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Bowel Disorders Board Index have gotten some wonderful advice here. I had been diagnosed with diverticulitis when I was only 43 years old also feeling that I was too young to have such a disease. The gastroenterologist told me one thing that research showed is that the disease seemed to run much more agressively in somebody who is young vs. somebody older....young referring to anybody under the age of 50.;)

I was hospitalized twice, pretty much a year apart and it was then I was told by the gastroenterologist that I ought to have surgery.....that the next time I may be facing a perforation in which I would require a temporary colostomy following emergency surgery only to have to have the surgery done again 4 months later to reattach things. I recall how horrified I was to hear this.

I then went off to the Surgeon who told me that in his opinion I was too young to undergo such a surgery (which in his opinion was major) having had just two infections. He called my gastroenterologist right then and there and they both agreed to wait and see what my body told them in the next year. Well we didn't even have to wait that long....I got another infection a few months later and another within a month of that one. It didn't take much convincing that this was going to be an ongoing problem and that the elective colon resection was something I should seriously entertain.

I had the resection 2 1/2 years ago and am convinced it was the best decision I have ever made. Since then, I have had no further problems, I can eat anything I want even seeds, nuts and popcorn and have had a colonoscopy since that reveals no further diverticuli (I was one of the fortunate ones who had the tics in one area and the surgeon was able to remove the entire section of colon that had them;) )

I am not saying that surgery is for IS a major surgery and shouldn't be taken lightly but in my opinion there are times that it saves lives and improves the overall quality of one's life. When I was on the meds (Cipro & Flagyl) they made me feel so sick and I couldn't even drive because of how they affected my ability to concentrate. Each time I had to be hospitalized it was for 5-7 days which was a major inconvenience and ordeal for our family. And sitting around wondering when the time would come that I perforated and living with the fear that I could get any old surgeon who was on call really frightened me. At least if I chose to do so electively I could find the right surgeon and prepare for the surgery in advance.

My final affirmation came shortly after having my surgery when my hubby's friend, who never had an infection, landed in the ICU after perforating and lost his spleen and almost his life after the infection went into his bloodstream!! He remained in the hospital for 3 weeks and came out with the colostomy and had it 4 months and had to go back in for a reversal. This doesn't happen to everyone but it is definitely something to keep in mind if ever surgery is suggested to you.

On the flip side of the coin, my SIL manages her diverticulosis by diet (high fiber) and avoids the nuts, seeds, and popcorn. She had one infection and hasn't had another in a few years. So I would say to keep an eye on things and try your best to manage it with diet. If infections continue I would definitely be concerned and look into having the resection. It could save your life and improve it's quality considerably.

Hope this helps put things into better perspective for you. ~ Goody:angel:

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