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I am new to this site!
I have been diagnosed with severe diverticulosis with narrowing of the sigmoid colon following a colonoscopy in July. I had been getting painful cramps and occasional episodes of scant blood and mucus in stool over a five year period.
A bad week last April resulted in a GP visit and possible diverticulitis was diagnosed. I had no temp or abnormal blood results so no treatment other than a bland, low residue diet for a few days. It eventually eased and I felt better.
I saw a consultant and had biopsies taken during colonoscopy which ruled out colitis or Crohn's. The consultant doesn't want to see me again so I am now left to to get on with it, basically! No treatment, no advice.
Through trial and error I have found that a diet of mainly soluble fibre lessens periods of pain. Insoluble fibre increases my symptoms. Therefore, I eat a boring diet of mash potato, root veg, eggs and low fibre cereals, peeled fruit......no seeds, no corn, in fact nothing that could irritate the colon. I have found that the recommended high fibre diet does not work for me.
I was told to limit red meat and junk foods as this has caused the problems in the first place! Well, I have been a vegetarian all my life, ate very healthy foods, plenty of fresh fruit and veg, whole grains and pulses and never any junk foods. I have never been constipated in my life!
Needless to say, I am sad and anxious as I feel out on a limb and shocked to have this diagnosis.
I still get episodes of cramps which tend to be worse through the night and recently I have been getting pressure feelings in the abdomen which wake me at 4am and so I'm pretty tired a lot of the time.
I have read many of the posts on this site and they are very informative and supportive. I look forward to chatting with you all. United we stand!!!
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