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Since: Mar 07

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#426 Jul 25, 2009
Mike wrote:
Has anyone taken a probiotic after lap. colectomy surgery? Dr. did not mention it and I forgot to ask him. I had surgery 7-20-09 and they removed 8" of my sigmoid colon. 40 yrs old.
July 1st 2000 I had 12 inches removed of the sigmoid as well, it had a growth as big as a golf ball in it, to to causing to much pain trouble, have had constipation gas pains ever so often, then this last week was my first attack. Im sure it was the symptoms just like before, Im going this early fall for the colonostomy, I started taking the pro biotic, not a problem for me. then on July 4th they went back in same hole from the front of my stomach up my side, checked because of pain in my side, I was on the toilet when I got home and it felt like someong pulled a hot marble on a string through my back and up between my shoulders, pain, they decided to check after 12 hours in Hospital again still pain, they opened me up checked me out, put a colostomy bag on me for 6 weeks, then the 14th of Aug 2000 they did the colostomy take down, put me back together and its been good, I had no problems but ever so often blockage,gas pains and sharp pains in my a$$ not good, Im eating the GTNP way and doing much better. lettuce,nuts, seeds dont seem to bother me, but the real thicket for me is, keeping the gas pains down, to keep from swelling and pushing the diverticulitis out to get something caught in.
Good luck with your surgery recov. and God Bless you all on this site.
Tammy

Gaylord, MI

#427 Jul 28, 2009
my first attack came when in the middle of the night I had to go to the hospital because i perforated my bowel. Ended up getting perforated section removed and had a colostomy for 3 months then had surgery again to take down the colostomy after 6 mo of recovery I thought all would be well. 2 weeks ago I ate an apple peal and all felt funny but didn't really know why. Ate anothe apple tada flair of diverticulitis Doc gave antibiotics. Started feeling better within 3 days. Tonight I end up getting all this pain then first constipation then diarrha then nausea now gut is feeling alittle better but dear lord it is scary to eat anything. Good luck all of you

Since: Mar 07

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#428 Jul 29, 2009
Tammy
I know what your going through, After the surgery, the reconnect of the colon, colostomy bag removed, I had to eat soft food for a month and do plenty of walking, walking helps the bowls move, check out the, google (great taste no pain) This has really helped me big time, and eat the selections of food that dont bother you, a good plan is to right down everything you eat and eliminate the things you cant eat. Good luck, and God Bless you all
blessediva 4 god

Columbia, MD

#429 Aug 1, 2009
hello everyone glad i found this site dx with div on Thursday in the er had a ct and they found it. Now after reading just about everything on this site i am so scared first the er doctor didn't tell me what to eat and so i went out and bought all this fiber stuff including flaxseed oil that the er doc wants me to take two to three times a day well after reading everything on this site i don't think i should be eating all this fiber stuff i bought or the flaxseed oil until i heal i am so confused i am going to follow the low residue diet and find me a gi doctor can someone help me should i be taking the flaxseed oil or wait unti i heal i thank god for all of you i have learned so much from you about this in two days. Thanks again a newbie

Since: Mar 07

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#430 Aug 2, 2009
Hi Blessediva4God
I would suggest eat soft foods, banana, mashed potatoes ect, until your healed for sure. eat the banana then wait 3 hours before eating potatoes, dont mix food, works really good for me, it keeps the blockage and gas pains that produces the diverticulitis. When healed I would say about two weeks after the medication runs out,, then I would look into changing your diet.

I think we all are so different on how our bodies digest food its amazing to me, Im finding out for my self, what will work and what doesnt.(the hard part) Some can not eat letuce,nuts,etc. they dont bother me. I dont eat nothing heavy for dinner anymore, and eat alot more dark green vegies now with any meat dish, dark green asparagus, bussle sprouts, fresh green beans, eliminate all margarine and trans fats.
google (great taste no pain) I started eating this way and feel so much better my energy level went high, lost 25lb , just by mixing certain foods that work with eachother to digest.
I learn alot from the internet as well.
God Bless you

Since: Aug 09

Columbia, MD

#431 Aug 4, 2009
i need help i am so confused after reading everything i think i have alot things wrong already first i didn't realize how serious this was until i read posts on here several times well to make a long story short the doctor didn't tell me anything so i ate rice and gravy to help with the antibotics no promblem then i read somewhere that curry was good for the inflammation so for the spelling no problem has a little curry shrimp with white rice no problem, bananans no problem then after reading on here someone had grilled cheese looked at the low residue diet no problem i will eat a grilled cheese with a little jelly on top and i started to feel a little funny a little pull on my left side and i said okay i must can't eat this yet no problem had a horrible time yesterday headaces pain in neck and sorry for the description like this hot warming sensation in the bottom area a little vision problem a little gas and i thought this was because i found out i wasn.t taken cipro correctly i was taking it with yogurt okay i am trying to finsh this story i had shrimp alfredo for lunch with white rice today no problems good day almost felt 80% like myself, and then i had a piece of kfc grilled chicken tonight so i could take my flagyl and now i have a pulling like sensation on my left side the warm bottom feeling more like a fever now just in my bottom area am i having another attack i have to take something with the antibotics or i will be sick i need help what can i do liquids only with the flagyl and cipro is not an option i will be back in the hospital again and i just started a new job please help
Tomatillo

Bethlehem, PA

#432 Aug 5, 2009
I was prescribed Levaquin and Flagyl. I took them with just a liquid diet. I never resumed eating food until that left side pain was gone. And if I did, it was a single egg or a single piece of white bread with jelly. I don't think you should be eating shrimp or chicken at this point. In a few days maybe.

Since: Mar 07

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#433 Aug 5, 2009
Blessediva4God
I dont know what all you have read, but from what I have understood, take all soft foods while the flare up is going on, and for a week after your medication is gone, sometimes it takes two doses of medication to get over the diverticulitis attack, eat soft foods, yogurt I would limit all dairy if possible, eat soft foods that are easy to digest, bannana chewed good, mashed potatoe's, I avoid, things with seeds,nuts,skins,no fiber. Then after a week from your last antibiotic you feel good, no problems, then start slow on filtering fiber things into your diet, I say eat more fiber things in the AM. and very light soft things in the evening time, eat small amounts of food several times in a day works better for me, and you will have to figure out what works best for you, some people cant eat lettuce,nuts, seeds etc...some people can get away with more, I dont eat no sesame seeds ever, any seed that is small and hard, I however eat lettuce, tomato seeds, chilli seeds, and they in the past dont bother me, I will suggest when your a week past your last antibiotic pill, please check out this link.
google ( greattastenopain.com ) that is great taste no pain, it has done me wonders, knowing what foods to mix and how they digest is awsome for me. My energy level went way up after the 3rd day.
Im sorry I didnt see your reply sooner, I hope this helps you.
GodBless you.

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#434 Aug 5, 2009
hi tomatillo
I didnt blessdive until just now.
how are you doing? I just had a flare up and I was not sure what it was I had wrong, the doc gave me sulfrim, I dont think it was strong enough, and two days after the last pill, I had some left side pain, hard stools, and my bowl movements were all messed up. Now its much better I took some Ibuporfin for two days. I wish now I would of got the second dose started then. I live in the way out back, 100mi to the closest hospital, drugstore ect... so the little clinic where I live, they gave me a prescription of some antibiotics to have on hand, I hope I dont need them ever again, but if I get a flare up on a friday evening, I dont have to wait until monday to get the medication started.
God Bless you. and everyone with diverticulitis.
Wes

Waterford, CT

#435 Aug 7, 2009
Man, only 4 weeks after being in the hospital, I have another flareup of Divert. I am seriously considering the surgery, but my doctor and I still aren't even discussing that. But, since I have had numerous flareups like this, I bet that will be his recommendation. I wanted to see if anyone here has either:
1. NOT had surgery, and tried to control the diverticulitis long term just with diet? If so, how's it going.
2. HAD the surgery, and could tell me how big an impact it has had on your lifestyle.

Thanks, this forum has been great for me, and I appreciate all of your help.

Wes
Chuck

Ridley Park, PA

#436 Aug 7, 2009
Wes,

I had 4 episodes of diverticulitis from Jan 2004 to October 2006. I finally had a lap resection in February 2007. Took me about 3 months to get back but felt really good after the surgery.
In March of this year, the same familiar pain returned and CT showed diverticulitis again. Cipro, Flagyl the works. Had another CT documented attack in July and just coming off the antibiotics now. I think my case is unusual as most people that have the surgery are doing well. I may be looking at a second surgery. It is a tough disease to say the least.
Good luck to you.

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#437 Aug 7, 2009
I changed my diet, that stopped the blockage and gas build up,the pain, I think the gas pain is from blockage is what makes the divers pop out and get infected alot of times, and I feel so much better, please google,( great taste no pain ) they give you the first 5 day plan for free, I felt much better, lots more energy in 3 days, I was just comming off an attack, I had not finshed the antibiotic.
Its something to look in to, to help you all.
ryan

Morganville, NJ

#438 Aug 7, 2009
Caryn wrote:
Hi,
I have a suspected case of div. I started having pain 14 days ago, followed by a one-day fever, and went to the doc after three days. Doc put me on Flagyl, which I could only take for a day before I started reacting. Went on Augmentin after that, was taken off Augmentin in the hospital for 2 days, then back on. After five days on Augmentin I am feeling a lot better but the pain isn't totally gone; when I press against my left side it still feels tender. Should I be concerned about this? I read for many people that symptoms disappear altogether within 2-4 days.
I also had stronger pain this morning, but the GI thought it was constipation due to the low-residue diet. The pain was relieved this morning when I had a bowel movement. How long should I stay on the low-residue diet for, and should I have regular bowel movements while on it? Before the low-residue diet, I was on a liquid diet for 3 days.
I am 32, and my mom had div when she was 34. At 38, she had 18 inches of her colon removed. I currently am self-employed w/out health insurance so I would like to avoid surgery at all costs until I can get a job with insurance. I figure I will be rejected at this point.
Also, my next doc appointment is in 6 days -- is this too long to wait?
Thanks, C
i had my first attack and wound up in the hospital because of it, when i got out of the hospital i had substantial pain for at least 8 months after the hospital stay. i also have no insurance. i started searching onlineto find things to reduce inflamation. fish oil kept coming up when i searched. i found something called neem also. i first started taking fish oil and within 3 days i started to feel better. i took 3 or 4 1000mg pills 3 times a day. i also started to take stuff called neem and took 2 475mg pills 3 times a day. after taking this for a month i feel amazing. more energy and just all around better. i still have slight tenderness if i push on my colon. but for the most part i feel great. you should try this if you want to feel better. i was never a great eater and i think that lead to my problem, but fish oil and neem has been a life saver. i am not stressed out anymore about the pain. i also believe that it is healing me not just covering up the pain. i would rather fix the problem naturally than have parts of me cut out. good luck to all whether or not you try this. ryan
Joy

Fremont, CA

#439 Aug 7, 2009
Wes wrote:
Man, only 4 weeks after being in the hospital, I have another flareup of Divert. I am seriously considering the surgery, but my doctor and I still aren't even discussing that. But, since I have had numerous flareups like this, I bet that will be his recommendation. I wanted to see if anyone here has either:
1. NOT had surgery, and tried to control the diverticulitis long term just with diet? If so, how's it going.
2. HAD the surgery, and could tell me how big an impact it has had on your lifestyle.
Thanks, this forum has been great for me, and I appreciate all of your help.
Wes
Hi Wes, well I guess I fall into both of those catagories. I tried all sorts of dietary approaches to avoid the surgery but after 7 years I had an infection that just wouldn't go away. I think sometimes there is permanent damage to the wall of the colon after multiple attacks. I had lap surgery last December and had to rest and adjust for a few months. Sine then I have just felt better and better and I got my life back. The only difference between now and before I first got diverticulitis is that I have more frequent bms, 2 or 3 a day. It is not a problem and I have as much control as before and, as I understand it, a short residence time in the intenstinal tract is better anyway :-) No diarrhea or constipation (although I do eat a very healthy diet and try to drink a lot), and I have returned to all of my activities (like badminton and tennis) and I feel GREAT! It is a tough decision and I avoided it as long as I could but I really didn't have much choice at all because I was not getting better and was afraid of developing an abscess or a fistula and having to have emergency surgery which would have been a lot worse. The Surgeaon said that there was considerable damage to the wall of the part of the colon that he removed. Before the surgery I used to feel like I needed to go to the bathroom... but when I got there I found that I didn't!! That doesn't happen anymore :-) Hope that helps, take care. Joy
Mike

Durham, NC

#440 Aug 8, 2009
Wes,
I spent a number of years dealing with div. attacks and my doctor suggested lap. surgery I had it 3 weeks ago. I was in the hospital for 5 days and I am so glad I decided to have the surgery. It appears to be worst than it really is. It was the easiest surgery I could imagine. Back to work and regular diet now. They still recommend to take it slow and when you feel tired rest. I would find a good reputable Lap. surgeon and atleast meet with him and have that option if you decide on surgery. Definately do not want your intestines to rupture. 40 yrs old.
Linda

Beckley, WV

#441 Aug 8, 2009
Hello--I just happened on this site---only read a few of the posts--but I'm very curious--especially about all these antibiotics some are taking--my husband-who was perfectly healthy-except for an old hernia surgery--the mesh had been recalled so his dr recommendend that it be taken out--just as a precaution because his stomach did hurt sometimes--to make a long story short--he went into hosp. for day surgery--ended up with a condition called--C-diff--(supposely from too many antibiotics)lost all his colon--permanent--had congestive heart failure--kidney failure--was coded twice--caught e-coli--several other--all infectius diseases--after 64 days in hosp---I don't think he will ever recover--my point is---does the taking of all these antibiotics that you all seem to have to take--worry you???

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#442 Aug 8, 2009
Linda very much so, I take a pro biootic, to help with taking the meds.
I wish I had found out about eating and combining the right foods to stop the blockage and gas build up of pain that I feel is the contribute to the diverticulitis in the first place.
Its to bad that we have to learn somethings in life the hard way.
But that is what life is, a learning experience and it boils down to (how did we finish the race)
have a great weekend. God Bless you all
Chris

Portland, OR

#443 Aug 8, 2009
I'm so very sorry about your husband's tragic experiences. Yes, everyone is worried about the antibiotics and the possibility of acquiring C-diff. You will see it mentioned often in the posts on this site and some have had it. The alternative, however, is a rupture and possibly death. Most of us take probiotics to prevent C-diff. Thanks for your cautionary post and I've just said a prayer for you and your husband.
Chris
Linda wrote:
Hello--I just happened on this site---only read a few of the posts--but I'm very curious--especially about all these antibiotics some are taking--my husband-who was perfectly healthy-except for an old hernia surgery--the mesh had been recalled so his dr recommendend that it be taken out--just as a precaution because his stomach did hurt sometimes--to make a long story short--he went into hosp. for day surgery--ended up with a condition called--C-diff--(supposely from too many antibiotics)lost all his colon--permanent--had congestive heart failure--kidney failure--was coded twice--caught e-coli--several other--all infectius diseases--after 64 days in hosp---I don't think he will ever recover--my point is---does the taking of all these antibiotics that you all seem to have to take--worry you???

Since: Mar 07

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#444 Aug 8, 2009
Linda wrote:
Hello--I just happened on this site---only read a few of the posts--but I'm very curious--especially about all these antibiotics some are taking--my husband-who was perfectly healthy-except for an old hernia surgery--the mesh had been recalled so his dr recommendend that it be taken out--just as a precaution because his stomach did hurt sometimes--to make a long story short--he went into hosp. for day surgery--ended up with a condition called--C-diff--(supposely from too many antibiotics)lost all his colon--permanent--had congestive heart failure--kidney failure--was coded twice--caught e-coli--several other--all infectius diseases--after 64 days in hosp---I don't think he will ever recover--my point is---does the taking of all these antibiotics that you all seem to have to take--worry you???
Im sorry I didnt mention about your husband earlier, just as I hit the post button, I was so into talking about the antibiotics...
Im sorry to here about your husband...
God bless you and your husband.
Laura

AOL

#445 Aug 10, 2009
I just came out of the hospital after a 22 day stay for my 2nd div attack. Prior one was in 2000. These CT's show an abscess that has not cleared, so am being scheduled for sigmoid colectomy (hopefully in October). Found surgeon at Scripps that will attempt laparoscopically, so am getting it done now before it can rupture. Was on Levaquin and Flagyl and was stopped as soon as WBC, fevers and CRP came down enough to indicate that most of the infection/inflammation was reduced to drop some of the risk for C-Diff. I am gathering all the records that the surgeon needs to have before confirming that the surgery can be done as we hope. I am high risk due to multiple blood clots and pulmonary emboli as well as Interstitial Lung Disease. I am still on soft low residue diet and find that if I bump up to any fiber etc. the pain definitely increases. Hopeing that after the colectomy that I will NOT have a colostomy bag to deal with and that I will be able to have a "normal" diet again. Also have to have a 4th CT and perhaps another colonoscopy before the surgery... I am so glad that I found this site because it is helping me know that I am not strange in still feeling pain when I eat... I kept thinking that something was going very wrong again. Now I can calm down and just get ready for the surgery and do what I can to make sure that it come out the best possible way.

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