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    diverticulitis anyone?
    renalupie1 posted:
    I haven't been around, as I have been pretty sick. Sick enough to actually take a sick day from work. Anyone who knows me knows I don't do that!

    I just saw a very good specialist, and he totally believes I have diverticulitis. This really scares me. I am on Cipro, Bentyl, and a low fiber diet for the next couple weeks. With my mom having colon cancer at 53, I am a bit concerned to say the least!

    My white count is fine, my sed rate is fine. I am concerned that there could be a link with the lupus about this??? Anyone have experience please let me know!

    lupylisa44 responded:
    Hi Rena!

    So sorry to hear that you have been so sick! Unfortunately I don't know of a connection between lupus and diverticulitis. From what I have read, it is very treatable with antibiotics.

    Have you had a colonsocopy yet? I have been getting them since I was 30 due to a family history of colon cancer. I get them every 4-5 years.

    Both of my parents have had diverticulitis and I always remember them not being able to eat foods with seeds like rasberries, strawberries, sesame seed buns, etc..

    Feel better soon! The antibiotics should start working very quickly! Hopefully you won't get the nasty side effects from Cipro that I get, (tendon pain, nausea, funny taste in my mouth) If you feel yukky, it might be the Cipro.

    Take care and get well [email protected]

    K2isKsquared responded:
    I have no knowledge of lupus and diverticulitis, Rena. Just wanted to give you a hug and l hope you feel better soon!

    Take Care,

    renalupie1 responded:
    Thanks ladies! I have been at this two weeks!! The side effects from both meds isn't fun, but worth it if I get this under control.

    Lisa, I have been having colonoscopies since I was 30 as well. Mom's docs were pretty adament that my brother and I do that. They actually found polyps in him at 30!! Eek.

    Gotta love the low fiber diet. Only diet I ever saw that I am allowed to eat Twinkies and not green beans! LOL.
    Psycdox responded:
    Hi Renalupie1,

    I recently had an episode of what they said was Cholelithiasis, in the process they took a scan and found numerous scattered diverticulosis throughout the colon. It was very painful. I have Lupus, the good and bad news is that in the process of identifying this colon issue they found non-calcified nodule in my lung and one on one of my kidney's. Even though the colon issue is probably not connected to the Lupus, I found out that my Lupus is advancing to my kidney's and I might find out I have lung cancer. I wouldn't have even known this disease had advanced without having experienced this diverticulosis event.
    Naturegirl65 responded:
    Rena, unfortunately lupus can be ruthless and it can affect every organ in the body with studies showing liver, kidney, lung and colon issues. I've found that the more pharmaceuticals I'm taking, the side effects are ultimately worse. I try to manage through nutrition and minimal supplements. It's a full time job just trying to get by day to day but, there are alot of thing's that help. I view man made drug's as a last resort and I think I've tried almost every one out there that may provide relief.
    I look forward to hearing back from you and further our discussion. Naturegirl65

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