Diverticulosis & Diverticulitis

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Who cares about diverticular disease? Not me, particularly; but if you or someone you know is affected by it, then you would. So I have undertaken an exhausting research project (thanks, Google) that probably anyone could duplicate or improve on in some way. This is Poonurse reporting on... Diverticular Disease.


So What's The Deal?

Even though these two names sound the same (and no, I didn't make them up), they are very different in the opinion of your colon.

Diverticula are small pouches in your colon that bulge outward through weak spots, like an inner tube poking out through weak places in a tire, or like my ass bulging out when I try to wear jeans that are obviously too tight in a pathetic attempt to reclaim my lost youth and former attractiveness before multiple marriages to controlling losers sucked the life right out of me.

Each pouch is called a diverticulum. When you have more than one, you have diverticulOSIS. When the pouches become infected or inflamed, you have diverticulITIS. Stay with me, now... this will get semi-interesting at some point soon. Hopefully.


What Could Cause This?

Now that we know about our colons' potential to make deadly pouches inside of any one of us, it would be good to know how to prevent this from happening. Doctors believe that a low-fiber diet is the main cause of diverticular disease. (Let's just refer to it as DD from now on because I'm getting very tired of typing out the whole thing. *Note* DD is very different from the ED that Bob Dole is always talking about in those commercials.)

So it's the old story: not enough fiber. Genetics might play a part, too, but since there isn't anything that any of us can do about that, let's just latch right onto the fiber theory.

Fiber is the part of fruits, vegetables and grains that the body doesn't digest. There are two kinds of fiber -- soluble and insoluble -- but I'm not EVEN going to get into. One kind of fiber is all I can deal with at this point in my life. Fiber makes your poop soft and easy to pass and prevents constipation- - that's all I think we need to know. Aim to get 25 to 30 grams a day.


Brief Boring History Part You Can Skim Over Without Endangering Your Health

DD was first noticed in the United States in the early 1900's. This was about the same time that processed foods were introduced into the American diet, although I can't think what processed foods these could have possibly been. I know there weren't Cheetos, Fritos, Little Debbie Cakes or anything like that available back then, so I am a tad suspicious of the supposed link to processed foods. Also -- who the hell knew what was going on in the world in the 1900's? I guess a lot of people kept diaries or something. Anyway, DD's been around a while.

DD is most common in developed nations -- particularly the U.S. where we tend to come down with a lot of stuff like this. Low-fiber diets are rampant in the U.S. The disease is rare in countries in Asia and Africa, where people eat high-fiber vegetable diets. Although I have to wonder -- in Asia and Africa, aren't they are too busy worrying about deadly diseases like AIDS and the plague to really concentrate on DD and the pouch-making activities of the large intestine? I think DD would be the LEAST of their worries.


How Do You Know If You Have It?

Diverticulosis' symptoms can range from nothing at all to mild cramps, bloating, and constipation. Other non-deadly bowel diseases, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and ulcers might cause these same symptoms, so don't run around saying "Poonurse said I have Diverticulosis" if you experience any of these symptoms. In fact, keep my name out of it altogether, if possible.

Diverticulitis is far more serious, anyway. The most common symptom of this is abdominal pain, usually on the left side of the lower abdomen. You might also have fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping, and constipation. Bad things can happen from here on out.


Like What?

Diverticulitis can lead to severe complications like bleeding, infections, perforations, or blockages in the intestines. It ain't fun. If you develop any of these, you'd better get yourself to a doctor, pronto. Bleeding rarely happens, but sometimes a blood vessel in a diverticulum weakens and bursts. (I HOPE it goes without saying that if you are bleeding from the rectum, go to a doctor. But judging by the number of people who write in saying, "I'm bleeding from the rectum, what should I do," it apparently needs saying. So I'm saying it: go to the doctor.)

An infection caused by diverticulitis often clears up after a few days of treatment with antibiotics. But if it doesn't, you might get an abscess in your colon. Colons are pretty particular about who they let set up housekeeping in there, and if you get an abscess (an infected area that fills up with pus), the colon will serve an eviction notice in the form of rupturing and sending the pus to a new home in your spanking-clean abdominal cavity. This pisses off the abdomen, which will retaliate by doing its best to kill you. At this point, doctors have to get all involved to settle the dispute. To get rid of an abscess that doesn't respond to antibiotics, the doctor has to stick a needle into your abdomen and drain the fluid out through a catheter. This is expensive and probably very painful. Sometimes surgery is needed to clean out the abscess and actually remove part of the colon.

One more bad thing (but an interesting little complication) is called a fistula. This is an abnormal connection between two organs. When damaged tissues come into contact with each other, they tend to stick together. If they heal that way, a fistula forms. The most common type of fistula is between the bladder and the colon. It occurs mainly in men, thank God. It makes them have frequent urinary tract infections, and requires surgery to fix. I don't know why I think fistulas are so interesting, but I do.

Your intestines can also just go on strike and shut down production completely. While it sounds restful for the colon, it is a serious emergency and requires immediate surgery.


OK -- I'm Scared -- So What Is The Treatment?

The best treatment, of course, is prevention, which is why I'm constantly on your backs about fiber. For God's sake -- if you can't be bothered to eat properly, get Metamucil or some other fiber product and use it.

If you do get DD (and remember, it's not always your fault. Genetics plays a role, so feel free to blame your parents), adhering to the aforementioned high-fiber diet and pain medications will in most cases help relieve the symptoms.

Until recently, doctors believed people with diverticulosis should avoid foods with small seeds, such as tomatoes or strawberries or brownies with pot in them (unless you take the seeds out). They thought the seeds could lodge on the small pouches and cause problems. Apparently someone decided that this is no longer true, so I'm giving you a green light on the pot brownies. Zucchini, cucumbers, raspberries, and poppy seeds are also generally considered harmless. You should, however, avoid nuts, popcorn, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds. But your colon may have a different idea about what it will and will not tolerate, so keep track of what seems to piss it off.

If you get mild diverticulitis, your doctor will often prescribe antibiotics, put you on a liquid diet (no, not a beer diet), and give you some nice pain relievers that can often be hoarded and used just to get a buzz when you need one.

A severe attack will require a hospital stay. Along with your nice liquid diet and pain medication, you might also part with a portion of your colon. The goal of this surgery is to keep the attacks from coming back, and to prevent serious complications.


What Have We Learned?

Probably nothing, but what I'm trying to get across is that it's always best to do what you can to prevent these kinds of things from happening. Go get your Metamucil or Citrucel or generic fiber supplement. Often times they can be mixed with Jack Daniels for a tasty and entertaining way to ensure colon happiness. I also hope you know I was kidding about the brownies. That would be a waste of some perfectly good green.

Poonurse is an RN with 25 years experience in labor and delivery. Her qualifications
include seeing a lot of poop, and owning a computer. Also, she works in Michigan, which she calls the asshole
of the universe, so that's another bit of credibility.
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88 Comments on "Diverticulosis & Diverticulitis"

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Poonurse- I love your writing. Who knew this subject could be interesting?

Wait, I take it back. How could pus-filled holes in the colon NOT be interesting?

And Mr. Poonurse is an idiot. You rule.

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I just returned from Michigan, where I was visiting family and attending the Fried Pork Convention 2004. After consuming massive amounts of bovine, I noticed that my once fresh deuce was now slightly crimson tinged. I gave it no thought, as I believed it was simply due to the three-fingered "prostate manipulation" that my woman and had been partaking in. Now, I will visit the doctor and inform him of my possible Diverticulosis. Also, it gives me another excuse to make him look at my perfectly manicured brown eye. First post rules.

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Pigs are not bovine. Cows are.

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Dear Poonurse,

My gramma has this disease. She is the healthiest woman alive, otherwise, and she turned 90 this year. She still drives, to the dismay of my dad, whom she almost killed last summer by accidentally getting into the left hand turn lane across from in downtown Sharon, PA traffic. (She only knows how to turn right, so she just went through the intersection causing mayhem and lots of squealing tires. Yes, I'm serious.)
Anyway, she eats donuts like they are going out of style and biscuits. Tons of them. She always talks of going downtown to get biscuits at the bakery as a girl.
Could the processed food in the beginning of the century you referred to be from the "new fangled" mills of the early 1900's and the baked goods they produced? What do you think?
I think it could be.

Either way, excellent article, and we all appreciate you.

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Ty-Thanks! I didn't think it was terribly interesting, and it took several drinking glasses full of wine to complete.

Daphne--you could well be right. But that would be too much thinking for me. I try to skim over just about everything.
Less thinking=happier Poonurse!

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Excellent report, PN! Keep 'em coming.
Did you kick Mr. PN yet?

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Thank you poonurse for the information I will put it with all the other diseases I suffer from, I do hope this is not whats making me constipated that would really suck.

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Actually I think there were a lot of processed foods in the early 1900's. Potato chips have been around that long. And, although Little Debbie might not have been around since 1900, prepared cakes similar to them were available then. Hot dogs were also around - the were originally called "frankfurters" but the name was changed during World War I to avoid using any German words.

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I have had diverticulitis for about 5 years now. Trust me you don't want to get it. It feels like your side is tearing. I have been taking Cipro and lots of fiber. I still get a eipisode once in a while where I can't move but for the most part I have it under controll.

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Poopnurse; you wouldn't happen to be in Ann Arbor, would you?

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woof--funny you should mention Ann Arbor--I went there for the first time last week, to visit Whole Foods b/c someone at work raved about it. What a trippy place!
Then I took a drive thru the illustrious downtown. I hated it--too much traffic and weird people wandering around. I'm a hick at heart!

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Guys, listen to Poonurse on this one.

Years back, when I was in college, I volunteered several summers in a row in the surgical pathology department at a major medical center.

The doctors let me read case reports and I got to watch autopsies.

I will never forget witnessing the autopsy of a woman who had severe diverticulitis. She had what looked like a multitude of inflamed large boils studding the inside of her large intestine. And, just as Poonurse describes, over the years two of them had become so infected that the poor lady had not one, but TWO fistulae leading from her large intestine to the outside of her body--the diverticula/boils were so full of infected matter that the bacteria and attendant inflammation had chewed through from her large intestine to the outside of her body.

The chronic inflammation probably weakened her and contributed to her death. She was in such fragile condition that apparently surgery was not feasible.

A hell of a way to go.

Eat your veggies, people. And never strain at stool.

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I got this lump on my upper left side having had my ribs broken man when I get gas it hurts like hell and I can't move I dont think it's D.D. I have had this for years. The things we get in our bodies I think when they get me on the table and cut me open I'm going to explode I got so much gas, I have been quite constipated since I quit drinking I have to force things out so I have changed my diet and I quit smoking cigarettes, not pot. I used to call my x-girlfriend who was a R.N. and ask her about my B.M.s as I'm sure poonurse can attest it drove her crazy. She passed away I got all her stuff including this old computer, I never had a computer before. I turned it on typed hemmorides in and I FOUND YOU GUYS. I think her spirt found you guys, and now I'm going to drive you crazy, naaa just kidding, Sturgis? Poonurse, is it Sturgis? I used to be in that military school just over the boarder in Indiana, Howe military school, anyway signing off for now love, dookie dog.

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Whatdafuck?? am I alone here?

erick's picture
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anything that i can do by myself without seeing a doctor cure my self from this?

erick's picture
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oh yea can this desease happen in any age?

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I have crack-off dookey.

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Cool article! For a fibre supplement I really reccomend the brand "Bowel Buddy" They are tasty little crackers PACKED with fibre. Plus the name sounds funny and they're embarassing to buy. You can buy them at most health food stores.

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Thank you for this information, i love the way the writer gave the info, i usually do not read anything to the end this was interesting and funny at the same time, i just want to tell you i learned a lot about this desease that the doctor told me that i got DD, now i have to deal with it, if you have any new studies on it please forward it to my e mail address thanks again
Gracias

sincerely

terry rol

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I'm a sixty year old Southern lady who loves wine and an occasional Jack Daniels or gin.
Obviously I have diverticulitis or I wouldn't be writing.
You are one cool lady.
Do I drink or will this kill me?
What about avoiding people who irritate the hell out of me?
Thank you for your sage advice.

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Keep drinking, big sister. If the diverticulitis don't kill you, the alcohol will!
And avoid those obnoxious people. In our own Southern way, they come up to us and we profess to be GL-A-AD to see them, but almost instantly, our attention is called elsewhere, so you are off with an air kiss, and a shrieked promise to "SEE YOU LATER!!!!!!!!!"

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Anonymous Coward (not verified) -- 03.22.2006
[I]'m a sixty year old Southern lady who loves wine and an occasional Jack Daniels or gin.'

Lady, from viewing your post I would venture to guess that you've had a nip too many this evening. Your post is barely coherent. Take it from someone who lost a very good friend to alcohol-related illnesses. It will catch up to you if you don't slow or quit your intake.

Assert your sassy 'Steel Magnolia' fortitude and politely but firmly tell those who deliberately annoy you to "shove off." Why should you lose your comfortable chair by leaving the room?

keeping the whack in tally-ho...
Fartuituos!
Serenshittipy!

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Wadda yu no Bunghole in the jungha. Maybe shesss happie, doniker,./

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Bunga, you trippin biggg timee.

Back to diverticulitis: I did pull this up the other evening because I have close elderly relative who has recently been diagnosed with this affliction. It is a severe case but surgery is not an option. Thoughts? Experiences?

keeping the whack in tally-ho...
Fartuituos!
Serenshittipy!

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I just found out I have this shit yesterday from a ctscan. I think that I may have a fistula from some very old scar tissue (cut from my ribs to pelvis). As I have gained weight it seems the scar tissue is really tight and the swelling is awful. I start Cipro and Zelnorm tonight. Does anybody know anything about how to reduce swelling and could dairy allergies cause this? Glad this site is here thanks :)

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Hi PN: Thank you for all the info it was not only helpful, but you made me laugh (first time in a couple of days.) I was just at the hospital for two days with extreme pain in my lower left side. They did a CT scan and found no inflammation, also a ultrasound found many cysts on my ovaries. My white blood count is elevated. They sent me home with Zofram for nausea and Darvocet for pain, but no antibiotics. They believe that the pain is from rupturing cysts and the white bllod count is just a reaction to the cysts rupturing. If it is diverticulitis, will the pain just get worst or would they have found it on the CT scan? P.S. My friend's mom has this and she waited two weeks in pain and ended up with a perforation in the colon, they had to put in a colostomy bag and she just had her colon reattached. This is really nothing to play around with. I am going to start taking metamucil and eating my fiber.

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About two weeks ago, I awoke feeling like I needed to crap with diarrhea. Yet after, I looked in the can and it looked like a Steven King flick. Nothing but blood.
A few minutes later, I went again, same thing. I started feeling lightheaded, then passed out for a few seconds. I took a rescue ride to the hospital where I had a colonoscopy and bleeding scan. Both negative. They sent me home. Over the course of the next week, it happened two more times. What a horific experience. After all the tests, the colo-rectal specialist says that I have diverticulosis and that a blood vessel in one of them probably burst, stopped and burst again during the course of the three episodes. Tomorrow will be 2 weeks since the last one. Hopefully this shit is over. At 45 years old, I haven't had anything worse than a cold in my life. Bottom line: FIBER!

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Hi PN, I have just been diagnosed with DD and have had most of the symptoms you mention, however my major discomfort is on the lower right side, close to the pelvic bone (not left, as most people are saying in their replies to you)irritated by my trouser belts. I also feel as if my urine is slightly hot most of the time & I get bouts of feeling slightly feverish (almost like an allergic reaction that worsens with stress or high emotion) do these also sound like symptoms of DD? Thanks for the Great DD info. Keep up the Great Work!

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I have been diagnosed with this horrific thing and my doctor put me on antibiotics .. I stayed on liquids for three days but the antibiotics certainly did not rest my bowels ..

Nope so how do you KNOW IF THIS WORKED OR NOT

THE BED REST THE ANTIBIOTICS AND THE BOWEL REST

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU ARE SAFE

Thank you

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can you drink wine when you have DD

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If you have to ask...
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Untreated diverticulosis can also lead to abcesses in or on your liver. I know form experiance. This will guarantee you a hospital stay (17 days) with catheters inserted into the abcesses on the liver to drain the puss. Very gross I assure you!
Anyway, I now take a fiber supliment every day, and I have never missed a day...

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At 59 I thought I'd never get this stuff. Here I am, having just consumed half a bottle of Pinot Grigio, will it kill me? What should I do? Help.............

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The information in this article was very helpful. Thank You. I have never been diagnosed with DD. But have all the symptoms. But where broccolli and cabbage is recommended it is some of my many flare up foods. Information on foods that will help with lessening the occurances would be appreciated.

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Excellet read... I hate taking antibiotic! I have been diagnosed with Diverticuliti and have a little pain...went to urgent care and they gave me cypiro and flagyl (or something like that) I took one dose... even thoough I was feeling better before I took the dose. The next morning I felt fine... a little tender but fine... Should I keep taking them or wait to see if any signs of pain return?

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Hey PN,
Ive read your great informaiton off and on for a couple of months. I am usually constipated, I feel like I'm going to blow a gasket when I try to go and I usually only get diarehha when I take ducolax although I can get it without. I stay bloated and I throw up a lot but usually not food just icky tasting dark yellow liguid I have pain on lower left side sometimes, lots of puss when I have bm. I am tired, and I tend to feel hot or cold. Please help.

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toppyy -- 09.04.2007 wrote-- "
... diarehha ...bloated and I throw up a lot... not food just icky tasting dark yellow liguid... pain on lower left side... puss... tired... hot or cold...
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Good Lord. Go to the ER.

Damn. What is WRONG with people?!?

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I quite enjoyed your writing...made me smile, while googling DD remedies.
My partner has been diagnosed with DD; unfortunately he's only 34, rather than 60'ish. Popcorn is definately evil. I find his worse times, are after a boozefest, but I cannot find anything stating alcohol as bad? Rather than a drink or two will help??!
I thought I would add that during flare-ups one should eat a 'low residue diet' (low fibre), to lower bowel movements, so the infection can heal. Once healed; keep with a high fibre diet and tons of fluids.

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Your writing is so witty, but I'm so scared. I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis and a blockage in my bowel last Jan after a CT scan. Prior attempt at a colonoscopy failed because my colon was so inflamed and the instrument would not go very far because of a blockage - something I've never heard of. This all cost over $10,000 and I had no health insurance because it was going to cost over $600 a month for private insurance - now I can't get it. I refuse to go to the doctor ever again - would rather die - it's just not worth the hassle. It's possible the blockage is malignant - I've got all the symptons. Don't tell me to see a doctor - it's not going to happen!

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So, don't see a doctor. What do you expect from us? A faith healing?

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It pisses me off that so many people in this country can't get decent health care. It should be an inalienable right.


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i just had a colonoscopy and the dr. said he found about 23 pouches, how many is too many? i cant find anywhere where it says the average number of these pouches are found.i had 5 pouches last time i had the test which was about 8 years ago. Had a terrible attack of diverticulitis a month ago, hence the colonoscopy yesterday. I am scared that 23 is an awful lot to have.

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I had diverticulits back in feb of 06, I was pregnant at the time, and I had really bad pains on my right side, thinkin I was losing the baby, wrong I had diverticulits that bursted had gangreen all inside, I had a tube down my throat, I was so scared.. Now here it is, I am constipated again, nausea, no pain, but gassy.. I am worried I have it again

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I found some interesting information about Diverticulitis here. Check it out!

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diverticulitis is a problem for many. with all the junk and processed foods intake on a regular basis this is happening. so people take good care of your health and prevent it from happening to you.

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Hello PN,

Enjoyed the article and it was very funny and informative. My mother has DD, and I have had Ulcerative Colitis for many years. I was able to cure mine by drinking 4tblsp of organic apple cider vinegar with water and 4 ounces of organic aloe vera juice mixed with the juice of my choice each day. I also cut out all pork and drink only organic milk occasionally. My mom started the vinegar and aloe vera juice about 6 months ago and has had not had any attacks of DD except for one due to not having the juice to mix with the aloe vera. She used fibercon instead and had a severe attack of DD the next morning. I don't know if Aloe Vera and the vinegar are a cure but they have done wonders for my mom and I. I had been hospitalized at least 12 times over the last 30 years with UC with a total shutdown of my bowels and kidney on 2 occasions. So if anyone wants to give it a try here is where you can get some info and here for the vinegar . We also cut out all prescribed meds, prilosec, antibiotics.
Good luck to all!
Cindy

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Here is some interesting news for everyone, not only can a diverticulum form up your butt, your bladder is also fair game for these little pouches. I was referred to a urologist several years ago to check out blood in my urine.

Using a medieval torture instrument that looked like a straightened coat hangar with an eye-piece on one end the good doctor invaded my weenie and decided that my problem was an inability to empty my bladder completely. While he was up there looking around he discovered three little pouches bulging out from my bladder.

This procedure was marvelously educational as I discovered that I was able to curl my toes under until they touched my heels. The next time the urologist invaded my weenie it was with a knife on the end of a coat hangar so that he could
remove part of the old prostate. It was a few weeks before my peeing became joyful again.

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Very informative. I was just diagnosed of having diverticulosis in my mid-decending and mid sigmoid. Which is a sort of relief (I went to the ER thinking it was my Spleen) Anyhow- I have other pains now- and i'm having the upper endoscopy done tomorrow and praying it's not the pancreas. Thank you for your humor injected information. I laughed soo hard i pooped all over myself (which is a good thing- since I may have IBS and haven't done the deed today)

Thanks again!

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I've had diverticulitis for the past two weeks. I just finished up a course of antibiotics. I'm still having quite a lot of pain in my lower left side. Do I need to go on a liquid diet in order to heal up? How long will it take to start feeling better. I didn't realize how serious this condition is. It it has really sapped my energy and I'm feeling quite sick. This has happened to me only one other time and it came on the day after my first colonoscopy. I thought maybe the instrument was contaminated and it caused an infection. The doctor who administered the colonoscopy said my colon was clean. No pouches or polyps. A previous doctor who performed a barium enema determined that I had diverticulosis. But I did get sicker than a dog and spent one week in the hospital. I sure don't want to repeat that experience.

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Your descriptions have been very helpful to me. I've been having flare-ups now for about every 3 months, and am currently on another round of Cypro. In pain, and a colonoscopy showed many diverticulii.

Thanks for the tips, and your friendly way of discussing ways to avoid these flare-ups. made me smile and I am in such pain at the moment.

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Hi there,
I was diagnosed with this a couple of years ago, suffering for a 2 1/2 years now...
A low-fibre diet or processed foods as *my* cause for this, makes no sense. I spend my first 13 years in New Zealand, with nary a McD's in sight and ate very well.
Then we moved to the Yukon T., Canada, and it wasn't until I was 16 that I had my first Big Mac. I used to get teased on Ski Patrol about my little packets of instant oatmeal that I'd carry around for my stints in the 'Bump Shack' (not quite as much fun as it sounds...).

Personally, I believe that stress has a huge amount to do with it, yet I have not seen it mentioned in this article.

I do know I can't eat red meat (I miss the occasional steak, but won't take the chance, but other than that, I don't really miss it.)

However, I still get serious pains/flare-ups and am confused as to either: not eat & drink lots of water, OR: consume more fibre & drink lots of water.

Can someone clear this up? Thanks to the Pooh Nurse for this. I was searching for what ails me and this reminded me of the diagnosis. "duh".

PS -- Daphne, you rock.

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My last attack of diverticulitis scared me. I can't afford to go to the hospital. I held off going to a doctor for 2 days, then finally went. I knew what I had already, since I've had it before. Anyway, for those of you who are new to this...water and clear liquids for the first few days (until the cramping subsides), then slowly introduce bland foods. I quit drinking, but still have a cup of coffee in the morning. I've cut way back on sweets. I had my first red meat last night. It didn't even taste good, and then I got a lot of gas. Tells me this is not good either. The trick is to get well again and then eat a GOOD diet, take Metamucil and drink lots of water.
Good luck to you all.

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Here's my story hope it will help someone.
I was diagnosed with div after a colonoscopy 2 years ago. Everything was fine until a bout of
constipation caused by of all things tofu....yes that healthy stuff can be your worst enemy with div. If I learned anything through this whole experience and listen carefully....don't push when pooping!!! Common sense tells you by pushing you are forcing matter into the div pocket. I asked my surgeon about the seed nut issue, he and the Mayo clinic agree these foods are safe just chew it well. My surgeon also said after 100's of bowel resections he's never found any seeds or nuts in the infected pocket it is always a ball of poop. My intestine was almost completely swollen and the pocket was perforated. Lucky for me the staff misread my cat scan and missed the free gas in the body cavity.That indicates a perforation which surgery is standard procedure when discovered.Three days had passed and it was finally discovered when my temp was 105. Because I was on heavy meds for days the colon was starting to heal. I was feeling and looking better so my doctor decided to treat the patient not the symptom.After 10 days of meds and rest I was discharged and haven't had a bout since. I have given up red meat and most dairy products and have never felt better and oddly I haven't been sick once since then.
No colds or anything! A good diet and plenty of veges,fruit and plenty of water seems to be the trick for me and I hope it will help you too.

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I am home from work today after a stint in the ER last night. Antiobiotics, bedrest and Lortab, not to mention my little pity party. I am 47 and have had "DD" for many years, but this was the worst. Just wanted to say thanks after I came accross this posting while trying to search out the latest info on the web. I found the humor to be refreshing and it took my mind off of how serious this really can get. Trying to figure how to change my busy lifestyle to actually take care of myself.
Thanks.

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Interesting poop page; interesting comments.

I'm 45 and have just returned from yet another hospitalization for diverticulitis. What's worse -- this last attack has come after the partial colectomy that was supposed to clear up the problem.

Like someone mentionned above, I too am beginning to doubt this high fiber stuff. I am (and have for quite a while) been almost completely vegetarian. I am slim, fit and have no other health problems. And yet, this is my sixth moderate to serious attack of diverticulitis in 8 years and my 4th hospitalization. The week before I got this last attack I had high fiber cereal for breakfast, hummous and pita for lunch and various forms of rice and beans for dinner everyday. I also drink herb tea, decaf and/or water all day long. Maybe I had too much fiber?!

Looking back over my attacks, it seems that stress and anger have had much to do with precipitating them. My first attack (at age 37) came after what must have been one of the most stressful weeks of my entire life (about 6 hours sleep for the entire week; a seemingly intractible problem I felt I simply had to solve to prevent the imminent and humiliting end of my career; intense anger and paranoia -- to the extent that I was running around my house screaming to myself and pounding on the walls, etc.) When I suggested that stress might be the culprit to the veritable parade of specialists that I saw in the hospital, they all said that stress had nothing whatsoever to do with it. Idiots!

In every other case (except this last one) I had some intense and unusually stressful situation occur directly before an attack. Example:Coming within a hair's breath of failing my dissertation defense while simultaneously attempting to buy and sell a house without going BK.

Anyway, I'm going to see my GI guy Friday. I'm sure he's going to tell me I need more surgery. But at this point I'm much more interested in experimenting with my diet, stress levels etc.

Thanks for the great column, BTW

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Pample poop, I was told by a colo-rectal surgeon that a partial colectomy doesn't work. I guess it is too late now. Sorry.
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Home from the hospital again. This is the 3rd time confirmed and there was 1 other time not confirmed.My doctor is now sending me to the surgeon. I have avoided all the recomended foods and still get this crap.

But recently found out tomato juice is a no no. I drink alot of tomato juice cause they say it is good for you.Still not sure why it happens and other times i am fine. The first few times sausage was the problem, the fennel seeds and herbs never break down.

I hope all here get well soon..

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Food combining can immediately put an end to digestive problems including acid reflux/GERD, gastritis, constipation, IBS, heartburn, diverticulosis/diverticulitis, diarrhea, ulcers, colitis & Crohn's (IBD).

I was eating very healthfully, following all the "rules" for eating with IBS, and still suffered daily for 5 long years. When I started following food combining guidelines, all IBS issues, excess gas, bloating, cramping and indigestion ended immediately, starting literally DAY ONE.

Search food combining on the web and check it out for yourself... or the extremely easy and tasty program I used is linked below.

Your ass will thank you.

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How to beat digestive problems

When you say the word “poop,” your mouth makes the same motion your butthole does when pooping…
The same can be said for the phrase “explosive diarrhea.”

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I have a kidney stone and DD. Pain in the back right (kidney stone) and front left (DD). Having to take pain medicine causes constipation and the DD causes constipation. Drinking half a gallon of water a day and eating properly helps after 3 trips to the ER screaming in pain. I can't believe popcorn, nuts and seeds are good for DD as they are hardest foods to digest. Obviously low fiber diet is the safest bet. pleasant BM to all and to all a good night.

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I believe mine was caused from dealing with the stress and germs from a psychopathic boyfriend. I caught bacterial infections, was constantly in fear all the time, not sleeping from worry. He caused me to loose my job, and turned everyone and everything against me, I was horrified, helpless and confused for several years. I kept telling the clinic that he was giving me strange infections and they would not give me antibiotics. Then my symptoms escalated into diverticulitis.

So, I am convinced that highly stressful situations and bacterial etc., germs passed from person to person can cause this. The medical field is full of idiots!

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Makes me glad I am not in the medical field !

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very informative in layman terms!!! ty

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IT'S THE FOOD, STUPID!

Each and every human malady which can be "caught" or even inherited is caused FIRST by the food we eat. There may be an external irritant which takes hold inside our body and wreaks havoc, but if we were truly eating right then that wouldn't be possible--not even colds or the flu can take hold in an internally clean body.

What does being internally clean mean? It means maintaining the proper pH balance inside the body by increasing intake of alkaline foods and reducing sources of acid build-up.

What are sources of acid build-up? There are 4: Eating foods together that require opposite digestive processes, eating too much refined/processed/DENATURED foods, eating too much protein, and keeping waste in the colon too long.

How do we get internally clean? By eliminating the sources of acid build-up: eating more whole natural REAL foods (less denatured junk, which isn't food), in the right combinations (separate carbs from proteins), and in the correct proportion as required by the body as replacement material (not too much protein).

What about #4? If you take care of the other three, the fourth will take care of itself :)

What does truly eating right mean, exactly? It means that the correct human diet should consist of mostly raw fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts, with very little starch or animal protein intake--quite the opposite of what most of us eat on a daily basis--even what the government recommends is far too much. What it truly means, exactly, is that you should be eating 4 servings of raw fresh fruits and/or vegetables for every serving of starch or protein consumed each day. The closer you can get to that ideal, the faster your body will heal itself of any and all health problems you are having.

Bottom line: FOOD is the root cause of all disease, and FOOD, therefore, is also the ONLY CURE.
(actually your body does the curing--you just feed it the right building materials and get out of the way!)

Don’t believe me? I can prove the power of food if you will take this challenge: Try separating carbs from protein for just 1 week. This means if you want meat in a given meal, just don’t eat any breads, pastas, rice or potatoes with it. If it seems like this change will be very difficult for you, then all the more reason to try it and feel the power of this one change in that short week.

Want to know more? Need personal help? Contact me.

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How I beat IBS

When you say the word “poop,” your mouth makes the same motion your butthole does when pooping…
The same can be said for the phrase “explosive diarrhea.”

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When our diet is poor in fibre, diverticulitis may form. This is when pouches are formed within the colon, after it becomes inflamed and infected from trapped bacteria. The formation of these pouches is called Diverticulitis. This is a sensitive and painful condition, and straining when you have Diverticulitis means that extra pressure will be put on those soft, vulnerable areas. A Diverticulitis diet, will definitely help the colon to work properly. It will soothe the pain and even make the condition go away, and since the system will be working properly, less strain will be placed in the colon. This will all help in nursing it back to a healthy state.

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Foods to look for, which will definitely help, and will get the Diverticulitis diet kicked in high gear, would be, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, peas, broccoli, sprouts, turnips

and beans such as lima and kidney. All these foods are high in fibre at that is what the body needs to ease pressure on the colon’s duties. For starters a high fibre cereal should
also help as it will enhance the digestive system and boost the metabolism.

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i am an occasional bud lite drinker and people said this is taboo. but how is it taboo, if you drinking hops and mild alcohol for weekends?
o well we wait and see when the next attack of the meteorite poop shower comes at us! or maybe a heavy case of colitis!! cheers

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Thank you for your article. I completely appreciate the factual information and also the great sense of humor, especially the green and the hoarding of painkillers. You made me laugh out loud and I could relate with EVERYTHING, from the DD symptoms to the green to the stockpile.

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Hello all you little poops....I'm new and have a question or two. Sorry, probably will not joke about this, I need your help.

I have a lot of constipation, I know why too, I have Fibromyalgia and have been on a lot of meds, one is Oxycontin for my pain. That is the culprit so my diet has always been sensible and I still have serious problems. My poop went from a normal long to little marble size last April. At least twice I've gone as long as 10 days without really pooping. I don't need to tell you how scared I was and how bad I felt. I finally got some of that bottled poop-blaster and that helped for a few days. So we have established the chronic marbles. My stomach always hurts, it started to pull when I bend over to make the bed or ? This all happened back in April after the first 10 day absence of bathroom success.

Something really happened at that time and since then the pain is nonstop. The problem; most of the pain is in the lower right side (not left as they say it should be). My back hurts too. The heating pad is my best friend.

Has anyone else had that pulling feeling when they bend? Can I have diverticulitis if the pain is on the right side?

I am having an upper and lower GI July 1st but I feel so bad I am a little afraid something might be really going wrong. However, I've been in this pain since last April so maybe it is nothing.

Any help you can be is much appreciated.

Thanks.

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I found that the poopnurse explained DD in way that are better understood than how my Dr. explained it to me. Kudos to the poop nurse

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Great article, thank you. I'm 41 and got out of the hospital a few weeks ago. I had an abscess the size of a golf ball that proliferated my colon. I had 6 inches of the colon removed. I too have had a good healthy diet for years and was vegetarian.

Another poster mentioned stress. I too had an extremely stressful, angry situation the day before this happened.

Btw, even though I was in severe pain and seriously sick, throwing up, I was sent out of the ER 3 times, having had 3 CAT scans that didn't show the abscess. It was after my general doctor sent me back to the ER yet again and called them and literally had to fight them to get me another CAT scan with contrast this time, and they finally found it and I had to have surgery.

My Surgeon told me he didn't see any other pouches either, just that one.

Thank you for this great, informative and entertaining article.