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Had my first Diverticulitus attack nearly 2years ago, it rumbled on for a few weeks maybe more and culminated in a perforated colon, so deeply unpleasant as I’m sure you can imagine. Luckily they decided to treat it conservatively (IV antibiotics) but I was in hospital for 2 weeks and very ill. Since then I’ve tried to be as proactive as I can with my diet and avoided food’s that don’t digest well but still trying to take on good roughage. I gave up red meat (something I meant to do anyway) and cut down on wheat and gluten. I particularly avoided nuts and seeds despite the medical profession insisting they were fine . I love nuts and seeds but that one seemed obvious to me. A small chunk of nut or a seed getting stuck in a pouch was likely to cause trouble.
Since then it’s not been to bad although not that great either, a couple of times I’ve had to go down to the doctor for a short antibiotic course or just put up with a bit of discomfort. And there are a couple of spots in my colon where I always feel discomfort, where the actual perforation was I could always feel.
About a month ago a friend told me about the Plant Paradox diet and even bought me the book. Now although I’m usually deeply suspicious of these kind of things, I’ve a huge amount of respect for my friend who has battled with autoimmune diseases since childhood and has done a huge amount of research into diet and he feels this book/diet was a bit of a breakthrough moment and after reading through the first few chapters so did I. So I adopted the diet, or most of it (it suggests a three day “cleanse” which I haven’t done yet) and I was blown away by the effect. Within 3 days ALL pain or discomfort had gone, friend’s and family were commenting on how well I looked etc. I was quite shocked at the effects despite thinking that book did make good sense to me.
After a couple of weeks I started to get a bit cocky and thought ‘Great I’m cured’ and if it’s on the “yes” list, I can eat it. And that would include nuts, so about a week ago I started back on things like macadamia nuts, not much, but I wouldn’t have gone near them before.
Right now I’m writing this from my bed in the Royal United Hospital, Bath, I was admitted on Saturday evening with a temp of 104 (“good effort” said the triage nurse) I started to feel uncomfortable last Thursday. My wife and I had quite a large photographic job in London on Friday, I lasted about 2 hours before I had to leave and get to the hospital, I have never walked off a job in my life. I thought it had perforated my colon again (same pain level) but in fact I’ve got away with it and it’s just a major attack. I was discharged Friday night from the London hospital (does anyone else get all the excruciating pain but all vitals are ok) and re-admitted to Bath hospital 24 hours latter.
So I was going through this with the consultant on the ward today and told him I considered the nuts to be the prime suspect and he literally scoffed at me. I was shocked that he could be so arrogant about it, he said I could start to take on food and I replied that because I’d missed the lunch run I’d pop down to the cafeteria for something, “and you eat as many nuts and seeds as you like down there” he proffered as he left the room. The bloody arrogance of it. He’s no diverticula specialist just a general practitioner.
So, after all that, where do we stand on nuts guys?
I’m delighted to have found this site, this is a horrible, horrible condition we have, but at last I’ve found somewhere to gain and share information.
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