Diverticulitis attack recovery time?
Ali

Stewartstown, PA

#5580 Feb 24, 2013
Thanks for the response. I will call the doctor tomorrow. Does anyone have the stats on div?...how many people does it recur in...how many need surgery...
Tommy

Beaverton, OR

#5581 Feb 24, 2013
Ali,
Do you remember the last 4 days of food/activities before you started havin pain or constipation or diarrhea?

Also is your stomach cool with eating wheat based food? Or you get bloated? How about milk? Do you get slightly bloated at all?
Ali

Stewartstown, PA

#5582 Feb 24, 2013
Unfortunately, no I don't remember the foods I ate. The diarrhea didn't start until after first dose of gastrograffin as contrast for CT......coincidence? Bloating and constipation have been an on/off problem, particularly around my cycle. I did not take the avelox today and I feel 80% better except I am a nervous wreck about the diverticulitis coming back.....but that seems that issue will be an ongoing worry. Incidentally my dad had a colectomy in his 20s and has been fine since. Going to make an appt tomorrow with a colorectal specialist and try to get things settled. Every gas bubble and hunger pain puts me on edge....
Tommy

Beaverton, OR

#5583 Feb 24, 2013
All,
I have a general question...

Is it common to have slight discomfort in the lower abdomen after colonoscopy? I'm getting constipated too after colonoscopy.

Also, nowadays whenever I'm constipated, I have slight pain below my navel area. Please throw some some of your experiences...
Ali

Stewartstown, PA

#5584 Feb 24, 2013
My left knee is now locked tonight...I will be seeing the doc tomorrow for sure!
Kim

Franklin, VA

#5585 Feb 26, 2013
I was just diagnosed after an ER visit and CT scan on Sunday morning. I've had four or five of these episodes over the last three years always many months apart. I always attributed it to something I had eaten or perhaps my gall bladder, but could never pinpoint anything, thinking maybe it could be an MSG reaction. Sunday morning was my worst attack yet. I nearly passed out just before getting to the toilet. My husband said I was also confused. We almost called 911, but I waited a little while longer and had a period of feeling better, so we left for the ER. My normal episodes consist of sudden lower abdominal pain, three or four bouts of diarrhea with waves of pain and nausea along with feeling like I'm going to faint and sweating. I have vomited once during an attack. I had another onset once I got to the ER along with terrible dry heaves. I had a 99.1 fever, noticeable tenderness in my left side, 13,000 WBC, and then they did the scan and discovered the problem. The initial nurse said it seemed like had a virus, but I knew better. Trying to recover to get my digestion back to normal. Stil having tenderness in my side and stiffness in lower back, neither of which I've ever had with a previous attack. I know that I should have had this checked out before now and wish I had. I eat generally well and nuts are a favorite. In fact, I had eaten fresh pecans a couple days before. I usually eat some 2-3 times per week. Glad that I found this group.
Laura

Worden, IL

#5586 Mar 1, 2013
Hi everyone,
I am a 37 yr old female, had my fist attack 2 weeks ago. Husband drove me to ER on a friday night. White blood cell count was 26,400 in ER. CT Scan showed diverticulitis. Admitted me to hospital, had a clown of a doctor who wanted to send me home Saturday morning with a cell count still at 22,000! Sent me home Sunday still in extreme pain. Saw my doctor on Tuesday, he sent me for blood work, cell count still at 13,500. Saw my doc again on Friday, re-check blood, cell count back up to 16,500! He sent me to a different hospital. Saw a colon specialist. IV antibiotics and pain meds, no food or drink for 2 days. 4 days later, cell count at normal levels, sent me back home with pill antibiotics and pain meds. Now, a week later. Still in lots of pain. Still cant have a BM, or when I do I am screaming in pain and hardly anything comes out. This is the most miserable experience of my life! I also have sharp pains under my right rib cage. Does anyone know what this pain could be from? I kept asking at the hospital and they told me it was gas, but it is a week later and I'm still having the pain.
Tommy

Beaverton, OR

#5587 Mar 3, 2013
Hi Laura,
When your WBC count is getting better, it's a good sign. Your pain level should slowly subside. Are you constipated? It must be due to gas, I had the same experience with mild ribcage area pain and around the bladder area too...it could be due to the diver which is not letting the stool to pass through that area.

How are you feeling now? After another 4-6 weeks, it's better to have a colonoscopy done.
Tommy

Beaverton, OR

#5588 Mar 3, 2013
@ Kim, looks like this is your 5th episode...did you ever get a chance to think what triggers these attacks? It must be either some food or strenuous activity that you must be doing.

Since: Jun 12

Lafayette, LA

#5589 Mar 3, 2013
Hi. Had my sigmoid colon resection in August of last year.@ 15 inches removed. This forum was a great help to me as I awaited the surgery. Just wanted to report back. The surgery went perfectly. Released 2 weeks after the surgery and have had no problems at all. Wish I had done this years earlier. It has been a Godsend. Good luck to all of you!
Theresat

Brooklyn, NY

#5590 Mar 7, 2013
I think I had an attack, I felt constipated after eating cashews, couldn't take a bowel movement, so I took an exlax (bad idea) Next day I was having a CT scan of my abdomen and pelvis and a sonogram of my abdomen, the pain was unbearable, it was in my pelvis area, after the tests went home, still could not pass a bowel movement, and then, I guess it was the oral contrast liquid that did it, I finally went,but it was not solid and I had a low grade fever of 100.5 thru the night,feel much better today, just a little cramping , I have also had an endoscopy and a colons-copy this is how I found out I had diverticulitis, my doctor said it was normal for a woman my age (55). So can anyone out there tell me if what I experienced was the norm?

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#5591 Mar 7, 2013
Theresat,

Did they ever formally diagnose you? Did they give you antibiotics? Usually a CT scan is the standard for diagnosing diverticulitis; not a sonogram....
Glenn D

Fort Mcmurray, Canada

#5592 Mar 8, 2013
I'd be careful, I ignored a case of Peritonitis to the point my Stomach Let go, with Perforated Ulcers, 3 more days at home let severe sepsis set in, I was lucky I got back to the Doc in time.
Jim

Tacoma, WA

#5593 Mar 11, 2013
new to forum, but does anyone know when and how the decision to have surgery for diver.is reached??
Trish

Glenside, PA

#5594 Mar 12, 2013
Hi..Just diagnosed a few day ago in hospital ER. Told its a mild case & put on flagyl & levaquin for 10 days (had same drugs IV in hospital). The pain is much much less but still tender on left side. I was told to eat a soft diet at home and I have but very little. Drinking cranberry apple & clear juice and water. I still feel bloated..I guess this will takes weeks to subside? I also have. Acid reflux..so I have to deal eith that. Sigh! I've lost 20 lbs in abt 7 weeks from poor appetite before diagnosis. I didn't expect to feel this sick but antibiotics have side effects. I'm worried this will get worse but I know I need to give it time. Take care all. I don't feel so alone now.

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#5595 Mar 13, 2013
Jim,

Different surgeons go different ways. If you read this forum you can see that some say that 3 or more attacks will indicate a surgery candidate. One consideration is age. In younger (age 20-50) people who have experienced frequent attacks, surgery is more frequently recommended due to the fact that it usually indicates a more virulent disease progression and a higher likelihood of recurrence and/or complicated diver without surgery.

Ultimately it's a personal decision that you have to make with a doctor/surgeon you trust after a series of tests indicate whether or not you are a candidate. I encourage you to do your own research to educate yourself and help you make a decision.
Lucinda

Newark, CA

#5596 Mar 15, 2013
Trish wrote:
Hi..Just diagnosed a few day ago in hospital ER. Told its a mild case & put on flagyl & levaquin for 10 days (had same drugs IV in hospital). The pain is much much less but still tender on left side. I was told to eat a soft diet at home and I have but very little. Drinking cranberry apple & clear juice and water. I still feel bloated..I guess this will takes weeks to subside? I also have. Acid reflux..so I have to deal eith that. Sigh! I've lost 20 lbs in abt 7 weeks from poor appetite before diagnosis. I didn't expect to feel this sick but antibiotics have side effects. I'm worried this will get worse but I know I need to give it time. Take care all. I don't feel so alone now.
Be patient and careful with your diet. It took me about 2 months to start feeling really normal. I used the Mayo Clinic low residue diet and very slowly phased in more fiber like oatmeal and more fibrous fruits and vegetables. If you feel lousy, back off.
Tommy

Beaverton, OR

#5597 Mar 21, 2013
Update after a month :)
I'm also suspecting dairy intake as a cause for Diver. I was also consuming heavy protein shakes every night after workout.(30g / day with milk)

2 days ago, I ate 2 hard boiled egg whites for dinner (no other food) and I was bloated heavily with constipation in the very next day. I'm guessing I have protein/dairy intolerance which might have led to diverticulitis earlier. If I continue with Protein shakes, I might blow my colon again.

Has anybody experienced lactose intolerance/diver combination?
Karen

Sayreville, NJ

#5599 Mar 23, 2013
Hi Laura...I've had diverticulitis 12 years...was in hospital with attack for 5 days...then a month later...I also had the upper right rib cage pain...which I attributed to gas. Asked nurse for simethicone which helped relieve that. Was determined I needed surgery ASAP. Had my surgery on FEB 25th to remove 8 inches of sigmoid. Sorry you are going through this...I'm 49 had my first attack at age 37. if surgery is an option, I recommend not waiting because unfortunately this isn't something that goes away. I would also stay away from nuts...seeds...popcorn..etc. I hope you're feeling better....
Karen

Sayreville, NJ

#5600 Mar 23, 2013
Hi I'm new here still trying to figure out to respond....

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