What? On a Porphyria blog?
Think about it – with constant intense colon spasms during acute attacks and persistent feeling of constipation, it is bound to happen.
From what I understand, most occurrences of diverticulitis happen at the exit of the colon and are generally because of straining. However, in my case, the problem is at the beginning of the colon…yep, by the liver & (removed) gall bladder. Straining is not a problem, with all the fruits and vegetables that I eat.
Ok, there is a difference between diverticulosis and diverticulitis. But, my focus is on diverticulitis & avoiding it.
Anyway, finding out that I had it was a problem in that I thought I was having Porphyria attacks. Also, if felt like I had a fever in my belly. And, doctors were no help; actually, they were more of a danger, than anything. I ended up getting an MRI, that found the problem.
Because of the diverticulitis, there are a number of foods that I have to avoid – nuts, seeds, rice, rosemary…basically, anything that can get caught in colon folds or that can irritate my colon.
Rice? really? An acquaintance, who also has diverticulitis, said she had problems with rice; so, I cut it from my diet & viola! It really helped. It turns out, from further testing, that rice will not bring on a diverticulitis attack, in me; but, it does make my diverticulitis problems worse. So, I only avoid it when I am having diverticulitis problems.
Powdered oregano and powdered rosemary do not cause me problems; but, it can be hard to find. Also, fresh oregano is a good option, too.