I had a colonoscopy a few years ago, and was told that I had diverticuli in my colon. I have been suffereing from lower GI bleeding off and on for about
10 years, and I'm trying to learn how to control it/limit it as much as I can. It always flares up when I'm under a lot of stress and/or when I've been working long hours, although sometimes it hits me when I'm well rested and totally relaxed.
I've been eating a lot more fiber, and walking more, but that only helps a little, it still flares up every couple of weeks or so. I've lost so much blood over the years, that I also have anemia, hypotension (low blood pressure), and at times POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome...racing heartbeat & a severe lightheadedness when standing up/moving around, to the point of almost passing out). I try to take vitamin B12 and iron every day, and that helps my energy levels.
My basic pattern is I'll be relatively fine for a week or two, and have normal BMs...then out of the blue, I'll get diarrhea. Often I'll get malabsorption later that same day (mostly liquid BMS which are foamy and greasy). Then later the blood will start, soon to be followed by the passage of bloodclots. This usually goes on for two days or more (sometimes 4 or 5, but a good fiber intake seems to shorten the bouts of blood/bloodclots in my BMs).
Fatigue seems to hit me a lot worse as soon as I start developing these symptoms. I don't know if its something to do with malabsorption, or the anemia getting worse due to blood loss- even after just a little blood loss, my energy levels usually drop a lot. The malabsorption is relatively new for me, but its been a regular part of my symptoms for at least 6 months now, and I've been having problems with a little leaking out and staining my pants (thank God no one has noticed yet, but its mortifying when this happens).
I don't have insurance, and haven't seen a doctor since my colonscopy,so I am trying to manage my health on my own, but I just seem to be getting progressively worse. The complications from my divertulosis sometimes bother me more than the diverticulosis itself does. Any advice anyone has is greatly appreciated.
Vitamins? Foods? I don't have a great diet and have only started realizing recently what a dramatic effect the food we eat has on our bodies. I'm trying to excercise more, but my tachycardia , anemia, and low blood pressure makes it difficult.
Post Edited (neutron) : 5/14/2011 10:11:31 PM (GMT-6)