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Diverticular disease and ibs


Does anyone else suffer from either of these. If so how do you prevent flare ups and what do you do to help with symptons...
Aug 11, 2015 @ 06:27 am

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Hi there, I have this and it's no fun at all. My body attacks itself and I never know when I will have a flare up. I'm suppose to be getting a colonoscopy soon. My doctor told me to avoid gluten at all costs. Also, green veggies seem to make it worse & flare up worse than ever. Things like lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, pickles and sometimes even caffeine. I'm still trying to adjust my eating & find what works best for me-it's a long journey. Some days I can't get out of bed and I take Hyoscyamine for the painful stomach cramping & Promethazine for the nausea. It's such a horrible illness to have, talk to your doctor about these meds and try going gluten free & avoid green veggies, caffeine in moderation, orange juice, bread, even some fruits make mine flare up, tomatoes & spicy foods. Please take care, Ginger.
Aug 11, 2015 @ 04:22 pm


I suggest keeping a food diary/journal at least for the first few months in order to track any patterns that cause flare ups. Bring this to your doctor and/or nutritionist to help determine the best treatment for you.

Also pay attention to stress levels and exercise. Do you notice flare ups when something stressful has happened or when you're at your busiest? Does exercise help diminish symptoms? I believe that everything is inter-related and it's like puzzle pieces we need to put together to see the bigger picture.

Aug 12, 2015 @ 12:51 am
Sandra Ribeiro

Diverticular and IBS

I have a friend who suffers from diverticulitis and ibs.

Her doctor recommended to drink probiotics, avoid certain vegetables especially green veggies, avoid high fiber products and eliminate sugar from her diet.

Hope this helps

Aug 12, 2015 @ 09:46 am


My doctor has never mentioned staying away from green veggies and actually suggested that i have a high fiber diet.. I have learned that tomatoes and anything with seeds will cause me to have a flare up as well as nuts... I have a probiotic suppliment that i am going to start taking... I hope that will help..
Aug 21, 2015 @ 02:06 pm

diverticular....pain in the butt, literally

I have had this for about 4 years now and to be quite honest it is really trial and error. Everyone has different triggers. Mine for 2 years was corn. One teaspoon of corn would put me in the hospital. Now I have added grapes and bell peppers to the list. I am just starting to feel better after having a flare up that pretty much put me out of commission for a month. I have not had any carbonated soda, beef or pork for this month plus the usual antibiotic treatment and low fibre diet I am 6 lbs lighter and feeling better. I have also used a stool softener for the last week and it has helped a lot now that I am off the antibiotics.
Aug 22, 2015 @ 05:02 pm


I was diagnosed 6 years ago...Just when i think i have it all figured out on what causes my flare ups then one comes out of nowhere and i am back at square one. Your right! It is a pain in the butt lol... I cannot eat corn either.. Altho i do love it lol.. It seems like all the good food i love ends up giving me a flare up.. My doc was suprised that i have it as i am only 36 but it seems like so many people have bowel problems now...
Aug 22, 2015 @ 05:54 pm


I know I was around 40 when I was diagnosed. Since then I found out my aunt and my grandfather both have it but neither get the flare ups like I do. Even though the doctors deny it I do know from experience that I am susceptible to a flare up if I am stressed out. I do well on a low fibre diet when coming out of a flare up but my Bowels have a hard time when I try to increase my fibre intake too much. I cannot do any whole grain fibre, just doesn't work well lol
Aug 22, 2015 @ 08:15 pm


I do get flare ups when i am stresses as well. I also find that in the fall i get one as well. Im trying to figure out what i am doing differently that brings them on every fall. I seem to have a few a year.. Surgery scares me to death and i want that to be a very last option.. My big problem is the pain meds when i have a flare up.. They cause constipation which makes the flare up much worse.. Even with the stool softeners...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 08:03 am


And I tend to get them in the summer mostly. This year the whole month of July. I don't take the pain meds for that reason. I try to champ it out. That and the fact that I really can't take time off so pain meds are really no option for me. Stool softener a have never, ever worked for me till this last week, so thank goodness I now have that option.
The only thing I can think for seasonal is our change in foods. I know summer is bad for me cause I tend to eat more ground beef or beef in general which is hard on the system. So I have stuck to chicken and fish since beginning of July. Maybe try to figure out what you may eat differently.
Aug 23, 2015 @ 08:19 am


Beef has never bothered me.. Nuts and seed seem to be worse for me.. Wish i could champ out the pain too but when i get a flare up it feels like someone is twisting a knife in me everytime i move.. I stick with the tylonol 3... I was told that advil is very hard on your bowels and that it can make your flare up worse as it thins the lining of your bowels.. Summer does not seem to be too bad for me.. But fall is the worst.. Gonna document everything i eat and see if i can figure it out.. Last fall i was down for almost two straight months.. 3 rounds of antibiotics the worst it has ever been... I have taken so many things out of my diet that it is not even funny.. But thank u for the heads up on the beef.. Gonna watch for that to make sure that is not a factor for me as well... It does not run on my side of the family but my hubbys mom and dad both have it and his sister was just diagnosed last week with it... Grrr i really hate this disease!
Aug 23, 2015 @ 08:31 am

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