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6/7/13 11:48 A

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So sorry about your pain and ordeal of diverticulitis. Unfortunately, drs. don't tell us when we're young that many things we get as we get older are quite common...like diverticulitis. I never heard of it until a few years ago. Then when my mother in law was diagnosed, I went with her to the dr and asked them a lot of questions to ease her mind. They said that it is extremely common and that most of us actually have a form of it as we get older, some just have a more severe case than others. I'm glad your pain is decreasing!

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6/7/13 11:41 A

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I'm so glad your pain is decreasing - that's wonderful news! I hope you feel better and better everyday.
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6/7/13 10:30 A

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Thank you so much for the encouragement, and the link! One of my cousin's told me I had to check it out at the Mayo Clinic website, so her telling me that confirmed what you are saying. The antibiotics seem to be finally "kicking" in as the pain is decreasing.

Thanks!!
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6/6/13 9:59 A

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I'm so sorry you're suffering with this. I'm used to IBS/constipation, so I'm afraid I'm not much help with the other kind. I did want to let you know that you'll be in my thoughts today and I'll be hoping things calm down soon. Since they didn't give you a food list, you might want to check out the following:

I found this link to the Mayo Clinic's Diverticulitis Diet:

www.mayoclinic.com/health/diverticul
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and this link to the Mayo Clinic comprehensive overview of everything about diverticulitis:

www.mayoclinic.com/health/diverticul
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I'm very sorry about your losing your Mom last year - that's so hard. I know it's easier said, than done, but try not to worry too much about your chances of having the same thing. If it helps, the second link I listed says that diverticulitis is very common among women over 40.

I hope you feel better soon. Hang in there!

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6/6/13 9:09 A

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I need help....I was diagnosed with IBS 2 years ago and with the help of Align kept the episodes to a minimum. However, this past week it hit really hard and I'm having trouble getting over it. Now I've been diagnosed with a severe case of diverticulitis. I wasn't given a food list....just told not to eat nuts, seeds, etc. If it hasn't calmed down by the end of the 10 day antibiotics they will do a scan of the "tummy" area. In the back of my mind is the fact that Mom passed away last year from pancreatic cancer.......feeling blue

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5/28/13 7:02 A

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Thankfully you're moving in the right direction with calling the dr. I let my ulcerative colitis get to the point of an er visit/hospital stay because I was in denial and was embarrassed to talk to my dr about it. Now I'm an open book haha.

Maybe she has issues with grains as well? Has she been checked for celiac disease?

Unfortunately, I've been told by different health care professionals that once your body is used to needing laxatives and stool softeners, your body then needs them to function, so it's best to find natural sources to help go.

Lots and lots of water, high fiber, no cheese, keep a food journal to see what helps/hurts, and seeing the dr asap is the best advise I can give.

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5/21/13 11:39 A

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Thank you very much for your suggestions. We have been drinking lots of water with our fiber, but grain fiber causes us so much discomfort with gas. I guess we need to increase it more slowly, or start eating more green leafy & other veggies plus fruit for our fiber.

Thanks again!

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5/19/13 11:34 P

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Make sure that if you start to increase fiber from grain sources to really up the water intake or that can also cause constipation, since there is such an increase in bulk in the bowel. I got attacks from not increasing the water with the FiberOne. I no longer eat fiber one but large amounts of leafy greens and other veggies and fruit to keep me regulated as most grains do not seem to agree with me on many levels.

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4/29/13 5:32 P

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Thanks so much for the support and information everyone.

CHERI, I have taken note of the Fiber One cereal recommendation and my daughter wants to try it when her exams are over next week. (I think she's worried about gas issues in the classroom if she starts before then.) I told her she can start small and build up the fiber count, as you suggested.

I'll let you all know how it goes with the fiber and the doctor.

Thanks again!

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I am glad you are seeing the doctor. That is the most important first step. Just for general information: I have been diagnosed with IBS but I had an attack a few years back that left me passing blood. I usually start out with constipation that cycles into diarrhea. I saw a gastroenterologist who found that I had an attack of diverticulitis. He advised me not to take anti diarrheal products because that could lead to constipation.

This is the important part (in my long saga). He recommended Fiber One cereal with 14 grams of fiber in 1/2 cup. You can build up the fiber count gradually to help avoid gas. I eat 1 cup of the cereal with almond milk and it gives me 28 grams of fiber a day! He told me to get 28-30 grams each day. I do very well when I make sure to get my 30 grams of fiber a day. I also eat a cup of their newer cereal nutty clusters with almonds. That has a bit fewer grams of fiber but still a healthy dose. Usually I add frozen blueberries and it is very tasty.

Since I took his advice I have not had any more attacks of diverticulitis and the IBS stays under control most of the time. I hope this information is helpful. emoticon


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4/28/13 6:46 P

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Glad you called the dr!

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I just don't want anyone else to figure it's just they way it is and have to go through this.

I'm glad you've made an appointment. and please stay dilligent with this issue.

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Thanks to you both for replying - I really appreciate it.

BLUEROSE, I'm very sorry about your brother. That is so tragic when someone passes away so young. God bless you and your family.

I did call the doctor's office and got an appointment. Fortunately, my daughter isn't in pain, so I don't think it is a perforated bowel. I'm extremely thankful you shared that with me, though, because I had no idea that a person with a history of constipation could have that happen. We will be diligent in the future and if she does have pain, go immediately to the doctor or the ER if it's at the weekend.

I got her some medicated wipes and Preparation-H cream that is supposed to help with the healing process. This summer, when she's out of college, we plan to try and see another GI specialist to get a better regimen in place - the large dosage of Miralax helps keep the constipation at bay, but does nothing to protect her from these fissures. I know she needs to use something like Benefiber in addition to the MIralax, but she says she can't tolerate the gas.

Thanks again for replying - I'm very grateful.

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Talk to a doctor asap. My brother and I have both had issues all our lives. Mine is more irritable bowel, his was chronic contipation. He passed away last fall. Perforated bowel. He was only 36. We are heartbroken. He didn't tell anyone he was in pain, and didn't go to the doctor.

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My 21 yr. old daughter has had terrible constipation her whole life. At the present time, she takes 2 and a half capfuls of Miralax per day in pear juice.

She just told me that she "cracked open" down there and is bleeding badly. She had not passed a hard stool. She has a fissure (inside the anal canal) that has bled very badly before, but I don't remember the outer part tearing in the past.

We're been fighting this for 21 years and she (and I) both have many other mental and physical problems, as well.

Has anyone else had this problem and what cured or helped it? (I've had tears before, but not ones that bled this much).

I just don't know what to do anymore - I feel like giving up on life.

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