Diverticulitis Symptoms

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Louise from Canada

Halifax, Canada

#1 Nov 21, 2007
I ask, has anyone experienced severe pain on the lower stomach and alot of pressure and pain on the rectum during an attack I have alot of discomfort in these areas and want to know if this is normal for the disease
Toria

Villa Park, IL

#2 Nov 21, 2007
My pain is in the lower left side. I don't recall pain or pressure in the rectum. Pretty much limited to the lower left side. Its really not in the stomach area but lower.
vickiknox

Knoxville, TN

#3 Jun 12, 2008
I have had recurring attacks starting 3 years (treated witn antibiotics) ago and was told last year that if I had 3 more in a year, I should have the surgery. I was also told it was caused by a low fiber diet. Like another poster here, I too, ate a very hi fiber diet. I kept eliminating things from my diet: all berries, seeds, popcorn, grapes, tomatoes, nuts, raisins, corn, wheat germ, wheat berry bread, okra, some salad dressings, bananas, even pepper and many spices...anything that is tiny and hard. I have only had 2 mild attacks in over a year which I treated with lots of hot green tea steeped with lemon grass (drain). It gives you diahrea, but in 2-3 days I am well. The dr. told me I'll still not be able to eat berries etc. even after the surgery. A friend died from diverticulitus in the hospital last summer. He had thought it was such a minor thing he didn't tell his hospital drs. he had it and I know he ate anything he wanted. This is nothing to take lightly. I hope this helps someone.
Biker

Cleveland, OH

#4 Jun 13, 2008
vickiknox wrote:
I have had recurring attacks starting 3 years (treated witn antibiotics) ago and was told last year that if I had 3 more in a year, I should have the surgery. I was also told it was caused by a low fiber diet. Like another poster here, I too, ate a very hi fiber diet. I kept eliminating things from my diet: all berries, seeds, popcorn, grapes, tomatoes, nuts, raisins, corn, wheat germ, wheat berry bread, okra, some salad dressings, bananas, even pepper and many spices...anything that is tiny and hard. I have only had 2 mild attacks in over a year which I treated with lots of hot green tea steeped with lemon grass (drain). It gives you diahrea, but in 2-3 days I am well. The dr. told me I'll still not be able to eat berries etc. even after the surgery. A friend died from diverticulitus in the hospital last summer. He had thought it was such a minor thing he didn't tell his hospital drs. he had it and I know he ate anything he wanted. This is nothing to take lightly. I hope this helps someone.
Viki, I am sorry to hear about your friend. You are right about Divir as not something to take lightly. I had the surgery in Feb 2007. My doctor told me not to avoid anything. In fact, a couple of doctors I spoke with said that the seed and nut issue was just a tale. I have heard some docs mention the nut and seed avoidance thing as well. I would think that after an operation to remove part of your colon, that you should be clear of Divir. But some posters, though, have had attacks post-op. If seeds were the cause of the attacks and you had an operation and got another attack, then it would tell me that they did not get all of the problem. I was on high fiber before my second attack as well. I am not convinced that this disease is totally due to diet. I think that there is a genetic component or something that is not apparent beyond our diets. Maybe water, chemicals, air, who knows. That's my two cents. I wish you well and hope that you never have a diver attack again.

Since: Jun 08

Montréal, Canada

#5 Jun 13, 2008
I have had 2 acute diverticulitis crises last year. My doctor told me i might need an operation. I was a bit scared about it so i talked about it to a friend who is into natural remedies as i don't like to take medication, and certainly don't like to go through an operation.

She told me about a probiotic called bio-k+, in the liquid form. I started to take that product, every day for about a month. It has helped me tremendously, and I have avoided the operation.. Maybe that could help you too! good luck
Patrick L

Langhorne, PA

#6 Jun 17, 2008
Vicki,

I have had attacks since the 1980's. I recently found out that several attacks were misdiagnosed as prostititis (infected prostrate). I am VERY lucky that I did not perforate my bladder and or bowel.

My condolences on your friend. There but for the grace of God go I.

I have had numerous major and minor attacks for several decades. I did not realize how dangerous this disease was until this past April. It manifest itself with pain in a different spot and both myself and my family doctor did not realize I was having a major diverticulitis attack. She sent me to hospital for tests to rule out bladder stones etc...and after the CAT scan the Dr. in the hospital would not let me leave. It was that bad.(I did get my family Dr to talk to the hospital Dr so I could go home and get on oral antibiotics).

I then kept a promise with my Gastro surgeon and called for a follow up. After seeing my CAT scan result I was told I was very close to perforating both my bladder and my bowel. Surgery was scheduled as soon the current attack was cleared up. I am very lucky in that I respond well to the oral antibiotics.

I jokingly asked my surgeon at the pre-surgery visit if I'd be able to eat popcorn after my surgery. He LAUGHED. He told me that the "seeds warning" is an old wives tale that is so wide spread even doctors believe it. I was SHOCKED! I've been avoiding tomatoes, popcorn etc... since the 80's.

It turns out that this disease is basically caused by mistreating your body. I used to eat LARGE meals and stuff myself and strain to get rid of it. Of course there was no fiber in my diet at that time. It turns out fiber is not the only culprit. Processed foods play a big part in it too. This disease is not found in countries that do not have a lot of processed food. It seems the closer to the original natural form of the food (like raw veggies- or steamed) the better it is for our bodies.

Basically in America, if you eat what everyone else is eating, you'll eventually have weak spots in your colon walls that will bubble up into diverticuli.

You did not mention your age in your post. Here's what I've been told. If you have your first attack prior to turning 40, or if you have more than 2 attacks, get the surgery. I am 18 days post surgery and I feel great. My Dr. removed my entire sigmoid colon. She (they're a team, male and female so don't get confused when I refer to she and he) told me that she removed the sigmoid colon because that's where this disease is most prevalent. She said that there is a statistical chance of 10% or so that the disease will reoccur after surgery, but her experience is that if the sigmoid is gone those chances are lowered.

If you've had several attacks, I'd bet you'll have more. My opinion is get the surgery. And have it while you're healthy. Having this done "electively" is much better than having it done after one of the sacks ruptures!

Biker

Cleveland, OH

#7 Jun 17, 2008
Patrick, your description and advise has been probably the best aticulated of anyone on these posts. That might be due to the fact that I agree with everything you wrote:) Good luck. I am almost a year and a half post-op and no diver attacks to date.
Katie

Hutchinson, MN

#8 Jun 17, 2008
Hi Patrick,
I read your post saying that you have been mistakenly diagnosed with prostitis. My husband was hospitalized with diverticulitis in September. It took some time to recover from that but has been doing fine. A couple months ago, he felt the pain in his side and went to the doctor. He was told he had a bladder infection/prostitis. Now I wonder if that's what it really was. He did take antibiotics so that probably cleared up whatever it was. Glad to hear you are doing well post surgery.
Patrick L

Langhorne, PA

#9 Jun 18, 2008
Thanks Katie!

Like I stated in my post, I did not know it was Diver (the last time)until they saw the CAT scan at the hospital. 2 or 3 days post op, I was speaking with my surgeon and she related to me that she had a patient come into her office the day before my surgery with a perforated bladder. He was being treated for prostititis (I never know how to spell that) but was in fact in the middle of a bout of Diver that required emergency surgery.

I got luck years ago because the antibiotics cleared up the infection. I sometimes wonder what I've done to deserve my guardian angel! LOL!
Patrick L

Langhorne, PA

#10 Jun 18, 2008
Biker wrote:
Patrick, your description and advise has been probably the best aticulated of anyone on these posts. That might be due to the fact that I agree with everything you wrote:) Good luck. I am almost a year and a half post-op and no diver attacks to date.
Thanks Biker!

Great minds think alike...LOL!

I am still under the "under 20lbs" restriction, so I can't really do too much. I guess it gives me a lot of time to gather my thoughts and articulate them well. Truth is, after reading many of the posts on this site, I realize how truly lucky I am. For about 20 years, I've been denying that I needed the surgery. Part of it was not wanting to be cut wide open. When my Dr mentioned he did the Lap surgery, I knew it was time.

I have had several conversations with my surgeon's nurse. She talks about the "switch" to laprascopic surgery and tells me how much better the patients do with the new procedure.

I have also recently heard about 2 people who I was acquainted with who passed away from Diver!(relatives of my wife's coworkers) I was informed by my Dr that I was close to perforating my bladder and then my colon and if the infection got up into my kidneys, which was not unlikely, it would be fatal.

Then I thought about how the lap surgery would have me up and about in a week and if I had emergency surgery I could be down for months, it was a no brainer to have the surgery. I also have a friend who was away in Florida (we're in PA) who needed emergency surgery and wound up with an infection, he missed a YEAR of work. I cannot afford to miss a year of work, and I don't know anyone who can!

So I have been doing quite a bit of reflecting on my situation, and saying thank you prayers!
Patrick L

Langhorne, PA

#11 Jun 18, 2008
marie65 wrote:
I have had 2 acute diverticulitis crises last year. My doctor told me i might need an operation. I was a bit scared about it so i talked about it to a friend who is into natural remedies as i don't like to take medication, and certainly don't like to go through an operation.
She told me about a probiotic called bio-k+, in the liquid form. I started to take that product, every day for about a month. It has helped me tremendously, and I have avoided the operation.. Maybe that could help you too! good luck
Marie,

The attacks will go away but the disease does not. What is happening inside you is that stool/feces is getting into the little diverticuli pouches and getting infected. Those pouches do not go away. If you are young and/or have more than one attack, please listen to your Dr. Take a look around this site and read how many people had to have emergency surgery and never had an attack!

Here's what I imagined recently: it's summer, we have along holiday weekend and of course I over indulge in BBQ etc... I mistake an attack as just over eating and wind up very sick due to sepsis.

Guess what, that scenario is not far from what I actually went through.

Please take care of yourself. After the surgery, use all the natural organic probiotics you want, but don't ignore your well trained Dr!

Since: Jun 08

Montréal, Canada

#12 Jul 2, 2008
thanks for your comment Patrick L.

I agree with you that i might not be cured, but since i feel almost no symptoms anymore, it sure feels like i am.

You know i have made some research on the product that I use, and I learned that it is used in hospitals here in my province. They use it in some units of gastroenterology, and systematically give probiotics to people who will have to take antibiotic treatments to prevent side effects and destruction of the intestinal flora..

I think doctors are beginning to understand that chemical medication might not always be the only way to treat people.

Since: Jun 08

Trevose, PA

#13 Jul 2, 2008
Marie,

I never mentioned it here, but I have had some pretty nasty yeast infections in my throat after taking the antibiotics. I got used to it, and since I knew what it was, could just call the Dr for the cure for that. It goes away pretty easy, at least for me.

That may be why I waited so long to have the surgery, the pills worked so fast I had relief in 24 hours.

I have experienced the distress of messing with the body's natural balance, I cannot say I disagree with you.

Be careful!

Patt
maxine weinbaum

Sandy Hook, CT

#14 Jul 3, 2008
Louise from Canada wrote:
I ask, has anyone experienced severe pain on the lower stomach and alot of pressure and pain on the rectum during an attack I have alot of discomfort in these areas and want to know if this is normal for the disease
My symptoms were a severe pain on the left side of my abdomen and sharp, piercing pains as if a hot poker were being pushed into my rectum. The pain was agonizing, and my gp originally put me on antispasmodic drugs. They did not work! Rectal pain for me was a debilitating part of the disease. It hurt as much as contractions during childbirth!
Maye

Augusta, GA

#15 Jul 7, 2008
I've read all of your descriptions of your symptoms on diverticulis. I guess mine are unique.
My pain starts between the breast as sharp knife pain. sometimes it goes up into the neck and jaw.
there is pain in stomach on my right side. What
say about those symptoms. I would think it was my
heart but it always was after eating nuts. I love peanuts and coke knowing I will hurt after.
Maybe these symptoms are related to something other than my diverticulis. I do know for sure I have it as the doctor has said I had a bad case.
Your body can really confuse you.I have never heard of rectal pain. I know that must be painful.
hellena

Trinidad and Tobago

#16 Jul 17, 2008
I am a trinidaddian last december i took a purge of salts sennskot tabs and ducolox i never had a symntom as i have read but i do have problems to stool i bleed in diaroah form i had to be given eight (8) pints of blood i only feel weak some times my blood levell is now 11.3
thanks for the comments but i need information on what i can eat like nuts, grapes or if any thing with seed is a no no thanks for a good response in advance
God bless.
hellena

Trinidad and Tobago

#17 Jul 17, 2008
how do i get in touch with that community
BARB

AOL

#18 Jul 18, 2008
I had an acute attack of diver 3 years ago. Had been going to my dr for at least a month trying to explain to him about the pain and hurt in my gut and under both breasts. Over a period of a month or more, he kept prescribing meds for various ailments, none of which helped the problem.
I also had severe severe pains shooting up my rectum - told him about that also, and yet again, prescribed med for god knows what.
Finally, I wised up after putting in a horrible Sat night and went to the e.r. Sun a.m. There I had a cat scan, and was immediately diagnosed with "acute diverticulitis" and was admitted and put on an i.v. drip of antibiotics. Was in the hospital for 2 days - came home with oral antibiotics. It took weeks before I felt like myself again. Needless to say, I did change drs.
Since that time, I have pretty much been o.k., except for the "hurt and/or pressure" under both breasts on occasion. By the way, following the hospitalization, I did have a colonoscopy, which turned up nothing, not even a polop.
Now, fast forward to July 2008 - I had heard of Atamame (which is baby soy)- it is in a pod like peas - you boil them for about 5 minutes, and just slip them out of the pod and snack on them. You guessed right - diver again!!!
Right now, I am on oral antibiotics and have a dr appt for Mon the 21st. Feeling just a bit better each day. I'm not saying anything bad about Etamame, but apparently it is not good for me.
Hope this info will be of some help to some suffering soul out there.
Trish

Bloomfield, NJ

#19 May 6, 2009
marie65 wrote:
I have had 2 acute diverticulitis crises last year. My doctor told me i might need an operation. I was a bit scared about it so i talked about it to a friend who is into natural remedies as i don't like to take medication, and certainly don't like to go through an operation.
She told me about a probiotic called bio-k+, in the liquid form. I started to take that product, every day for about a month. It has helped me tremendously, and I have avoided the operation.. Maybe that could help you too! good luck
Hi Are you still taking Bio K+? Has it been helping? I just bought it for my mother and I'm just hoping it will do some good.
Thanks!
Michael

Long Beach, CA

#20 May 7, 2009
I was diagnosed with diverticulitis through symptoms. After some sever constipation, bloating, and tenderness in left abdomen, 10 days of leviquin seemed to help. However, I am somehwat normal again though I am concerned that I have lost 10 pounds over the 3 weeks of dealing with this. GI has me scheduled for colonscopy in June and she also feels it is diver. I am a little bit concerned with the weight loss. has anyone else experienced this?

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