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IBS, Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis, Which?

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Old 01-23-2002, 09:53 AM   #1
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IBS, Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis, Which?

I have had Irritible Bowel Syndrome for ten years. In the last year I have had bouts of sever pain in my left abdominal area. In November I was given a sigmoidiscope and barium enema and was diagnosed with Diverticulosis. I was told to eat more fiber but not given any other guidelines. Since that time I have had severe abdominal cramps similar to menstrual cramps, nausea, lots of gas, and bouts of acid or heartburn. My doctor prescribed Donnatal for the pain but I don't know what to do about the cramping. It is miserable. Should I not eat the fiber because the cramping is a symptom of Diverticulitis? I have an appointment with my doctor next week but I don't think he will be much help since he didn't even discuss his findings from my testing with me, just mailed me a brochure to read. What do you think my problem is? Or is it all in my head?

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Old 01-25-2002, 12:49 PM   #2
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Re: IBS, Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis, Which?

I have had Gastro problems for many years including diverticulitis many times. I started taking Metamucil while living in San Fran years ago. It not only helps your BMs but it is a sort if cleaner for pocket and folds in your colon. As you know diverticulas are caused by pressure in the colon. Psyllium is a stool forming agent and work as well with constipation asa it does with diarrhea. Psyllium is a natural fiber so it is broken down by your intestinal bacteria and ferments ---producing gas. But, as your system becomes use to it the GAS will disappear. Some people like Citrucel better because it does not produce any gas because is a semi-synthetic soluble fiber that does not breakdown or ferment resulting in no GAS. If you take Metamucil just start off slow( 1 dose daily) and increase it until you get a gentle BM without straining.

Full blown Diverticulitis is about the same as an infected appendix--alot of pain.The times I've had it--I had to take antibiotics. Then I had a yeast infection(candida) that needed to be treated with Nystatin and probiotics to re-establish intestinal bacteria.

I hope this helps--if you have any questions --just post here ---I visit this site alot.

God Bless---Harry <p>[This message has been edited by Harry (edited 01-25-2002).]

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