Recently diagnosed with diverticulitis- advice on fybogel and how to not get ill again! :)

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I was diagnosed with suspected diverticulitis 10th Feb this year. Had pain like I've never had before all in lower left stomach. Had constipation which I don't get and fever. Pain so bad I couldn't take a deep breath or laugh or walk well or move basically!

Was given 7 days of co-amoxiclav and co codamol, they nearly kept me in hospital.

The pain went only a few days ago and now I only get pain very Occasionally if I take a deep breath.

After much perusal on these boards I decided to try fybogel and 3 billion acidophilus tablets. I started these last Saturday, 3 days ago.

Fybogel overnight made it softer although bulkier but easier to go. However today I am constipated and it's a huge huge strain to try and go. I know I'm not supposed to strain.

Does anyone have any advice for me?

I eat a very high fibre diet as I'm on slimming world. Eat tons of fruit and veg and whole grain. So I cannot understand why I have this? I had the pain very mildly occasionally at Christmas so I know its Diverticulitis, plus my mum and dad have had it.

Could it be too much fibre that has caused this? Should I quit the fybogel altogether?? Docs have given me no advice as they're not 100% sure it is diverticulitis as I'm only 31 they say. I'm sure it is.

Or should I carry on taking the fybogel?

I'm much better I just want to do the right thing so I don't get ill again. It was horrendous as you all know.

Sorry this is so long! Thank you in advance smile xx

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    Extra bit sorry xx

    I'm normally regular as clockwork. I'm only constipated when it flares. So should I not bother with the fybogel?

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    Fybogel is great but not when you have a flaire up . Try to watch your food keep a way from popcorn .seeds. windy veg.etc other wise it sounds like your doing all the right things
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    Fiber supplements increase your need for water and if you don't get enough extra water, they can be constipating.  Do you think that could be the problem?

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      Hi, thanks for your reply.

      I am drinking tons of water a day, a good 6-8 pints. But may not be enough. I think I'll leave the fybogel for now. smile

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    Here is what I was told, I'm at 6 weeks now and feeling almost myself again.Stick to a low fiber diet for a few weeks and lots of water then slowly back to normal diet. No fiber supplements for now to rest the colon and I am taking a probiotic pill once a day to help get the digestive track back to normal.

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      I will do that thank you Linda.

      I thought I've done it too soon, the fybogel.

      Will go very easy on the fibre. Have had porridge today, silly lol!

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    Suspected Diverticulisis they didnt do a CTScan with dye to confirm it?  It needs to be confirmed on knowing how to treat it. 
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      Insist on a CT scan so you know what you are dealing with and how to treat. My doctor ordered one to be done the same day I was in his office and another 4 weeks later to be sure it cleared up.
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      Hi Linda,

      I have an appointment with my doctor in a fortnight so will try. I really don't want a colonoscopy sad still needing lactulose even today and barely any fibre at all. sad

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      You can't get a colonoscopy while you have diverticulitis, it can cause damage to your colon. I have to wait 8 weeks for mine.

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      Hello Katie,don't worry about a colonoscopy,I was so scared,I asked to be sedated,I must say everybody was so kind,and I never felt a thing ! Hope everything goes well for you.🙋🏼

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    Hello Katie,I too have been a member of S.W. but found all that fibre wasn't good for me and gave me constant diarrhoea,so I am on soft food diet to give my colon a rest for a while,I had to leave S.W because I couldn't follow their exact diet,it seems most people have constipation.

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