Diverticulitis
Pamela

Woodbridge, VA

#141 May 13, 2008
After 3 attacks in 1.5 years, I am now starting to believe that this is a chronic condition that I will have to live with for the rest of my life, unless, of course I opt for surgery. My Gastroenterologist is now giving me 500 mg. Alinia twice a day in combination with the 500 mg. Cipro. The Cipro is a nasty drug in and of itself, but in combo w/Flagyl is almost unbearable. The Alinia is wonderful and the side effects are minimal. Alinia is frequently used as an antiprotozoal that is given to individuals when they have travelers diarrhea. It works for me!
Patrick L

Willow Grove, PA

#142 May 29, 2008
I've been browsing this site for a couple of weeks, and it seems a good place to vent if you've had a bad experience. I hope that's not my case.

I am 47 and have had IT since 1990. My surgery is scheduled for tomorrow, laproscopically. I have had several bad attacks the last couple years but did not let stick me in the hospital. The oral antibiotics have worked very well for me.

It seems everyone who has had the surgery, except one that I can find here, has had a bad experience. I hope I can get back on here Monday or Tuesday and give you some good feedback.

And FYI, I was told by my Dr. that seeds and nuts have nothing to do with the disease. My attacks come when I've over eaten and it just bulges up and gets infected. I started taking care of myself a little too late.

Thanks for sharing your stories, wish we all had something more pleasant to talk about!
Patrick L

Willow Grove, PA

#143 May 29, 2008
Pamela wrote:
After 3 attacks in 1.5 years, I am now starting to believe that this is a chronic condition that I will have to live with for the rest of my life, unless, of course I opt for surgery. My Gastroenterologist is now giving me 500 mg. Alinia twice a day in combination with the 500 mg. Cipro. The Cipro is a nasty drug in and of itself, but in combo w/Flagyl is almost unbearable. The Alinia is wonderful and the side effects are minimal. Alinia is frequently used as an antiprotozoal that is given to individuals when they have travelers diarrhea. It works for me!
Pamela,

I thought the same thing and I'd go years with out an outbreak. My last one was so bad I thought it was a bladder infection and a stomach bug. It was a good thing I went to the Dr. when I did. It has spread from my lower left side (typical placement) and had gone across my lower abdomen and was pressing on my bladder. The Dr. told me that I was very close to perforating my bladder, which could have led to perforating my bowel/intestine, which could have made me very sick and even led to death if it got up to my kidneys.

I don't want the surgery, but I have 3 kids and a terrific wife, my youngest is 2 (my oldest is 22) so I need to make sure I'm here. I look at it this way too, I can miss a few days from work now or I can miss months (a friend of mine missed a year after emergency surgery for this!).

Take care of your self.
Patrick L

Willow Grove, PA

#144 Jun 2, 2008
OK guys, 3 days post op and I feel great! I'm home, a little tender, but virtually pain free. If you have this as a chronic condition and the Dr.s say they can fix it laparscopically, GO FOR IT. I was told the surgeon removed my entire sigmoid colon and found healthy tissue once it was gone. Everyone, especially me, is very pleased with results. I have not been paid free in my lower left side since 1990, until today!
Patrick L

Langhorne, PA

#145 Jun 13, 2008
2 weeks post op and I am starting to feel human. No pain, real tired, but feeling pretty good.
Starla

Chipley, FL

#146 Jun 19, 2008
First time ever for joining any kind of health forum, but since I am , tomorrow, one week post-op thought I would write. I am a 54 year old female, homemaker, mother of four and consider myself active and healthy. Last December, and again in April I had two attacks of diverticulitis, the disease I thought only the elderly had, and was diagnosed with an abscess. Both times required a hospital stay of one week with heavy antibiotics, but successful. Only to learn from my surgeon that I needed to have the diseased portion removed. After much consideration, prayer, and research I learned the consequences of allowing the abscess to return again and again, which led to the decision of surgery. June 12, I underwent a hand assisted laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy which required 6 days stay in hospital for me. When you research this surgery there are so many things to terrify you, the nose tube, the pain, etc....but today, one week later I can truly say that it just wasn't that bad. The pain is very tolerable, I walked the hall on day two, and did the passing gas thing on day four. The nursing staff kept me very comfortable and with permission from doc, I chewed gum....yes, even with the ng tube. Research says healing is much quicker and my doc agreed, cheap enough to try anyway and with no fluids for a few days, it was a sweet relief to my parched throat. And by the way, my surgeon doesn't believe in the diet restriction and neither do I. I feel my disease is hereditary, since my mother, my 57 year old sister, my 33 year old son and other distant relatives have been diagnosed with diverticulitis. No regrets from me now, just one week post-op, and hopefully I won't have to write about this disease again.

Since: Jun 08

Trevose, PA

#147 Jun 20, 2008
Starla wrote:
First time ever for joining any kind of health forum, but since I am , tomorrow, one week post-op thought I would write. I am a 54 year old female, homemaker, mother of four and consider myself active and healthy. Last December, and again in April I had two attacks of diverticulitis, the disease I thought only the elderly had, and was diagnosed with an abscess. Both times required a hospital stay of one week with heavy antibiotics, but successful. Only to learn from my surgeon that I needed to have the diseased portion removed. After much consideration, prayer, and research I learned the consequences of allowing the abscess to return again and again, which led to the decision of surgery. June 12, I underwent a hand assisted laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy which required 6 days stay in hospital for me. When you research this surgery there are so many things to terrify you, the nose tube, the pain, etc....but today, one week later I can truly say that it just wasn't that bad. The pain is very tolerable, I walked the hall on day two, and did the passing gas thing on day four. The nursing staff kept me very comfortable and with permission from doc, I chewed gum....yes, even with the ng tube. Research says healing is much quicker and my doc agreed, cheap enough to try anyway and with no fluids for a few days, it was a sweet relief to my parched throat. And by the way, my surgeon doesn't believe in the diet restriction and neither do I. I feel my disease is hereditary, since my mother, my 57 year old sister, my 33 year old son and other distant relatives have been diagnosed with diverticulitis. No regrets from me now, just one week post-op, and hopefully I won't have to write about this disease again.
Well Starla, I hope you are feeling better now. It took me about week post op to feel fairly good, but that's when I could stop pain meds.

I'd bet genetics has something to do with this disease too, although it may also be environmental. I grew up eating what my mother cooked and I cook like her so....... I also work in a family business and we spend alot of time together and have all developed tha same bad habits.

Take care!
Stacey

AOL

#148 Jun 28, 2008
My husband had his first attack back in Oct 2007. I had to call 911. Once he was in ER, he seemed much better and we left right away.
(Thank goodness) his medical insurance did not kick in until 1/1/08.
He had his next two attacks in Feb 2008. Primary doc referred us to doc to preform colostopy. He had 12' of colon diseased from diverticulitis.
He is now referred to Dr Teddy Coutsoftides (surgeon) in Orange Ca. A wonderful warm man.
Has first surgery May 6th went well with small incision.
May 17th I have to rush him into ER. His colon had perforated and emergency surgery is now happening. He comes out with a colostomy bag, in ICU on ventilator with severe sepsis. He is a young 45 yr old health nut. Surfs, and has been active his whole life.
His kidneys are now failing and he is given a study drug within the first 12 hours of organ shut down. This is only given if I sign in person the consent forms, as this is not approved by the FDA yet. He is also on slow dialysis for his kidneys. On May 21st, I get a call that his stoma is turning black and they have to go in a 3rd time.
They removed more colon and now his stoma is not below his waste line but now in the middle of his stomach. He has retention bars, below the stoma and is fighting for his life. He remains on the ventilator for 8 days, ICU for 10 days. A total of 26 days in the hospital.
He has been home two weeks and is slowly recovering, but still very weak. While he was in the hospital he also had a set back with fluid that had filled around his liver and spleen, so now he is heavely on morphine again and cannot walk for two more days.
He is weaning himself off of morphine at home. His rentention bars came off two weeks ago and the drains came out two days ago.
He lost nearly 30 lbs and Dr Teddy is going to put Bobby back together as soon as his colon heals and he gets his strength back.
Before the surgeries, we looked this up online and thought that this would be so simple and he would never have the terrible pain he had with the attacks and have to be on antibiotics it seemed every two months. Has not be able to work for months due to this dreadful disease.
We pray this next surgery to put him back together is a success. He now hates the colostomy bag and is very depressed about it.
It took him about 3 weeks for it to finally hit him.
I hope and pray the worst is behind us and we will be blessed with the next surgery.
Thank god for medical insurance, it is already over 350.000.00. We are moving in with my Mom this weekend, due to me taking the FMLA, no pay which is kind of strange. I will get 6 weeks from state at a lower rate then my normal pay. Bobby will be called for the next year every three months and asked 10 questions. He is the 9th patient at St Josephs in this study group to get this drug. 650 people world wide have been given it and they need 2000 to complete study. We will know in two years if this drug saved his life.(I think it did) The only down side to this drug is pain in your arm at times. That is nothing compared to the fight he had. He feels blessed he was at a hospital where they had this study drug.
Good luck to all of you and bless you too!

Since: Jun 08

Trevose, PA

#149 Jun 29, 2008
Stacey,

Thank you for sharing your experience. I'll keep you and your husband in my prayers!

There's no rhyme or reason to this disease. It knocks a perfectly healthy man down for the count just after his first attack, but lets a couch potato like me go on for 20 years. You just never know.

I have a friend who experienced this disease in a similar way your husband did. He was away in Florida and it hit him and before he knew it he missed over a year from work. I think he needed 4 surgeries after his initial surgery to finally repair his colostomy. And he too was a very healthy individual before it hit him.

I'll bet your husband does not feel like he is very fortunate, but he's lucky to be alive, and hopefully he's getting better and stronger everyday. Good luck, God bless!
Janie-Lakeland

Winter Haven, FL

#150 Jun 29, 2008
Patrick,
I had the colonoscopy on Friday and i'm more confused than before. The doctor told me I had 5 places showing diverticulosos in my colon, he did not find any infection and said he is not convinced that I have had diverticulitis 5 times since January. I told him I have had two CatScans two out of the 5 flare ups that confirmed it. I told him the last time I had the flare up I had fever and was vomiting from the pain. The doctor told me he has seen better colons than mine and he has seen worse colons than mine. He told me he wants to do another colonoscopy when i'm having the flare up, he told me to call his office as soon as the pain starts and he will get me in the next day to see what is going on. The doctor told me that he feels like my body cannot handle fiber and for me to start on a bland diet for the rest of my life, he said some people cannot tolerate fiber and it's possible I am one of them, he told me no fruits, no veg, no high fiber foods like chili,no seeds, no nuts, basically nothing.
Antoher theory was possibly endometreosis which he suggested I contact my Gyno to be tested. The doctor I am going to is a very highly recommended doctor in this town and I think he is baffled by all of this. I guess I will have to wait until the pain comes back (and it will) and get scoped again. The doctor stressed to me that I do not want to have sugery and at this time he did not feel like surgery is needed. I have to figure out how to keep getting this, if fiber is causing these flare ups then I guess I will stop eating foods with fiber, I guess I will just stop eating all together. Please tell me your thoughts on this. I hope your still having a great recovery. I see where you put a vido out there. When I get a chance I will watch it.
Janie

Since: Jun 08

Trevose, PA

#151 Jun 29, 2008
Janie,

The system just kicked out my post because it was too long. I'll make this much shorter. EVERY source I find says that scoping and lower GI tests during an attack are contraindicated as they can cause worsening of the diverticulitis AND perforation.

I am not a Dr or an expert, but I have been reading everything I can on this disease since I scheduled my surgery. I have talked to 3 Drs at length and spent time with the surgical nurses. I believe I understand this disease. That being said, taking what you wrote at face value, I cannot believe a Dr told you to stop taking fiber for diverticulitis and the same Dr wants to scope you while you vulnerable with an acute attack. I am going to put some of the things I've found in another post below this one, but I'll tell you what I would tell my wife, mother or sisters if they said to me what you wrote above.

Get a copy of your CAT scan and report, and find a board certified Colo-Rectal Surgeon and take them to him.

I do not know why a physician would disregard 2 confirmed tests; did he see them?

And the seeds and nut thing is an old wives tale?

I also think if you could not tolerate fiber, you'd have chronic diarrhea.

Take a look at the next post, I am trying not to go over the limit, the one I lost took an hour to write.

Patt

Since: Jun 08

Trevose, PA

#152 Jun 29, 2008
Janie,

* The diagnosis of diverticulitis can be made on clinical grounds, but a CT scan of the abdomen is considered the best imaging method to confirm the diagnosis.

*Endoscopy is not recommended in the acute setting given the risk of worsening diverticulitis and bowel perforation. After the diverticulitis has subsided, colonoscopy can be used to evaluate the extent of diverticulosis or to rule out a malignancy masquerading as a benign postinflammatory stricture.

Seeds and nuts Patients with diverticular disease have historically been advised to avoid whole pieces of fiber (such as seeds, corn, and nuts) because of concern that the undigested fragments could become lodged within a diverticulum, thereby inciting an episode of diverticulitis. However, this belief is completely unproven.

Colonoscopy should be performed. four to six weeks after resolution of an. acute attack to exclude other pathology (NOT DURING AN ATTACK)

Read this page:
http://books.google.com/books...

Let me now what YOU think.

Patt
Janie-Lakeland

Winter Haven, FL

#153 Jun 30, 2008
Patrick L wrote:
Janie,
* The diagnosis of diverticulitis can be made on clinical grounds, but a CT scan of the abdomen is considered the best imaging method to confirm the diagnosis.
*Endoscopy is not recommended in the acute setting given the risk of worsening diverticulitis and bowel perforation. After the diverticulitis has subsided, colonoscopy can be used to evaluate the extent of diverticulosis or to rule out a malignancy masquerading as a benign postinflammatory stricture.
Seeds and nuts Patients with diverticular disease have historically been advised to avoid whole pieces of fiber (such as seeds, corn, and nuts) because of concern that the undigested fragments could become lodged within a diverticulum, thereby inciting an episode of diverticulitis. However, this belief is completely unproven.
Colonoscopy should be performed. four to six weeks after resolution of an. acute attack to exclude other pathology (NOT DURING AN ATTACK)
Read this page:
http://books.google.com/books...
Let me now what YOU think.
Patt
Patrick,

I think I will get a second opinion. I called the doctors office today and talked to the nurse, I told her I am so confused about all of this. I do not want to be scoped during an attack. The nurse said she would have the doctor call me on Wednesday, in the mean time I have requested my CatScans from the ER. I appreciate all the research you have done on this disease and I really appreciate you sharing with me and others out there who are suffering from this. I wish you well on your recovery, it sounds like you are getting a new start at life with your surgery, at least a new start from being in pain. I will be checking in from time to time to read your e-mails and your advice. I will keep you posted.

Take Care,

Janie

Since: Jun 08

Trevose, PA

#154 Jun 30, 2008
Janie,

You're welcome. I felt a bit uncomfortable going against your Dr's opinion, but everything I have read said the exact opposite.

When I left the hospital in April after my last (and final!) attack, my wife took my CAT scan to work. I got a call from her saying her Dr wanted me to go back to the hospital. I called my Dr and was told as long as the anti biotics worked I could get rid of my attack and have the surgery with a much lessor chance of complications. That's when I started reading as much as I could about this disease.

Morbid curiosity I guess, but it's helped me through my surgery and recovery. Today is day 30 post op, no pain, no problems what so ever and I get my 6 week check up on July 7th. Hopefully they'll remove the 20lb restriction and I can lift my son again.

Good luck. If you like to look up things on the subject, let me know if you find anything odd or helpful.

You're in my prayers.

Patt
David Murray

Fort Worth, TX

#155 Jul 10, 2008
I'm a 33 year old male, and very confused on my condition. I thought I'd post about it for opinions.
A little over 3 weeks ago I went to bed feeling bad and had some pain in my lower left quadrant. It wasn't bad pain, kind of felt like bloating. The next morning when getting out of bed, it felt worse and I was nausiated and nearly fainted. I was running a fever. I went to the doctor who diagnosed diverticulitis. The only tests done were blood and urine. The white-cell count was high. He prescriped 7 days of Cipro and Flagyl. The pain was never really that bad, especially if I was laying down and not moving. The next day the pain was a little worse in the morning, but started to get better by the evening and the fever went away. I felt pretty crappy the rest of the week I was on the antibiotics with constant diarrhea and no appetite. But otherwise the pain was gone except for little twinges of pain when stool would move through the lower left quadrant. I went back a few days later for another blood test and all was normal.
After finishing the 7-days of antibiotics, I started to return to normal, but a week later I came down with a fever again. I didn't really feel any pain in my abdomen, but for fear of a relapse I went to the doctor right away. A blood test showed a sky-high white-cell count. The doctor said I probably had an abcess and to go to the ER for a CAT scan. So I did. They took more blood and urine too. The doctor pressed on my abdomen and seemed confused that there was no pain there. He told me to jump up and down, which I did. Still no pain. After the scan, the ER doctor said the CAT scan showed no sign of diverticulosis/itis. He said the only thing they could see was a "fat pad torsion" where one of the fat tissues on the outside of my colon was twisted and was likely the cause of my pain and fever. They gave me 5 days of levaquin and sent me home. My fever went away after 2 days on the levaquin and I went to see a gastroentenologist just for follow up. He looked at all the reports and was conviced that I "did" have diverticulitis, at least the first time. He said the CAT scan may just not have shown it. He said 7 days of treatment (what I was given the first time) was not enough so he prescribed me 10 more days of Levaquin along with 10 days of Flagyl (on a higher dose than the first time) and told me to come back on August 15 for a colonoscopy.(which is over a month from now)

(SNIP - continued on next post, went over word count)
David Murray

Fort Worth, TX

#156 Jul 10, 2008
I'm still on the antibiotics and I haven't really had any abdominal pain in more than 3 weeks. there is no pain when pressing on the abdomen. The only pain I have is very minor pains that last for seconds at a time when stool is moving through there. but otherwise goes away. The pain I feel is extreemely minor, but it is worrysome because it was never there before. So everytime I feel it, I start to have a panic attack. The antibiotics are making me feel bad and have no appetite. I've been force-feeding myself to try to prevent too much weight loss.(I was only 155 pounds before this, now I'm 144) I am very weak, taking a trip to the grocery store will wear me out. I was very active before, usually walking several miles a day and also doing martial-arts. So life is nothing like what it used to be. The last 4 or 5 days my stool has finally returned to solid, but it is very soft and I'm having to go about 3 or 4 times a day which is unusual for me.
So, I guess what is really causing me turmoil is that I have different doctors telling me different things. I don't neccessarily feel all that bad right now, just very tired and weak with no appetite. But when I get off the antibiotics, I have a fear that my condition will return since I still feel this unusual sensations in my lower-left quadrant. To be honest, I wish I could have the colonoscopy tomorrow so I could know for sure what I was dealing with. I'm not even afraid of having the surgery if it would make me better. I'm just afraid of ending up in the ER with a colostomy bag, or dying before I reach my 34'th birthday and my 5 year old daughter growing up without a dad.
All of the cases I read on the internet seem to be the severe cases. Hardly anyone gets on these forums to write about an acute case that is cured and doesn't re-occur. My GI doctor told me that most people like me that come down with it will take antibiotics and never have it again. I certainly hope that is the case, but I guess I'm a worry-wart.
David Murray

Fort Worth, TX

#157 Jul 10, 2008
(This is the first half of my comments, which got truncated)

I'm a 33 year old male, and very confused on my condition. I thought I'd post about it for opinions.

A little over 3 weeks ago I went to bed feeling bad and had some pain in my lower left quadrant. It wasn't bad pain, kind of felt like bloating. The next morning when getting out of bed, it felt worse and I was nausiated and nearly fainted. I was running a fever. I went to the doctor who diagnosed diverticulitis. The only tests done were blood and urine. The white-cell count was high. He prescriped 7 days of Cipro and Flagyl. The pain was never really that bad, especially if I was laying down and not moving. The next day the pain was a little worse in the morning, but started to get better by the evening and the fever went away. I felt pretty crappy the rest of the week I was on the antibiotics with constant diarrhea and no appetite. But otherwise the pain was gone except for little twinges of pain when stool would move through the lower left quadrant. I went back a few days later for another blood test and all was normal.

After finishing the 7-days of antibiotics, I started to return to normal, but a week later I came down with a fever again. I didn't really feel any pain in my abdomen, but for fear of a relapse I went to the doctor right away. A blood test showed a sky-high white-cell count. The doctor said I probably had an abcess and to go to the ER for a CAT scan. So I did. They took more blood and urine too. The doctor pressed on my abdomen and seemed confused that there was no pain there. He told me to jump up and down, which I did. Still no pain. After the scan, the ER doctor said the CAT scan showed no sign of diverticulosis/itis. He said the only thing they could see was a "fat pad torsion" where one of the fat tissues on the outside of my colon was twisted and was likely the cause of my pain and fever. They gave me 5 days of levaquin and sent me home. My fever went away after 2 days on the levaquin and I went to see a gastroentenologist just for follow up. He looked at all the reports and was conviced that I "did" have diverticulitis, at least the first time. He said the CAT scan may just not have shown it. He said 7 days of treatment (what I was given the first time) was not enough so he prescribed me 10 more days of Levaquin along with 10 days of Flagyl (on a higher dose than the first time) and told me to come back on August 15 for a colonoscopy.(which is over a month from now)
David W Murray

Fort Worth, TX

#158 Jul 10, 2008
I'm still on the antibiotics and I haven't really had any abdominal pain in more than 3 weeks. there is no pain when pressing on the abdomen. The only pain I have is very minor pains that last for seconds at a time when stool is moving through there. but otherwise goes away. The pain I feel is extreemely minor, but it is worrysome because it was never there before. So everytime I feel it, I start to have a panic attack. The antibiotics are making me feel bad and have no appetite. I've been force-feeding myself to try to prevent too much weight loss.(I was only 155 pounds before this, now I'm 144) I am very weak, taking a trip to the grocery store will wear me out. I was very active before, usually walking several miles a day and also doing martial-arts. So life is nothing like what it used to be. The last 4 or 5 days my stool has finally returned to solid, but it is very soft and I'm having to go about 3 or 4 times a day which is unusual for me.

So, I guess what is really causing me turmoil is that I have different doctors telling me different things. I don't neccessarily feel all that bad right now, just very tired and weak with no appetite. But when I get off the antibiotics, I have a fear that my condition will return since I still feel this unusual sensations in my lower-left quadrant. To be honest, I wish I could have the colonoscopy tomorrow so I could know for sure what I was dealing with. I'm not even afraid of having the surgery if it would make me better. I'm just afraid of ending up in the ER with a colostomy bag, or dying before I reach my 34'th birthday and my 5 year old daughter growing up without a dad.

All of the cases I read on the internet seem to be the severe cases. Hardly anyone gets on these forums to write about an acute case that is cured and doesn't re-occur. My GI doctor told me that most people like me that come down with it will take antibiotics and never have it again. I certainly hope that is the case, but I guess I'm a worry-wart.
David W Murray

Fort Worth, TX

#159 Jul 10, 2008
I'm a 33 year old male.

A little over 3 weeks ago I went to bed feeling bad and had some pain in my lower left quadrant. It wasn't bad pain, kind of felt like bloating. I was running a fever. I went to the doctor who diagnosed diverticulitis. My white-cell count was high. He prescriped 7 days of Cipro and Flagyl. The pain was never really that bad, especially if I was laying down and not moving. The next day the pain was a little worse in the morning, but started to get better by the evening and the fever went away. I felt pretty crappy the rest of the week I was on the antibiotics with constant diarrhea and no appetite. But otherwise the pain was gone except for little twinges of pain when stool would move through the lower left quadrant. I went back a few days later for another blood test and all was normal.

After finishing the 7-days of antibiotics, I started to return to normal, but a week later I came down with a fever again. I didn't really feel any pain in my abdomen, but for fear of a relapse I went to the doctor right away. A blood test showed a sky-high white-cell count. The doctor said I probably had an abcess and to go to the ER for a CAT scan. So I did. The doctor pressed on my abdomen and seemed confused that there was no pain there. He told me to jump up and down, which I did. Still no pain. After the scan, the ER doctor said the CAT scan showed no sign of diverticulosis/itis. He said the only thing they could see was a "fat pad torsion" where one of the fat tissues on the outside of my colon was twisted and was likely the cause of my pain and fever. They gave me 5 days of levaquin and sent me home. My fever went away after 2 days on the levaquin and I went to see a GI just for follow up. He looked at all the reports and was conviced that I "did" have diverticulitis. He said the CAT scan may just not have shown it. He said 7 days of treatment was not enough so he prescribed me 10 more days of Levaquin along with 10 days of Flagyl (on a higher dose than the first time) and told me to come back on August 15 for a colonoscopy.(which is over a month from now)

I'm still on the antibiotics and I haven't really had any abdominal pain in more than 3 weeks. there is no pain when pressing on the abdomen. The only pain I have is very minor pains that last for seconds at a time when stool is moving through there. The pain I feel is extreemely minor, but it is worrysome because it was never there before. So everytime I feel it, I start to have a panic attack. The antibiotics are making me feel bad and have no appetite. I've been force-feeding myself to try to prevent too much weight loss. I am very weak, taking a trip to the grocery store will wear me out. I was very active before, usually walking several miles a day and also doing martial-arts.

So, I guess what is really causing me turmoil is that I have different doctors telling me different things. I don't neccessarily feel all that bad right now, just very tired and weak with no appetite. But when I get off the antibiotics, I have a fear that my condition will return since I still feel this unusual sensations in my lower-left quadrant. To be honest, I wish I could have the colonoscopy tomorrow so I could know for sure what I was dealing with. I'm not even afraid of having the surgery if it would make me better. I'm just afraid of ending up in the ER with a colostomy bag, or dying before I reach my 34'th birthday and my 5 year old daughter growing up without a dad.

All of the cases I read on the internet seem to be the severe cases. Hardly anyone gets on these forums to write about an acute case that is cured and doesn't re-occur. My GI doctor told me that most people like me that come down with it will take antibiotics and never have it again. I certainly hope that is the case, but I guess I'm a worry-wart.

Since: Jun 08

Trevose, PA

#160 Jul 11, 2008
David,

If you have diverticulitis it is something to watch and definitely worry about if you have another acute attack. If you had diver, I'd bet you'll have another attack, you're young and the pouches the disease forms in your colon don't go away. You can have other things hurt from diver, like fistulas:(from the web)

"Another complication of diverticulitis is the formation of a fistula. A fistula is an abnormal connection between two organs, or between an
organ and the skin. The most common type of fistula is between the bladder and colon. This requires surgery to remove the fistula and affected part of the colon."

I'd also bet part of the reason you need to wait for your colonoscopy is that the doc is waiting until your inflammation has subsided, whatever it is. The colonoscopy will be able to see if in fact you have the pouches.

Eat right, take your meds and follow through with your doctor. Being a worry wart may actually be a good thing for you, I spent about 20 years brushing off doctors advise about this disease and spent alot of time on meds and in the hospital for tests and feeling like crap!

Take care, hope you feel better and let us know how you're doing!

Patt

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