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6/30/10 11:09 A

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I was diagnosed with diverticulitis in March. And like any woman who has experienced it and childbirth, i agree that it is a lot like labor pains. Here it is the end of June now. Two weeks ago I had laprascopic collectomy surgery. My doctor said that I only had one small area of the colon affected by the diverticulitis, (which was removed) but that small area was pretty well affected. It had actually perforated and was beginning to form a fistula on my bladder. I am so glad we decided to do the surgery. Surgery isn't always necessary, but in my case it was. As far as the diet goes, my physician has recommended high fiber diet when you aren't experiencing an episode of pain. If you are having problems, reduce the fiber in your diet while the problems are happening so your colon can rest. Once you are better continue with the high fiber diet. The idea of cutting fruits and nuts and popcorn from your diet is an old tradition and new studies prove that you don't have to stop eating them. The clue is to monitor what you eat. If it bothers you, remember it but try it again. If it bothers you a second time then cut it out of your diet. This is the advice from my physician and the hospital nutritionist, as well as from a very dear friend who lives by this and has been doing well without depriving himself of anything.

~Michelle~


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6/14/10 4:22 P

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Thanks for the info. I have noticed that if I eat a lot of fiber, I get real crampy for a day or two. However, if I don't eat the fiber, I feel better. It is so misleading since my doctor told me to eat lots of fiber. Also, I have noticed that gravy bothers me. Does that make any sense to you? We had hot turkey sandwiches the night before the last big attack. Then we had sausage gravy one morning, and I was crampy for a couple days after.

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6/14/10 3:42 P

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Hi Everyone,

Just stopped in to see what was going on. There is hope, after this. I had it year ago, and it did take some time to get back to normal. Now if I feel the slight pain, I just cut way back on the food for a day, especially no fiber for a few days. Give that colon a rest. But, if the pain continues, get to the doctor. I do know that itis means inflamation. A heating pad on the stomach seems to help the pain a lot! I will also take a motrin ( my pain medicine of choice), but you need one that reduces the inflamation.

 
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6/1/10 4:07 P

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I was crampy off and on, but the first one happened when we were sitting at the breakfast table one morning. The other happened while I was driving. Both times, it was just once then it subsided and I was sore for a day or two. Then nothing until the other happened. It is really strange. The doctor said that it could have been one of the pouches trying to empty. I couldn't tell ya except that it hurt. LOL
It sounds like yours just keep coming repetitively though. Maybe that is the difference.

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6/1/10 3:58 P

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That does seem strange. Everything I've read says that the "osis" part is having the pouches, and that the
"itis" part is when they become inflamed or infected. Maybe you had a slight irritation from something, but not enough to call it diverticulitis?

The way you explained it is exactly how it felt for me, just like I was having contractions, I even called my ob/gyn and he's the one who told me I should go to the ER. I had them off and on for a day before I went, seemed to be ok when I was sitting - in the car, at my son's baseball game, in a meeting - but walking, laying down in most positions, sitting on a couch would have them start up again.

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6/1/10 11:03 A

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I am new here also as of today. Your post really makes sense to me. I explained the cramps like a major labor contraction that built up, lingered, then subsided. I had one about a month and a half ago and let it go hoping it would never happen again. Then a week and a half ago, it happened again. This time I was driving and by myself which made it even more scary. I pulled up in a church parking lot and was on my knees. When I went to the doctor, she ordered a CT scan with Contrast. It made me so sick. When I went back to my doctor, she said that I have diverticulosis, but not diverticulitis. This is confusing to me because most people seem to have the pain only with the "itis". Has anyone else experienced this pain with diverticulosis?

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6/1/10 10:50 A

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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.

Of course, as with any condition requiring diet adherence, they didn't tell me anything. My primary care dr told me no seeds and nuts, but that's it. I'm feeling better now, so am working on high fiber, low fat, no seeds/nuts, and plenty of water (not easy for me).

I'm so glad to have found this group!

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