Bob

Glenview, IL

#81 Sep 22, 2008
I know the following, reported in the NYT Sep 8, 2008, may cause some controversy, but decide for yourself.

"Doctors have long advised people with diverticulosis to steer clear of nuts and foods with small seeds, fearing they might cause severe intestinal complications. But a study has found that eating these foods not only does not increase the risk of complications, but may even lower the risk of developing the disease. The study, published in the Aug. 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first large-scale study of the matter."
Susan M

Eatontown, NJ

#82 Sep 23, 2008
It may be true that eating nuts etc will help to prevent diverticulosis from developing in the first place but once a person has had infection develop in the pouches (diverticulitis) I do think that diet matters. I have seen a very direct connection between ingesting nuts and seeds and getting an infection in myself. Avoiding these things does not guarantee anything but I don't feel they are worth the risk. I have often thought that those who say it doesnt matter what you eat have never actually had the painful condition.

Since: Jun 08

Trevose, PA

#83 Sep 23, 2008
Susan M wrote:
It may be true that eating nuts etc will help to prevent diverticulosis from developing in the first place but once a person has had infection develop in the pouches (diverticulitis) I do think that diet matters. I have seen a very direct connection between ingesting nuts and seeds and getting an infection in myself. Avoiding these things does not guarantee anything but I don't feel they are worth the risk. I have often thought that those who say it doesnt matter what you eat have never actually had the painful condition.
Susan,

I have found that for ME, it was not what I ate but how much. The slower things move through you the more likely they are to cause pressure. Nuts never bothered me, but 2 or 3 pizzas would. BUT if they bother YOU, avoid them. Someone wrote on here that we need to learn to listen to our body with this disease, how true!

Patt

PS- been to Manchester a lot, plenty of family there! Great place.

Since: Jun 08

Trevose, PA

#84 Sep 23, 2008
Bob wrote:
I know the following, reported in the NYT Sep 8, 2008, may cause some controversy, but decide for yourself.
"Doctors have long advised people with diverticulosis to steer clear of nuts and foods with small seeds, fearing they might cause severe intestinal complications. But a study has found that eating these foods not only does not increase the risk of complications, but may even lower the risk of developing the disease. The study, published in the Aug. 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first large-scale study of the matter."
Bob,

I asked my surgeon (jokingly) if I cold eat popcorn after my surgery. He laughed! He said the nuts and seeds thing is such an old wives tale that doctor believe it and pass it along to their patients.

There is so much more that contributes to this and we get focused or Mr. Peanut! It's eating processed foods, over eating, not enough fiber etc..

There are tons of reports like the one you quoted. Most of us Americans have poor eating habits, an if we try to change as we get older, it's too late..usually.

Patt
Lynn

AOL

#85 Sep 23, 2008
Well the pain was really bad, so off to the ER I went...they did a cat scan..nothing...even though my prim said it was and put me on two meds and clear liquid diet....any one else have a clear Cat scan???
joan

United States

#86 Sep 24, 2008
I was released from the hospital 2 wks ago after tx for diverticulitis. Blood results show no infection at the present time. However i am still having 4-6 blowel movement every morning with lots of discomfort b4 during and after. I also have no energy. Feel too weak to drive. need to know if this is par for the course. How long does it take for intestines to heal. Any help gratefully acccepted.
Cheryl

Carlsbad, NM

#87 Sep 24, 2008
I had my first attack this past Friday and spent the whole afternoon at the hospital for tests. CAT scan revealed div. It has never taken me so long to recover from any illness in my life, even though it's just been a few days. I am also wondering how long it takes for the colon to heal and am also having back pain. I am one who eats a healthy diet - a lot of salads with and olive oil vingiarette - my favorite meal, so lack of fiber in my diet is not the cause. How long until I actually get back to a normal life?
Charlotte

Norristown, PA

#88 Sep 25, 2008
Hi Everyone,
It was so nice to meet you Patt. Patt has been and is a great support and unfortunately, I am having surgery. I have had attacks every 6 weeks or so and they have been mild, but why wait?
I found over eating caused an attack, and a medium popcorn at the movies gave me another one.
During an attack, I eat salad, tomatoes, and I'm fine.
My surgery is October 13th. I'll be back to post.
Thanks to all and especially Patt!
Lynn

AOL

#89 Sep 26, 2008
joan wrote:
I was released from the hospital 2 wks ago after tx for diverticulitis. Blood results show no infection at the present time. However i am still having 4-6 blowel movement every morning with lots of discomfort b4 during and after. I also have no energy. Feel too weak to drive. need to know if this is par for the course. How long does it take for intestines to heal. Any help gratefully acccepted.
I don't know how this all works, but I understand..hope you get the support you need form this site and your Doctor. I is a hard roe.
Pam

Saint Paul, MN

#90 Sep 27, 2008
HI all :)

Well, My first bout with this icky stuff was in march 08. Now here I am again another attack that started in aug. 08. I am allergic to most antibiotics and both attacks were mild.
The doc has tried many antibiotics and finally came up with doxicycline. He says he would like to use stronger antibiotics but my system will not tolerate them. My question is this.... Has anyone ever had an appendicitis attack caused by diver? I'm asking because I'm having most of my pain where the appendix is supposedly located.
Lisa

Waverly, NY

#91 Sep 27, 2008
Hi! I'm so glad I found this site! I was diagnosed with diverticulitis 3 weeks ago. Only symptom I have had is mild pain in lower left abdomen. No fever, no nausea, etc. I do not have any pain when sitting still, lying down, even standing still. Mostly I have pain when moving around. I took Cipro and Flagyl for 10 days. I did do the low fiber initially and had several days of diarrhea (probably caused by antibiotics). My question is, when will the pain go away? I still have it, intermittently. I do have an appt. with the gastroenterologist, but couldn't get in until Oct. 7. Struggling with how much fiber to eat. I am having b.m.'s every day. Today a bit more constipated. I'm trying to drink a lot of water too. Don't know if I should take a fiber supplement?? Any advice? Thanks so much!
Charlotte

Norristown, PA

#92 Sep 28, 2008
Hi Lisa,
I took 6 Metamusil tablets as I tend to do a low carb diet. If I am regular, without strain then, that is enough, but I still dealt with the runs during this.

My last attack was as Patt said, from overeating.
I have had numerous undiagnosed attacks in the past two years and am not playing around.
Anyone who had open surgery, please write me at:
Philylady@hotmail.com
Thanks to all and I hope everyone is coping.
Charlotte
Doug

Aurora, CO

#93 Sep 28, 2008
I've just returned from a 5 day stay at the hospital because of Acute Diverticulitis. I was treated with a liquid diet & antibiotics. My release papers say to begin Fiber Bulking so I went to the grocery story & bought foods which are high in fiber. I noticed several of these posts say to avoid fiber so I'm confused. Am I doing the right thing by going to a 30g Daily Fiber Diet? I want to do whatever necessary to avoid surgery. I still have the pain in my lower left abdomin area & I am anxious for the day this goes away. This is affecting my attitude, work, etc. Any advice on a speedy recovery is appreciated.
Susan M

Eatontown, NJ

#94 Sep 29, 2008
The pain will take a while to go away so that is not unusual. While recovering from an attack I do not jump right into a high fiber diet. I use moderate amounts of metamucil and bananas and applesauce, Activia vanilla yogurt etc. You do not want to get constipated-just want to keep things soft. Probiotics are essential to counteract side effects of the antibiotics that you took. I assume your gastro doctor discussed that with you. After everything seems to be healed and the tenderness is gone then I begin adding the high fiber foods.
Donna

Johnston, RI

#95 Sep 29, 2008
I had severe pain 1 week ago and was diagnosed with diviticulits. It was so bad that it made a micro perforation. I was in the hospital for 3 days on iv. I am now home on antibiotics but am so afraid to eat. Every little cramp scares me. It's comsuming my life. I am seeing a surgeon on Monday. Does this feeling of fear ever go away?
Tom

United States

#96 Sep 29, 2008
Just had my 2nd attack in 2 years

This one was worse (in hospital for 8 days)

They were ready for an operation but I took a turn for the better

After reading all these posts, I thankfully realised I'n not crazy or paranoid
I'm constanlty poking me left side to see if the pain is there and at the slightes cramp think its getting worse

Started eating and getting constipated

How long before I stop getting constipated?

How soon before I can eat fiber?

This is terrible!
Diet Help After Attack

Gaithersburg, MD

#97 Sep 30, 2008
I just had my first attack- serious 7 days in hospital w/ chest pain/back pain - scare of c.diff but didn't have it thank God.. Definately brought on by stress (gene factor too - Dad & Brother had this). If you are feeling pain - Don't eat - drink vitamin water - let your colon rest. I tried fiber and relapsed almost immediately - needed more antibiotics. Doc's tell you high fiber but I'm convinced it does not work. Fiber expands inside you and puts more stress on colon with large bm's.

I feel great now - have lots of energy and no pain. I am doing an Atkins diet and taking expensive supplements to restore the flora and good bacteria the antibiotics wiped out. I suggest you check out this website: www.gutsense.com or read "The Fiber Menace" You can find the supplements there too.
Donna

Johnston, RI

#98 Sep 30, 2008
Hi Doug, I just returned from the hospital and was told to be on a low fiber diet. only white flour bread, potatoe, pasta. no fruits and vegetables. no nuts and berries. you can eat plain meats. The reason for this diet is so you do not get cramps and spasms.
Doug wrote:
I've just returned from a 5 day stay at the hospital because of Acute Diverticulitis. I was treated with a liquid diet & antibiotics. My release papers say to begin Fiber Bulking so I went to the grocery story & bought foods which are high in fiber. I noticed several of these posts say to avoid fiber so I'm confused. Am I doing the right thing by going to a 30g Daily Fiber Diet? I want to do whatever necessary to avoid surgery. I still have the pain in my lower left abdomin area & I am anxious for the day this goes away. This is affecting my attitude, work, etc. Any advice on a speedy recovery is appreciated.
Charlotte

Norristown, PA

#99 Sep 30, 2008
How many people from this site has had the surgery for diver besides Mark and Patt?
I'm curious to hear from those who have had surgery to see how their lives are different, in what they can eat and how long it took them to feel back to normal, or is normal something that we will never be.
I'm looking forward to hearing back.
Thanks.
Charlotte
Surgery date 10/13/08
Linda

Rutland, VT

#100 Sep 30, 2008
Hi Donna,
I've been free of any symptoms for over a year now. Following my hospitalization...I was much, much more conservative for at least 6 weeks (NOOOOO meat it's acidic and VERY hard to digest, no acidic foods (ie: cranberry juice, other fruit juices), no processed flour (pasta, white bread etc.)it acts like Elmer's glue in the intestines.

I ate yogurt (organic, plain) with 1-2 tblsp molasses, Quinoa for soluble fiber and protein, ripe banannas, later on I added sprouted bread. You probably want to avoid any caffeine, soda, sugar, alcohol, etc. until you know your inflammation is completely gone. If you do have any fiber I would suggest it's soluble and lots!!! of water with it.

You may want to wait until you're completely healed to add/worry about fiber.

After a while, when I felt ready, I added very cooked veggies. It was recommended to me in the beginning to juice veggies.

I think the key in this vulnerable state is to NOURISH your body in a way that is most easy on your large intestine.

Good luck to you, Linda

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