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Old 03-15-2007, 04:16 AM   #1
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Diverticulitus - advice & info

I have a very dear male freind, I feel asthough he cuts my feelings off due to his illness, Ive only been aware of this illness recently.

My questions are

What can the emotional effects of diverticulitus.
What are the physically effects - short term or long tem.
Is this illness hereditary -i think he has ben aware for years and this has affected his relationships.
He has had surgery - will he need more.
How painful is it for him.

As a freind is there anything i can do to help. Also i want him to be part of my life whether as a freind or more.

 
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Old 03-16-2007, 09:23 AM   #2
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Re: Diverticulitus-advice&imfo

OVM,

Diverticulars are mostly caused by not eating correctly and getting constipated. He needs more soluble fibre in his diet and it is not an inhereited illness.

And, when a diverticular gets infected -- it is about as painful as an appendicitis except it can be treated with antibiotics.

Once you get diverticular pockets -- they don't go away-- except with surgery.

I wish your friend well---Harry

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Old 03-16-2007, 04:47 PM   #3
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Harry
Thank you for your reply
He has, i think, known about it for many years, possibly since being a child. (can you get it as a child) he has had surgery of which he will not say, he is very particular about his diet, fibre and health & fitness. Are there other complications that can occurr from this illness such to the liver, blood or kidneys. ive heard him complain but clams up....

Im concerned about his physical health, but mainly his mental well-being cos he cuts himself off from everyone. When he had his surgery he told no one and then after he recovered, he complained cos he went home alone to no one, no family or freind - but this is due to him closing up & not wanting anyone to know! He delt with it alone and i think became depressed,

Im sure like anyone with an illness - this illness affects his emotional and mental health, I like a few of his freinds want to be there for him but not to invade his privacy due to the nature of this illness- he is so stuborn about this.

Is there any advice that could be given to me to help him rather than him going in to his shell, dealing with it alone and then being unable to cope, and becoming more depressed.

i really do think he is depressed about it and has been for a long while

Just trying to be a good freind to a good freind
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I was just diagnosed with this today after my colonoscopy. You explained it just as the doctor said. Great job!!!

 
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hi i too just found out i have Diverticulitus my dr found it on a catscan i have had trouble with my bowels since age 38 im now 44 i have no pain i just get constipated or its loose i was wondering has anyone heard of that new fiber choise? i been taking metamusil tablets 2 at night sometimes it helps sometimes not ,would i feel better if they did have to do surgery on me somedays i feel just fine but i got worse after i found out i have thyriod disorder i eat chereos and i try to eat anything fiber but i was just wondering about that new fiber choise i have tried benafiber i was on zelnorm but it gave me diarea so does anyone know how i can help with this colon cancer runs in my family my sister has it and my father passed away from it 5 yrs ago .can this lead to colon cancer?
any advice would be helpfull i do see my new dr on the 23rd .
i was depressed but not from this i got depressed from my thyriods i suffered for a yr because my old dr never would take any tests my new dr found all this out .
thanks vickie45

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Old 03-17-2007, 12:29 AM   #6
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Re: Diverticulitus-advice&imfo

Vickie,

You need to take 25 to 35 grams of fiber daily to have normal BMs and drink enough water daily-- 6 to 8 glasses. It need to be a combination of both soluble and insoluble fiber.

I have been using psyllium for 23 years twice daily-- and I use the powder type that you mix with water. I take about 7 or 8 grams daily. It is safe to take daily and it bulks up your stool and will help make you regular along with the other fiber you eat in your diet.

I like the powder type because it is well dispersed in the water. I use the orange flavored sugar free type from Wal Mart-- the Equate Brand.

Taking the Metamucil capsules requires too many to be of any help-- I think each one is only 500 mgm so to get 7 grams daily -- you'll need 14 capsule -- I think a little much to deal with.
The largest cap I have seen on the market is sold by the Vitamin Shoppe and it is 870mgrams per capsule. My wife takes 4 after breakfast and 4 after supper -- it seems to work fine for her.

As you know colon cancer is the #2 cause of cancer deaths is the US. Increasing your fiber intake will certainly help your probems with diverticulars as well as reduce your cancer risk!!

God Bless---Harry

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Re: Diverticulitus-advice&imfo

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OVM,
Once you get diverticular pockets -- they don't go away-- except with surgery.
Harry, it is not true. Diverticulars can go away. My GP said like what you said. "It won't go away, once is there is there!" But.....

2006, my CT abdomen said that I had multiple diverticula are seen in relation to the large bowel affecting most of the large bowel. 2007, the colonoscopy said she didn't see any, very normal, nice and clean. No biopsy.

I asked another Gastro Dr, she confirmed that I didn't have diverticula any more. As far as I know, it only there for ONE year. Now it all strinked and disappeared!

 
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Re: Diverticulitus-advice&imfo

Pika,
Diverticulas can be very small to the size of a thimble and are pockets in the colon that have streached and lost their elasticity.

Once that happens -- the pocket does not regain it's elasticity back.

Have you ever had a diverticular that has become infected & inflamed and be treated with antibiotics and return to a normal smooth colon?

CT scans are a spiral X-ray that can be miss read??

 
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Hi Harry:

Mine did not show up on the CT scans at all. They are not very reliable, that is why they recommended further teets. The Diverticulitis showed up on the colonoscopy. The antibiotics take the flare ups away. Like you said the pouch is still there and will always be there. The Specialist just told me to increase my fiber intake so I do not have another flare up.

 
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Hi - How I wish I could believe Pika - that diverticula can disappear!! But, I agree with Harry that they cannot. I have numerous diverticula scattered in my colon. I have had two attacks - the first one was 10 years ago, and up until that time I had no idea that I had diverticulosis. When I finally went to a doctor (gyn because I thought it must be a pelvic problem), I was immediately told to go to the hospital for tests. They didn't tell me what they thought I had, and I was put in the cancer unit. Thankfully, they found on a CT Scan that I had a phlegmon (sp) attached to a diverticula, and after staying on IV antibiotics for 4 days in the hospital, I got over it. I had a high fever and sharp cramps in my lower abdomen, plus a vaginal discharge.
I think the cause was poor eating habits due to the stress of taking care of my mother. Sometimes all I ate for dinner was Popcorn!!!! However, I have read that an attack can come on for no reason sometimes.
The next attack was about 2 years ago, after I again started eating too many nuts. Needless to say, I haven't eaten nuts since then. That attack was rather mild and was cured by oral antibiotics taken at home.
My doctor said to take Metamucil nightly (the powder)and to take extra during the day if I become constipated. I also eat lots of fiber-rich food.
Did your boyfriend have a colostomy when he had his operation? If so, and if he has to wear a bag, perhaps that is why he is so self-conscious. He really needs to see a counselor or join a group, if possible, of people who have gone through what he has. There is no reason why he cannot live a perfectly normal life. Good luck!
I had been ill with a very low fever for a few weeks.

 
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Re: Diverticulitus - advice & info

Hi Everyone,

I have had Diverticulitis attacks for around 17 yrs. I have had at least 10 attacks. I have had CT Scans, Colonoscopy, Inter Vaginal Ultra Sounds, and plain old exams....NEVER have I been told that this will DISAPPEAR!!!! I have been told just the opposite. I will have this for the rest of my life, even surgery isn't a promise that it won't come back.

FIBER, FIBER, and then more FIBER is the key, and even that won't help if the infection decides to start. Dr's are now saying that nuts, and seeds are NOT the cause, and that we can eat them. The POUCHES caused from Constipation and poor FIBER intake are the cause. Fecal material flows down, and what gets stuck in the pouches is what starts the process.

The only thing we can do is eat plenty of FIBER, and drink tons of fluids. I personally eat Irish Oatmeal twice a day, and have found that THIS is helping more than anything I have tried in the past....

Good luck,

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Re: Diverticulitus - advice & info

Sid--
Very good Post

What is Irish oat meal?
It's not green is it-- LOL.

Harry

 
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Re: Diverticulitus - advice & info

Sid - I realize that "they" now tell us that seeds,popcorn, etc. are safe for people with diverticulosis to eat, there is no doubt in my mind that the hulls of the popcorn got stuck in one of my diverticula and caused the infection.
"They" used to say that even seeds from tomatoes were bad for people with diverticulosis. But now they say just the opposite - that seeds add more fiber and so are good to eat. And I'm sure that is true for many, but I can understand why some doctors advise against eating them: they aren't digested, and they can easily become lodged in the diverticula and cause infection. There are so many sources of fiber which don't contain seeds and hulls, that in my opinion it's not wise to take a chance.

 
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Harry,

Happy St Patrick's day to you..... No Irish Oatmeal isn't green....But a little food coloring would do it....LOL!!!!

Irish Oatmeal... You opened up a bag of worms here.....Ok.... MY FAVORITE.... It's McCanns Steel Cut Irish Wholegrain Oatmeal. Expensive compared to flake oatmeal. 1lb box is around $4.00 and a tin will run about $8.00. Takes around 45 minutes to cook. I make a double batch and refridge the rest for the week.

Dietary Fiber is 4 grams, 2 soluble, and 2 unsoluble... NOT much but the thing that I have found since eating this is this......Gross but what can I say.....My stools for the past year or so have been VERY thin in girth. I know way too much info.....LOL! But since eating this........My stools, are NORMAL again, and I very rarely have constipation. I also have IBS.....

I could go on, about how I make it, what I put in it, HOW much I love it, but I think you get the picture....

Sid

 
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Hello! Im about to have a colonoscopy/endoscopy performed next week. How did the colonoscopy go for you? Did they put you to sleep/or were you awake?

 
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