1 yr. anniversary for colon resection & doing great!

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Heather

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Jun 3, 2012
 

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Just wanted to say that the surgery was one of the best decisions that I have ever made! Should have done it sooner. I had 12 inches of sigmoid colon removed 1 yr. ago (54 yrs. old) I had numerous diverticulis attacks for about the previous 8 years. At first, they started out very small. I thought I just had some IBS. They resolved themselves. As time went on, they grew more severe. My colon became very thickened and stiff as the attacks went on. I resisted surgery and tried to control them with diet, numerous rounds of antibiotics, but they just kept coming back. Finally, I went for the surgery. It wasn't an easy recovery. I was in the hospital for 4 days and took a couple of months to really get back on my feet. Now, I eat anything I want and feel great. I have more gas than I used to, but it's a small price to pay. I take 3 Fiber Con tabs each day. My bowel habits are very normal now. Don't put off the surgery if you need it.
Rose

Exeter, NH

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Jun 4, 2012
 
Congrats on the anniversary. I had my surgery 4/23/12 and already feel 100% better. I went from finding out I had diverticulitis in January (first real bad attack) to surgery in April. For me it was a good thing I didn't try the diet management route. I was so far gone with infection, abscess, thickening, adhesions, etc, that I was probably heading for an emergency situation and a colostomy. Don't want THAT!

I also eat anything I want and bowel habits are completely normal, even this soon after surgery. In fact, it's all better now. I am 51 and don't plan to spend my middle age all sick and inhibited, if I can possibly avoid it.
Chris R

Philadelphia, PA

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Dec 3, 2012
 
I'm 6 weeks post op from a 9" sigmoid resection from diver. Surgery was laproscopic. My question is I have been having terrible smelling gas for the past couple weeks. I mean awful. Also, I feel like I am not completely emptying my bowels each time. I am taking stool softener, probiotics and meta mucilage. Drinking about 100oz water a day with 20 g fiber per today. Is gas/ bowels normal 6 weeks out? Will it get better. Am I doing too much too soon?
TheGanzman

San Clemente, CA

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Dec 30, 2012
 
Chris - What has worked for ME for the last four years is 3 Pepto Bismol Caplets - 2 in the AM, 1 in the PM; I swallow them down with a mix of a heaping teaspoon of Miralax/a heaping tablespoon of Metamucil. I have been on this regimen RELIGIOUSLY for that time-period; prior to that, I had ~100 incidents/day of THE most voluminous, horrid, room-clearing flatus you can POSSIBLY imagine! Now I have ~20 incidents/day, with NO odor WHATSOEVER; I'm not KIDDING! No black tongue/gums or black stools either. Yearly test for Bismuth Toxicity comes back negative; both my GP & my GE see NO "downside" to continuing this regimen for life. BTW, I am 56 years old; diagnosed with severe diverticulosis at 45. Mine is so bad that the GE must use a pediatric 'scope for his exams; I've had three so far. Had ~4-5 diverticulitis attacks; currently contemplating surgery, but that's a whole 'nuther Oprah! Good luck; hope this works for you too!
Natalie

Montréal, Canada

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Dec 30, 2012
 
Hi everyone...I wanted to add good news for all of you who have had surgery.... am 5 years post-op from an uncomplicated hand-assisted lap. surgery.

It took about 3 months post-op to feel human again (this is major surgery!!!), but as soon as I was out of hospital, I ate whatever I wanted (in small portions).eg lentils, salads, corn, popcorn, meat wine...... I am always careful to get enough fiber and liquids in my daily diet.

As for the smelly farts, I have 2 small kids and when in public, I say "o kids, yuck!!!"

good luck to all!
George

Estero, FL

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Jan 2, 2013
 
Natalie,
You still have that good old sense of humor. Been missng all you guys!
Blessed

Mcdonough, GA

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Jan 2, 2013
 
I am thrilled to find this site! I was released from the hospital today after a five day stay....my 6th diverticulitis attack. My surgeon has said "ENOUGH" and I have agreed to the resection surgery. I have SO many questions for all you "veterans" but will try and control myself, lol. My infected area is in the upper left quadrant..right next to the spleen.( that makes me a little nervous). Honestly, I am a grown woman...and I am truly VERY frightened. I guess I need a pep talk.:( I realize the surgery is a must but I have read some terrifying posts. Any pre-surgery advice? Thank you very, very much!
HeatherBeather

Saylorsburg, PA

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Dec 6, 2013
 
I am having my 2nd officially diagnosed attack in 3 years. I'm 39 and I have IBS and diarrhea issues a lot. My GI has told me to go meet with the surgeon for a sigmoid resection. Honestly I have health anxiety disorder - hypochondria- and this is scaring and depressing me on a whole new level. I'm reading stuff all over the Internet and I'm scaring myself more. :/
Natalie

Montréal, Canada

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Dec 6, 2013
 
HeatherBeather wrote:
I am having my 2nd officially diagnosed attack in 3 years. I'm 39 and I have IBS and diarrhea issues a lot. My GI has told me to go meet with the surgeon for a sigmoid resection. Honestly I have health anxiety disorder - hypochondria- and this is scaring and depressing me on a whole new level. I'm reading stuff all over the Internet and I'm scaring myself more.:/
Hi Heather, I'm not sure if this is your case, but a lot of divert. sufferers also battle with anxiety issues. I did, before surgery, I would be watching tv and BAM! High heart rate, fear in my heart.... I swear since the surgery I have not had anything nearly as debilitating as before! Courage to you, face your fears (easy for me to say!!!) You should read all the success stories on this site!!!
Natalie
Lola RN

Orlando, FL

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Dec 7, 2013
 
I am sceduled for a Laparoscopic resection on 12/16 due to repeated Diverticulitis flares (4 in 18 months) and now my sigmoid colon is twisted and in front of my uterus! I"m not scared but I'm concerned since I have Lyme disease and I typically don't heal very fast how this is going to affect me...I work for GI doctors who do Colonoscopy and Endoscopy in an ambulatory surgical center which is very fast paced, my worry is that I won't be able to go back as soon as I'd like to since this surgery requires rest. I plan on walking after, I've had 2 c-sections and I remember what the recovery was like. I've been reading the forums and am hoping to find some good advice from those who have been there!

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