In February, I awoke at 3:00AM in severe abdominal pain, called 911 and rushed to hospital. Without any previous warnings or symptoms, I had an acute diverticulitis attack with a micro perforation and ended up in the hospital for 4 days on antibiotics, morphine, and no food or water. CT scan confirmed diagnosis. A few days ago, I had my first colonoscopy and significant diverticulitis was found. I have been referred to a surgeon for consideration of a colon resection. :eek::( Surgery is not usually recommended after only one attack, but each additional attack puts you at further risk. 8 people die of complications from diverticulitis every day, but surgery has its complications too and not always a favorable outcome. I would like to avoid surgery if at all possible and am seeking any information which may be of help. Since only about 25% of people go on to have another attack, perhaps I will be one of the lucky one's if I make some changes in my life.
Some of the things I have heard may be of help are: fiber, probiotics, aloe vera, digestive enzymes and colon cleansing. I also understand diet is very important. As far as causes, I know lack of fiber can cause constipation (which I have never experienced), and stress (which I have always had lots of) are two suspects.
Does anyone have any experience with diverticulitis, and if so, any suggestions or concerns. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance. :) Beth