Diverticulitis - need information

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gnorris
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   Posted 8/23/2006 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I have just been diagnosed with Diverticulitis and was put on Cipro and Flagyll for 20 days and it finally seems better - I also had a small abscess. I am scheduled for a Colonosophy (sp?) test next month. I am wondering if having had one espisode means I will get it again. I still have D (finished the medicine last week) and some minor pain which I think is realated to the D. Anyone who knows about this disease - sort of the stuff the docs don't tell you. would be appreciated. I've felt awful this past month with all these issues - normally I have no problems with my colon or stomach and now I'm sometimes crampy and loose stools every day.

Any info / advice would be very much appreicated.

bluemeanies
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   Posted 8/23/2006 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I do not have diverticulitis but a friend of mine does. It is where part of your intestines are more wrinkly than they should be and food can get trapped in the wrinkles and cause an infection. He had to have that section of intestines removed and is fine. I think he still has to watch what he eats some. I hope you are feeling better soon.

Keriamon
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   Posted 8/23/2006 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
My stepfather has diver., but his has not been so bad that they have had to resection his colon. He has gotten the occasional infection in it, though. He has to avoid all kinds of seeds--like on bread, watermelon seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. Small seeds like that seem to be worse than other things about getting into in his pocket and getting stuck.

Ides
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   Posted 8/23/2006 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I have diverticulosis and had a nasty bout of diverticulitis a couple years ago. You asked if having one episode means you will have another. The answer is not necessarily, but having diverticulosis increases the risk. I make sure to get enough fiber in my diet and so far have avoided another attack. Seeds and nuts do not bother me. The one thing I did when allowed to eat solid food again following that attack was to introduce foods slowly to see if any one food caused me additional problems. I hope you feel better soon. I was so sick I spent 10 days in bed or on the sofa. Of course I am hardheaded and refused to go to the hospital like my PCP wanted - LOL.

There is good information about diverticulosis and diverticulitis here:
http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/diverticulosis/

The Mayo Clinic also has good information on diverticulitis:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diverticulitis/DS00070


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gnorris
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   Posted 8/23/2006 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for responding so promptly to my questions. Your information and advice is a great help to me and I am encouraged by your experiences.

Warmest Regards,
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