Diverticulitis
Mary

Saint Anne, IL

#343 Oct 23, 2010
I had been diagnosed with diverticulits and on antibiotics for 2 months before I was able to have colon surgery. Surgery was very successful and my surgeon told me I could eat anything I wanted to now.....even popcorn, which I dearly love.
However, I was recently in a health food store and the owner was advising me that I need to change my old eating habits or I will have trouble again. She said like a tree that grows all the moss on it and the moss can be wacked off but if the conditions aren't changed, the moss will come back again. She recommended I go out here and read about it. So it sounds like some of you have had problems again after surgery. I am interested in seeing how many people changed their eating habits drastically and therefore have had no problem or does it really matter?
Dragonflywings

Narangba, Australia

#344 Oct 23, 2010
Yes, Im interested to hear how those of you who have had the surgery have gone as well too :)
Sue D

Rochester, MN

#345 Oct 25, 2010
Just thought I would check in and let everyone know I am doing well so far and no surgery. A friend of mine called me and told me she seen TV show called untold stories of the ER and there was a episode on this person that had Diverticulitis. I turned out they had a rare e coli antibiotic resistant, not Diverticulitis. Anyone seen that?
natalie

Laval, Canada

#346 Oct 25, 2010
Mary and Dragonfly, This november is my 3rd year anniversary for diver. surgery. It was straightforward, 12 inches removal (keyhole laparoscopy) and all pouches removed. I did change my habits after surgery 'cuz before surgery I avoided fiber due to IBS (which in reality was ischemic colitis). Now, I make it a point to up the portions to 20-30 gr. a day in ALL forms!!! I get twwinges lower left when I'm tired, stressed... and I wonder if it came back, but so far SOOOO good.

Sue, how long between bouts of diver??? I wish you continued health! Dragon, waiting to hear from you tomorrow, our little aussie!!!!
Megan

Minneapolis, MN

#347 Oct 28, 2010
Hey there,
My mother too is recovering from Divertisulitous, and wasn't able to hold food down for a week. She eats liquid diet food now, but also, they are giving her food and nutrients through her ivy...Does the hospital allowed to put your mom on a feeding tube type senario?
Sincerely,
Megan
Garrett from Ireland wrote:
Hi all,
My mother has a very severe dose of Diverticulitous. Here weight is dangeriously low and suffers from constipation sometimes. She is seeing a dietisian and its helping a bit in terms of making here go to the toilet more regularly. Since she went to the dietisian she can go to the toilet up to 5 times a day (to much). After she eats she is in severe pain until she excretes. Her quality of life is shit. The Doctors in Ireland refuse to operate full stop and don't seem to want to deal with the proplem and have a "tough luck attitude". She saw a Docter in Spain and he said he'd operate if her weight was heavier. The thing is she can't put on any weight.
Can anybody reccommend a surgeon or hospital in America that could accommodate my mam and maybe help fix the problem.
Dragonflywings

Newmarket, Australia

#348 Oct 28, 2010
hehehe ((((((Natalie))))you make me smile :)
Well, the specialist is a lovely young man....he's given me another med to go onto to try to clear up this infection which I still have *sigh......weve talked about doing the surgery he's given me the fors and against and Ive told him I dont want to kep living like this so when the infection has cleared we are going to talk about the surgery more, back to him in 2 weeks to see how these new meds worked . Will keep you posted as I go along......
Hope you are all doing ok, and thanks for being here on this site I love it :)
natalie

Laval, Canada

#349 Oct 28, 2010
Dragonflywings wrote:
hehehe ((((((Natalie))))you make me smile :)
Well, the specialist is a lovely young man....he's given me another med to go onto to try to clear up this infection which I still have *sigh......weve talked about doing the surgery he's given me the fors and against and Ive told him I dont want to kep living like this so when the infection has cleared we are going to talk about the surgery more, back to him in 2 weeks to see how these new meds worked . Will keep you posted as I go along......
Hope you are all doing ok, and thanks for being here on this site I love it :)
More details please, like "how lovely was he?????"...Seriously, what's the name of new meds? Are you taking probiotics to repopulate your intestinal flora??? Be careful, get healthy...blablabla...
Dragonflywings

Newmarket, Australia

#350 Oct 29, 2010
ahahahahahh he is VERY lovely and patient and calming all you want in a doctor when your all worked up over all this lol.......the new meds are augmentin duo forte , pharmacist tells me has lovely side effects like flagyl does lol, something to look forward to and I havent started a probiotic yet I read someone when your on meds it can sometimes cancel it out so was gonna go them once I get the infection under control :) also trying going off wheat to see if that helps to at this stage Im open to anything :) Oh and I certainly am enjoying your humor its very similar to mine :)
Shredder

Australia

#351 Feb 1, 2011
hi everyone. I was diagnosed with DD by ct and dye scan 2 years ago ( was kinda cool to take the cd home and put in my pc and scroll through my inards ) At the time I ignored the pain for a month and finally when it was too much sought out a GP who saw the CT scan and immediatly set up a hospital visit for the regular IV antibiotics for this condition. The CT scan showed that I had a significant abscess because I left it so long ( thought I was passing a kidney stone or something )but as I have a missus in liver failure and two kids I had to be home so I got the normal flagyl etc and sure enough cleared up well ( lucky me ) I really fought at the time to stay out of the ER and 2 years later I'm right now on my 4th or 5th attack (10 days) Like many of us here I thought it was something else until the pain really set in however I've gone through some extreme pain before and have a high tolerance etc. I'm not exactly sure why I'm posting after reading nearly every post here apart from my missus can stop her condition by just stopping what is causing her liver failure - we don't really have that option do we - even after surgery ( which I havn't had ) it still comes back to haunt us. Like many of you here I feel kinda cheated out of life but I have a friend that has gone through this for at least 15 years and still lives life to the fullest and still hasn't had surgery. I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you can deal with it and be kinda healthy and make sure you see your GP quickyly you can avoid most of the pain and get on with things provided you treat your colon like it was your best friend and saviour even though it may cause you pain at times. De-stress and positive attitude is the key I reckon. All the best to all you guys !

Since: Feb 11

Australia

#352 Feb 1, 2011
Dragonflywings wrote:
ahahahahahh he is VERY lovely and patient and calming all you want in a doctor when your all worked up over all this lol.......the new meds are augmentin duo forte , pharmacist tells me has lovely side effects like flagyl does lol, something to look forward to and I havent started a probiotic yet I read someone when your on meds it can sometimes cancel it out so was gonna go them once I get the infection under control :) also trying going off wheat to see if that helps to at this stage Im open to anything :) Oh and I certainly am enjoying your humor its very similar to mine :)
Hey Dragonflywings
would love to know how you are going now, I live just up the coast from you ( sunshine coast, u'd know where that is ) All The best Dragonflywings and hoping that you have good news to post :)
Dan USA

Menominee, MI

#353 Jun 1, 2011
I've never had pain. But Polyup removal surgery several times. And I'm still suffering this never-ending feeling of gas and constipation. After my last polyup removal, my surgeon recommend taking "Metamucil" and "Fiber Con" tablets. I'm near age 70. And I know my late father suffered the same, taking Port Wine and Ex-Lax. Please comment.
Bev Stone

Chillicothe, MO

#354 Jun 2, 2011
Joanie wrote:
My husband was diagnosied with Diverticulitis about three weeks ago. He was given and anitbiotic by injection, then ten days of oral antibiotics. He is doing better now but still very tired and weak. He has lost about 13 pounds or so. Since this is our first episode with this illness we don't know a lot of what to expect. Such as: How long does it take to recover from a bout of this? The doctor said the CT scan showed there was no abcess so that's good, just the infection I guess. Also, we have such conflicting advise about what he can and cannot eat. Any help you can give would be great. Thanks!
Joanie, My doctor tells me that there are so many opinions from different doctors, it's all across the board. He thinks if you get diverticulitis, then you just tend to get it, no matter what you eat. Since my first 2 and only bouts with it a year ago, I have eaten whatever I want.(I started slowly after the last bout, tho, adding back in things.) I've not had any more problems as yet.
Jane Backes

Warrensburg, MO

#355 Jul 4, 2011
i WAS JUST HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL, i HAVE DIVERCULITIS. I am scared to death. Doctor release me after two days had to get over the counter medician called ((Align)) will that take care of me also low fiber diet, I will be 76years old july 18
Help someone
Georgia

United States

#356 Jul 4, 2011
Hi Jane,
Is Align the only thing you are taking or did the Dr. give you antibiotics? Just in case your Dr. didn't give you a list of food this is what the Mayo Clinic recommends for Diverticulitis. Canned fruits, Desserts without seeds or nuts, Eggs, Enriched white bread, Fruit juice with little or no pulp, Low-fiber cereals, Milk, Yogurt or cheese without seeds or nuts, Smooth peanut butter, Tender meat, poultry and fish,White rice or plain pasta, noodles or macaroni, Well-cooked vegetables without seeds or skins. You may need this low fiber diet for a couple weeks or more before slowly starting back on the fiber foods. Also it is extremely important to eat tiny meals—about the size of half a sandwich. To much food can also cause a good amount of pain. Good luck, I sure hope this helps.
Mark

Cape Coral, FL

#357 Sep 30, 2011
I am 34 and am in hospital with this and always stressed out is this from anxiety also on average how long are you usually in the hospital for this? This is my 5 th day.
Scott

Neenah, WI

#358 Sep 30, 2011
Hello,

I was just diagnosed Monday (today is Friday) with diverticulitis. Just an exam in the doc office, and a urine test. No CT or ultrasound. Is this common? They gave me antibiotics (the "nasty" ones, according to the doc), still having some pain today but the doc said to wait it out through the weekend as I'm only on day 4 of the meds. This aft, pain is a "tad" better, but still constant. Any similar experiences?
Rick H

Oakdale, CT

#359 Oct 5, 2011
Scott

Cant believe no CT scan, that usually is done before Diagnosis to confirm, sounds like you need a second opinion due to the first not being thorough at all, especially when there can be a perforation that requires immediate attention or risk of Septic increases
Diane

Milwaukee, WI

#360 Nov 20, 2011
Colin wrote:
I'm clueless to my Diverticulitis situation. 10 weeks ago I was admitted to the Emergency room while on vacation. "Ruptured colon/Diverticulitius" was what I was told. They removed apprx 12" of colon and my enitire stay lasted 2 weeks. I'm now 2 weeks away from colostomy "reversal". I'm told that not too many people go through it this way and am looking for any help towards understanding the big picture. Does my diet have to change?
I never had problems before all of this and recovery has been quite un-eventful. I have started eating MUCH smaller meals and more frequently. I haven't done much beyond that. I lost 20 lbs. in the hosptial and an additional 10 since I've been out.
There are alot of horror stories out there about this disease and it's got me kinda freaked out. Can it be THIS easy for me? I feel like I'm waiting for the bottom to drop out (no pun intended)
My husband went through this a couple of years ago. He was in ICU for a month with the diverticulitis surgery, and had to have the colostomy. Worst case they ever saw. Amazingly he had it reversed 9 months later with more diverticula removed along with appendix and more colon. We searched for the best surgeon who had done many reversals. The results were great. He's a new man and quite mobil. Recent complication is hernia which is fairly common. He's going in for a repair soon.(sorry it sounds like an auto body shop). You seem to have a great attitude. No diet change afterwards, they said eat everything and he does!
joanne

Reed City, MI

#361 Dec 9, 2011
Oct 2010 my son has diverticulitis surgery, removing a section of colon.
Jan 2011 two abdomenal hernias started popping thru the stomach wall.
April 7, 2011 the hernias received Bard mess patches.
June 2011, two hernias popped out again.
Top one being above the belly button, poking out from under the Bard Mess Patch.
The lower hernia was below the belly buttom.
Bard patches were recalled back in 2007.
By Oct 2011 both areas had grown. Top one becoming spread across the abdoman left to right and very hard.
Surgeon said he did not use Bard Mess patches in April procedure.
HOWEVER, papers from the hospital showed the labels from the April procedure - Bard with Lot # and info. Bard Medical did comfirm these patches were not recalled.
Dec 8 2011, second hernia surgery performed.
Dec. 9, 2011, 31 hours after surgery, there has been no bowel movement. Have used prune juice and apple juice, soft food, in little amounts.
Also, the right shoulder - has been extremely painful in the rotor cup area. What may have been done during the surgery to pull or pop this rotor cuff area. Hospital was told he had bad shouldders and left leg.
Now we have a very painful rotor cup area and a bloated abdoman. Have used heat and percocet and the discomfort has not stopped.
Doctor told me that there was only a small bit of intestant through the top hernia and the rest was fat.
Called the doctor office and they are gone for the weekend.
Is this normal for the second reoccurance of hernias.
Bottom hernia was a "groin" hernia about 1 1/2 inches higher than it should have been.
Any thoughts?
I hate to see my son hurting so much from a surgery that should be overf and done with.
thank you so much if you have any ideas
sdmcfarland

United States

#362 Dec 10, 2011
joanne wrote:
Oct 2010 my son has diverticulitis surgery, removing a section of colon.
Jan 2011 two abdomenal hernias started popping thru the stomach wall.
April 7, 2011 the hernias received Bard mess patches.
June 2011, two hernias popped out again.
Top one being above the belly button, poking out from under the Bard Mess Patch.
The lower hernia was below the belly buttom.
Bard patches were recalled back in 2007.
By Oct 2011 both areas had grown. Top one becoming spread across the abdoman left to right and very hard.
Surgeon said he did not use Bard Mess patches in April procedure.
HOWEVER, papers from the hospital showed the labels from the April procedure - Bard with Lot # and info. Bard Medical did comfirm these patches were not recalled.
Dec 8 2011, second hernia surgery performed.
Dec. 9, 2011, 31 hours after surgery, there has been no bowel movement. Have used prune juice and apple juice, soft food, in little amounts.
Also, the right shoulder - has been extremely painful in the rotor cup area. What may have been done during the surgery to pull or pop this rotor cuff area. Hospital was told he had bad shouldders and left leg.
Now we have a very painful rotor cup area and a bloated abdoman. Have used heat and percocet and the discomfort has not stopped.
Doctor told me that there was only a small bit of intestant through the top hernia and the rest was fat.
Called the doctor office and they are gone for the weekend.
Is this normal for the second reoccurance of hernias.
Bottom hernia was a "groin" hernia about 1 1/2 inches higher than it should have been.
Any thoughts?
I hate to see my son hurting so much from a surgery that should be overf and done with.
thank you so much if you have any ideas
can you go to the Mayo Clinic? I work there and had colon surgery, and my husband did also and they are good.

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