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User Topic: Divoticulosis....
jjsr
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Default  Posted: 7:46 PM, December 12th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have been having some health issues the last several months and last Friday was diagnosed with divoticulosis. I still have more tests to come as they are looking for a couple other things to.
With this I have to change my eating habits drastically and for the better. Does anyone here suffer from this? I have ordered two cookbooks from Amazon with high fiber recipes in it. I am wondering what else I can do?


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Dreamboat
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Default  Posted: 8:34 PM, December 12th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My brother had this several years ago, but he found out because it became infected. He had to have surgery to remove that portion of the intestines. Because he had the surgery he did not really have to change his diet much, but he was told to avoid things that do not digest well and thus may get stuck in the pocket and cause infection, things like berry seeds (think the seeds on the outside of strawberries).

Did your Dr give any specific recommendations? Could you get a referral to a nutritionist?

Sorry I could not be more helpful.


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purplejacket4
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Default  Posted: 10:11 PM, December 12th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Diverticulosis is where the bowel wall balloons out where a blood vessel is located. They cause problems if they burst and the blood vessel bleeds or if little particles of food get caught in the pockets and can't move out. At that time they will get infected.

You want to avoid small food particles that don't get crushed or digested. The biggest problems are with things that seem healthy. Nuts, seeds, popcorn kernels, corn etc are the major problems. Regular bread, meats, cheeses, fruits, dairy and most veggies are fine. Be careful with things like sesame seeds, uncooked oats, etc.

Hope that helps.

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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 7:46 AM, December 13th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

As you may have guessed by my user name a know a bit about this stuff. LOL

Diverticular disease is actually very common in the united states and is believed to be in part due to our poor fiber diet. As there are many other parts of the world that is it not seen at all or minimally.

It is an outpouching of the colon lining as Dr. PJ states, but as a SGNA certified RN, and someone who has worked extensively with Colorectal surgeons, I have to say that there have been many many studies that counter this belief as she stated:

"You want to avoid small food particles that don't get crushed or digested. The biggest problems are with things that seem healthy. Nuts, seeds, popcorn kernels, corn etc are the major problems. Regular bread, meats, cheeses, fruits, dairy and most veggies are fine. Be careful with things like sesame seeds, uncooked oats, etc. "

The only time that it is now recommended that you stay away from nuts seeds, and corn etc is when you are actively having an issue with infection, more commonly known as Diverticulitis (Itis always means inflammation/infection). OR if you have a know food that triggers abdominal pain or discomfort.

A diet high in fiber does help to prevent any further issues with diverticulosis, meaning lots of whole grains, beans, and even fiber supplements. Fiber is the sponge or glue so to speak to keep your stool all together, and keep food particles from being trapped in those pits and pockets.

There are estimates that range from 80-95% of Americans have this condition, and many are totally unaware. As you become older it can create an issue with bleeding in some folks, as the wall of the colon is thinner, and blood vessels are closer to the surface. When this happens it is usually painless, and can bleed large amounts in a short period of time.

If you develop more than 2 episodes of infection that is truly diagnosed via CT scan then surgery to remove the affected portion is recommended, and this can be done laparoscopically by any Colorectal surgeon that is talented. If surgery is done while the affected area is inflammed it can often result in a temporary colostomy, we have to allow the affected bowel to heal, and then can reverse the ostomy, usually about a 6 month process.

If you have any further questions feel free to PM me.


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Pentup
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Default  Posted: 1:16 PM, December 13th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Supposedly, I do. seriously, had one severe pain filled day and a lot of uncomfortable days. Was diagnosed on colonoscopy. Dr. Wanted me to take fiber supplement. Told me nobody can get 25-30 gm of fiber a day typically.

I eat a high fiber English muffin with peanutbutter and a yogurt, or mix an apple in with my high fiber cereal or oatmeal. 10-12 grams at breakfast covered.

Buy high fiber bread. Eat either a sandwich where I add roasted red pepper or apple or pear slices to my sandwich OR I have a bean or lentil soup for lunch. Another 8-10 grams

For dinner, a sweet potato or baked potato (I eat the skin of the white potato), a salad with more veggies with a lean protein and I have my 25-30 gm per day.

I eat yogurt every day. Between the yogurt and the higher fiber diet, no more issues.

Do NOT ever eat 2 Fiber One bars on the same day, no matter how good they taste.

I eat nuts and popcorn now but I did avoid for a while when I was first diagnosed. Mostly because my gut was torn up from the antibiotics for the diverticulitis. Yogurt helped with that.

Edited for spelling

[This message edited by Pentup at 1:19 PM, December 13th (Friday)]


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FaithFool
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Default  Posted: 5:55 PM, December 13th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I feel for folks with this issue, it sounds very painful.

TJ// I must be the fibre queen or something... hummus+avocado sandwiches on whole wheat chia loaf, apples, crunchy peanut butter, grapes, potatoes with skins, bean soups with tons of veggies (favourites are coconut milk with chilies and lime juice, and a minestrone from scratch), carrots, cherry tomatoes, walnuts, peanuts, almonds, craisins, pomegranates, brown rice etc. pretty much every day.

Popcorn with olive oil is my favourite snack next to pomegranates.

Anyone want to do the fibre math?

//end TJ

[This message edited by FaithFool at 6:01 PM, December 13th (Friday)]


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Pentup
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Default  Posted: 6:35 AM, December 14th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Faith,
We always ate fairly healthy, by bumping a few things, like bean soup instead of chicken noodle, high fiber English muffin vs regular, it was easy to get the necessary fiber.

Nothing tastes "gritty".
The extra benefit is that my cholesterol is within normal range as well. I have a strong family history of high cholesterol, so I believe increasing the fiber and plant based whole foods made a difference there as well.

((JJSR)) hope you feel better soon


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 12:35 PM, December 14th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Pentup has a great point. Higher fiber diets often result in lower cholesterol.


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