Wednesday, September 1, 2021

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Disclaimer.  I am not a licensed health
practitioner.  This is just another post on knowledge and understanding
you might wish to acquire in advance of a disaster in case no higher
care is available.  As long as our society is functioning, you should
leave anything more substantial than applying a Band-Aid to the
professionals.  No medication, including those available
over the counter, should be taken without consulting a physician. 
Information shared here is for educational and entertainment purposes
only.  It is not medical advice nor a substitute for licensed medical
care. 

As was mentioned previously in a post on appendicitis, that disease is
most common between the ages of 10 and 30.  As we age, the risk of
appendicitis decreases, and the chances increase for another disease
with similar symptoms and similar risks for complications and death. 
It’s called diverticular disease and encompasses and
diverticulitis.  It’s kind of like appendicitis for the older
generation.

is the formation of sacs or pouches in the colon.  It
affects about 10% of Americans over the age of 40.  It causes no
symptoms nor pain, so most are quite blissfully aware they have the
condition.  Which is just great.  However, between 10 and 25% of those
with diverticulosis will eventually develop diverticulitis, and that is
a problem.  Still, it only affects 1 to 2.5% of all people over the age
of 40.  Diverticulitis is what happens when those asymptomatic
diverticulosis pouches become inflamed or infected.  At best, most cases
of diverticulitis are painful, but they only require bed rest and
gradual dietary changes.  Severe diverticulitis may necessitate
hospitalization, intravenous antibiotics, and surgery, none of which may
be available post-collapse.

The inflamed/infected diverticula can perforate or burst just like the
appendix, spilling the contents into the abdominal cavity, and can be
just as deadly as a perforated appendix.  The symptoms of the two
diseases are very similar. Appendicitis patients generally have pain on
the lower right side; diverticulitis usually presents with pain on the lower left
side.  This pain is also very sudden and severe.  Other symptoms
include abdominal tenderness, fever, nausea, constipation, diarrhea,
bloating, and rectal bleeding.

The risk factors for developing diverticular disease, as far as is
concerned, are high animal protein/high fat diets that are very low in
fiber.  Obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, age, genetics, smoking,
steroids, and opiates may also contribute.

However, Metamucil is not the answer.  After the body has rested and recovered from its bout with diverticulitis, gradual
changes to the diet should be made to reduce the number of flare-ups
and opportunities for recurrence.  Because if a person has had
diverticulitis once, he’s at greater risk for having it again.  The best
diet for preventing diverticulitis includes a lot of fiber and
probiotics like yogurt.  In addition, exercise is very beneficial to
maintaining gut flow, as is going when you’ve got to go, rather than
holding it in.

Conventional therapy for diverticulitis is complete bed rest. 
Physicians will sometimes prescribe antibiotics, with levofloxacin being
the drug of choice.  Ciprofloxacin and metronidazole are other
options.  Each is taken for 10 to 21 days.  None of these is without the
risk of side effects.  Do not consume alcohol while taking
metronidazole.  With levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin there is a risk of
tendinitis and/or tendon rupture during treatment and for several months
afterwards.  This risk is greatest in men over the age of sixty. 
Tylenol may be used for pain.  NSAIDs are to be avoided due to the risk
of bleeding.

Alternative therapy for diverticulitis has a whole host of options.  In
addition to bed rest, the patient may find relief with one or more of
the following:

 

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