November 20, 2018
Did I cure myself of diverticulitis?
I developed an extreme pain in my lower left abdomen. If you research these symptoms you can get some worrying feedback. I looked closely at my particular situation and decided on diverticulitis. I have had chronic constipation for years now and came to the conclusion that my diverticula had inflamed due to pressure of straining. There was no blood, or dark patches in stools, so I ruled out anything more sinister.
I booked an appointment with my GP, which these days is a agonising process in itself. My surgery has now joined with a clinic a few miles away, so it is now quite difficult to see your regular GP (unless you want to wait). I opted to see a locum at the clinic. Whilst in the waiting area, I thought to myself, if this is what you do when you get ill, then I need get much better at treating myself.
The locum was very pleasant, but after I told her my symptoms, I was shocked when she asked me what I thought my prognosis was. I told her that I thought it could be diverticulitis as the pain could be intense, woke me in the night and most days it was constantly there nagging away. She said it may be diverticulosis and would arrange for me to see a gastroenterologist. She did not think my situation was bad enough for any urgency, probably because I was not vomiting or doubled over in pain.
A few days later I received a letter stating that my appointment with the specialist would be in about 6 months. My wife was insisting that I should go private, but my experience with private practitioners is just as disappointing as with the NHS, so I insisted I would find out how to fix it myself. She gave me the look of despair.
First of all, I need to cure my constipation. This was my primary task, the pain more than likely stems from this. Even if I didn’t have diverticulitis, this needs fixing. I knew that magnesium was going to be crucial to this solution. I had experience with magnesium, had read a lot about it’s power, but felt as though I wasn’t seeing it’s true potential. I use magnesium sulphite (epsom salts) when needed which is very effective. I had also been taking magnesium supplements such as citrate and chelated pills. Although these supplements come highly recommended, they didn’t seem to do a lot for me. I decided to take magnesium chloride in large doses. The good thing about mag chloride is it’s cheap and comes in a pure form, one thing that concerned me about the supplement pills is the addition of substances that aren’t needed and can be potentially harmful.
Early morning drink
- Orange juice
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp magnesium chloride
I would usually drink this with breakfast, then have it again during the day depending on how my bowels were moving.
Cut down on eating high fibre foods. I wasn’t eating a huge amount of fibrous food anyway, but one food that may have caused me issues was coconut flour. I was eating a fair amount of this as it filled me up. It is highly fibrous though, so I stopped eating that completely. I also cut down on seeds, so no tomatoes or fruits with seeds.
Stop the pain. There is another supplement that really helped, I mean REALLY helped. Cascara Sagrada is amazing stuff, I can’t express how much I love this substance. It may not work for everyone, but it’s one of the few supplements I have tried that made any noticeable difference. Not only is it great for curing constipation, but there are terrific healing properties to it.
Cascara Sagrada Tincture
- 6 drops on the tongue regularly throughout the day.
Another use for the Cascara Sagrada was via transdermal application. I used DMSO along with a few drops of the tincture and applied over the area where I felt the pain. I did this once or twice a week. Maybe this helped, and after a few weeks my pain subsided. I discontinued the transdermal approach after just 3 weeks. I still take the Cascara Sagrada tincture and the magnesium chloride regularly.
So far, the pain has stopped and I go to the toilet regularly. So, a good result! plus I no longer have to go and see a consultant.