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    Old 01-21-2012, 02:50 PM   #1
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    Question Symptomatic Diverticular Disease

    Hi I am new here but did not find any listings with my problem. At least not active ones. I have been having GI problems for over 10 Years that comes and goes. I have abdominal pain, diarrhea (sometimes constipation), and some fevers with increased pain after eating that lasts 3-5 days which my family MD diagnosed as viral. It used to occur every few months then became closer to be about once a month. In November 2010 I suffered from ruptured divertulitis and severe septic shock. 6 weeks later they removed my sigmoid colon which was still inflammed. I have continued to have these diverticular disease symptoms and two colonscopies show diverticuli in my entire colon. I have had 17 "flare ups" last from 5-42 days each. After several days I can barely tolerate liquids and some baby food. I am on a very high fiber diet 35+gm/day, have tried multiple IBS meds, antiobodics, and elavil as well as herbal remodies. The colon/rectal specialist says I "do not have enough strictures and bends in the colon" for him to do surgery and referred me back to the general surgeon that did the sigmoid removal. But I have been in constant pain daily for over 6 months which gets worse with intake. It is effecting my daily life, interupted my work and family as well as controls my quality of life. My general surgeon has been very helpful and has tried every non surgical option he can find. He says some people do not respont to traditional treatment and I may require a total colectomy. As I have had 6 previous abdominal surgeries I am reluctant but the pain drives me to try anything. Does anyone else have experience in this area or can share their story with me. I feel very alone in all this.

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    Old 02-16-2012, 04:28 AM   #2
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    Re: Symptomatic Diverticular Disease

    Last year I had pain in my bladder thinking it was bladder infection, took an antibotic got a little better, then in the fall had another episode with some bleeding, scared me, went to the emergency and had ct scan, found diverticulitis, took 3 weeks of antibotics, then had colonoscopy, saw the pics, have several pockets, so stopped eating corn, nuts(except for a few walnuts each day, chewed throughly, no soft drinks, lots of veggies, not so much meat. I have not had any big problems since. I also take those pearl probotics, one a day.
    My dr said if I do have cramps go on a liquid diet for 3 days.

    I realize this can be something misdiagnosed, as my first dr did when I had the pain in my bladder, have read of others with the same pain.

    Seems its hard to find new info on this disease that is very common....

    Old 02-21-2012, 10:03 AM   #3
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    Re: Symptomatic Diverticular Disease

    Hope you are having a good week...I fixed salmon patties today and sometimes they are very gassy for me, you are so young to be having such a problem. Does it run in your family?

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