Diverticulitis

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Hello everyone, I would personally like to thank everyone that has written on their recent

attacks with Diverticulitis, this has helped me out so much! 5 year's ago my colonoscopy

diagnosed me with Diverticulosis, was told to eat a high fiber diet, which I totally ignored, and sure enough, I landed in the hospital had a CT scan, antibiotics, the hospital said I had Diverticulitis and Inflammation. I'm 62 yr. lady that has been blessed with great health, worked out, this whole episode has total freaked me out. My recovery has been going on for a month now, some good days and some bad days. I have totally changed me diet, was eating very well, had a recent bout with diarrhea hospital said my sodium level was a (few points below normal) I think this was because the Dr's had me taking Miralax and metamucil on a daily basis in combination with my high fiber diet. I guess it's trial and error for me...Until this forum, I felt I was the only person on this planet with this stuff....  

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    I could never ever take fiber and Metamucil at the same time as well as Miralax.  It would land me in the hospital too!

    I limit fiber because it causes cramping

    for me.  I do take Miralax as soon as I don’t have a bowel movement everyday. I am vigilant because straining is not good for the DD.  

    Were you ever diagnosed with IBS?  Diarrhea is a symptom.  Also too much Miralax can cause it too!

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      Hi Madeline, I have IBS and diverticular, hard to manage both, have varied stools but go about ten times on a good day, I think different things work for different people because fybogel really helps me.

      This forum is useful to see what works for others and we are not on our own

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      Hi, are you saying you have bowel movements ten times a day?  If so I don’t think that is good.  You do take a lot of different things.  I guess I am more sensitive because if I went that many times a day I would not feel well.  Low sodium would mean dehydration I think.  Hoping fibergel works.  You need to bulk up your movements.  Good luck.  I too feel it is trial and error.
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      Hi vivienne, I to have Severe Diverticulosis with IBS/D. Very hard to manage diet, to much fiber makes me ill. I take a good probiotics and digestive enzymes, I only go poo once a day and if I eat something wrong I go more. I stick with fish, chicken and mashed veggies non gassy ones. Smoothies are good and no dairy at all. I do some potatoes and jasmine rice. Oatmeal and blueberries and bananas, pineapple, and sourdough bread or gluten free , so limited so far. And I have lost a lot of weight. Any suggestions on diet would be great. It is hard to juggle when you have DD and IBS. 

      Thank you

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    Hi Peggy, I find this forum very useful and nice to know we are not on our own more than anything, I'm 55 diagnosed two years ago with severe divaticular, must have had it for years. Yes it is trial an error I am pretty much on top of things to avoid but have about two flair ups per year (diverticulitis) so feel there is no stopping it and I think it's a build up?

    It's difficult at times to live with and feel down at times but try not to let it take over, there is very little support from GP and the dietician I have been seeing has suggested to slowly introduce one thing at a time which I have tried but not been successful I'm afraid.

    It's a long process but at least I know what it is 😊

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