My Free Advice for Brock Lesnar

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I like The Ultimate Fighter TV show.  This season on TUF, one of the coaches is former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar.  Since I’ve been following Brock on the show, I was disappointed to see that he’s had to pull out of his next fight due to health issues.  However, in reading about Brock’s condition, I realized the he and I have something in common and that I actually may have some advice to offer him.

So, Brock is a UFC champion and a world-class athlete.  I’m a computer-guy and a part-time martial artist.  What possible advice could I have for him?  Well, it turns out that Brock is suffering from diverticulitis, and I suffered from this exact same condition when I was younger.

Symptoms of diverticulitis can include:

  • Tenderness, cramps, or pain in the abdomen (usually in the lower left side but may occur on the right) that is sometimes worse when you move.
  • Fever and chills.
  • A bloated feeling, abdominal swelling, or gas.
  • Diarrhea or constipation.
  • Nausea and sometimes vomiting.
  • Loss of appetite.

When you see all that, you can understand why Brock wouldn’t be able to fight at 100%.  However, what surprised me more is that Brock has been living with this for quite some time.  He’s had to pull out of a fight before, and according to some of my reading, he’s been trying to control the condition with diet — something I’ve seen commonly suggested.

I came down with diverticulitis when I was in my mid-twenties — very unusual as it is considered an “old person” disease.  In fact, it’s so uncommon that I lived with it undiagnosed for at least a couple of years.  No one knew what was wrong.  I was pretty miserable those years, let me tell you!  However, it eventually developed to be serious enough that I wound up in the hospital and it was finally diagnosed properly with an MRI scan of my lower intestine.  After it was diagnosed I got some antibiotics to take care of the critical infection and then, like Brock, I tried to prevent a reoccurrence through diet.  And, like Brock, it didn’t work over the long haul.

At that point surgery was my only option.  I went ahead had the defective part of my lower intestine removed and then had it stitched back together.  Recovery was pretty rough because the procedure is invasive.  I still have a scar across my abdomen that looks very similar to the scar women get who have delivered a baby via a cesarean section.  However, in a few weeks I was up and around and able to start light work outs.  Within a few months I was in far better shape than before my diagnosis.  It was a tough decision for me to go for the surgery, and I’m sure Brock struggles with even more worries – given his body is his livelihood.  However, I know that a full recovery should be possible for him.  And even more, I can tell him how much better he’ll feel once it’s done.  Living with this condition is terrible, but it is 100% curable.  I know free advice is worth only what you pay for it, but there you have it.

Get well soon Brock!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Steve W
    May 28, 2011 @ 21:39:13

    As a follow up to this, I was glad to see Brock went ahead an had the surgery. I’m sure he’ll be feeling better and stronger soon. I’m wishing him the best.

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