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Diverticulitis

Regrets on having Diverticulitis surgery/colon resection?

Sydney, It took 3 months of pain to recover from the surgery. It is not easy but try and be patient. The surgery and healing was the most pain I had every experienced. I had two babies vaginally and they were a walk in the park compared to my colon resection.  (Jul 18, 2014 | post #2114)

Diverticulitis

Food and Recipes and How We're Doing

Hi Everyone, I have been gone for almost a year and decided to log on and see how everyone was doing. AC, I am sorry you are having some discomfort. Deb, I believe your intentions are good but the way you write comes off as being too condescending to those that do not follow your idea of the perfect healthy diet. I have to comment on the following that Besty wrote: Europe (excluding the U.K.) never followed the low/no carb-wheat-berry-c raze in the U.S. and they continue to chomp their various carbs, including pasta and baguettes, and statistically they are skinnier than people in the U.S. and the incidence of diverticulitis is much lower, too. I find it fascinating and I personally believe that a diet in moderation and that includes carbohydrates, fats, meat, vegetables, fruits and a little sugar is healthy. Not only for the body but for the spirit. It will be 2 years in October that I had a colon resection and I feel wonderful! I can eat everything and I take a probiotic daily. Probiotics have changed my life for the better.  (Jul 18, 2014 | post #811)

Diverticulitis

Advice for After Colon Resection?

Thank you Cinzia. I wish you all the best and walking a lot is extremely important and helpful in the recovery period. I walked a couple of hours daily. Before too long you will find yourself feeling 100% and better than ever.  (Jan 31, 2014 | post #4223)

Diverticulitis

Advice for After Colon Resection?

Thank you NJ John. I wish the same for you!  (Jan 31, 2014 | post #4222)

Diverticulitis

Advice for After Colon Resection?

I am 16 months post resecection. I had 12 inches of my sigmoid colon removed. While the surgery and recovery were difficult for me it is the best decision I have ever made. I now have a wonderful life without the bloating, pain and attacks of diverticulitis. We each heal differently and my greatest advice to anyone considering this surgery is to find the best gastro-intestional surgeon who has performed hundreds of colon resection and secondly to be patient with your recovery. May you each find the good health that we all deserve.  (Jan 25, 2014 | post #4208)

Diverticulitis

Food and Recipes and How We're Doing

Applecake, I rarely post but I had to write to tell you that I am still thinking and praying for you and a complete recovery. It is wonderful that you went running for the first time since your surgery. You have been through a tremendous amount of trauma and pain and if you have felt like being like a mole or goundhog, then that is what you have needed. After my resection I would at times become impatient with the timing of my recovery, wishing that it would be faster. In the end though, it was what it was. Our bodies are so unique and our recoveries are the same. No two are alike. Be kind to yourself and be proud that you have handled this all with not only grace but with generosity of self. You have been helpful to many on this forum including myself. Good luck with your colonoscopy. One day hopefully in the near future they will be a piece of cake. lovedusty  (Oct 2, 2013 | post #534)

Cancer

Gynecological Oncologists in Las Vegas Nevada

Hello Everyone, I am looking for an experienced and above all, an excellent gynecological oncologist in the Las Vegas, Nevada area. I have a family member who has been diagnosed with cancer of the pelvic region. Thank you in advance and good health to everyone. Lovedusty  (Sep 29, 2013 | post #1)

Diverticulitis

Regrets on having Diverticulitis surgery/colon resection?

Mare K, we are all different. It has been a year since my resection, done laparoscopically. A complete success. I was in horrific pain for 1 full week, then high pain for 1 month, then moderate pain for two more months. I cried daily for 3 months. Not that it is all over, I can honestly say it was worth it. Have patience and be kind to yourself. Good luck.  (Sep 18, 2013 | post #1069)

Diverticulitis

Advice for After Colon Resection?

Judy, you definitely should have a second opinion and if possible interview at least a couple of colon rectal surgeons. It will be a year at the end of this month since my colon resection and it is the best decision I ever made. I feel wonderful. My advice is to seek the best colon rectal surgeon in your area. Good luck.  (Sep 7, 2013 | post #3975)

Diverticulitis

Advice for After Colon Resection?

Hi Kevin, Excellent advice and congratulations on a successful surgery. I also consulted with several surgeons, both general and colon rectal surgeons and chose a top colon rectal surgeon. It will be one year in September and I am doing extremely well. I wish you all the best. Lovedusty  (Aug 13, 2013 | post #3917)

Diverticulitis

Mayo Clinic Diverticulitis Diet during and after an attack

Hi Kayle, I am so sorry you had an attack at such a young age. I hope you are feeling much better. After an attack and until you feel 100% you should be on a low fiber/residue diet. You should avoid all high fiber foods like raw vegetables and fruit, whole grains, beans, lentils, red meat, nuts, seeds, etc.. You want your colon to rest. On a low residue diet I would eat white rice, white bread, soups like chicken noodle soup, very well cooked vegetables, vegetable juices( I would buy mine at Whole Foods and they were fresh and organic) without the fiber, a bit of cooked chicken and fish and cooked bananas and apples. I would also drink plenty of water and herbal teas. Chamomile is excellent as well as ginger tea. It is not a very exciting diet but it is necessary and chances are your appetite will be diminished. At least mine was. Seeing a good nutrionist that has had patients that have had diverticulitis is also a good idea. I did and she was extremely helpful. Good luck Kaylee! Lovedusty  (Aug 7, 2013 | post #54)

Diverticulitis

Regrets on having Diverticulitis surgery/colon resection?

You are welcome. Trust and faith in your surgeon is important. I wish you the best.  (Aug 5, 2013 | post #595)

Diverticulitis

Regrets on having Diverticulitis surgery/colon resection?

Mare, It looks like you have an excellent surgeon with great experience, education and credentials. I too was terrified of having a colon resection but am so happy that I did. It changed my life for the better. I did have a very difficult recovery but the surgery itself went beautifully and to date I have not had any complications and can eat whatever I like without problems. No gas, bloating, pain and I have regular well formed bowel movements. I feel very fortunate. I wish you the best!  (Aug 3, 2013 | post #588)

Diverticulitis

surgeon says wait and take care of other things

PS. Dive is correct about nuts and seeds being ok to eat. If you prefer to be conservative and feel better about not eating them, then do not.  (Aug 3, 2013 | post #6)

Diverticulitis

surgeon says wait and take care of other things

Randi, I believe your surgeon is concerned that you are not a good candidate for surgery right now with your other symptoms. I know that gluten free is all the rage right now but I believe that if you are not gluten intolerant then whole fiber foods like oats, wheat and rice are beneficial to one's diet. A sensible, heathy diet is the best way to lose extra fat. Lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, lean meats, diary and grains are not only nutritious but will allow your body to naturally lose the weight. If you can purchase organic, then all the better. Light exercise like walking is excellent. If you are out of shape you can start walking 10-15 minutes a day , then slowly increase the amount of time. Also I have found that eating small meals every 3 hours helps manage my blood sugar and does not allow me to become ravenous so that I overeat. I wish you all the best!  (Aug 3, 2013 | post #5)