recently was told by a doctor that I have Diverticulitis. All he told me was to eat more fiber, did not suggest any diet or give me a list of foods I should be eating or should avoid. I am having a hard time pinning down the trigger foods. How does everyone else deal with this? Mon, 31 May 2010 10:05:16 EST Requesting info New to diverticulitis. What have you done to relieve constipation when having an attack and are now on a low residue diet? Any suggestions would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 May 2010 14:05:25 EST Hello! I'm not totally new to SparkPeople, but new to the SparkTeams side of it all. ;) <BR> <BR> I'm 28 and had my first bout with diverticulitis a few months after I turned 24, but I didn't know it at the time. I spent a few days in severe pain almost totally unable to even so much as walk at work. I finally had my boyfriend take me to the ER. I got worked up for every STD in the book as well as ectopic pregnancy. I was given some pain meds, a referral to a gynecologist, and sent on my way. ... Mon, 24 May 2010 12:50:58 EST Quiet here lately. Everyone still doing okay? :-) Fri, 21 May 2010 00:40:55 EST Just diagnosed with sigmoid diverticulosis Hi my name is MJ. There's been issues with pain for years but the either the doctors kept brushing me aside or I didn't have proper insurance to get the testing completed. Had a colonoscopy recently that pretty much confirmed what I knew all along but it was good to have the answers in black and white. Last week on the 5th I woke up in severe pain. I had to the ER. They kept me overnight and diagnosed me not only with a flare-up of diverticulosis but also with kidney stones. So,right now I am... Wed, 12 May 2010 08:31:22 EST Hospital.... Again. April was not my month. First part of the month saw me being hospitalized for a diverticulitis flare-up. Didn't eat anything that I shouldn't have for once, it just ran me over all the same. The cipro didn't take the infection out quickly enough so I got stuck in the hospital on IV antibiotics. Doctor is talking about surgery now. <BR> <BR> A week after getting out I started having chest pain. Back to the hospital. Not a heart attack and not my pacemaker malfunctioning. Whatever it is doesn'... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 07:51:07 EST Causal issues: IBS or spastic colon I'm curious how many of us have IBS, spastic colon, or similar issues. I know my diverticula were formed because I have such an issue. Any time it flares up, I am terrified it will effect the diverticula. <BR> <BR> The challenge is, sometimes eating the foods we should eat, whole fruit, veg, and whole grains, seems to kick off the issues. I've had a terrible time the last 2 nights due to this. <BR> <BR> Any vets have suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Lexi Tue, 23 Mar 2010 15:50:14 EST Ah! You are here!! I was hoping there was a team here for us, and, of course, here you all are. Yay. That said, I'm kind of sad that there are enough of us to even need this group. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed w/diverticulosis during my first attack in my early 30's. It was almost a blessing, because I learned how to eat healthier after that. Almost any attack I had after was because I'd fall into eating white starches too much, too much alcohol, or not enough activity. Those factors, combined with spastic c... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 15:45:36 EST I'm new to this diagnosis. Hi all. On March 1 I was having a problem with severe abdominal pain. I went into our local ER and was diagnosed with a severe case of diverticulitis with a bowel perforation. Fortunately I did not have to have emergency surgery, but unfortunately I ended up spending 9 days in the hospital. I never had a problem with this before so all this is somewhat new to me. I say somewhat new because my mother has the same diagnosis and I know what she has endured. I am looking for support, ideas of... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 14:21:36 EST My story... About 2 1/2 years ago, I made a fabulous trip to New Zealand. I spent 3 weeks wondering about the country and had an amazing time. Shortly after returning to the states, I started to notice a rash forming on my neck. At first, it started out small only to grow and grow and grow. I couldn't figure out what was wrong. I went to a couple of different dermatologists and they said it was just eczema and gave me creams and ointments to put on it. That didn't help either. <BR> <BR> I also noticed ... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 18:07:49 EST Check in time... So how's everyone holding up at this point? Managing to stick to your diet? Exercise regularly? Avoiding flare-ups? <BR> <BR> I've been stuck on the weight loss plateau from hell for several months. Most of it is my fault -- I've not been tracking calories here like I should have. The good news is that I've kept on top my exercise so I'm adding muscle. Thighs, calves, and biceps are all showing growth since last November. <BR> <BR> I'm recommitting to tracking my food intake here and I'm bu... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 14:20:16 EST looking at food does any one have issues when they just LOOK at food . I sure do and altho my tests showed also a <BR> real acid tummy seems this is certainly not normal? <BR> <BR> onebusymouse Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:19:30 EST just a hi and thinking Having this is no fun i wonder why the picture used to go on our pages can NOT be more fun or PRETTY. <BR> <BR> Than what it shows . <BR> <BR> just a thought. <BR> onebusymouse <em>27</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:16:37 EST Hello all I had a colonoscopy yesterday and found out that I have Diverticulosis. So I'm trying to figure out a game plan for dealing with it all. I'm going to have to control with diet since I'm super senstive to meds that they have given me in the past for other GI issues. So any help would be great!! I'm a bit tired of not being able to do much with my weight and in reading some things a diet designed for this problem could help? Let's hope!! Tue, 12 Jan 2010 09:18:04 EST Best place for info? Hi all! I am 31 and just recently diagnosed with diverticulosis. It does go a long way to explaining several years worth of pain! I would love any guidance in websites and forums where I can learn more about this disease. I seem to struggling to find good information and a place where others really know what this is like. Thanks! (I'm so excited to have found this group here! It's my first success at finding like-diagnosed people.) Sat, 2 Jan 2010 00:44:45 EST Hi everyone! I was so happy to see that there is a forum for diverticulosis! I was diagnosed about 2 years ago (at the age of 31), and a lot of people don't understand what we go through with our diet and lifestyle changes. After my GP told me that the pain and low-grade fever I had were "probably viral", I woke up with more severe lower left abdominal pain and a fever of 101. A trip to the urgent care center and a subsequent referral to the ER for a CT scan later, I had my answer. Everyone I talk to is s... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 20:38:58 EST Does this sound like diverticulitis to you? Last Thursday morning, I woke up before dawn with pain in my lower left side. It was not constant but a sharp, stabbing pain (about 4-5 on the pain scale) when I turned over in bed. I learned quickly that it also hurt when trying to sit up from a lying down position, or lying down onto my back from a sitting up position. <BR> <BR> I have occasional pain in my abdomen from diverticulosis, so I figured it would either go away or get worse if there was an infection. But it got neither better no... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 21:26:49 EST Sick again. Fever. The trots. Oh, and it feels like someone stuck a spear into the left side of my gut. Doc has me on Cipro plus the probiotics to repopulate my gut with healthy bacteria. <BR> <BR> Worst part is that I feel too crappy to exercise, and then I feel crappy because I'm not exercising. Vicious circle. <BR> <BR> Too bad we don't get to pick our illnesses -- next time around I want to be anorexic instead. <BR> <BR> s. Wed, 25 Nov 2009 13:59:44 EST Today my doctor said a dirty word! SURGERY. <BR> <BR> I had to see my regular doctor today, so when I started to feel a diverticulitis attack coming on, I just waited to see him. <BR> <BR> This is my 5th attack in less than 2 years time. And that's why the doctor mentioned maybe the time has come from surgery. <BR> <BR> By the same token, it probably isn't a severe attack. That is, I've caught it early, as I did two other ones, and I'm hoping at-home antibiotics will do the trick. The other two were hospital stays, the firs... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 15:36:03 EST November check-in So how's everyone doing? Losing weight? Not gaining weight? Staying out of the hospital and the Halloween candy? <BR> <BR> I'm sitting on a plateau again. Have been good since the last flare-up. Eating VERY carefully when it comes to grease, let me tell you. Am still exercising faithfully, but am currently being frustrated by my skipping rope. This is what I aspire to being able to do by February: <BR> <BR><BR>Oc <BR> <BR> Only problem is that I've ... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 21:02:41 EST Bacon is off the menu. Well, I'm up at 4 am fighting a fever, nausea, and dealing with gut cramps. Genius that I am, I decided not to hurt my wife's feelings by refusing the French toast and bacon she made for dinner last night. <BR> <BR> In fairness to her, she had such a rough day at work that was all she had the energy to make. I'm usually the one who does the cooking by making something the day before or firing up the crock pot before I leave to open my business for the day. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I pounded back t... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 06:14:53 EST Protein shakes Folks, <BR> <BR> I was having trouble hitting my protein targets after I made the switch to ovo-lacto vegetarian. Biggest reason for that is that greasy meat meals were getting my guts all riled up. Everything works better when I lay off big chunks of beef pot roast for dinner. <BR> <BR> Because of the weight training I'm doing now, I need protein, but I don't go over what SP says I can have in a day (approx 250g). So I've been drinking Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein shakes immediately befo... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 10:09:57 EST Hubby just diagnosed and I need support Took hubby to urgent care Tuesday after I got off work and 2 hours later we were in the ER thinking he was going to get his appendix removed. CT scan and blood work showed diverticulosis. Two days later hubby saw his regular dr who told him he has to change his diet but again, no one gave any guidelines other than 1 tsp of Metamucil every day for the rest of his life, plus more fiber in our diet. <BR> I am meeting the dietician on Wednesday morning for help on how to meet the 20-35 grams ... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 19:09:38 EST Relevant Web comic... So, does this sound familiar to anyone? <BR> <BR><BR>comicID=3305 <BR> <BR> (The link is safe to go to.) <BR> <BR> Best, <BR> <BR> Sean M. Wed, 23 Sep 2009 17:58:01 EST Hi, gang! Hi to you all! New on this team... Been on SparkPeople for a few years, but have been MIA for a few months. Now I'm back. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with diverticulosis back in Dec. 2007, when I had a severe diverticulitis attack that put me in the hospital for three days. Colonoscopy revealed medium to large diverticula throughout my colon. <BR> <BR> I've since had three mild attacks and another serious one within the last two years. Not much fun, and I'm only 45. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, toge... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 08:36:09 EST Coming up on four months with no flare-ups! I have to say that I'm feeling a lot more at peace with the diverticulosis now that I've gone for a good length of time without getting ill again. <BR> <BR> How's everyone else hodling up? <BR> <BR> Sean M. Mon, 14 Sep 2009 11:39:35 EST My Story Hi I was diagnosed with Divorticulitas in 2008 after being taken to hospital with a suspected Appendicitis.I had never heard of this until I was diagnosed, then found out my mother sister and grandmother All had the same condition I didn't know it ran in familys.We all watch what we eat now and fingers crossed it seems to be stable at the moment. There seems to be a lot of information on the internet but I find a lot of it confusing, I have brought books as well but some of them contradict th... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 12:13:35 EST I think this is what I have. While I was out on a trail bike ride today I had such an incredible pain in my left side I just wanted to die, but did I turn around, no kept going. By the time I got home I could hardly stand and I look like I am 6 months pregnant. <BR> <BR> This is the same way I felt before I was diagnosed with Celiac. I know that I am not getting glutened since I make all of my own food and when my blood was recently tested for the antibodies I was well within normal. <BR> <BR> All week long, by the en... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 20:39:03 EST I'm new! I was so pleased to see this team. I was diagnosed with congenital diverticulosis when I was 17 and got appendicitis. One of the diverticuli had become infected and infected my appendix. When they went to operate... lo and behold there were all of my little intestine bubbles. While is was shocking at first it went a long way to explaining all of the awful problems that had followed me during my life including the awful bouts and flare ups. Having never had a place to really talk about it... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 17:42:11 EST Article: News production co-ordinator dies Not trying to freak people out here, just remind them that we do have a serious illness that comes with serious consequences if we don't take care of ourselves. <BR> <BR> Proper diet. Regular exercise. Make them part of your every day routine. For us it's about more than losing weight now. <BR> <BR> == snip == <BR> <BR> Vincent Gray McLaughlin, who coordinated the printing and distribution of the San Jose Mercury News, died July 24 in San Jose. He was 47. The cause was diverticulitis. <BR>... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 21:56:36 EST Remembering why I should avoid junk food. I had kind of a bad food day yesterday. Potato chips. Baked goodies. Starch. Greasy stuff. Not much in the way of fibre, if anything. <BR> <BR> Oooops. <BR> <BR> I was out doing my third Couch-to-5K Week Two run when the trots hit. The good news is that the school running track I work out at is next to a campground with a couple of outhouses just on the other side of the fence. It was a quick dash to the facilities. Only problem is that the door doesn't close and any traffic coming into tow... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 18:18:11 EST Hello I don't not have diverticulosis, but my boyfriend does. I hope this is not a problem for anyone. <BR> He was diagnosed with it about 3-4 years ago. For a long time he didn't really have any problems. The beginning of July he went to CO for a family wedding. He stayed for a week and about the only thing he did all week was go to the wedding because he was so sick. His doctor put him on antibiotics, and told him to go on liquid diet until he felt better. He finished his meds and is taking laxa... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 15:47:22 EST Freaking Out If there is a God, he hates me. Wasn't it just yesterday that I said I felt better than ever and that I was confident I could control this disease? Well, I woke up today feeling just like I did the day before my first attack. It's a near-constant, low level pain in the lower left abdomen, with occasional sharp twinges (I sat down hard in a chair this morning, and that hurt for sure). Last time this happened I had no idea what was going on and continued to eat normally (i.e., badly) and even d... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 13:08:33 EST Salsa I saw on another thready that MAZYJO was having trouble with salsa. I gave this answer there but thought id just start a thread on it. I hope others will post things they find to help with our food deprivations. <BR> <BR> Heres the post from the other thread: <BR> Salsa. I use something like taco bell taco sauce. Also Im thinking its old elpaso, that has no seeds. I know, I know, its not really salsa. but humer me a bit. I can carry a few packs from taco bell with me into the other mex... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 17:46:48 EST Pain after colonoscopy I am about to have my first colo since having diverticulitis problems. Has anyone had pain after finishing a colonoscopy (with diverticulitis problems?)? I am nervous!--Mazyjo Sun, 5 Jul 2009 18:15:15 EST Q&A: Probiotics QUESTION: <BR> <BR> I've heard that probiotics can help with diverticulitis. What is the strain of probiotics that would work best? Is there a brand name you can recommend? Should it be taken with antibiotics or after the 10-day prescribed course of antibiotics? I realize there is no cure for diverticulosis; I'm trying to be proactive. <BR> <BR> ANSWER: <BR> <BR> Diverticulosis is a condition wherein small pouches bulge out at weak spots in the lining of the colon (each pouch is called a d... Fri, 3 Jul 2009 22:06:33 EST Article: Brighton Woman Thanks Hospital Brighton woman thanks hospital staff <BR> By Siobhan Ryan, Health Reporter <BR> <BR> <BR> A woman who nearly died before undergoing major bowel surgery has spoken about her story to encourage others who have been through the same experience. <BR> <BR> Norma Harvey has also thanked medics and staff at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for saving her life after she fell critically ill. <BR> <BR> Mrs Harvey, 63, almost died when her bowel became obstructed last August and she need... Fri, 3 Jul 2009 21:54:13 EST Sesame Seeds Today Ugh. I had sesame seeds today. I had a veggie burger at lunch--tried my best to get all the sesame seeds off that I could find, but I'm sure I missed some. I have had two gastro guys tell me that the "don't eat nuts and seeds" thing is a myth, but still when I think about it, you can't really chew and digest sesame seeds. Anyway, are any of you really avoiding all nuts and seeds? Sat, 27 Jun 2009 19:56:30 EST Likely flare-up. I am a frakking moron. My diet has been beyond reproach since leaving the hospital. I decided to celebrate 7lbs of weight loss last night by having a treat: a chili dog. <BR> <BR> Felt progressively worse all evening. Woke up just after midnight and started throwing up. Everything from the hot dog on was obviously just hanging in my system. Kept vomiting until about 8am. Finally managed to keep some ginger ale down. <BR> <BR> Have a call in to the hospital for advice. Fever, chills, tender ... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 13:06:08 EST Article: OzJet co-pilot incapaci tated... Report: Ozjet B732 at Brisbane on Jan 11th 2008, copilot incapacitated <BR> <BR> By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Jun 17th 2009 08:38Z, last updated Wednesday, Jun 17th 2009 08:42Z <BR> <BR> An Ozjet Boeing 737-200, registration VH-OBN performing a passenger flight from Norfolk Island (Norfolk Island) to Brisbane,QL (Australia), was on approach to Brisbane, when the copilot - pilot flying - felt so unwell, that he handed the controls over to the captain and left the cockpit. The comman... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 02:12:23 EST Finally made my appointment After writing the other day about how I was using fear to motivate me, I realized that I was also letting fear keep me from calling to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. So I finally pushed the fear aside and did it. Now I am scheduled to have a camera stuck up my bum on Monday, July 6th. After that, I hope to finally know if I have one diverticulum or a hundred. <BR> <BR> Today has not been the greatest. I didn't have my first BM for the day until noon, so I think I went more than 24 ho... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 14:20:23 EST Article: Keeping fibre front of mind by Jennifer Sygo <BR> National Post <BR> June 16, 2009 <BR> <BR> Constipation. Diverticulosis. Polyps. Colorectal cancer. No matter how you slice it, the changes that occur to our bowels as we age aren’t exactly most people’s idea of good dinner time discussion (“I haven’t had a bowel movement in a week!”). Yet, with the Canadian population and its large cohort of baby boomers ageing quickly, the reality is that we’re all going to have to get more comfortable talking about our poop in the co... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 21:54:51 EST Mentally handling the Diverticulitis I have been really bummed since I found out I have diverticulitis. My biggest concern is the perforations thing. I can't seem to clear my mind and get it off of it, even tho I am feeling a bit better. Perforation scares me! Sun, 14 Jun 2009 21:36:35 EST Blog post: It Won't Hurt A Bit! From LJ World Blogs <BR> by Irish Swearingen <BR> Original address: <BR> <link><BR>icles/2009/jun/10/it-wont-hurt-a-bit/ </link> <BR> <BR> === <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had my first colonoscopy which is a procedure used to see inside the colon and rectum. It is used to detect inflamed tissue, ulcers, and abnormal growths. The procedure is used to look for early signs of colorectal cancer. <BR> <BR> I found out that I have diverticulosis, something that ha... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 22:08:32 EST Infection/I nflammation Don't know if this helps anyone, but the gastro doc I saw today said pain/inflammation can usually last for 8 weeks or so after the infection is gone. (which means no colo for me till July.) Thu, 11 Jun 2009 18:58:11 EST Infection? Is the standard way to tell if you have infection your white blood cell count? I don't have fever--just pain and chills. I hope my white blood cell count is normal!---Mazyjo Tue, 9 Jun 2009 13:54:37 EST Bowel talk... I apologize if this is too much information for some, but... I used to be a one BM per day person. Now that my fibre consumption has gone through the roof I'm much more regular. Like twice a day type regular. <BR> <BR> Also worth mentioning is that my accursed flatulence has all but disappeared. Still a bit here and there, but I'm not turning the bedroom into a gas chamber at night, much to the relief (and gratitude) of my spouse. <BR> <BR> Seems like I'm adjusting fairly well to the diet c... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 14:27:25 EST What brand of yogurt to buy? Has anyone here had any luck turning up articles recommending specific brands of yogurt for relieving diverticulosis? I keep finding repeated mention of the fact that probiotics aid digestion in general, but no mention of which specific active cultures target our condition. Even if I did, many brands don't bother to list the exact culture they use. <BR> <BR> Just wondering what others here have encountered. <BR> <BR> Best, <BR> <BR> Sean M. Sun, 7 Jun 2009 14:23:26 EST Fiber Question? I have two types of fiber supplements in my pantry. The Metamucil is psyillium and the Benefiber is some kinda wheat fiber. Any opinions on which kind is best for diverticulitis? (I would ask my doc, but can't get in until 6/17!!)--Mazyjo Thu, 4 Jun 2009 09:01:46 EST Caffeine So... <BR> <BR> Has anyone else here gone off caffeine? I keep reading that caffeine irritates the bowel, and, quite frankly, my bowels have been irritated enough lately. <BR> <BR> Now I've got monster caffeine withdrawal headaches instead. Decaf sux. <BR> <BR> Best, <BR> <BR> Sean M. Wed, 3 Jun 2009 17:34:44 EST AWOL team leader Folks, <BR> <BR> The current team leader is inactive and not responding to private messages. I would like to see how others feel about someone applying to be the team leader in her place? I'd like for this team to stay active -- it's important to me. <BR> <BR> Best, <BR> <BR> Sean M. Wed, 3 Jun 2009 11:26:36 EST Colonoscopy or colonography Colonoscopy has been an important test, helping to diagnose and remove precancerous polyps at early stages. <BR> <BR> Colonoscopy is a procedure in which a patient receives laxatives to clean out the colon. For 12 to 24 hours before the procedure, the patient takes these laxatives as well as changes their diet to clear liquids. Following that, the patient receives a mild anesthetic called conscious sedation, during which time the patient sleeps through the procedure. The gastroenterologist i... Sun, 31 May 2009 20:43:54 EST Popcorn and nuts exonerated in diverticulosis WASHINGTON, May 21 -- Forget that time-honored advice to diverticulosis patients to shun hard-to-digest foods like nuts and popcorn, said investigators here. <BR> <BR> Indeed, evidence from a large cohort of health professionals suggests that popcorn may even have a protective effect against the complications of diverticulosis, Lisa Strate, M.D., of the University of Washington in Seattle, said during Digestive Disease Week sessions. <BR> Action Points <BR> <BR> * Explain to intereste... Sun, 31 May 2009 10:38:12 EST Humph. Being male, I've spent the last several years sneering at the female oriented yogurt ads that talk about nothing but probiotics and keeping regular, but can't be bothered to mention if the product actually tastes good (or not). <BR> <BR> Since getting out of the hospital this past Thursday and eating my thrice daily dose of Cipro I've suddenly found myself watching yogurt ads and thinking, "hm... that would up the intestinal flora". <BR> <BR> That sound you heard was my dignity flying out t... Sun, 31 May 2009 10:04:53 EST Newly diagnosed Hi folks, <BR> <BR> I was hospitalized for severe abdominal pain last week and found out that I had severe diverticolosis, and have had for some time. The affected area of my colon is nasty enough that there was some debate as to whether it should be removed immediately or whether they should try seeing whether a diet change would control it. <BR> <BR> I got to keep my colon intact for now, but I'm going to have to drastically change the way I eat if things are to stay that way. The fact th... Sat, 30 May 2009 09:07:20 EST New kid on the block! Hey everyone, I'm new. Just diagnosed on May 6. I am lucky at this point. My case was not so severe that I had to be hospitalized. I did the Cipro/Flagyl thing, and see the gastro soon to get on with what to do next. So, I learning all I can from the internet. Enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday! Mon, 25 May 2009 08:32:57 EST Diverticulosis I have had diverticulosis for several years now. I first found out about having it when I went through terrible bouts of diarrhea 2002. I had a colonoscopy and they removed a polyp which was benign. I have to have a colonoscopy every 3 years, for which I am due to have one this year. When I had my last one 2006, I was sent for a sleep apnea test and found out I have Sleep Apnea (I stopped breathing 52 times an hour in my sleep) I now sleep with a CPAP machine (Complete Positive Air P... Thu, 21 May 2009 00:05:05 EST Worst case scenario I suffered from severe abdominal pain and low grade fever eight years ago, many many trips to my OB GYN, and tests, and tests, dr couldn't find anything. So he sent me to a gastric doctor, shortly after I was diagnosed with diverticulosis, I was given antibiotics and sent home. Six months later I had a bout again, back on antibiotics. The antibiotics helped for a while but it kept coming back, at least twice a year. <BR> <BR> Each time, i had a bout of diverticulitus it was worse (If you ca... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 20:17:12 EST My Story Too I was just diagnosed with diverticulitis a couple of weeks ago. I had awful pain and went to the ER thinking I had another kidney stone, it turned out to be not only a kidney stone but diverticulitis. I was hospitalized for a week on nothing but IV's no food by mouth. I lost 13 pounds in 8 days, not the way I want it to go. I am home and having a hard time even wanting to eat anything and I am afraid to eat. I have started to eat but very small amounts and it is very hard, because it is ... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 10:07:53 EST My story I had a problem with diverticulosis this last summer. I went in for a routine sigmoid screening and became very dehydrated by drinking the prep stuff. The test must have irritated my system because I began the bleed a week later. It was really bad and I was hospitalized for 3 days. I went home and then again I was bleeding and I had to be transported 911 to the closest hospital. After 8 units of blood and lots of tests they couldn't find the actual cause of the bleeding. I was in hospital for... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 12:26:22 EST Welcome to the team.. Hi My name is Eva and I have been diagnosed with diverticulosis. I am only 36. I have been struggling with food choices because what I can't have is what I am supposed to have to help me lose weight so my choices are limited. I have created this team so if there is anyone else out there please share your story and offer up any advice you have.. Looking forward to meeting and hearing some great stories and advice... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 03:29:39 EST