Originally Posted by Essayons89
Thanks. It hasn't bothered me like this since before I had a colonoscopy last year. I'm having some abdominal soreness as well as diahrea and blood. I've also been somehwhat lethargic. All of these are common symptoms of it. I have a doctor appointment monday, mainly because I called in for the weekend (I'm off on monday and tuesday so I might as well just take it easy).
When I had the colonoscopy the doctor said I had colitis and also mentioned some early signs of diverticulosis. Would that be the same as diverticulitis? I'm not sure.
It's not the same Brian. Diverticulosis is a number of pockets that form in the lining of the bowel. Diverticulitis is when those pockets become infected. That may not be helping your colitis (I apologise if this has been said I haven't had the opportunity to read all the posts yet).
Ulcerative colitis is a nasty condition that can only be managed with diet and medication, but sadly, there has been no cure for it yet. It has varying degrees of severity and flare-ups are awful. You should be on sulfur drugs (Sulfasalazine) or if you are allergic to them, then a drug called Mesalazine. Also, during flares, you are often prescribed a reducing dose of Prednisolone, which is a steroid, and immensely effective in treating inflammatory bowel diseases (which colitis is, along with Crohn's disease).
Dietary modification will also help. Avoid fatty or acidic foods, also foods such as tomato and onion - things that are spicy or thing that have little seeds. Avoid coffee, and avoid too many fruits and vegetables. These are foods that are high in insoluble fibre and don't help. You need to be taking fibre supplement such as Metamucil or Benefibre to bulk up your stools, and you need to be eating a bland diet of mostly protein. Cut your dairy to a minimum.
It's quite restrictive but very helpful in topical fights against colitis.
The only reason I know all this is because I worked in gastroenterology for five and a half years!! I have quite a lot of information at hand on colitis if you'd like to pm me.
I feel for you hon, it's a painful, draining condition that can make you feel miserable. Just make sure you have a good gastroenterologist and that you are treating your symptoms as they come up - don't wait until you're in the middle of a full-blown flare because it's much easier to treat this disease preventatively rather than curatively. Good luck.
Essayons - current best practice recommends screening colonoscopies starting at age 50 and then every ten years after that if normal. If you have had polyps, it depends on what type they are. If hyperplastic (benign) then you need a five-yearly check unless you become symptomatic. If adenomatous (still benign, but could lead to early cell change) you usually need one every two to three years (depending on each successive result) unless symptomatic.
Diverticulosis (or Diverticular Disease) is a benign, extremely common condition that rarely needs treating unless it becomes symptomatic (diverticulitis) in which case you are treated with antibiotics and dietary modification. It does not make colonoscopies more frequently required unless you have chronic infection.
Also, do NOT I repeat DO NOT try colonic irrigation for this condition. This is a systemic condition that cannot and will not benefit from flushing out all the healthy, good bacteria in your colon. Enemas are designed for this if you feel the need to flush, but colonic irrigation is ok for some people (not recommended) and most definitely not ok if you have inflammatory bowel disease.