Diverticulosis? Can anyone help!

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   Posted 10/7/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, hoping someone can see if my symptoms are that of Diverticulosis. For the past few months I have had really bad lower left abdominal pain, and now some pain on right as well, got to the stage where it is extremely painful, bad back ache, feverish then shivering, constipation and nausea.  Also so fatigued I can hardly do anything without feeling the need to sleep! I have seen a specialist who thinks it is a problem with the colon and I am having a CT scan in a weeks time but in the mean time wondered if anyone has been diagnosed with Diverticulosis and if this sounds like it?
Many thanks for any advice!

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   Posted 10/12/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
waywhen,   It sounds like Diverticulosis to me, so the CT Scan will show it and so will a a scope.   I had it and it was very painful that I was doubled up in pain, I had it so bad that they did a bowel resection and if they had taken another 2 in. I would have ended up with a bag, so I am thankful for not having one of those thing.
So hopefully your tests will give you a answer.  Just hang in there, you have all the symptoms that I had.  Good luck to you.  Leslie
Leslie King

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   Posted 10/15/2009 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
what is this
Female 32 years old
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication-  2 X 500mg pentasa( these are slow realease tablets), 2X 250 mg X asacol (every evening these are suppositoris), pred foam enema daily ( had a weird reaction to foam)
Diet- Back on the raw foods.
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity

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   Posted 10/15/2009 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
to all my partners in crime:   My Father passed away yesterday Oct 14.........I am not handeling it well at all...plz..pray for me...........Leslie
Leslie King

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   Posted 10/16/2009 4:26 AM (GMT -7)   
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

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