Diverticulitis
Toria

Wheaton, IL

#101 Oct 13, 2007
Personally I don't think nuts or seeds do anything bad and fruits and vegetables and fibers are the key to keeping this away. Having said that, I would not chow down on peanuts out of the jar for a snack. I think popcorn could be a culprit because it could plug things up down there and its important to keep things moving. Oddly for me, dairy products trigger attacks. The more I stay away from them the better off I will be.
Lou

Virginia Beach, VA

#102 Oct 19, 2007
Hi everyone I have been reading a lot on the web and all of these posts and trying to make sense of my situation. I am a 48 year old male and pretty health until this July when I started to get a pain between my testicles and rectum. My PCP sent me to a Urologist which said it was prostatitis and put me on Cipro for 3 wks. Two weeks into it I started to get pains in my Abdomen more so on my left side. Landed in the hospital in August when I was told I had diverticulitis. Since then I have been in the hospital twice and the ER 3 times. Been on and off antibiotics flagy and levaquin. I am currently infection free but still have pain in my Abdomen which varies in intensity and the pain between my testicles and rectum is still there although a little less that before. To all you males out there does anyone of you with diverticultis, have pain down South also.
Steve

Warner Robins, GA

#103 Oct 19, 2007
Lou wrote:
Hi everyone I have been reading a lot on the web and all of these posts and trying to make sense of my situation. I am a 48 year old male and pretty health until this July when I started to get a pain between my testicles and rectum. My PCP sent me to a Urologist which said it was prostatitis and put me on Cipro for 3 wks. Two weeks into it I started to get pains in my Abdomen more so on my left side. Landed in the hospital in August when I was told I had diverticulitis. Since then I have been in the hospital twice and the ER 3 times. Been on and off antibiotics flagy and levaquin. I am currently infection free but still have pain in my Abdomen which varies in intensity and the pain between my testicles and rectum is still there although a little less that before. To all you males out there does anyone of you with diverticultis, have pain down South also.
No lingering pain down south, however, when I had my first bout the doctor thought I too had prostatitis due to the pain being above the pubic area. Eventhough I am infection free, I still have lingering pain in the lower left region.
Stacy

Vaughan, Canada

#104 Nov 1, 2007
Hi Leo,

Just 6 weeks ago I went in for emergency surgery. It wasn't until then I found out that I had diverticulitis/peritonitis and had my large intestine resectioned. Previous to this I was highly active (kickboxing) and plan to be as soon as I can. I'm curious as to what type of surgery you experienced and what precautions you took before being active again. How long before you felt 100% or do you? Into what week did you start and what level of pain were you at?
Doris

Abingdon, MD

#105 Nov 2, 2007
Hi all - glad I found this site. I never had diverticulitis till now and I was really in a lot of pain for about 5 days before I went to my doctor (dumb on my part). However, I thought I was having some sort of lower intestine flue and tried to wait it out. My main problem was the extreme pain and constipation. I had to have the CT scan with contrast which immediately showed the diverticulitis and also an abcess. I'm on 2 different drugs for at least 10 days. And, within a few days of the meds I am feeling better - still not much relief in the constipation area but those horrible pains have almost gone thank God. My doctor sent me to a colon/rectal surgeon the day after my diagnosis who told me I wasn't a candidate for surgery since the absess appears to be responding to the drugs.
Good luck to all with this problem. And thanks for all of the comments
Marilyn

AOL

#106 Nov 4, 2007
I haven't had any sort of insurance since 2002. I used to go to a private doctor. Then it got so expensive I had to enroll in the clinic as indigent. After 11 months in the clinic and one barium enema they finally did the colonoscopy and are recommending surgery. Unfortunately the program I am on requires that I prove my low income yearly. It isn't cheap either. I pay a lot more than I did as a copayment with insurance. My doctor guessed before I left him for the clinic that my symptoms were diverticulosis. Now I live on antibiotics. Wouldn't you know they are suggesting surgery on the very last week my low cost pass at the clinic is over. It will be another 2 weeks after I get all my documentation from other sources before I will be either refused or reinstated in the program. I haven't been able to work for years for various reasons including the nameless stomach cramps that have plagued me. It's a shame in the USA that people often go bankrupt when they need surgery even on a low income program. I fear for my safety judging from the doctors and sometimes assistants with limited medical knowlege and just a vague idea how to speak English.
Marilyn

AOL

#107 Nov 4, 2007
Every time I went to my private doctor with an attack he said you ate nuts. Now I'm afraid to eat anything. Lettuce brought on one attack. I was advised to use the metamucil wafers and that worked for a while. If you aren't in too bad of shape you might want to try this with lots of water. Water is key here. Because though the wafers are more pleasant than metamucil powder it's the water that makes them work.
Garrett from Ireland

Ireland

#108 Dec 14, 2007
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.
Toria

Glen Ellyn, IL

#109 Dec 15, 2007
Garrett, there are many doctors who will do the operation here in the U.S. Problem is medical insurance and how to pay for her. When I was in the hospital for a few days for only an attack, the bill was thirty seven thousand dollars. Fortunately I have good insurance. If she can't have an operation, make sure she is following the right diet. Usual people that don't go to the bathroom consistently don't eat enough fruits and vegetables, don't get enough fiber, and don't drink enough water. Good luck to her.
Ellen

Atlanta, GA

#110 Jan 8, 2008
I only see a couple of posts from those of you who are recovering from surgery, or who have had it months or years ago. Are there success stories here? I am scheduling surgery tomorrow -- my latest bout has proven resistant to antibiotics -- a dangerous situation -- so one that I am advised to rectify (no pun intended :-) with surgery. After the pain of a 'significant' attack last week, I am anxious to rid myself of this stretch of pipe ... How did those of you who had the surgery choose your surgeon?
Biker

Chagrin Falls, OH

#111 Jan 9, 2008
Ellen wrote:
I only see a couple of posts from those of you who are recovering from surgery, or who have had it months or years ago. Are there success stories here? I am scheduling surgery tomorrow -- my latest bout has proven resistant to antibiotics -- a dangerous situation -- so one that I am advised to rectify (no pun intended :-) with surgery. After the pain of a 'significant' attack last week, I am anxious to rid myself of this stretch of pipe ... How did those of you who had the surgery choose your surgeon?
Ellen, I have posted a lot. Check out my comments along with Leo and others. The operation, mine laporoscopic, went very well and after a month of recovery, everything is back to normal. I am nearing my one year anniversary. I sought the advice of a traditional surgeon, my GP, my GI, and my surgeon who performed the operation. Living in Cleveland, I had access to one of the best hospitals in the world. I chose my surgeon from the web site, however, I did 'interivew' him and felt confident in his skills. I was right. I hesitiate to name names and places specifically because it is not my place to do that, particularly on a forum like this. But I would in a one-on-one. Do your own research and go from there.
Mike

AOL

#112 Jan 9, 2008
Hey Linda, You are right about following up on the pain when urinating. I was complaining of the pain when urinating and finally saw a specialist. It was determined at the time of surgery that my colon or diverticulitid had attached to my Bladder. I had 2 additional surgeons step in and repair my fiscula do to waiting too long for surgery. I have been recovering for 3 months now and feeling better. I went 2 weeks on just iv's at time of surgery and lost 20 pounds but no longer have the pains from diverticulitis.
Mike

AOL

#113 Jan 9, 2008
Hey Ellen, I had surgery 3 months ago and no more pain. Ofcourse sore from the surgery but otherwise doing great. I had 4 Hospitalizations before I finally saw a Surgeon while in the Hospital. The Surgeon was a Vascular Surgeon but also a General Surgeon over the years. Basically any General Surgeon has done a lot of Diverticultis surgery's since the Majority of them have been trauma surgeons at one time or another. I Scheduled Surgery even though I recovered with Antibiotics again. A week before the scheduled Surgery I was Hospitalized again so the surgeon kept me in the Hospital for 5 days until the scheduled date and then did the surgery. I was lucky since I was on the Antibiotics I cleared up enough to not need the colosopy bag. That is why I recommend to anyone with this problem to have the Surgery elective if at all possible. If you have the surgery when you are not inflamed you too can have this Procedure done without the Colosopy bag for 3 months. They took 8" only planned on 6" because of severity and did say that I perforated. I did have some difficulties in Surgery but that was due to other problems, Everything turned out ok. Just make sure that if you have the surgery you ask for the morphine drip which you control you pain medication. I was originally given something through the spine but had a reaction and was paralized for a few days from the waist down.
Mike

AOL

#114 Jan 9, 2008
Hey Lou, If you still read this yes I did have the pain in those area's. Especially during or after an episode it was severe pain between the testicales and rectum.
Mike

AOL

#115 Jan 9, 2008
Anyone with questions feel free to email me anytime. I am posting my e-mail address because I know that I was looking for someone to talk to when I was first diagnosed. I have been through 2yrs of Diverticulitis..Had the surgery and doing better.Lots of symptoms and issue's with doctors that I could share with you. [email protected]
mike

Senatobia, MS

#116 Jan 9, 2008
Mike-How old were you when you had the surgery? Can you eat anything now? Where did you have the surgery
Mike

AOL

#117 Jan 9, 2008
Hey Mike, I am 38 I had the surgery 3 months ago and I had the surgery in San Diego (Palomar Hospital. I am eating normal but still afraid to eat nuts or anything until I confirm with Dr's since I get conflisting stories about re-occurance.
mike wrote:
Mike-How old were you when you had the surgery? Can you eat anything now? Where did you have the surgery
Mike

AOL

#118 Jan 9, 2008
oops I mean conflicting sories:)..
Ellen

Atlanta, GA

#119 Jan 13, 2008
Biker wrote:
<quoted text>Ellen, I have posted a lot. Check out my comments along with Leo and others. The operation, mine laporoscopic, went very well and after a month of recovery, everything is back to normal. I am nearing my one year anniversary. I sought the advice of a traditional surgeon, my GP, my GI, and my surgeon who performed the operation. Living in Cleveland, I had access to one of the best hospitals in the world. I chose my surgeon from the web site, however, I did 'interivew' him and felt confident in his skills. I was right. I hesitiate to name names and places specifically because it is not my place to do that, particularly on a forum like this. But I would in a one-on-one. Do your own research and go from there.
Thanks Biker. I'm in metro Atlanta -- since I posted, I discovered my consulting surgeon is a great surgeon (who teaches the laproscopic precedure) so I trust him and think he will do well. I am a 'Type A' who tends to rush back to work, so I am trying to scope the degree of difficulty in returning to a 26-mile commute and 10-12 hours days jammed with meetings ... I work out every day or every other, so despite the week-long stay in the hospital last week, I should be back in shape for the surgery in early Feb.
Ellen

Atlanta, GA

#120 Jan 13, 2008
Mike wrote:
Hey Ellen, I had surgery 3 months ago and no more pain. Ofcourse sore from the surgery but otherwise doing great. I had 4 Hospitalizations before I finally saw a Surgeon while in the Hospital. The Surgeon was a Vascular Surgeon but also a General Surgeon over the years. Basically any General Surgeon has done a lot of Diverticultis surgery's since the Majority of them have been trauma surgeons at one time or another. I Scheduled Surgery even though I recovered with Antibiotics again. A week before the scheduled Surgery I was Hospitalized again so the surgeon kept me in the Hospital for 5 days until the scheduled date and then did the surgery. I was lucky since I was on the Antibiotics I cleared up enough to not need the colosopy bag. That is why I recommend to anyone with this problem to have the Surgery elective if at all possible. If you have the surgery when you are not inflamed you too can have this Procedure done without the Colosopy bag for 3 months. They took 8" only planned on 6" because of severity and did say that I perforated. I did have some difficulties in Surgery but that was due to other problems, Everything turned out ok. Just make sure that if you have the surgery you ask for the morphine drip which you control you pain medication. I was originally given something through the spine but had a reaction and was paralized for a few days from the waist down.
Thanks Mike. After a week in the hospital (they found the right antibiotic cocktail after 5 days -- its a resistant bug) and another week on more oral antibiotics, I feel pretty good and surgery is scheduled in a month. Thanks for your insights.

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