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Can Hashimoto's cause diverticulitis

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I am a 54 yo female. I was diagnosed with hashimoto's 1 year ago. I also have fibromyalgia and a positive ra factor but no antibodies. I am currently being treated for diverticulitis. However, this is not my first time with this disease. I have had a recurrent problem with it to the point where I had my descending colon removed and colon resection. I was told this would cure the problem. Ha ha, the jokes on me. Even after removed gluten and casein from my diet, I have it again. What else should I be doing? Is my hashimoto's a cause?

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greygoose profile image

How do you know you have Hashi's if your antibodies are negative?

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Jttom in reply to greygoose

My antibodies for ra are negative, but active for hashimoto's.

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greygoose in reply to Jttom

OK, sorry. I misunderstood. :)

I don't know the answer to your question, but I would be interested to know. I hope someone has some information.

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Jttom in reply to greygoose

Thank you.

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greygoose in reply to Jttom

You're welcome. :)

MaisieGray profile image

The cause is basically thought to be eating a low-fibre ‘Western’ diet resulting in hard consistency stools that require high pressures to be generated in the bowel in order to push them along. Diverticulosis results from these high pressures forcing the lining of the bowel to pocket outwards through the muscle layer of the bowel, causing pouches.

Then if the problem is compounded by faecal matter becoming lodged in the pouches, this causes inflammation or infection ie Diverticulitis. But I think this is the mechanics of it, rather than the bigger picture, which more likely includes the presence of a weakened immune response, slow or poor gut motility, low stomach acid causing poor breakdown of food, and common allergens - gluten, grains etc - disturbing the balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut.

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Jttom in reply to MaisieGray

I've been dealing with this off and on for years. I've modified my eating and still it reoccurs. I just got back from seeing my gastroenterologist. He put me on antibiotics and a low fiber diet for 2 weeks. After that, he states I can eat whatever I want. I'll try to incorporate more fiber in hopes it prevents this again. Although I was wondering if inflammation caused by hashimoto's might have something to do with it. Unfortunately, his response was that I should ask my rheumatologist. I don't see that dr until April.

GazG profile image

I have Hashies and have had diverticulitus which went to diverticular disease.

I had part of my bowel removed which has made the problem better but I do still have flair ups.

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Jttom in reply to GazG

Me too. I had my descending removed and resected. I'm so glad I'm not alone! My gastroenterologist is thinking of doing another surgery, but I'm so afraid I'll end up with a colostomy bag. I've been able to stay out of the hospital this time and work with my doctor while at home.

Jttom profile image

Thank you. I'll have to talk to my rheumatologist about NDT. I go in cycles with fatigue and pain. I'll feel great for a couple of weeks then down and out for a few days.

Marymary7 profile image

Is it the fact that the whole of body processes is slow because the thyroid is working so slowly or inefficiently.

I take Magnesium Citrate to help me go to the loo normally as well as T3. Most people are lacking in Magnesium apparently.

Good luck,


Bids2020 profile image

Me too. I have Hashies and currently have diverticulitus. I was told it’s fine to eat gluten. I’ve also been allergy tested and I’m not allergic to gluten, but everything I read states that I should avoid it - so confused!

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