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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 12:05 PM
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why are my intestines disintegrating? diverticulitis
ok, i know disintegrating is not an accurate description. but i had a colonoscopy recently, and after 8 years of taking pretty good care of my guts, the diverticula are proliferating like bunnies. the first scope showed a smattering, couldn't get more than one in a picture. this time around, the souvenir photo had 8. moderately severe.
it doesn't give me much trouble, really. just occasionally kinda rumbly and crampy. but i do plan on using those intestines for quite a while still, and the gi was sort of a dick, and not very helpful.
i know there is the google, but you guys are a lot easier to wade through.
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 12:10 PM
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1. If that doctor wasn't helpful, maybe you should get a second opinion. n/t
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 01:09 PM
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7. yeah, i'll be going over the findings with my internist
i am having trouble with gastric reflux, also. internist is good, and i am sure will have info for me. gi is a dick.
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 01:52 PM
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11. Maybe your internist can recommend a different Gastro guy. n/t
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 03:16 PM
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13. yeah, i am in a great network.
university of chicago medical schools network. really the newest and best of everything. the gi is a holdover from before i got in the network, and i was just figuring to get this scope and be done with him.
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nightrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 12:19 PM
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2. Sorry to hear that. Perhaps consider consulting with a dietician also. nt
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exboyfil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 12:22 PM
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3. I have this issue as well
I have really changed my diet to accomodate it. I am hoping to go a long time before surgery (if ever).
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 12:33 PM
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4. I have it also and I was totally
unprepared for it. It is a blight on my life.
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OHdem10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 12:50 PM
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5. We cannot get out of this world alive. Once you hit a certain age
all sorts of chronic conditions just up and show up. A lot has
to do with your genes. Some chronic conditions seem to favor
certain families while other conditions favor other families.

We can better manage these conditions and live pretty good life
with them--at least much better than earlier generations.

Remember preventative medicine does not alway literally prevent
a condition from occurring. It has you in better condition to
cope and live with a condition.

Having said that, Diverticulitis is no fun, here is to your
having many better days than days. Diet can help.
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daa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 12:54 PM
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6. Drink a glass of
Citracel everyday. Sugar free Citracel. That's what my guy told me uyears ago and it works. Citracel, tastes like Tang, not bad,
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 01:11 PM
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9. i don't mind the cookies.
i do the tablet ones every day. but i may kick it up to a cookie a day. i do eat a lot of fruits and veggies, pretty low fat, very little meat.
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 01:27 PM
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10. Many fruits and veg can aggravate the diverticuli, so be careful.
My mom (88) is really suffering with it the last year, after living with it for many years. The last bout of diverticulitis put her in hospital.

It seems to be a balancing act between not enough fiber and too much, thus aggravating the damned things.

Best of luck.
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 03:12 PM
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12. yeah, the fiber supplements seem to have the advantage of just being
roughage, as they used to say. just nothing. i love dried fruit, but i have to be careful with it. my daughter has crohn's, and is only supposed to eat stuff that is dead pulp. she is doing well, tho, and gets away with a lot right now.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 01:09 PM
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8. For the uninitiated, there are articles here worth reading... on almost
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tinrobot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 08:30 PM
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14. For me, diet and exercise helped a great deal.
I added lots more veggies and probiotics into the diet, cut back a bit on meat and cheese and eliminated white starches.

Exercise also helps a lot. I find that anything that works my abs has a direct affect on how my colon feels. Yoga is my salvation.
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medeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 09:02 PM
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15. have same as does my mom
when in pain give intestines a rest not eating for days....stay away from antibiotics unless it's absolutely necessary. And presume you know trigger foods.
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-02-09 11:51 PM
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16. Locking
Do not post messages asking for medical advice.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/forums/rules_detai...

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