I have been 90% paleo for the last year. I have felt great but have not last any weight, which I still hope to do. I am 56 years old, 5'6" and weigh 190 (thus the desire for weightloss!) Just for info: I have suffered in the past with the following issues: Obesity, Prediabetes, Have had 4 major surgeries in 2009-2010 (been pain-med free for over a year but had taken them for at least 5 years pre and post surgeries)--the surgeries were a triple cervical fusion, a lumbar fusion and a rotator cuff total tear repair. In 2006 I suffered a branch retinal vein occlusion and lost much of my sight in that eye and had several laser surgeries on my retina to keep the bleeding down in my eye. I am incontinent. On top of all that, every couple of years, in the spring mostly but once it was in summer, I have the most GAWD AWFUL diverticulitis attacks. Painful, inflamed and they put me out of commission for a good 3 weeks. I end up having to take massive antibiotics which makes me have to rebuild my gut again. I make my own bone broths from grass fed beef and free range chickens, eat sauerkraut and yogurt, take a probiotic (Theralac) for healing my gut.
Now for the hack: I am wondering if the addition of more raw veggies (I grow a great garden and eat lots of salads as soon as the lettuce is up) in the spring and summer could be the reason for my problem. The first time I got it was after going to pick raspberries on a farm (spray free) and eating quite a few while picking but I have not eaten raspberries since then. OR could it be that (I remember) I ate some almonds right before one attack and made some gluten free pancakes (which I do very seldom) with almond and coconut flour. Maybe both? Anyone else have insight as to why this might be happening during these two seasons?
Another question is: What other things can I do to help my gut recover from antibiotics?
Thanks to all!
asked byJulie_10 (658)
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on August 03, 2012
at 03:13 AM
I appreciate all of your comments (sans dsohei's- yes, it was rude) Thank you. I just got off the antibiotics and am trying to build up my gut with probiotics amd broth. I feel stronger and am able to eat normally. I just wish I could figure out what sets it off. If it is stress I don't think it helped to get a $15,000 hospital bill (since I have no health insurance. :(
on June 26, 2012
at 12:37 AM
My diverticulitis seams to be primarily triggered by stress and by being run down. Both bouts I've had that have necessitated medical intervention have been preceded by a very stressful period at work and by constipation. I've realized that I can feel when its coming on by a sort of "stuck" feeling in my gut and I can head it off by getting on top of my constipation (magnesium citrate supplement or worst case senna root tea) and by getting extra sleep. I usually take it as a sign that I'm run down and do everything I can to de-stress and build my energy back up. I don't know if you are open to or have access to acupuncture, but its been very helpful for me. Is the spring/summer particularly stressful for you for any reason?
As for the raw vegetables, I think it depends on your particular constitution. Some people can digest raw vegetables fine, some do better with cooked. I'll eat raw vegetables in the spring and summer, but not in the fall or winter. If your gut is inflamed and predisposed to a diverticulitis attack, lots of raw vegetables could act as an irritant and trigger something, but I don't think they'd be a problem if you were otherwise healthy and well rested.
on August 02, 2012
at 05:00 PM
Mostly diverticulitis is not diet driven. That being said, poor colon health is a significant part of diverticulitis. Adding more fat to your diet will help with the stools. And at a couple of times a year your instance is not particularlry significant. Improved colon health will help a lot.
Quick history, I'm 31, developed after my first bout of diverticulitis, I was diagnosed with diverticulosis (I was 25 at the time). My condition went from twice a year to every other month to every month in a 3 year span. In 2010 I had primary bowel resection to remove almost 18 inches of bowls. I have been diverticulosis free since then.
on August 02, 2012
at 04:58 PM
As to the original question - I was happily Paleo from December until June. My daily breakfast of Greek yogurt and sliced almonds suddenly ( in may) became blackberries or raspberries. Also, I was eating a peanut butter - the chunky kind. I would say two to three weeks after blackberry/ raspberry season started, I was admitted to the ER with a micro perforation of a diverticula. A week in hospital, two more weeks of antibiotics after that, and then ANOTHER less severe attack ( antibiotics, but no hospital) 5 weeks later. I am not going anywhere near nuts or berries, and it has made eating rather difficult. Right now I am not allowed fiber, so no veggies at all, but in a few days I go back on high fiber, no seeds. Which means no tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, summersquash, etc. Depressing. But I don't want to risk another perforation.
on August 02, 2012
at 04:49 PM
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