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Diverticulosis - anyone suffered this?

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KBear Mon 01-Aug-05 09:04:59

My friend's DH suffers with this. Wondered if anyone had any tips to ease the pain and what diet seems to work?

KBear Mon 01-Aug-05 11:31:17

oops - change of diagnosis - he went off in an ambulance this morning and has now been diagnosed as having an abscess or peritonitis. CT scan today then possibly surgery. Whatever it is he will be sorted out at last - he has been in pain for ages.

KiwiKate Mon 01-Aug-05 11:40:43

Abscess or peritonisis can be as a result of diverticulosis. Need to ensure that bowl motions are kept regular. So high fibre diet is recommended. Stay off refined food (white flour etc). A person with this would probably need a fibre supplement (as fibre from food is generally not enough).

Hope the guy gets sorted out! He'll probably need to be on a high fibre diet (and fibre suppliment after surgery).

(My dad had diverticulosis, by the way. The only thing that helped ease the pain was fibre supplements to make him regular).

KBear Mon 01-Aug-05 11:44:06

Thanks KiwiKate - his wife has tried to keep him on a high fibre diet but you know how men are! He doesn't eat regularly either - skips breakfast and lunch. I hope this solves it - it is ruining his life at the moment.

KiwiKate Mon 01-Aug-05 11:54:51

I know what you mean about ruining his life. My dad tried really hard with the high fibre diet, but it was not enough - he really needed the suppliment (something about the way his body processed his food). He couldn't have eaten more fibre if he tried.

If he is miserable, his wife must be even more so. Maybe this will be a wake up call to take better care of himself (after all it would be tragic for them both if something happened to him that could possibly have been prevented by him taking better care of himself). Must be pretty tough on her. I'd think "surely he must love me enough to realise that if he doesn't take care of himself, I'll be left without him"

Hope it all goes well, anyway

KBear Mon 01-Aug-05 12:24:56

Well he has certainly been a grumpy so and so and with good reason but it's hard being on the receiving end of it!

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