Specifically to all you endo nurses...I'm a nursing student and had my 2nd colonoscopy last week...1st one 3 years ago as a 'baseline'...found two polyps which were removed. No polyps this time but my GI doc wrote on my discharge sheet 'severe diverticulum'......use Citrucil. I'm 51 yo and my 1st colonoscopy revealed the outpouching as well. Didn't get a chance to ask more info from my GI doc as I saw her briefly in recovery and was still very groggy. So what I'd like to find out is will this/does this lead to diverticulitus some day--basically, what to expect in the future, how to keep it under control, etc.
Also my doc said something about veins--not bleeding so she didn't have to do anything with them--just wondering what this is about as well. Thought I would try here for answers before seeking out trying to reach my doctor.
Otherwise, have to return in 3 years for repeat colonscopy....procedure went well and tolerated well except I woke up (used demorol/versid) towards the end of the procedure---OUCH. But don't remember too much about the pain anymore!
Thanks for any info! Sue
Jul 14, '04
Keep your colon healthy with fiber supplementation and a high fiber diet (whole grains, high fiber cereal and some fruits/veggies such as raisins, strawberries, broccoli. Most are actually very low in fiber, tho). They used to advise against a high residue diet with "tics" (diverticuli) saying that peanuts, seeds, etc. get "trapped" and can cause diverticulitis. This has since been found to be a wives' tale. Tho you may still hear it from time to time from old school MD's and nurses.
As for the "veins"....maybe hemorrhoids? Or AVM's (arteriovenous malformations) which are vessels close to the colon surface and prone to bleeding. Can't say for sure what he was talking about there. Interesting.
Last edit by EndoRN on Jul 14, '04