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Diverticulitis

Chia Seeds and Diverticulitis

Everyone differs in what will set off diverticulits. There are actual people on this planet who have ever had diverticulitis, who can eat popcorn and not get diverticulitis. They can probably eat chia seeds too. With that said, I tried out chia seeds, and I'd not go near them with a ten foot pole. They are very scratchy. Too scratchy for the gelatinous whatever to make much difference.  (Apr 26, 2014 | post #23)

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on no....took a laxative...

How long ago did you have surgery? Last week, last month, or last year? It makes a big difference in what you would think and what you would do about it. Stay away from colectal and its like if your system overreacts to it. I usually take milk of magnesia or another form of magnesia like magnesia citrate magnesia supplement. Mg OH is the same thing as milk of magnesia - or atleast very similar. Tehre are two forms of milk of magnesia. have you previously had irritable bowel? It normally acts like this.  (Apr 26, 2014 | post #2)

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I'm not sure it was clear; my own misdiagnosis and my father's were not accidental. Most older people have diverticula, and some of them get diverticulitis. If doctors can't figure out what is wrong they tend to just figure you have diverticulitis.  (Apr 26, 2014 | post #3)

Diverticulitis

New here

Be careful of basket diagnosis of diverticulitis; they decided I had that, and it turned out to be appendicitis, that they weren't finding between attacks, not doing the right test when I had attacks, etc. My father was told he had diverticulitis, and he actually had a tumor nearby that was pinching a nerve, and by the time they figured it out two years later it was far advanced and eventually killed him. In both cases tests found that we had diverticula, and they just got blamed. Doctors have repeatedly tried to blame both appendicitis and actual diverticulitis on nearby spinal arthritis and on uterine fibroids. Have they done a CT scan DURING an attack? That is most often how they actually catch diverticulitis. You usually have to have that done in an emergency room. If your doctor schedules one it won't be immediate and you may not be still sick. By Xray, do you mean a barium enema? That will find if you have diverticula, but probably won't tell them if you have diverticulitis. If they are inclined to make a basket diagnosis, finding diverticula may encourage them to do that. However, most older people have diverticula, and most of them don't ever get diverticulitis.  (Apr 26, 2014 | post #2)

Diverticulitis

Motrin the cause of diverticulitis?

Motrin did not cause diverticulitis all by itself, but regularly taking NSAIDs does make it more likely to occur. Noone knows why. It is often hard or impossible to pin down what causes diverticulitis. ER doctor would give you an answer off the top of her head; I'd not pay much attention. Irritable bowel in some form is the most common cause - or sometimes an earlier stage in a common disease process. They don't fully understand how the two conditions are related. Eating food you don't tolerate well, including popcorn, can set it off. I suspect that poorly chewed food is a factor - I am missing alot of teeth. I've heard of stress appearing to be the main cause. The majority of people who get one attack of diverticulitis never get another attack, so I'd wait until it comes back before panicking.  (Apr 26, 2014 | post #2)

Diverticulitis

If your incision got infected, how was it treated?

Cheryl, from what you are saying, in five weeks this wound has not closed in. Exactly how much has it closed in? Half way? Three quarters of the way? Not at all really?  (Apr 21, 2014 | post #5)

Diverticulitis

If your incision got infected, how was it treated?

Cheryl, is this incision still infected, or just not healing?  (Apr 21, 2014 | post #3)

Diverticulitis

If your incision got infected, how was it treated?

My incision got infected, and they are packing it each day with tough iodine-soaked fabric. It is aggravating the wound no end. The infection is gone or rapidly improving. They also put me on antibiotic. They intend to continue packing that wound while it slowly fills in over the course of a month. Allegedly getting continually rubbed and aggravated is good for it as it will provoke healing. I suspect this is someone's latest medieval medical theory. Onlline I learn that the entire notion of packing an infected incision is very controversial. Another reason why is that the system can absorb the iodine. If anyone else had their incision get infected, exactly how was it treated? Thanks! Yours, Dora Smith  (Apr 21, 2014 | post #1)

Diverticulitis

Still have diverticulitis infection

Balsalazide is another form of Asacol. Both are increasingly prescribed for diverticulitis, and they often help with stubborn cases of it. If you're lucky enough to find a doctor who doesn't mind prescribing for "off label" diagnosis. The drug is traditionally used to treat inflammatory bowel disease. Yes, you can definitely buy probiotics over the counter.  (Oct 18, 2013 | post #77)

Diverticulitis

Still have diverticulitis infection

Kaylee, you haven't had anything approaching a diagnosis of what is going on. Diverticulosis means you have diverticula - and usually they aren't reported from a CT scan, which has me wondering. I'd make an appointment and get them to explain in more detail. Also, if you're acutely ill usually the best thing to do is go to the ER and get a CT scan done at that time, and don't settle for anything else. Once when I was getting a real runaround I finally took my no nonsense sister with me, and they found appendicitis. I'd had it for eight months, but they couldn't figure it out, and a CT scan done between attacks found nothing, which is a common problem. You might not have diverticulitis. You could have something else completely different. By the time they finally found my appendicitis, they were GUESSING that I had diverticulitis because I had diverticula and they couldn't explain what was wrong!  (Oct 18, 2013 | post #76)

Diverticulitis

Still have diverticulitis infection

I just read the post thoroughly for the first time. He reports that he had persistent mild symptoms and the colonoscopy found infection. He's lucky. A colonoscopy isn't the diagnostic method of choice, the chance of being able to diagnose diverticulitis with it is small. Also it is risky to do it when the patient is acutely sick. I saw in my research where a recent study reported that sometimes signs of infection are found where the patient reported no or minimal symptoms. As to the infection failing to go away, obviously if it's still there and never went away, it never went away. Well, almost obviously, possibly an underlying process never went away and the infection happened to be on its way back. What did the doctor propose to do, since the thing isn't responding to antibiotics? Also, asacol may help get the whole hting to clear up in this situation. It's a drug often used for inflammatory bowel disease that is proving to be useful for diverticulitis  (Oct 18, 2013 | post #75)

Diverticulitis

what to expect between diverticulitis and surgery

It sounds like your doctor is on it. Just two attacks that close together, if they were uncomplicated, might simply mean the first attack didn't clear up properly, but it's so hard to actually get surgery for diverticulitis these days, if you've got it scheduled, unless you really want to avoid it or something, which you give no reason to think you do, I'd say go for it. Two months isn't a long time to go. Will the surgeon do the same surgery sooner if you have another attack? Sometimes they put people on antibiotics in that situation. Also, you might try asacol - or boswellia, if getting asacol proves hard. It's turning out that recurrent diverticulitis is really an inflammatory disease, and asacol often helps control it. Boswellia is a herbal remedy that has very similar actions to asacol.  (Oct 5, 2013 | post #13)

Diverticulitis

Exercise Affecting Diverticulosis after Diverticulitis At...

Strenghtening your core can be tricky. I suggest trying a physical therapist. Post-surgical core strenghtening problems are common.  (Oct 5, 2013 | post #8)

Diverticulitis

Hospitalised Two Months After Colon Resection

Sorry about all the problems - man, can middle age be a pain!  (Oct 5, 2013 | post #3)

Diverticulitis

Anyone try this approach to Diverticulosis?

Look out for fiber FREAKS. I too have had bad experiences as a result of new agers telling me to eat lots of fiber. Back in January, we suspected I might have diverticulitis but didn't know, and I didn't want to think so, and one of the doctors said, with a beautific expression on his face, to eat LOTS of fiber. Now, I had just gotten over an attack. I followed his instructions; no fiber supplements, mind, just a little more fiber than my normal moderately high fiber diet. I was back in the emergency room a week later. Next doctor at my clinic laughed. "Eat fiber when you are well, NOT when you are having an attack!" After four attacks in one year, the nutritionist has me adding fiber very slowly - sort of.  (Oct 5, 2013 | post #41)

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