Posted 3/16/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -6)
To TJF and Quincy:
Well, first of all diversion colitis is a complication of colostomy surgery. It is an inflammation in the defunctionalized
colon: My doctor said it is sort of rare.
I had surgery for diverticulitis and different sections of my colon were removed: I had what they call a Hartmann's
procedure. But also was a mess inside and peritonitis had set in. I was not in a too good a shape to say the least.
A reversal was the ultimate plan but the diversion colitis set in and the gastro doctor proceeded to treat this with
canasa suppositories, a presciption med. In the meantime a colonscope revealed that this med had worked and the
doctor dedcided they were no longer needed.
Over time diversion colitis can cure on its own: but it can act like real bad case of colitis thus the need for the supp
I still have flares with this which can cause anemia.
I feel as if trying to taper off the colozal might reveal that the high dosage is not needed. To me it is worth the
experiment. My doctor did say if anything went wrong with this theory that it would take two weeks to restore
previous condtitions. Meanwhile I research.
Two months after the divertic. surgery I had a pulmonary embolism: blood clots let loose from the leg and went to
the lungs. Remedy for this was warafin(coumadin). However colitis and coumadin do not get along and I eneded
up with internal bleeding in the colon and had to be taken off of warafin stat and a vena a cava filter was put into
this main vein. This is to catch any future blood clots that decide to travel.
The prednisone, given at this time at the hospital stay, was to help calm the ""upper colitis""
about a month after this a viral infection that resulted in a cracked cornea: Fortunately I live a short distance from
Harvard Medical School and am currently being seen by a cornea specialist from there
at the best eye and ear hospital in the world.
Needless to say I exist under the assumption of the domino effect. .
Hope this helps with some information. I don't profess to know everything about this disease and am still learning.
It is an auto immune disease and from what I have learned once you have one you are more likely to have others.
Like I will always say it could be worse.
Till later dancing D