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?
Can Hashimoto's cause diverticulitis - Thyroid UK
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.
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.