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Most patients with diverticulosis have few or no symptoms. The diverticulosis in these individuals is found incidentally during tests for other intestinal problems. Twenty percent of patients with diverticulosis will develop symptoms related to diverticulosis, primarily diverticulitis.

The most common signs and symptoms of diverticulitis include:

Abdominal pain (left lower abdomen)

Abdominal tenderness (left lower abdomen)



does any one suffer from this I was told by the doctor that hashimotos has nothing to do with it.

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  • Diagnosis can be via Barium enema where pockets show up on Xray when filled with opague medium.

    Most people over 50 yrs, apparently, have 'some' DV disease but management is possible on finding what may be triggering attacks.

    Gluten No1 Culprit, in my estimation.

    Wheat [hybridised] another.

    Spelt is a good option if you're not gluten intolerant -and is non hybridised.

    I think it's autoimmune, where the villi get damaged -so may well run with other immunity conditions.

    This is common in Under ActiveThyroid [UAT], 90% of which are related to Hashis [autoimmune] at some stage or other.

    The difficulty the medics have is setting the threshold, for what may be difficult to treat- esp. in the early stages.

    With more treatment options- being called for by sufferers, all the time, the problem would be reduced substantially and managed before damage is done.

  • Hi, I was diagnosed with diverticulitis nearly 2 years ago. I was woken up at 1.30am with horrendous pain in my lower right abdomen. I had diarrhea and bleeding quite a bit. I waited until the next morning to phone my Dr (but I should have rang them when it started) I was taken into hospital and by this time the bleeding had stopped. I waited in A&E for 5 hours, although I was examined and had blood taken while I was waiting for a bed.

    I later collapsed and when I woke up I was on a trolley. The Dr told me I was unconscious for a minute. I was eventually taken to a ward at 5 o'clock in the morning where I stayed for 7 days on different drips in my arm. I was told if it happens again I have to phone the ambulance straight away. I hope it won't happen again.

    If I get constipated I take laxatives straight away to prevent another attack. I was told by the consultant I had mild diverticulitis. I feel sorry for people who have it worse than me because my attack was bad enough, especially being on a drip for 7 days!

    I also have an underactive thyroid, diagnosed just over 2 years ago. I am only on 75mg thyroxine and I still get very constipated. I wouldn't be surprised if my Diverticulitis was caused by being underactive. I have an appointment with my Dr next week and will mention this to him!!

  • ....well if you understand how the thyroid works you will be aware that T4 converts into the ACTIVE hormone T3. There are cell receptors - billions of them - waiting to accept the T3 and make the metabolism within the body work well. The most T3 receptors are in the brain I believe - and the second highest amount are in the lining of the gut. So when your FT3 levels in the blood are low in the range then you can bet that they are even lower at a cellular level.

    With Hashimotos it is important to heal the gut - look at yesterdays posts and you will see lots of information of websites and books to read giving you advice.

    I have UAT and Crohns and having had Ileo-caecal TB I have had to work hard at regaining my health. Please ask if there is anything you may wish to know. Lots on the main Thyroid UK website too about Hashimotos.

    Am afraid your doctor has very little knowledge about the topic of Hashimotos - he is not alone. Keep reading and learning and you will soon know more than him.....

  • Hi The best diagnosis is with a colonoscopy. It is called diverticulitis when acute inflamatiion, often temp and if bad hospital ,IV. The rest of the time, still there, hence diverticulosis High fibre diet important. Can cause constipation, frequently but also when inflamed the reverse and can be very bad,

    Best wishes,



  • Hi,

    I suffer with this, was diagnosed after a colonoscopy in Jan13. I'm just having an attack over these past few days. My Gp has given me anti-biotics and i'm on a liquid diet. I also have Hashimoto's and I'm 48.

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