Have you ever looked into the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. There is a website or it is outlined in the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle. It is quite a restricted eating regime, but I have run into a number of people online who swear by it; and perhaps you might get some ideas that can be tailored to your needs.View Thread
Diverticulosis is indeed common, particularly in people over 60 years. In the past decade or some, it has been showing up in younger and younger people, though. The youngest I have read about was someone in their late 20s. When I was diagnosed with diverticulitis at age 44, I was quite surprise because I thought my fiber intake was well above average. Well, it might have been higher than average, but, when I kept careful track, I was nowhere near the recommended 20 grams (but somewhere around 12, as I recall). I believe there is a genetic component, too. It ends up one grandmother had had diverticulosis and a great uncle had died of infected bowel, and there may be more.
In addition to keeping fiber intake up (if I am going to be traveling or something that it is difficult to get 20 grams of fiber, I take a supplement proactively), I also take probiotics - either yogurt or acidophilus supplements.View Thread
Considering your past situation, bowels does seem most likely. But there is no way to know for sure.
Before the current episodes, did you do anything to attempt to increase your twice a week BM? (That is just barely on the normal range.) Have you tried any changes in diet to see whether that has any impact?View Thread
It's only an amateur's suggestion, but I would look for a doctor who specialized in "exotic" conditions that travellers pick up overseas. They generally will be listed as specializing in infectious diseases. Even here in the New York City area, with so much international travel, there are not many, so I'm not sure what might be available in Wisconsin. Is there a major medical facility relatively close to you?View Thread