Leslie - I sent you a note on a new condolence topic I started for you. You're in my prayers, please know that.
My husband was Dx'ed with divirticulosis almost 2 years ago. It was right after xmas, as a family we hadn't been eating very healthy and partaking in party food, treats from neighbors, coworkers, you know - the December diet! He had several very painful bm's, where the toilet bowl filled with bright red blood. Our internist ordered a colonoscopy, stat. It was done before the end of the year, for our insurance purposes (and yet they didn't cover the cost, even though I complained). Because they found one benign polyp, the bill went to our deductible. If it had been a normal colonoscopy then it would have been covered, 100%. Anyway, evidence of diver. was detected. My husband was immediately put on a high fiber diet, with fresh fruit several times a day and nightly Metamucil. All of it combined stopped the painful and difficult bm's, no more blood, etc. He's been on this diet ever since. Once over a summer (2008 I think) he had skipped his nightly yogurt, fruit, fiber supplements, etc. For a few days in a row. And then had the bright red blood show up again. A blood test confirmed that he just needed to go back on this high fiber diet, etc.
So now he's on high fiber, I'm on low. I make whole grain rice for him, white for me. I always have some sort of fresh berry on hand in the fridge. Lots of fresh fruit. He eats whole grain bread, I eat white Sara Lee.
If he strays from this high fiber diet, the straining during bm's comes back. So now we know what he has to do to remain trouble free.
Prior to the blood in the toilet, he didn't feel the way you did waymen. The diver. seemed to come out of nowhere. But he did tell me looking back he had more straining to go before going on this high fiber diet.
And get this - he's lost weight from all of this. He's the lowest weight he's been since college days (he's 6' 2", 160 lbs). An added benefit from eating more healthy.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening