West burb gut guy

Woodridge, IL

#1 Jul 19, 2012
Evening all
I was diagnosed 2 years ago, at which time I had to spend a few days in the hospital. Have had a few bouts. Last one a few months ago, having a bout now. My dilema..Do I go to the doc for the antibiotics? I have read folks talk about having pain when trying to figure out what to eat and not to eat. I can't imagine going to the doc everytime I have this discomfort, minor pain. I don't have a fever. I have lost my appetite, and started to just do the liquid diet thing to rest the guts.
Thanks for the input.

Since: May 12

Sun City, CA

#2 Jul 19, 2012
You pretty much need to because your risk of perforation etc. Mine was infected all the time and just grew worse on and off until I had 7 flares between Oct and Jan. I had apparently had a slow perforation prior to this.
ed

Brownsville, TX

#3 Jul 21, 2012
West burb gut guy wrote:
Evening all
I was diagnosed 2 years ago, at which time I had to spend a few days in the hospital. Have had a few bouts. Last one a few months ago, having a bout now. My dilema..Do I go to the doc for the antibiotics? I have read folks talk about having pain when trying to figure out what to eat and not to eat. I can't imagine going to the doc everytime I have this discomfort, minor pain. I don't have a fever. I have lost my appetite, and started to just do the liquid diet thing to rest the guts.
Thanks for the input.
Hello
I had a bad attack two months ago was in hospital for a week with iv antibiotics. Just last week started to feel like I was getting another attack not as bad as the last one. This one was different couple days with some discomfort on my left side I too didn't know if I should go see the doc again. I found some old antibiotics from one of my last attacks that I didn't take at the time so I decided to just start taking them just in case I do have an infection. Not sure if this was the right choice but don't want to risk getting worst. Good luck

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#4 Jul 21, 2012
Hi, I am a newbie. I just found this forum. Have had 4 attacks in 4 years.

Hospitalized twice. It is never a good idea to take antibiotics without a doctor's advise/permission. You might not be having another attack but something different. There have been times when I thought I was getting another diver attack when in fact it turned out to be a urinary tract infection.

When in doubt, always try and seek medical attention. I have also had mild pain and thought it was a diver attack but then the pain would go away. I believe that mild pain can be caused by foods that do not agree with our digestive tract.

I take VSL probiotics on a daily basis and when I am on antibiotics, I take Florastor probiotics. They have helped me tremendously. Also, when you are not sure what you are experiencing, I have found that a liquid diet or a low fiber diet (for a few days) helps.
West burb gut guy

Woodridge, IL

#5 Jul 21, 2012
I did liquids for 2 days and now doing low fiber,(scrambled eggs and rice crispies) have doc appointment for Monday.

ED : 2 things! One: you should ALWAYS complete all antibiotics, two: taking some antibiotics will screw you up more than you care to know.
ed

Brownsville, TX

#6 Jul 21, 2012
lovedusty wrote:
Hi, I am a newbie. I just found this forum. Have had 4 attacks in 4 years.

Hospitalized twice. It is never a good idea to take antibiotics without a doctor's advise/permission. You might not be having another attack but something different. There have been times when I thought I was getting another diver attack when in fact it turned out to be a urinary tract infection.

When in doubt, always try and seek medical attention. I have also had mild pain and thought it was a diver attack but then the pain would go away. I believe that mild pain can be caused by foods that do not agree with our digestive tract.

I take VSL probiotics on a daily basis and when I am on antibiotics, I take Florastor probiotics. They have helped me tremendously. Also, when you are not sure what you are experiencing, I have found that a liquid diet or a low fiber diet (for a few days) helps.
hello
I've had diver for about 11 years I agree with you about checking with the doc first but I was not able to see my dr thi week and now it's the weekend so kinda in the loss right now. Didn't want to take the antibiotics but don't want to get worse. Maybe I should stick with a liquid diet for a few days plus the antibiotics since I already started.
ed

Brownsville, TX

#7 Jul 21, 2012
West burb gut guy wrote:
I did liquids for 2 days and now doing low fiber,(scrambled eggs and rice crispies) have doc appointment for Monday.

ED : 2 things! One: you should ALWAYS complete all antibiotics, two: taking some antibiotics will screw you up more than you care to know.
hello west burb
I know about the antibiotics I've taking them before for an acute attack I had two months ago. They are nasty made me feel like crap. Levaquin and flagyl.

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#8 Jul 21, 2012
ed wrote:
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hello west burb
I know about the antibiotics I've taking them before for an acute attack I had two months ago. They are nasty made me feel like crap. Levaquin and flagyl.
1 years is a long time to suffer with this disease. Are you considering colon/rectal surgery?

Apparently Levaquin/flagyl are the best for getting rid of diverticulitis, as least that is what I have been told by a experienced colon rectal surgeon. I have not taken those but rather Augmentin and it has worked 4 times. Thank goodness. The first 2 times I took Augmentin, I did not know about probiotics but for the last two attacks I took Florastor and it made a world of difference. No nausea, cramping or diarrhea.

You might want to ask your doctor about taking Augmentin since Levaquin/flagly causes you discomfort.

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#9 Jul 21, 2012
ed wrote:
<quoted text>
hello west burb
I know about the antibiotics I've taking them before for an acute attack I had two months ago. They are nasty made me feel like crap. Levaquin and flagyl.
I meant to write 11 years, not 1 year.
ed

Brownsville, TX

#10 Jul 21, 2012
lovedusty wrote:
<quoted text>1 years is a long time to suffer with this disease. Are you considering colon/rectal surgery?

Apparently Levaquin/flagyl are the best for getting rid of diverticulitis, as least that is what I have been told by a experienced colon rectal surgeon. I have not taken those but rather Augmentin and it has worked 4 times. Thank goodness. The first 2 times I took Augmentin, I did not know about probiotics but for the last two attacks I took Florastor and it made a world of difference. No nausea, cramping or diarrhea.

You might want to ask your doctor about taking Augmentin since Levaquin/flagly causes you discomfort.
hello love dusty
Yes I recently just discussed surgery with my doc. Have an appointment at the end of the month with my surgeon to schedule surgery probably the second week of August. Hopefully by than what ever I have know has cleared up and I can go into surgery with out an inflamed intestine or an infection if I do have one now.

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#11 Jul 21, 2012
ed wrote:
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hello love dusty
Yes I recently just discussed surgery with my doc. Have an appointment at the end of the month with my surgeon to schedule surgery probably the second week of August. Hopefully by than what ever I have know has cleared up and I can go into surgery with out an inflamed intestine or an infection if I do have one now.
I am in the same boat. I have consulted with 3 surgeons ( all colon rectal) and they advise me to have the surgery. Cannot lie, I am scared. I have never had any kind of surgery and I have type 2 diabetes, which can complicate recovery and healing . I am scheduled for the end of September but now am thinking of moving it to October. The thought of not waking up from anesthesia haunts me.

Up until 5 years ago I thought I lived a charmed life. Then wham! I developed all sorts of medical issues including this lovely disease. I feel fortunate it though, it really could be a lot worse.

I hope you are able to see your doctor on Monday.
Deb

Mason, MI

#12 Jul 21, 2012
Ed and Lovedusty,

Here's a success story just posted today in a different thread in this forum that you both might be interested in reading (to calm your fears):

http://www.topix.com/forum/health/diverticuli...

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#13 Jul 21, 2012
Deb wrote:
Ed and Lovedusty,
Here's a success story just posted today in a different thread in this forum that you both might be interested in reading (to calm your fears):
http://www.topix.com/forum/health/diverticuli...
Deb, Thank you. This story has helped a bit.
west burb gut guy

Downers Grove, IL

#14 Sep 9, 2012
it's back.... yep. discomfort and slight pain. going to do the liquid low fiber. Very sick of this. I think I need to consider that surgery.

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#15 Sep 9, 2012
west burb gut guy wrote:
it's back.... yep. discomfort and slight pain. going to do the liquid low fiber. Very sick of this. I think I need to consider that surgery.
WBG, go see your doctor before the infection gets worse.

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