So, after nearly 2 years of pelvic pain and believing it to be caused by endometriosis, I finally got an answer today: I have diverticulosis
I was surprised to learn this. I don’t know how it slipped by my primary care, but it did. The CT Scan I had back in October showed the problem, as did the report from the radiologist. Had I known this then, I would not have canceled my December appointment.
It is very uncommon to have this problem at such a young age (under 40). My father had diverticulitis (diverticulosis is the beginning stage and diverticulitis occurs with severe disease of the colon and often results in surgery). The doctor believes that this problem was likely caused by the lack of fiber in my diet. I have been trying to eat more fiber over the last 6 months and although I eat a lot of it, I still don’t have bowel movements. I need to eat more fruit and veggies. I like fruit. I hate veggies. I just can’t stomach most of them. I’m going to try to improve that, even if I only eat raw celery (one of the few vegetables I do like). It’s better than nothing.
I have a colonoscopy scheduled for April. I was against having this procedure done if the doctor had no reason to do (if s/he was just fishing around for a problem). Now that I know there’s an issue, I’m okay with having it done (my hemorrhoids, on the other hand, are not). The colonoscopy will tell them how bad the diverticulosis is and if there’s any problem with bowel adhesions (which could also be an issue given all the abdominal surgeries I have had).
In the meantime, I’m going to continue to exercise and try to get even better with my nutrition. If you have any good websites or recipes that mask vegetables’ true identity, please share! I need masked veggies desperately! :-)