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   Posted 5/15/2006 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Sooo I went to my gastro doc about a week ago (I havent been online in a LONG time haha) and he just basically did the typical "you have IBS deal with it and take this expensive stool sample so you wont bother me anymore" crap. How is BRIGHT yellow diarrhea normal? He says he's only worried when its black or pale colored. Whatever. The only other thing he said could be wrong is something like giardia which they tested for and other parasites, and came back negative. Idk what the crap is wrong but im not convinced its all IBS but oh well.
Anyway, I have a new intestinally-challenged person in my family. My aunt has been diagnosed with diverticulitis...and doesnt know anything about it. Does anyone have this, and have any helpful advice for her? Thanks! :)

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   Posted 5/15/2006 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I have diverticulosis and have had diverticulitis twice.  Diverticulosis is pockets that form in the bowel due to pressure from your stool.  If these pockets become inflammed, then it is diverticulitis.  It can cause serious problems if not tended to right away.  I was in the hospital for one of my bouts and was on aggressive antibiotics and IV.  One more bout and doc wants to seriously consider surgery.  Thats why I am so admemant about fiber.  That is the one treatment that can keep these problems at bay. 
Here is a good link that explains a little better:
Hugs, Des
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   Posted 5/16/2006 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
My stepfather has it and I know he can't eat seeds. Something about them getting stuck down in his little pockets and setting up an infection. I think he can handle strawberries, but a lot of fruit with edible seeds he has to be careful of. No bread with seeds on it.
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