Yes I do in fact have diverticulosis and have had diverticulitis in the past. The best thing that I can recommend is to increase your fiber so as to not make the pockets worse. Also you will want to avoid anything that has small seeds in it. These can get lodged in the pockets and cause infection (diverticulitis). Mine are in my sigmoid colon and I sometimes get really bad pains in my left lower quadrant. I find that a heating pad does wonders. If your colon is inflammed you might want to stay away from NSAIDs for the pain. This would be prescript
ion or OTC (ibuprofen, aleve, etc.). Tylenol works pretty good. I'm not sure how the enlarged lymph nodes in or near your stomach affects you. I'm sorry to hear that. Are they going to take any other tests to find out the reason on this? I hope your results come back okay. I also got dx'd with UC this year and luckily haven't had much problems. I don't really think that I have had an official flare yet. Just remember though that fiber is so important for the diverticulosis. I can't handle greeny veggies too well but I eat fiber rich cereals. Beans also are loaded with fiber but you will want to start slow to avoid a shock to your system. Too much fiber in the beginning can be agonizing. Good luck and please let me know if you have any other questions.
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