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Surgery for diverticulitis

Posted by Minty on November 14, 2002 at 17:15:57:

I've seen various posts about diverticulitis, but none dealing with it as in-depth as I need. This is my first time to this board and I am in search of alternative methods to cure this disease and also to prevent surgery.

I am a 38-year old female who was diagnosed with diverticulitis 12/01 in the ER (my doctor thought I was having appendicitis and sent me to the ER). CT scan showed it was diverticulitis. A 7-day course of antibiotics (Bactrim & Flagyl) were prescribed. I recovered fine, but had a second bout about a month ago. The GI specialist that I am now seeing said elective surgery is often recommended for patients my age because it is uncommon in people under 40 and tends to be very aggressive. She said my chances of finding myself in an emergency situation is very high. Elective surgery is recommended because it is much easier and safer with great results vs. needing surgery in an emergency situation. I don't want to have either surgery. I am going to order the book suggested on this website, but I have several appointments with the specialist and the surgeon coming up and would like some advice before proceeding with anything else. Really don't like the thought of surgery and especially don't like the thought of having to wear a colostomy bag either temporarily or permanently. Any help that anyone can provide would be profoundly appreciated.



Re: Surgery for diverticulitis

Posted by Helping You on November 14, 2002 at 23:26:11:

In Reply to: Surgery for diverticulitis posted by Minty on November 14, 2002 at 17:15:57:

I think you can avoid surgery if you eat according to The Specific Carbohydrate Diet featured in the book "Breaking The Vicious Cycle" found at www.crohns.net. Also, add lactofermented foods found in the book, "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon. You can also prepare the allowed foods on the SCD diet according to Nourishing Traditions directions.

You can add a fiber supplement called SUPER SEED which you can get at many websites on the net. Search for it at www.google.com. Also, a probiotic called Primal Defense can help to combat infections in your colon.

Drink plenty of water and take fish oil. The oil will add lubrication to your colon.

This program works remarkably well when followed for a minimum of 6 months. Combined with SR and exercise, this program works 85% of the time or more. That is a safe estimation as it is probably more like 90-95%. The failures are usually associated with non-complience of the program. Other failures occur due to incorrect diagnosis in the first place. I hope that helps

-HY



Re: Surgery for diverticulitis (Alternatives to colostomy.) Archive in LGS.

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 15, 2002 at 14:51:10:

In Reply to: Surgery for diverticulitis posted by Minty on November 14, 2002 at 17:15:57:

Hi, Minty.

Listen to HY.

Pockets already present never heal except by the Grace of God. That means that you are going to have to live with them. HY's suggestions might help you do that.

Remember that LGS caused them to form and LGS has to be resolved for ANY treatment to work permanently.

If HY's suggestions do not do enough let us know how you ard doing and we may have more suggestions.

Walt

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Re: Surgery for diverticulitis

Posted by Pam on November 16, 2002 at 09:44:59:

In Reply to: Surgery for diverticulitis posted by Minty on November 14, 2002 at 17:15:57:


Minty:

Avoid surgery! My mom had the same bowel disease. She went to the doctors over the years and got no help.

After a death of a loved one, my mom freaked out. She had terrible pains in her abdomen. She went to emergency at the hospital, several times.

Finally, they knocked her out with drugs, took a knife and cut a long, huge, vertical incision down her abdomen.

They open her up and cut a piece of her bowels out. She ended up wakin up with a bag on her bowels. She was in terrible pain and totally confused from the trauma to her nerves and body.

She had to go to a nursing home for a while to recover. Then she went back home. She was in great pain and throwing up green stuff.

She went back to the emergency over and over. They performed more surgeries. My mom ended up herniating because of the damage to her abdominal wall.

My mom spent the last 10 years living alone in a senior housing complex in the country. She cried for years and went to doctors, but could get no help.

She has never ridden her bicycle again or gone for walks, like she did before. She lives in horrible pain every morning because of the surgery.

She said she died 10 years ago. She has no more spirit to live. Her life is over. She said it would have been better for her to leave this earth than to suffer horribly each day.

I agree. When our time comes, I think we should accept it. When a surgeon cuts into the body, there is damage to the nerves, to cells, etc.

If my mom could have gotten help, years ago, she could have lived a happier life.

Please do all you can to help your body heal itself.

Thanks,
Pam

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Re: To HY: Surgery for diverticulitis

Posted by Wondering on November 16, 2002 at 23:10:11:

In Reply to: Re: Surgery for diverticulitis posted by Helping You on November 14, 2002 at 23:26:11:

Does High LIgnan Flax Oil (Barlean's) also lubricate the intestines?

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Re: Surgery for diverticulitis

Posted by
Cindy on November 17, 2002 at 11:06:23:

In Reply to: Surgery for diverticulitis posted by Minty on November 14, 2002 at 17:15:57:

Hi Minty,

Several of my friends had diverticulitis and tried an herbal product called Experience and totally averted surgery and now are well again. If you want more info; email me at crossroads@sprint.ca
You can get well again. It helped so many of my friends that I post it on my website.
Email me; I can help.

Sincerely,
Cindy

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