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Posted by DonBrown1943, on Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:13 pm
From the beginning of the colostomy I have still experienced symptoms of diverticulitis, which was a frequent problem before  the colostomy. That is, I may go 2or 3 days with no activity at all, then experience Noah's flood for a couple days. Gradually the stool becomes harder and smaller, then completely stops again. I have learned that thin soup things the stool and pasta thickens it, but not enough to explain what is happening. Any comments out there?< >
Reply by HarleyDoll, on Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:50 pm

Well what you are describing is not diverticulitis.  Sound more like IBS.  If you had diverticulitis you would NOT be eating because it woud be too painful and you would be in the hospital on two heavy duty antibiotics, could have a fever and might show a high white count.  What you are describing sounds more like you go a lot and clean out, so then you don`t go for a day or two.  Same thing happens to me.  No idea why you think that is diverticulitis.  Why do you.  Sounds normal to me.

Reply by DonBrown1943, on Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:51 pm

When I still had a belly button, I experienced alternating periods of severe constipation and severe diarrhea. My PC physician diagnosed both IBS and diverticulitis, which was confirmed by a colonoscopy. I had to have several precancerous polyps removed. Since the symptoms were similar, I thought it was the same disease. I am so new at this, I am still learning. Thanks for your reply and your information. That helps a lot.

Reply by Xerxes, on Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:19 pm

I have to agree with HarleyDoll. If you have diverticulitis you would know it. The pain is rather excruciating and eating and the desire to eat is the last thing on your mind. My ileostomy is the result of perforated diverticulitis that was misdiagnosed.

 

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Reply by DonBrown1943, on Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:51 pm

I have had diverticulitis pre-colostomy and I just thought the symptoms were similar. I actually figured out what the cause was after doing hours of reading on this blog/forum. (See my blog Flow Stoppage 2). It was the paste adhesive on my stoma. It had been applied so high on my stoma that, when it hardened, the stoma was restricted so much that no stool could pass. When I changed th bag and applied the paste much lower on my stoma, everything started functioning normally.

Reply by Xerxes, on Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:48 pm

That is good to hear, DB.

 

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