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Diverticulitis

Discussion in 'Health' started by Beerline123, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. Apr 6, 2017 at 2:35 PM
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    Beerline123

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    anyone dealing with this. Had my first flare-up in March and it hurt like hell. Did the no eat and was treated with antibiotics and it went away. Had occasional twinges and then another flare up. My gastro guy thinks I should consult surgeon. Really confused?
     
  2. Apr 6, 2017 at 2:40 PM
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    Plain Jane Taco

    Plain Jane Taco I have become comfortably numb

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    My FIL suffers from it. Two major flair ups in 8 months. He's too stupid to avoid the no-no foods. He had 6 polyps removed during the 1st flair up.

    The antibiotics from the 2nd flair up nearly finished off his already weak kidneys. That was a fun 2 weeks in the hospital.

    Some people move passed it. Hopefully that will be the case for you
     
  3. Apr 6, 2017 at 2:54 PM
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    Clearwater Bill

    Clearwater Bill Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can't see.

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    I know a few folks in the medical field, so I always seek their opinion for referals to physicians/specialists. Like the old question 'who would you take your mother to for this?'

    There are lots of competent and well educated folks who I would not want touching me or mine. Certainly I want competent. But I also want a listener, a bit of personality, and one who treats those around them (nurses/staff, etc.) well.

    If your gastro does all that, you better listen to him rather than be asking a bunch of truck nuts on the interwebz.

    There's nothing wrong with seeking a second opinion, but it just shouldn't be us.

    You can have the pockets and never really cause a problem if it's just a few and you follow directions on food types and hydration.

    If you have a lot of pockets and subject to lots of infections, it's a whole 'nuther ball game.

    And polyps may or may not be related to the situation, but they are not something to be ignored of course.

    Like most of life, making good choices is pretty important to having good outcomes. Hopefully you'll get excellent guidance and results. :fingerscrossed:
     
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  4. Apr 6, 2017 at 2:56 PM
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    Thanks plain Jane. The part that bothers me the most is that my flare-ups hurt like hell I never had fever or blood in stool which seems to happen on some cases. I was hoping the first flare would be my last for a while but it coming back so quick my gastro labeled it recurrent diverticulitis. I have an appointment wed with surgeon. I know being a surgeon he's going to recommend surgery. My gastro guy scared me when he said the next one could be bad and might need colostomy. I'm not sure if I want to risk it plus I'm nervous about eating now. After the first flare they did a cat scan and they didn't even see anything so I thought I had a mild case. Thanks for your advise
     
  5. Apr 6, 2017 at 2:59 PM
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    You're right Bill. I didn't mean to imply that the polpys were the cause. They were simply discovered during the exam during his first flairup. Since the doctors were already "in there"....they removed them, as the can be precancerous.
     
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    Clearwater Bill

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    Understood. Some folks have one, some the other, some both, some neither.

    As we age it's really kind of common to get a few pockets, and if they never get infected, it's a non issue. It's why the recommendation for the begin at 50 with the exams I guess, assuming you have no family history that would encourage you to go sooner.

    I have 3-4 pockets, no polyps. But I'm due for an exam this summer. Who knows what will be lurking?

    But my gastro really likes me. He says I do excellent prep work. :rofl::rofl:
     
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  7. Apr 6, 2017 at 3:05 PM
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    My FIL disregards all food instructions. He still eats high fatty foods, nuts, lettuce, corn and lots sugary, low protein foods and his doctor just shakes his head and says, "Mr Clark...you're not making good choices". But not once do I recall the doctor ever suggesting surgery...or that something major could happen. The antibiotics usually keep infections under control.

    Both times his stool was bloody....nearly black from blood the 2nd time
     
  8. Apr 6, 2017 at 3:07 PM
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    The FIL had 6 polyps removed and has 3 pockets....2 very deep.
     
  9. Apr 6, 2017 at 3:10 PM
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    Hi Clearwater. You're right about listening to professionals. I've had several colonoscopies since colon cancer runs in family and they've cut polyps out for testing. I don't think I'm loaded with them. Had my first at 40 yrs old and now I'm 57 and he would always mention the pockets but I figured I might get lucky and never have a problem. I'll see what surgeon says and probably get one more opinion. I'm hoping they can do it laproscopicly my business won't survive a long recovery.
     
  10. Apr 6, 2017 at 3:11 PM
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    Tell him the truck guys suggested bondo as a filler. No more stuck food.

    But seriously. The polyps will need to be closely monitored, and of course you already know his diet and hydration are critical to his situation.

    Hopefully he'll stay the course!
     
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    Not to get up in your business........ I don't even want to know about any of it.

    I would suggest though that it might be time to be working on succession planning options. Not because of just this single situation. But there are a lot of 'what if's' out there, and we never exactly know what's around the corner.

    Having some form of plan in place is important for your business, your peace of mind, and those who depend on you.

    You, your accountant, attorney and other professionals have to put that in place, but of course it's up to you to set it all in motion.

    Good luck!
     

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