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I have just been diagnosed with diverticulitis just over a week ago at the age of 56 , I have probably had the symptoms for over 2 years but put it down to have no gall bladder which was removed many years ago. The news has come as a real shock but have been slightly overweight for a while and was not great on the exercise front. 

I am not a big drinker but have a few pints on the occasional Friday night but have not had a drink since being diagnosed and am not sure what the effect is going to be if I do.

Has anyone had bad reactions to alcohol or has everyone just stopped drink completely as I read i cannot drink at all?

I am a social person and am attending a soul festival in 10 weeks time and the guys I am going with are all big drinkers so doubting whether i should go as it will be so hard to try and eat and drink the right things.

I am feeling quite low after reading many things regarding this illness as it seems life is not much fun once you have it.   

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    Hey Rusty

    It's different for each person. I've had DD for 25 years but only had 2 flares.

    I would advise you to ease off on the booze front and on the food front. Everything in moderation works pretty well for me and I can have the odd pint or two and wine and spirits. If I overdo it it comes back to remind me. You'll get a lot of advice on here and some of it is good.

    This disease is NOT the end of the world there are much worse things you can contract so be thankful for now for that.

    When you are in a flare up things are different and you have to "rest" your bowel. So liquid (ish) diet for a few days let's things settle down. You will get to know when and what you can get away with. You will probably find that you have more discomfort from the antibiotics etc than the prime condition however they are a necessary evil in eradicating infection which is what has caused the flare up.

    And don't forget that over 60% of adults have diverticular disease it's only when the DD gets infected that people know about it.

    Good luck mate. regards Pete

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      Thanks Pete 

      Must admit feeling a bit sorry for myself but this has cheered me up a bit , I think its a bit of trial and error but will keep things in moderation and exercise more I am sure this will help.

      Cheers

      Paul 

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    There is so much conflicting advice to be read on the Internet, from avoiding a great long list of things, to eating anything you want.  It can scare you silly as well as completely confuse you!!  You should certainly not be drinking alcohol whilst you are on medication. It takes a good few weeks to get over an attack, from both the illness and the severe side effects of the medication.  So you will feel rough for a bit, but in 10 weeks time you should be feeling very much better.  I have had this illness for 17 years and lead a totally normal life, taking part in competitive sport and in general doing anything I want, or my dodgy hip lets me.  So life goes on!

    HOWEVER, in order to manage the disease you will have to make some food and lifestyle changes.  Every healthcare professional will tell you to follow a healthy diet, containing plenty of fibre (soluble kind), as treatment for anything from earache to ingrowing toenails.  Whilst you are still on medication then in recovery, you should follow a low residue diet (no fibre), then slowly re-introduce fibre as you improve.  Suggest you look up the post DiviDiners.  Have you been following a recommended diet for people with no gall bladder?  One thing most of us do is keep a food diary and note anything we eat or drink which causes symptoms.  That way we can work out what affects us individually.  There is no hard and fast rule, as we all react differently.  For example I can't take gluten or full fat.  For others it could be red meat, nuts, seeds, corn, dairy or any combination.  As you say if you avoid everything anyone has ever had a problem with, life would be miserable.  It's a case of trial and error. 

    The secret is small, healthy, well cooked meals, well chewed, and no overloading your insides.  On the positive side, you may loose a few of the excess pounds.  I happily have the odd glass of wine or liqueur, with no ill effects, but I am not a drinker.  A few weeks down the road you could try a small amount of beer to see what happens.  If you do react, then at least you will know.  This is what most people do with things they like, but are cautious of taking.

    I think your main consideration will be to get your friends onside.  A lot of people at first are scared to do anything, go anywhere, and just lock themselves away.  Sooner or later you just have to tell yourself to get on with life - you are not going to let the disease rule it.  Tell them you can't eat/drink as you used to, and tell them clearly, if they start nagging you, you don't want to spoil the outing for them or yourself by being ill.  But you can still go and enjoy the festival by knowing your limits and sticking to them.

    Someone else might have more information regarding alcohol and DD, I hope.

     

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      Thank you so much for them response I feel I can look at things completely differently now.

      Kind Regards

      Paul

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    Rusty, I have had  about 4 diverticulitis attacks each year for the past 4 years.  I do not think alcohol plays a part with my condition and I have never stopped  my wine at weekends since my diagnosis, but I really do not know for sure.  I eat a mostly bland diet as I think hard to digest foods may be a trigger.  I recently spent two weeks in Canada and ate a lot of steak and I had one of the worst attacks ever, so I am wary about eating it in the future.  I miss many foods , berries, peas, corn, raspberries, asparagus and have the chore of removing seed and skin from tomatoes  and cucumbers before eating them.  Eating out can be troublesome too.  Try not to get too down-hearted, just watch what you eat and don't go overboard on the beer. x

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      Thanks Lyn 

      I think I have got to have a couple of beers and see what happens I will know for certain then, 

      Rusty

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      Yes, I think that you will be ok Rusty,  but don't forget, your poor colon after your attack is sensitive, so take it easy, increase everything gradually.  The antibiotics do the trick but leave your gut traumatised. x

       

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