Minneapolis, MN

#1 Sep 17, 2006
Hello all-- I have been sick with this for the last 4 days. I'm on the Antibiotics, and feeling a little better. This is aweful! Sue

Carlsbad, NM

#2 Nov 2, 2006
I've been reading some of the posts in this forum and don't like what I'm reading since my doctor told me I probably won't be bothered with diverticulitis again. I took Ciprofloxacin twice a day for 10 days and Metronidazole for 7. I was taken off these antibiotics too quickly even though I was still complaining about pain at the very bottom of my colon.

As soon as I quit taking these 2 anitbiotics, I started having severe pain, diarhea and bleeding and had to be put on these 2 antibiotics again, taking both pills twice a day for ten days. I was diagnose for acute diverticulitis the second time and had to take a week off work.

I'm afraid that this same problem will return as soon as I quit taking these 2 medicines. So, is there other antibiotics that they use for this awful desease? I'm 60.
Mike Z


#3 Nov 2, 2006

My advice is to get the surgery done. Antibiotics (and you're taking two of the most powerful for this disease), in my opinion, just stave off the inevitable. I had surgery two weeks ago, and although I have a lot of recovery still to go, I forgot how it felt to be well. I had my first attack last November, and five in between. I'm 45 years old.

The surgery is painful, but I'm thinking well worth it - unless of course, you feel like putting up with random attacks who knows when. Maybe I'm being premature since I'm only two weeks removed, but generally, already, other than the pain of the incision, I feel normal again. What I can say for sure is that the deep-rooted pain I had is gone - at least for now. I should have had my surgery a year ago.

Carlsbad, NM

#4 Nov 3, 2006
Thanks for the fine information. I knew the 2 medicines is some of the most powerful according to my doctor.

The 2 antibiotics rid my intestines that starts about 3 inches above my pubic area to top of my pubic area of all the infection. It's the pain and misery that I'm being treated for that starts at the very top of my pubic area to my rectum.

As long as I'm on these medications, the pain is almost non existant and my stool is normal, without the Immodium AD. And it looks like it did before I realized that I had diverticulitis, which that is how it has always looked all my life except when I had bouts of diarhea.

When I first started the antibiotics, though firm my stool look more like flat ribbons, which I found a bit odd.

My doctor told me she has had a lot of cases of diverticulitis and that it was very common, so hopefully she will do the right thing. And if I need surgery, so let it be.

But, it sounds like this surgery is going to put me out of work for a while. I had to take a sick leave. I get the feeling from the way my doctor was talking one day that she did indeed take me off these antibiotics too soon saying that one of them may cause me stomach problems.

I've been tolerating these antibiotics quite well. And once I stop taking them this time and if I don't have anymore problems for a while than I will not go to her anymore, because she has cause me to lose confidence in her.

Since: Aug 12

Garland, TX

#5 Aug 25, 2012
I was diagnosed with divertivulitis last week. I am on the usual antibiotics everyone else is on. Pain is less. I just feel nautilus every time I eat. I am doing low residual diet. What helps nausea.?

Kansas City, MO

#6 Aug 25, 2012
Texasnana wrote:
I was diagnosed with divertivulitis last week. I am on the usual antibiotics everyone else is on. Pain is less. I just feel nautilus every time I eat. I am doing low residual diet. What helps nausea.?
Talk to your doctors s/he may prescribe Zofran, Compazine or something in that family of meds that will help. I find ginger to help. It comes in pills in the vitamin section, but I find gingerale helps. Some say ginger candy but I have to tried it. Pepermint also helps. I find that a Werthers candy covers the taste flagyl left in my mouth and that helped the nausea as well. I found that the prescription meds helped most and the gingerale helped as well. I would be lying if I said it made it all better. It didn't. I felt rotten until I finished the meds every time, but these things helped.

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