i need advice!!!
Posted in the Diverticulitis Forum
#1 Nov 29, 2012
Last April I started experiencing stomach pains and constipation. Went to my general practician and they prescribed stool softener. Ten days goes my and I'm back to try something else. Long story, short it goes on about a month until I am doubled over in pain. Over the phone, they direct me to a GI doctor who immediately sends me for a CT scan. I leave the CT place and my doctor calls me within 20 minutes and sends me to get Cipro and Flagyl pills and informs me I have a abscess in my colon due to diverticulitis. Naturally, I'm freaked out because I'm a week away from being 52. After 10 days taking the pills, the pain is gone and I'm back to normal BM's. However, I can still feel a sensation down to the left of my groin area (Is that normal with this disease?) The GI sends me in for a colonoscopy and when I awake... shows me a pic of the abscess in my colon. She assures me I am on the road to recovery and I move on with life. Then in October (6 months later), it comes back again and I instantly go to the GI's office. She is out of town, so another doctor prescribes a different pill. Not sure what it was but I only had to take 1 pill a dayfor 10 days(different from the 5 pills a day from the first regiment). This process took right up to the last day before I felt normal again. Anyhow, 3 weeks after that episode, here it came again. I'm back to see my regular GI and she informs me that with 3 attacks in 9 months... that I need to consider surgery. I am now on last day of the Cipro-Flagyl regiment and the sensation down to left of my groin is very prominent. The GI claims that if I have another attack, that I have no other choice but to have surgery. I am scheduled for another colonoscopy a week from this Saturday to take another look at this thing. After reading this forum, I haven't seen anyone stating that their attacks were this frequent. As you can imagine, this is all happening pretty fast and my wife and I are freaked out. I've been downloading diet plans and eating only soft foods in hopes of avoiding this 4th attack, but I just think things are not gonna swing my way on this. Can anyone help me understand what I'm up against. The doctors are pretty much treating it like it is no big deal to have this surgery. I would like to hear both sides of this argument if anyone would like to help me out
Since: May 12
#2 Nov 29, 2012
I had the flares back to back to back for months. I also had a perforated colon. It's called a smoldering abcess.
Can you go to an ER? You need to have more done than continuous antibiotics and most Dr's won't do a colonoscopy if you have had a flare within six weeks as it could perforate your colon.
I had a resection surgery in May. Much better now.
#3 Nov 30, 2012
Your experiences with this disease are not that unusual. Read through this Forum and you will find quite a few others who have gone through the same thing. Sounds like you have one of those cases that could possibly hit at any time. As one who had a perforation and faced with a possible emergency surgery, I can tell you that this is a situation you surely want to avoid. My advice is to get to a colo-rectal surgeon, not a GI doctor, and have him do a complete evaluation.
#4 Nov 30, 2012
Thanks George... so a colo-rectal surgeon can help me get to the bottom of this? Did you go this route?
#5 Dec 5, 2012
Yes. I went to a colorectal surgeon for a consult. As part if his evaluation he ordered a colonoscopy to assist him in this. The colorectal surgeon is your better bet than a general surgeon in doing the resection if done. A GI can do the colonoscopy and do a recommendation and referral, but to my way of thinking, let the doctor that is going to go in there with the scapel do all the preliminaries as well so he or she knows exactly what they are dealing with beforehand.
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