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Hi, fellow diverticularians(?),
I'm 56, male, and was diagnosed by colonoscopy in 2012 after having a number of years of 'management' issues (or lack of,) for what was provisionally labelled "a touch of IBS" by my GP. I have to say that I have never been hospitalised - or even medicated - due to a 'flare-up' ....yet!
I don't think it's just good luck. It might be that the amount of pocketing is minimal - or that the proximate cause of my problem is (as yet, undiagnosed) intractable colon, but I can only share again what has kept me from darkening GP doorways and A&E trolley queues. The word is Bisacodyl. It seems to send some screaming in fits, muttering, "last resort" and "you don't want to rely on that!" kinds of sage-like 'wisdom'. But the evidence is that I only feel mildly uncomfortable every week-to-ten-days, prior to medication/evacuation by a single 5 mg pellet. The reason? Because pockets will fill up with whatever they will - seeds, porridge, cellulose, fat - and it will embed and ultimately rot! As I have said before - and in light of so much suffering by posters here who carry on holding onto rotting matter for months - I must pose the question, "what is so wrong with total evacuation every 7-10 days?" No rotting residues, minimal discomfort on a predictable basis with just the need to keep 'local' for one day after a night time dose? No more antibiotics - and a great feeling of levity when all has passed! Sounds almost good?
There are no foods I can't eat - because seeds or no, all residues will be discharged before they decompose. I figure that to medicate more frequently than 7-to-10 days is to risk loss of nutrients from foods eaten. I've stayed within my 10 year weight range of 14 to 14.5 stones using this strategy.
Bisacodyl is a stimulant laxative. I use it sparingly in this way and my bowel is still mine - in terms of sensation and knowing when it needs to 'go' over the 6-to-9 days after medication - before everything stops again.
I suggest it's a reasonable trade-off: Long-term use of stimulant laxatives vs. 3-monthly admissions .... ? 'No-brainer'?
See your GP and discuss.
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