Category Archives: Diverticulitis

The real struggles of three IBDers

On a normal day, car trouble or a busy grocery store are minor inconveniences. When you add Crohn’s or Colitis to your schedule, your normal day can turn into a bad dream in no time.

To raise awareness of this struggle and show how strong these survivors are, we wanted to share three encouraging stories as we look forward to the bright future of IBDers.


Amber Lopez Pelton, Crohn’s SurvivorImage may contain: 2 people, people sitting and indoor

I’m still wearing purple to raise awareness for IBD💜💜💜 I thought someone fixed the brake lights a while ago, but some nice man honked his horn& told me they were out still out. Being in a bad flare, I had an extra change of clothes& took the girls with me& changed& cleaned myself the best I could while I got the truck serviced. It was very embarrassing but The Automotive place treated us very well& gave us a good price& understood. They got to see a little bit of a taste of what us IBDrs go thru on a daily basis, behind closed doors. It can cause depression as well. It’s an autoimmune disease!! So please, take us seriously, many have passed from this& it can b hereditary.

Let’s fight for a cure everyone!! 

Oh& it can turn into Cancer without proper treatment. So let’s raise awareness& fight for a cure💜💜💜Stay strong my IBD Warriors!!


Nicole Lynn Cochran, Ostomy SporterImage may contain: 2 people, people smiling, text

I am 28 years old and have suffered from severe ulcerative colitis since I was 19. For years I hid my illness and was embarrassed to talk about the painful and debilitating symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease.

I had gone through over 30 medications including biologics, high dose steroids and even forms of chemotherapy with no relief. My colon was killing me. Three weeks ago I went under the knife to remove my diseased colon. I have two more surgeries to go to create my jpouch and to reverse my ileostomy.

I wear a bag and I am not embarrassed, and I have no reason to be.

This bag is giving me LIFE and I intend to take full advantage of that.

I have come a long way from the 19 year old girl that was afraid to talk about her illness. I have an ostomy and I am proud of it!


Image may contain: one or more people and plantAmber Schieber, Lifetime IBD Warrior

I’ve had Crohns Colitis and IBD since I’m 9 years old, I’m 20 now, my disease is so sever it has moved into my lungs and has caused respiratory diseases. ” Just breathe” is written in my parents handwriting, symbolic to, deep breath, everything is going to be okay, one step at a time.

Everything does get better, don’t give up, fight like a girl.


Announcement! New Facebook page for Research Department

Our Research Department now has its own Facebook page!

Our Research Department now has its own Facebook page!

We’re excited to announce the launch of our Research Department’s very own Facebook page!

The goal of our Research Department is to conduct clinical trials for folks struggling with digestive disorders such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. For many patients who haven’t had much success with other courses of treatment, these trials can be a great way to explore other options.

Anyone interested in participating will have to qualify. If you do, you’ll have access to more than 75 years of research experience with high-quality care in a professional and comfortable environment.

To stay up-to-date with our latest trials, like our Facebook page, or contact us at (248) 267-8485.


Three most helpful quotes from the docs at Troy Gastro

Our doctors have had some good advice over the years so we thought we'd take a walk down memory lane.

Our doctors have had some good advice over the years so we thought we’d take a walk down memory lane.

The doctors here at Troy Gastroenterology know their stuff. Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to sit down with many of them to pick their brains and try to learn from them. We thought we’d look back at the most helpful, interesting and unique things our docs have said.

1 – “Although there has been no association between nuts, corn and popcorn or seeds…in my 20+ years I have had scores of patients have a diverticulitis attack triggered by consumption of these items in large quantities.”

In our blog about diverticulitis, Dr. Sante Bologna explained how the disorder can be misunderstood. He went on to tell us how regularly eating fibrous foods can help keep things moving through your digestive tract.

2 – “Probiotics keep the harmful bacteria in check and prevent them from damaging your colon. Our bodies need bacteria to survive, but it needs to be the right kind. Too much bad bacteria without the good stuff to keep it in line can lead to all sorts of digestive problems.”

When we talked to Dr. M. Emin Donat two years ago, he told us that lots of people don’t know that our guts need bacteria to function properly. And, probiotics feed off of prebiotics to keep the healthy bacteria prominent.

3 – “Heartburn is one of many possible symptoms of GERD. GERD means reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus.”

Dr. Anezi Bakken walked us through the symptoms and risks associated with heart burn the last time we sat down with her. She also told us how there comes a point when your heartburn could be something more serious. GERD typically shows more severe symptoms, such as nausea, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and even a cough. “Just” heartburn can turn into a more severe condition.

Thanks to the doctors at Troy Gastro for their commitment to educating our patients!


World Ostomy Day 2015

Ostomies are surrounded by stigma, but hundreds of thousands of Americans have one.

Ostomies are often stigmatized, but they’ve made life better for hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Ostomies are medically created openings to the body to help folks deal with different digestive issues. People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and some cancers can benefit from an ostomy.

October 2 marks World Ostomy Day for 2015. This is an awareness campaign that’s celebrated every three years to try to reduce the stigma surrounding ostomies. There are a few different types. Colostomy, Ileostomy, Urustomy and Stoma treat bladder and intestinal issues.

The Huffington Post reports that around 750,000 people in the U.S. live with ostomies. Their recent article, “8 Myths About Ostomies Debunked,” takes a look at some of the assumptions people make and how they can be harmful.

The article points out how an ostomy isn’t the end of the world. And in fact, it can be a ticket to freedom for folks struggling with digestive illnesses.

Stephanie, a Crohn’s disease patient who had ostomy surgery in 2012, said: “Having an ostomy has given me back my life and I am able to do all of things that I’ve always wanted to do, but had been held back before by Crohn’s disease.”

For more information, have a look at the United Ostomy Assocations of America. They offer resources like support groups, discussion boards and events for folks with ostomies and their families.


Four little-known facts about diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a digestive disease that’s fairly common among adults. Tiny sacs called diverticula form in the wall of the large intestine, which, as you might imagine, cause a bit of discomfort from time to time.


Diverticulitis is a common digestive disorder that typically affects older people.

Dr. Sante Bologna sat down with us to reveal some of the more interesting facts about the disorder, and what you might be able to do to lessen the symptoms.

1 – The likelihood increases with age

After 40, your chances increase of developing or having complications from diverticulitis. Cases of the disease are “less than 20% at age 40” all the way up “to 60% by age 60,” explains Dr. Bologna. According to, only about 2-5% of cases occur in people under 40.

The reason for the increase with age is debatable, although some medical professionals attribute it to a decrease in collagen in the large intestine.

2 – Most people are asymptomatic

“Diverticula occur at points of weakness in the bowel wall where the blood vessels penetrate,” says Dr. Bologna. However, those points of weakness often exist with no signs or symptoms.

“The usual symptoms of diverticular disease include diverticular bleeding” which is “usually painless,” explains Dr. Bologna.

However, when symptoms develop, they’re often similar to many other digestive complications: nausea, bloating, diarrhea, fever, vomiting, gas and cramping are a few that many people experience.

3 – The role of nuts and corn is unclear

It’s a common belief that nuts, corn and other roughage can cause a flare up of diverticulitis. And while that remains unproven, “dietary fiber is associated with a decreased risk of symptomatic diverticular disease,” says Dr. Bologna. Cases of the disease are lower in countries with diets higher in fiber.

Explains Dr. Bologna: “Although there has been no association between nuts, corn and popcorn or seeds…in my 20+ years I have had scores of patients have a diverticulitis attack triggered by consumption of these items in large quantities.”

4 – You might be able to prevent it

Since you can’t do anything about the number one cause of diverticulitis, you might be able to lessen your chances through your diet.

“A diet high in total fat and red meat is associated with an increased risk of symptomatic diverticular disease,” says Dr. Bologna. And “dietary fiber is associated with a decreased risk.”

So while fiber’s role in the disease might not be direct causation, patients who regularly eat whole, fibrous foods have a lower chance of developing or having complications from diverticulitis.