Re: Hardening of the bowel wall?
I have been to two gastroenterologists. The first one did a colonoscopy back in '04, shortly after my father-in-law was diagnosed with diverticulosis, so I specifically asked the gastro about it, and he said I didn't have any evidence of it. Then I saw the second gastro in '05 and he did some blood tests and didn't see the need to do any further testing.
Last year a friend ended up in the hospital with diverticulitus, diagnosed by a general surgeon (actually, one who works in the same office as the one I'm going to) and he removed 12 inches of his large bowel, and he hasn't had any problems since.
At least it's a step in the right direction. All the other doctors I've seen have just decided they can't find anything wrong with me and left it at that.