Susan M

Eatontown, NJ

#61 Mar 3, 2009
Blood in the urine would suggest a UTI. Have they done a urine culture to check for bacteria?
Kris

Smyrna, TN

#62 Mar 4, 2009
Joy wrote:
Hi Kris, It certainly sounds like you have many of the symptoms of acute diverticulitis. When your doctor put you on the antibiotics did he also tell you to go an a clear liquid dies for a few days, followed by a liquid diet for several more. It is very important to allow the colon to rest in order to reduce the swelling and inflamation. Stay away from fibre until the pain and tenderness is completely gone and then only reintroduce it extremely slowly. I cannot comment on the blood in urine test because I never had one. Certainly the sharp pains, tenderness and fever are often associated with this disease. I hope that you feel better soon! Joy
Joy, Thanks for the reply. It is appreciated. My doctor did not tell me to do this and I think I had it all backwards and that is why it was taking so long for me to recover. Now that I decided to eat light it seems to be easing up. The doctor said she thought that the blood in my urine is where my bladder was irritated. When I go back to the doctor next week, they will check my urine again. Again, thanks
Kris

Smyrna, TN

#63 Mar 5, 2009
Susan M wrote:
Blood in the urine would suggest a UTI. Have they done a urine culture to check for bacteria?
They said they believe it is because my bladder was very irritated. When I went back after the antibiotics, I still showed traces of blood. So, when I go to my GY next week for my check up, they want me to hav my doctor to check my urine again to see if it is still showing traces.
Joy

United States

#64 Mar 5, 2009
Hi Kris, I know that occasionally the colon can adhere and connect to other organs, like the bladder, via something called a fistula (kindof a little tunnel). This can be a side effect of diverticulitis. I am not sure if this would cause blood in the urine but might be worth being aware of at least. If you google "fistula, colon to bladder" I am sure you will find more information on the symptoms! Glad the liquid diet is helping, give yourself lots of time before you reintroduce the fiber :-) Joy
Kris

Smyrna, TN

#65 Mar 10, 2009
Joy wrote:
Hi Kris, I know that occasionally the colon can adhere and connect to other organs, like the bladder, via something called a fistula (kindof a little tunnel). This can be a side effect of diverticulitis. I am not sure if this would cause blood in the urine but might be worth being aware of at least. If you google "fistula, colon to bladder" I am sure you will find more information on the symptoms! Glad the liquid diet is helping, give yourself lots of time before you reintroduce the fiber :-) Joy
Joy, thanks for all the information. I do appreciate it. I go to the doc thursday and will be sure to look that up on line. God Bless

Since: Mar 09

Tulsa, OK

#66 Mar 24, 2009
Kris, I had the same problem with my urine, and it took awhile to go away. In December, 7 months after I had my episode of diverticulitis, I had a cystoscopy of my bladder, and I didn't have a fistula. Apparently just the close proximity of the bladder to the infection can cause the blood and bacteria in your urine. I hope you're doing better now!
amy

Newark, OH

#67 Apr 9, 2009
my husband was diagnosed 3 months ago with diverticulitus they say. after a round of keflex, and flaygl,he felt better but then the antis ended and he was back in bed with pain, nausua, diaherea on and off again, then had an attack on other side and went to er again said it was kidney stone, uroloygist said no was prostate infection put him on macrodantion thank god i got two weeks of him feeling himself to a degree finally than bam no anti 4 days later in bed pain, severe nausa, diherria, then dr put on cipiro and for one day it worked then back in bed back down same symptoms. and now back to drawing board so to speak, prostate infection gone symptoms of other still remain and we are frustrated and exhausted. but i am so glad i found this site really helped ty
Joy

Brampton, Canada

#68 Apr 10, 2009
Hi Amy, Sounds like your hubby is having a terrible time. What sort of teats has he had to confimr the diagnosis? Did he have a CT scan yet? I hope he feels better soon, Joy
eric

AOL

#69 Apr 11, 2009
I had diverticulosis for many years-I am now 77.

About two months ago I developed an absess on the right lower and it turned out to be severe div.- The surgeon tried to drain it for a few days but suddenly stool got into the drain and he had to operate. He took about 12 inches of sigmoid and luckily was able to join. I am now almost a month from the operation,, 11 days in the hospital and lost a lot of weight. My colon feels pretty good but I have had no appetite until two days ago and had real problem eating anything. Also has a bitter metalic taste in the back of my mouth.

Main problem now is getting weight back but am improving. Still have loose bowels, but the diahrrea seems to have abated.

No fun

Since: Mar 09

Tulsa, OK

#70 Apr 11, 2009
Glad you're getting better now, Eric!
deborah

Canada

#71 Apr 12, 2009
i am just recovering from my last attack;..I am not coming back as quickly as i usually do this time...the last attack was only 5 months ago....i seem to get sick very fast....i can't get to see a specialist until the end of june so i am trying to figure out how to manage so i don't have an attack before then...i am eating small meals, lo fat everything, avoiding nuts, seeds etc...caffiene, chocolate, spicy or fried foods...also anything gassy....has anyone tried this and has it worked...has anyone tried the Specific Carbohydrate diet..(Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall)..i have been looking at that however i think it is too restrictive....and almond flour is outrageous in price....i am also wondering if food allergies could play a part in the inflamation....i also agree my attacks seem to come about when i am constipated...has anyone tried the natural tea to help out with the constipation...i am wondering if this is a good thing to do if you have diverticulous....any one with any comments or experience will be so appreciated......
Peter

Coventry, CT

#72 Apr 12, 2009
deborah wrote:
i am just recovering from my last attack;..I am not coming back as quickly as i usually do this time...the last attack was only 5 months ago....i seem to get sick very fast....i can't get to see a specialist until the end of june so i am trying to figure out how to manage so i don't have an attack before then...i am eating small meals, lo fat everything, avoiding nuts, seeds etc...caffiene, chocolate, spicy or fried foods...also anything gassy....has anyone tried this and has it worked...has anyone tried the Specific Carbohydrate diet..(Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall)..i have been looking at that however i think it is too restrictive....and almond flour is outrageous in price....i am also wondering if food allergies could play a part in the inflamation....i also agree my attacks seem to come about when i am constipated...has anyone tried the natural tea to help out with the constipation...i am wondering if this is a good thing to do if you have diverticulous....any one with any comments or experience will be so appreciated......
Hi Deborah,

I could never tell what set my attacks off. I avoided the "trigger" foods like the plague, but I still got sick. I had so many attacks in succession, I think the infection never went fully away. I had surgery March 2; 12" sigmoid resection and my surgeon said when he went in it was all inflamed with a low grade infection. So to answer your question: I don't know what foods will help avoid an attack. It's a very debilitating disease isn't it?

Good luck and take care.
Joy

United States

#73 Apr 12, 2009
deborah wrote:
i am just recovering from my last attack;..I am not coming back as quickly as i usually do this time...the last attack was only 5 months ago....i seem to get sick very fast....i can't get to see a specialist until the end of june so i am trying to figure out how to manage so i don't have an attack before then...i am eating small meals, lo fat everything, avoiding nuts, seeds etc...caffiene, chocolate, spicy or fried foods...also anything gassy....has anyone tried this and has it worked...has anyone tried the Specific Carbohydrate diet..(Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall)..i have been looking at that however i think it is too restrictive....and almond flour is outrageous in price....i am also wondering if food allergies could play a part in the inflamation....i also agree my attacks seem to come about when i am constipated...has anyone tried the natural tea to help out with the constipation...i am wondering if this is a good thing to do if you have diverticulous....any one with any comments or experience will be so appreciated......
Hi Deborah, I tried many approaches to avoiding the infections but was unable to come up with a "cure". I kept restricting my diet more and more but only discovered a few trigger foods for me... red meat, red wine... As Peter said in his post, I also got to the point where I could not get rid of the infection at all over several months (this after 7 years of more and more frequent episodes). I also ended up having surgery and have made a great recovery! I wish I had some advice for you but it sounds like you are doing the right things already. Hope you feel better soon :-) Joy

Since: Mar 09

Tulsa, OK

#74 Apr 12, 2009
deborah wrote:
i am just recovering from my last attack;..I am not coming back as quickly as i usually do this time...the last attack was only 5 months ago....i seem to get sick very fast....i can't get to see a specialist until the end of june so i am trying to figure out how to manage so i don't have an attack before then...i am eating small meals, lo fat everything, avoiding nuts, seeds etc...caffiene, chocolate, spicy or fried foods...also anything gassy....has anyone tried this and has it worked...has anyone tried the Specific Carbohydrate diet..(Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall)..i have been looking at that however i think it is too restrictive....and almond flour is outrageous in price....i am also wondering if food allergies could play a part in the inflamation....i also agree my attacks seem to come about when i am constipated...has anyone tried the natural tea to help out with the constipation...i am wondering if this is a good thing to do if you have diverticulous....any one with any comments or experience will be so appreciated......
Overeating is the only consistent trigger I've identified, but sometimes the pain would come back even if I didn't overeat. I think maybe we all blame ourselves too much for something that a lot of the time is just bad luck. It's hard to cure infections in the intestinal wall and they can smolder on for a long time without our having necessarily done anything to cause it. Like you, I'm having my second attack and the pain is not resolving this time as fast as it did the first time. I'm going to see the surgeon Tuesday.

Regarding allergies: I've had that thought myself. My husband has said several times in years past that he thinks I might have celiac disease (gluten intolerance). I'm going to get this visit to the surgeon over with and do whatever we decide to do, and then I'm going to ask my doctor to have me tested for celiac disease.
deborah

Canada

#75 Apr 12, 2009
thank you peter, joy and sjcy......you know i was quite upset last time i saw my doctor..i told him i am trying so hard....and he said exactly what you have all said....we beat ourselves up and blame ourselves thinking we can control everything...but we can't...and we need to stop blaming ourselves for our situtation...they are not even sure what causes half these bowel diseases...it was only a short time ago they learned ulcers are caused by a virus and not stress...i have been so worried about this and future surgery...i am so happy to hear those that have had the surgery are doing well.....there are so many horror stories on the net...i think this is the best forum i have seen among the rest....you are all calm and sensible....great chatting with you and i look forward to seeing you on line....thanks to you all....

Since: Mar 09

Tulsa, OK

#76 Apr 13, 2009
What a nice post, deborah. I agree, this is the best div. forum I've found yet, and I hope we can keep it this way!
Joy

United States

#77 Apr 13, 2009
Me too, I just come back and contribute because it helped me so very much before and after my surgery and I learned so much from others that I like to try to help to keep the forum going and thriving! I tried really hard too... I read and studied and there really isn't an easy answer. It certainly isn't because of any obvious lifestyle choices that I made that I know of! Although I like to blame constipation during my 3 pregnancies lol! Keep your chin up and I am confident that you will work through this successfully :-) Joy
Sunni

Brisbane, Australia

#78 Apr 13, 2009
I have just spent 10 days in hospital being treated with intravenous antibiotics, and then given 7 more days of oral antibiotics when I got home. The oral antibiotics finished on Sunday. I am on a low residue low fibre diet, and am concerned about my stools, they are very soft and very thin ribbon like is this normal on a low fibre diet or is it still the diverticulits?(Sorry to ask this question but it is really worrying me) and I'm so sick of going to the doctors. I hope some one on this forum can answer my quetion.
Thanks Sunni

Since: Mar 09

Tulsa, OK

#79 Apr 13, 2009
I think it's probably a combination of several things: 1) your colon is probably still somewhat inflamed; 2) you've been on a lot of antibiotics; and 3) you're on a low-fiber diet. It'll probably take some weeks yet for everything to get back to normal.
Sunni

Brisbane, Australia

#80 Apr 13, 2009
Thanks for answering my post. I can't get in to see my gp till Friday anyway. So I'll keep on hangin in there. Hopefully I will be recovered to be at my daughter's wedding in 3 1/2 weeks. That is why I am so worried.

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