Three meds for Diverticulitis?

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Brenda

Pleasant Valley, IA

#1 Apr 22, 2011
This is my second flare up of diver so I don't know much about this yet. I didn't see my doctor, I just called in for a perscription. The first time the doctor gave me Levaquin and Flagyl which made me extremely ill. This time he gave me both of those plus Augmentin ... all three. They are making me so very ill that I don't think I can bear to take them another day. The Levaquin is 500 mg one a day for 5 days, the Augmentin is 125 mg, 3 a day for 7 days, and the Flagyl is 500 mg, 3 a day for 10 days. I am severly nauseated, my entire body shakes from the inside out, my heart is racing, I feel like I'm going to pass out. I don't know if I've ever felt so ill. Are ALL of these meds necessary? Thanks so much to anyone that can help.
Georgia

United States

#2 Apr 22, 2011
Brenda, you REALLY need to see a Dr. Perhaps a different one. Your Dr. didn't even know if you had a temperature when he subscribed those 3 antibiotics. I've not heard on this site that it is necessary to take 3 different kind of pills. If you feel that bad please go to the Dr. Good luck, I hope you feel better soon.
Brenda

Pleasant Valley, IA

#3 Apr 23, 2011
Georgia wrote:
Brenda, you REALLY need to see a Dr. Perhaps a different one. Your Dr. didn't even know if you had a temperature when he subscribed those 3 antibiotics. I've not heard on this site that it is necessary to take 3 different kind of pills. If you feel that bad please go to the Dr. Good luck, I hope you feel better soon.
Georgia, do you mean that if I don't have a fever, I don't need the medication? When not taking the medication, I feel fine except the tenderness in the lower left.
Georgia

United States

#4 Apr 23, 2011
Hi Brenda, I would never say you don't need the medication because everyone is different and DD can be dangerous. However, I can get along with just taking aspirin, and going on a liquid diet for a few days, then switching to low fiber for a week or so. That is if I have caught the DD early, before it gets really bad. I know to much aspirin is bad, but I believe those antibiotics are worse. Please be careful and at any time it feels like it is getting worse, go to the Dr. Good luck
Brenda

Pleasant Valley, IA

#5 Apr 23, 2011
Georgia wrote:
Hi Brenda, I would never say you don't need the medication because everyone is different and DD can be dangerous. However, I can get along with just taking aspirin, and going on a liquid diet for a few days, then switching to low fiber for a week or so. That is if I have caught the DD early, before it gets really bad. I know to much aspirin is bad, but I believe those antibiotics are worse. Please be careful and at any time it feels like it is getting worse, go to the Dr. Good luck
Thank you so much. I really appreciate your opinion. Something in me is telling me not to take these drugs. I am taking two of them, though, with the addition of strong probiotics (VSL #3 DS, I take it regularly for IBS). I'm leaving out the Levaquin for now. I am scared to death of that drug! I'm almost 60 and already have muscle weakness and joint pain throughout my entire body ... Fibromyalgia, I guess, and I'm afraid of the damages that have been reported with Levaquin. If I do begin to get worse I'll take it as a last resort.

This started on Monday morning when I woke up with it. I had to be on my feet all day and by night time it was hurting pretty bad. By that time, it hurt to walk and move. I just wanted to make sure of what it was before I called the doctor. When I did call Tuesday morning he wasn't in and it took till late afternoon to for the nurse to call in a script. That's the only reason I didn't see my doctor. I took all three and by Tuesday night I was a mess! I woke up Wednesday still very sick and couldn't bring myself to take them. I did some research and started back on just the two on Wednesday night before I went to bed. Right now, I only feel tenderness when I press on it.

As much as I've read, I still don't understand Diverticulitis.

Diverticulitis is when the colon becomes inflamed. I've read about fistulas being a complication and when one of them ruptures then you need the antibiotic. So when the pain comes on, is that inflamation or is that a ruptured fistula? Or is the inflammation the same as a fistula that has ruptured? How do tell that you have a rupture or if it's just inflammation? And when/if it's just inflammed, how long can you feel that tenderness?

I hope I'm not a nuisance, but you have helped me a lot and you seem very knowledgeable. I do understand the danger in this disease and I definitely will get tot he doctor right away should it worsen. I just don't want to take these hardcore drugs if I really don't need to and I believe that a lot of doctors over prescribe.

Thank you again!
Georgia

United States

#6 Apr 23, 2011
Hi Brenda, Diverticulosis is when little pockets have formed in the colon. Diverticulitis is when something gets caught in these little pockets and gets inflamed. a fistula is a complication I have never had, and I have never had a rupture. Hopefully Gillian comes back with answers, she knows everything. I sure hope you are better Brenda, and please be careful!!!
Gillian

London, UK

#7 Apr 25, 2011
Brenda, a fistula is an abnormal connection that forms between your colon and another organ in your body (usually the bladder, vagina or even to another part of the colon) It is quite rare and is caused by scar tissue forming AFTER an infection. They do not rupture -just work like another channel for your faeces to pass through. So if you had one to your bladder, for instance, you would get faeces and gas passing into your bladder. You would have very marked symptoms if this was happening -repeated urine infections, dark smelly urine, backache etc...

The reason why antibiotics are given when diverticulitis flares up, is because an abscess can form inside the diverticular 'pouches'. When this happens, there is a possibility that the abscess can burst. Sometimes, if it is a particularly big abscess, it can burst outwards, through the colon wall. This can result in your abdominal cavity becoming infected with pus from the abscess and waste matter from your colon; causing peritonitis-which is a life threatening condition. If you get peritonitis, it would mean a longish stay in hospital on IV antibiotics and lots of nasty tests and procedures , at the very least. or an emergency operation to remove the damaged colon and 'clean out the infection'. This usually entails the construction of stoma (bag for waste on your side). Or, worse scenario, you could die from it.

I would demand to have blood tests to ascertain whether or not you actually have an infection. A high temperature is one way of telling, but unfortunately, many people do not get much of a fever even though they may have an abscess. A simple blood test can show if you have any infection at all as you will have raised white cells in your blood if you have. If you have an infection, then I'm afraid you will need to take something to clear the infection. But, if you are suffering from unacceptable side effects form the medications you have been prescribed, then go back to the doctor for something different -there are many different antibiotics available to treat this.
Good luck with it.
Gillian

London, UK

#8 Apr 25, 2011
Brenda, if you had a ruptured diverticula you would be in no doubt that there was something very wrong with you. You would be in very bad pain and feel incredibly ill. It is different from the ordinary, nagging, cramping, stabbing pain of a flare up.
Gillian

London, UK

#9 Apr 25, 2011
Brenda, his site gives good information about what Diverticular disease is

http://www.corecharity.org.uk/Diverticular-di...
Marci

Houston, TX

#10 Apr 26, 2011
This is good info. Brenda, I know that feeling of being on so many antibiotics at one time. I think it makes you feel sicker than the original flare up. I just had cdiff and pneumonia (after having a diver attack) and they put me on flagyl and z-pac. I stupidly took both at the same time and I wound up throwing the pills up and just laying there sick on the bathroom floor. I HAD to continue those 2 (can't imagine throwing in the levaquin-I agree w/that-there are some pretty bad side effects from that)-to get rid of the pneumonia, I had no choice to stick w/the zpak and...the flagyl (I can tolerate it + cipro pretty well) but, I honestly thought I would die before I got better. Hang in there. I was lucky to get the pneumonia under control w/in a week but the stomach pain is lingering...as I get up and about-it starts to flare up again...trying to not relapse. Also, I've suddenly developed a NASTY arthritis feeling in my hands, feet and hip. I read somewhere on this forum where it takes a while to get these antibiotics out of our systems....good luck w/getting better soon. I'm new to dealing w/this too.
Marci

Houston, TX

#11 Apr 26, 2011
Oh yeah...and, I never run a fever w/anything. My normal temp is so low (95-96) that, when I get a 'fever' it's up to normal so the docs and/or nurses don't consider that a fever-even though I feel AWFUL when my temp goes up 2 degrees and, to me it signifies an infection.
Barb Pottstown Pa

Gilbertsville, PA

#12 Aug 1, 2011
i have the same pain and I am on Levaquin, Flagl and an anitspasmatic med. I feel worse on the meds than I do with the diver!
marie

Lowville, NY

#13 Aug 2, 2011
Barb - It is probably the Flagyl that is making you feel so bad. My colo-rectal specialist told me that most people get better with just Cipro or Levaquin (ie - Flagyl is not usually necessary). I found this to be true. I had many infections over the years (just had the surgery 6 weeks ago so hope I'm over it) and Cipro alone always worked for me. Ask your doc about dropping the Flagyl.
Cleo

United States

#14 Apr 19, 2013
Is tetracycline ever used for treating diverticulitis?
marci

Spring, TX

#15 Apr 20, 2013
I don't know about that. It's usually cipro and flagyl combo. To update from a couple of years ago - I simply started taking metamucil every day and I have not had an 'attack' since. I had a nurse tell me her sister had almost died from a serious diver attack (she lived out in the boonies and had to be flown to Houson) and her sister had started taking the metamucil and had never had one since...that's what got me thinking hard about the metamcuil...idk if this would help anyone but I've really been good on this!
phyllis

Zapotlanejo, Mexico

#16 Mar 26, 2014
Afton a colonoscopy where the diver was discovered, I was prescribed Bentyl,(3 per day)Mezalaprina twice a day, metamucil (nightly)and suppositories for the hemmorhoids. My prior symptoms were about 6 months of worsening constipation. I now read (other places) that a simpler, cheaper test would have done the job. I can't find much about the meds I'm taking and I wasn't prescribed a anti-biotic. The med starting with M is in a family that I'm usually quite allergic to (NSAIDS) but luckily I haven't reacted to it. Any ideas? I suspected I have a low grade of this disease.
trees

Panama City, Panama

#17 Apr 10, 2014
As long as i avoid tomato seeds and other seedy foods and eat prunes faithfully every day, i have little complications. Avoiding constipating foods is so important. sometimes i give myself an enema, just so that i can have that daily bowel movement. I've never had to take antibiotics in the four years since i was first diagnosed. Pain in the left side usually subsides with an enema and a liquid diet. Ducolax is also helpful, but not to be used infrequently. hope this helps.

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