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Diverticulitis

 
 
PUNKEY
 
Reply Tue 13 Mar, 2018 11:54 am
Got an "acute diverticulitis" attack (on vacation, no less) last week. Hurt like hell and very scary.

I am a nut eater, eating a handful of nuts almost every day. (almonds or walnuts) Popcorn is my beloved treat. I don't believe this CAUSED the attack but could have contributed to it. Guess that's out.

Plus, I carry my emotions in my stomach, so it's not a surprise that this happened. I believe that the "soul is the symptom." There have been 11 deaths since Nov 2017 that have touched me. The suicide of a friend of my son's was the worse for me. I keep seeing him as a young boy at our house all the time. (He was just 28 when he shot himself)

Depressing news is that 85% of elderly adults - past 65 - will get this sometime in their lives. It's a bitch getting old.

My hospital roommate from hell was a Totie Fields (if any of you remember her) but that's another story.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 13 Mar, 2018 12:01 pm
@PUNKEY,
That's a lousy way to have a vacation.

Thanks for the reminder about nuts. I will have to mention that to my dad (87 y.o) tonight. He has taken to having a small container of nuts each evening. I'll suggest he cut back a bit.

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Sturgis
 
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Reply Tue 13 Mar, 2018 12:03 pm
@PUNKEY,
Very sorry to read this. Hope you are back on top of things health wise soon.

My own issues with diverticulitis aren't near as brutal. Whereas I was told nuts are okay (limitedly and with plenty of fluids), I've been shoved away from seeds (sesame being my biggest sadness since I loved them) and popcorn because the hull...

...yeah, you don't need my medical litany. Just feel better!
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 13 Mar, 2018 03:31 pm
@ehBeth,
I think it's only a problem if there is an existing condition of diverticulosis. My colon looks like a vacuum cleaner hose. I don't know about Canada, but my doctor says colonoscopy is no longer covered by Medicare.
George
 
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Reply Wed 14 Mar, 2018 07:43 am
Ouch! Hope you're feeling better.

Sometimes I feel like I should have died while I was still young and beautiful.
I'm old and ugly now, so I guess I'll keep on living.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Mon 19 Mar, 2018 08:43 am
@roger,
Roger - researching all this confirms your statement. Also, that it is heredity. Looking back, my father had it. But of course, it was not discussed. He was a smoker and alcoholic, so there's that factor, too. (I do neither; but enjoy a Cosmo once in a while)

Wonder if it's an ethnic thing. Scottish/Irish heritage.
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 19 Mar, 2018 09:24 am
I'm glad this topic came back up @Punkey - how are you feeling? GI stuff is no fun.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 19 Mar, 2018 09:28 am
@roger,
Dad's diet is restricted by so many things - seeds and things are problematic. Not sure why neither of us thought through the nuts/granola thing.

I lie - we didn't think about it because the evening snack at the computer was making him happy.
Sturgis
 
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Reply Mon 19 Mar, 2018 04:00 pm
@ehBeth,
The jury is still out on the seeds and nuts debate.

I have found that nuts are fine as long as there are bsufficient fluids and they (the nuts) are thoroughly chewed. They seem more intestinally friendly and they are fiber rich and nutritious.


Seeds, I don't like taking such risks, especially with the very hard seeds such as sesame and blackberry. In also avoid eggplant. (never cared for strawberries). Tomato and cucumber seeds are somewhat softer, but, still it seems best to avoid.


My late aunt used to slice a banana open and cut out the seeds. Of course she had surgery more than once for her diverticulitis woes. I've eaten blueberry and banana seeds with nio apparent issues.


Best to discuss with the medical professionals.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 19 Mar, 2018 05:43 pm
@Sturgis,
hbgboy isn't always good about following those medical directives - or gives me only his translation (i.e. what he likes)
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Mon 19 Mar, 2018 09:05 pm
@PUNKEY,
PUNKEY wrote:

Depressing news is that 85% of elderly adults - past 65 - will get this sometime in their lives. It's a bitch getting old.


Yep.

Stay away from popcorn and seeds. Nut's too if you don't have the patience and jaw muscles to masticate them into a paste.

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