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I started having attacks of diverticulitis in June of 2015. The doctor was giong to wait to see if the attacks would increase as they weren't occuring very often. I was hospitalized for an abscess in my sigmoid colon. Released 5 days later after IV antibiotics.
In December of 2015 I had surgery to remove 10.5" of my sigmoid colon due to a diverticulitis caused fistula. It was letting my bowel dump feces and bacteria into my bladder not to mention gas. I was passing gas through my bladder. Very different feeling for sure.
Six days out from the surgery the reconnection started leaking and I had to have emergency surgery to repair and subsequently ending up with an ileostomy bag. I kept the bag for 8 weeks and had a reversal surgery removing the bag. Longest eight weeks of my life. (I have a whole other story about the bag of which I named "The Little A**hole". I realize it is crude but it was my coping mecanism.)
About 2 weeks after returning home from that hospital stay (6 days) I had a small bowel blockage and was hospitalized for 4 days but it passed. Two weeks after coming home I had to return to the hospital via ambulance with a complete obstruction. This was caused from adhesions from the surgeries. It grew around my bowel and caused the doctors to have to remove my Ileocecal valve. The doctors told me that I could eat anything I wanted which I do. Some days are great and I am almost normal again but some days the diahrrea goes on from rise to lunch time. Then it stops and I wait for the next morning to see if the experience will return all over again or be normal for a pleasant.
As of this writing I am just over 17 weeks out from the last surgery. I'm praying that the bowel will get regular again. I am on here serching for others having the same issues with diahrrea and I see there are some that do.
On the upside for those entertaining surgery for the same issues, my experiences were all out of the norm so don't fret so much. Also on the upside, I feel great most of the time and can do about anything I want to. At almost 69 that list is getting a little more limited. LOL
I've seen where some are saying that smaller meals farther apart seem to help and other are saying fiber will also help. I will try these ideas and report back to you any progress or the lack there of. I have just started journaling my meals today so it will be a journey I'm sure. With that being said, if I take the journey, report back to you and it helps someone then it will have been worth it.
Please let me hear from all of you as your thoughts and experiences are very important to me for my healing as well.
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