It's when the pockets in the intestines get food stuck in them and get infected. You'll usually have abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea and a fever. Most times you need antibiotics to clear it up and to avoid your trigger foods....nuts, seedy fruits and veggies, corn, strawberries, etc.....everyone is different and triggers and symptoms vary.
She gets it several times a year because she's VERY non compliant with her diet. And she has scarring in the bowel that with the next bout or 2 they may have to remove the damaged part and leave her with a temporary colostomy. I've been b!tching for years at her to try to get her to change her ways.
So far strawberries have been my only trigger, but I think I'm having a bout now and don't know what I ate that caused it. I also read that it isn't always food that causes a bout but fecal matter can get stuck.
My dad had this. He was really sick several times over the course of about a year and landed in the hospital each time. Several years ago, he had several inches of his intestine removed and he hasn't had a problem since.
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My Dad had it for about 6 years before he died. He was very careful about not eating seeds. He loved poppy seed muffins but could not eat them any more, sunflower seeds too.
Hope you can feel better all the time
My Mother-in-law has it. Her main trigger is nuts and she can't keep her hands off them around the holidays. Thankfully her case seems not so severe and no surgery required.
She also swears by drinking aloe vera juice which we have to track down every time she visits. Bleck!! I have no idea where this can be bought now that we've moved to Germany so she better haul some along in December!