Anyone have diverticulitis?

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CathyA
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   Posted 3/25/2007 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
   I've had diverticulosis for awhile, but no problems from it.  about 6 weeks ago, I started getting a fairly constant, nagging pain about 1-2" above my waist, on my left side.
   Is this how diverticulitis feels?   I've increased my fiber-type foods, and it doesn't make much difference.
   I'm a little hestitant to go to the doc, because I have fibromyalgia, and I always have pains that I get tested for, and nothing shows up.  So I'm thinking of waiting it out a little longer.  But I was curious what the pain feels like, and where it hurts.  I know we all might have diverticulae in different places, but I think it is most common in our sigmoid areas.  Don't you think that would be about to the left of our belly buttons, maybe up/down or even with it?  Does eating make it hurt more?  Do you have cramps around that area too?  Does it affect your bowel habits?  What I mean is does it give you diarrhea or constipation?  Thanks.

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   Posted 3/26/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cathy,

Do you have a fever? If you are having fever and pain, this is definitely a sign of possible diverticulitis. If so, you need to see a doctor right away.

I get sharp stabbing pains on my left side lower than my belly button occasioanlly from my diverticulosis and I have learned for me at least that it is not a infection w/out the fever. Fever is a sign of infection however so if you are getting pain, you want to make sure that you are keeping an eye on your temperature regularly.

I have been hospitalized twice for diverticulitis and I am trying so hard to keep myself from getting another bout cause doc said that next bout and its surgery... no ifs ands or buts. I am religiously taking fiber to prevent this and from my fiber therapy realized that it helps my IBS so two birds with one stone YAY.
Hugs, Des
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CathyA
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   Posted 3/26/2007 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Des,

I have no fever. This is just a mild, fairly constant pain on my mid/upper left side. I always thought if I had it, it would be lower down. This might just be a new component to my IBS.
I've asked this question on my "Activia revisted" thread, but no one has answered it......so I'll ask you here.
Does eating ANYTHING count as fiber, if it slows down our GI tracts? I'm thinking of calcium, and more recently, the Activia. The Activia has slowed things down so much that I've had to decrease my calcium dose. Maybe this is faulty thinking on my part.....that calcium and Activia are as good as fiber.
What kind of fiber do you take? Thanks!

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   Posted 3/26/2007 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry about your other thread, I may have missed that one on accident. Fiber is extremely important in people with diverticulosis, in fact fiber difficiency is one of the believed main causes of diverticulosis since its so prevelant in the western countries than anywhere else. The western diet does not consume enough fiber. The recommended dose of fiber is 25-35 mg/ day and the average person gets less than 10 mg through food. I take Metamucil (pills) about 10 a day, and I also eat a bowl daily of Frosted Mini Wheats which are loaded with fiber as are other whole grain cereals (about 25% of rdv); I eat high fiber fruits and vegetables (apples, oranges, broccoli - at least one or two daily). I still know that I'm probably not getting the full amount with all of this but this has helped me tremendously.

Calcium and Activia are both good for IBS and calcium will definitely slow things down but you don't want to slow down things too much because stool lodged into the diverticuli is what causes diverticulitis.
Hugs, Des
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CathyA
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   Posted 3/26/2007 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Des,
I eat lots of veggies, salads, etc., but I'm trying to eat more. It's amazing how many servings we're supposed to get.........sometimes its hard to get that many. I try to have an apple and maybe pineapple every day. I've gotten in the habit recently of having a bowl-full of mini carrots with just a small bit of salad dressing for dip. I try to have a vegetable (or a salad) at lunch and dinner. I don't even know if this pain in diverticulitis......but increasing the fruits and veggies is good for me even if it isn't. I'm glad I'm one of those people who has always loved veggies!
I just wish I didn't have this total angst over having tests. I'm trying to be reasonable about this. Its a fairly mild ache in that spot. With my fibro, so many times I've rushed to the docs, and had very expensive tests, only to find out it was nothing. So I'm trying to be reasonable here. If I had a fever, there'd be no question about going.
Do you know.....does your white blood cell count go up with it? Mine is normal.
Its possible that its just a new unfortunate dimension to my IBS.
Do you do anything else for your diverticulitis?? Does heat to the area help? Do you avoid nuts? I actually read on several internet sites that they haven't really proven conclusively that nuts and seeds hurt. I just know that I'd eaten a ton of peanuts for a few months before this started......so I've given them up for now.
Thanks for your help Des!

dbab
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   Posted 3/26/2007 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
An elevated white blood cell count indicates infection so if it ever goes up, then it may be diverticulitis or some other infection in your body.

I don't do anything else except my fiber and I also take Miralax since I have IBS w/ constipation. Both keep me going pretty regular which is the key with diverticulosis. Diarrhea can actually cause problems with diverticulitis also.

If the area of your pain is high enough on your left side, it could be pancreatic pain too so that might be something worth checking into if it doesn't subside. I hear you though about the many tests, its very common for people with IBS but I look at it as its better to be safe than sorry. Any new symptom that becomes bothersome and unrelenting IMO should really be brought up to your doc.

I don't avoid nuts because I love different kinds (cashews, walnuts, pecans) and my doc believes there isn't a problem although there are differenting opinions and my doc could be wrong. I don't eat seeds though and if I eat any kind of peppers, I always toss the seeds.

Hope this helps a little. :)
Hugs, Des
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CathyA
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   Posted 3/26/2007 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Des! I really appreciate your help!
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