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hi i am 42 years old and have been diagnoised with diverticula disease for around 18 months. in this time I have had several flare ups that have needed antibiotics. Most recent last week, ended up in a hospital admission with IV antibiotics, and liquids only for a couple of days. While I was there i had a CT scan whcih showed extensive diverticular disease also a 70mm cyst on my kidney and a 12mm one on my liver. I have at last been referred to a colon specialist, but i have been given no other information about how to keep healthy. I keep to the No Nuts sweetcorn etc, but this has made no differance. I have high BP and suffer from serve bloating most times after eating, does anyone else have this combination, and can you guys give me any information about what to expect from seeing the colon specialist or how to maintain a healthy eating plan which is diverticular freindly =. Thanks in advance Casey

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    HI Casey, sorry to hear about your diagnosis.  There is lots of info on this site so take your time going through it but I would try drinking peppermint tea if you can, maybe with a little honey if you can't drink it straight.  Likewise try some acidophilis which we all swear by - it will eat the bad bacteria in your gut and put in the good bacteria which your gut needs.  Try to get the highest dosage that you can afford as they are expensive.  You can get them from a well known high street health food store.
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      Thank you Laura. I have had a read though and some interesting info. peppermint tea, is on ordersmile thanks so much for your sugestions x
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    Hello, I had wind and bloat after a bout of DD and was given buscopan and colpermine tablets by the doctor. They did help and I was able to come off them after a few weeks. I am also following the advice given on this site by another sufferer and am taking Acidophilus high strength tablets from Holland and Barrett (UK). Having been ill from Nov 14 to Julu 15 with ten; yes TEN bouts of DD and TEN lots of antibiotics; since starting the Acidophilis tablets; I have had seven weeks clear of flair ups. That cannot be a coincidence. Food wise no seeds, nuts, pips, skins, wholegrains (and that include quartering bananas to take the seeds out of the inner part!!). Nor do I have mince as there can be grissly bits in it that could cause problems if they get into a pocket/pouch and I do not have any pulses because of the skins; so no peas or beans or kidney beans or chick peas etc etc etc. I have been told LOW fibre when you have pain and inflammation; and HIGH fibre when you are out of pain.

    Good luck with this B****** illness; it affects us all in different ways; and I find every bit of advice and guidance from other sufferers is valuable. Cheers.

    Christine.

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      Hi Chrisine, it sure is a B******** lol. I have also been looking at the FODMAP as i have heard this is good. it sure does limit you, but will be worth if if I can have less pain and flare ups. Seems that the Acidophillis tablets did the job for you. Many thanks for your reply x
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      I have not seen a FODMAP.....is it on this site?.....I do find it hard navigating from one conversation to another; well to date I have not been able to do that at all but I am sure there is a way!!
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    Hello all Diverticulltis Sister and Brothers.

    Had my colonoscopy Friday and it was so easy breezy... Love my new doc. She said I have a spastic colon and also some diverticulosis.. not inflammed. So that explains some things. Maybe the colon spasming causes some food down into the pockets and that is how it gets infected. Who knows.. only a possibility since no one seems to know for sure. I was only told to eat a high fiber diet. I do now know I just have to be careful She did prescribe antispasm drugs. I didnt hear the word surgery so I am happy.

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      Hi Sam, thats great ...not to hear the word surgery, I think thats what I am worried about when I go to see the specialist.

       

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    I think if I eat my restricted foods then I will pay dearly. It usually takes about 24 hours for the flare-up to happen. I guess I will just try and be good with the food.. althought it is hard having to watch every little thing I eat... I get all cocky after a while thinking I can have something I shouldnt and without fail it happens.
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      yes and then you spend the rest of the flare up swearing you will never touch "that" food again. Oh to be able to eat anything ....
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      Hi Casey

      I have the exact same thing including cysts in kidney and liver. I have IBS also. Do you?

      I just saw my Surgeon. He said he can do the surgery

      It is complicated and not guaranteed. So we are basically left with diet. When you have a flare up stay in clear liquid. Fodmap doesn't work for everybody. I drink aloe vera juice and recently started prune juice in the morning. It helps with the constipation part.

      For me nothing much seems to be working for now. Wish I could give you more info. Others have given you good advice. I feel this is a lifetime issue to manage. I am not very happy with that.😐

      Vivian

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      Hi Vivian.

      My Drs have bounded about with IBS, I have also been tested for celiac, bloods have come back negative but biopsy positive. I also have a hiatus hernia. So all in all a very mixed bunch and not sure of which bit causes what symptoms.

      thaks for your advice xxsmile

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