Living with diverticulitis

Posted by marshelly1 @marshelly1, Dec 17, 2020

How do I keep this from coming back? My Dr. Has no solutions, and I wish I could be more aware when it will flare up.

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@mcmaya

Can u tell me how many days u had to be on the meds?

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Mcmaya
I think it was 7 days of hell each time. Once might have been 10 days. And I think the dosage was 500 mg?

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@bbarbiee

Mcmaya
I think it was 7 days of hell each time. Once might have been 10 days. And I think the dosage was 500 mg?

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I have fought diverticulitis for many years now. My Dr. sometimes puts me in hospital for about 3 days, where I am on nearly liquid diet and taking very strong antibiotics by IV (reason for hospital). Usually snaps me out of it for awhile. I've taken Cipro too many times in the past, so doesn't work anymore.

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Between 2017 and 2018 my diverticulitis flare ever two months or so. Flagyl and cipro were my constant companions. Finally the gastroenterologist recommended surgery. I went for the consultation but was not convinced. I suffer from numerous autoimmune diseases and was afraid that removing 1/3 of my large intestines may not help.
I asked for alternative treatment. A dietitian was recommended. She suggested a change in diet and recommended FODMAP. This helped but I started having heartburn and other issues. Doctor recommended the elimination of all raw vegetables. I remained on FODMAP but eliminated raw veggies. The ones I was permitted under FODMAP had to be cooked.
I received a second opinion from the Mayo Clinic. In addition to having slow moving intestines the signal for the need to defecate was weak. This led to constipation which led to the diverticulitis flare. Doctors recommended Miralax and a return to eating raw vegetables. Surgery was not necessary. Currently with the use of omeprazole, miralax, lubiprostone and diet I have avoided surgery,

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