Diverticulitis (Diverticulosis)

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The symptoms of diverticulitis (diverticulosis) can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Lindsey, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

My diverticulitis symptoms were lower back pain, pain down my legs and stomach pain.

Comment from: BelMor, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I am newly diagnosed with diverticulitis. I was in the hospital for 7 days with intravenous antibiotics, followed by 7 more days of oral antibiotics at home. I had liquid diet for 3 days followed by a low residue diet. I also have had IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) for 20 plus years. I am scared to eat and will put myself back on a liquid diet for a few days at the slightest sign of tenderness. I know that I can't continue doing this but I'm afraid of having another attach. Looking for any words of wisdom.

Comment from: Niknak50, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I have had many bouts of diverticulitis usually treated with careful liquid diet, then low residue diet and sometimes antibiotics. After a bout starting 3 weeks ago (the doctor said just liquid diet for a few days), I'm still getting some discomfort though the initial pain has resolved. However, I'm now getting 1 or 2 bouts of diarrhea every afternoon though morning bowel movements are normal. I would like to know if anyone else has similar symptoms. I'm still following a very bland diet so am not sure what this is due to.

Comment from: Suzy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

My diverticulitis symptoms are pain on the left side for the most part, and urgency for a bowel movement. I'm usually constipated a few days prior. However, this latest episode is different. The pain on my side and is just awful. I also have pain in my lower back, leg and vagina. I get shooting pains all over my body at night this time and it hasn't eased off after 5 days. I had some chicken and broth tonight and oatmeal biscuits, and it made things worse again. Oh, I have chills this time too. I am sitting here considering whether to call an ambulance.

Comment from: glassman, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 28

I've been diagnosed with diverticulitis 3 years back. I was hospitalized because my diverticula had abscessed. It was pretty bad. My pain is on the right side rather than the left. I have much pressure and pain in my lower stomach and loss of appetite. The nights are worrisome and worse due to the fact there's more pain when lying down. I'm on cefuroxime and metronidazole and on the 7th day of a 10 day regimen. I feel a little better but not much. I have a specialist appointment, this Friday discussing resection.

Comment from: Joy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I was in a car accident. I am overweight but when we had the accident I got pain between my breasts and my belly button, around from one side to the other side in front. I have had sonograms, MRIs, CT scans, and there is nothing showing what is the cause for the pain. I cannot lean against the counters in the kitchen because I get pain. I have been told I have a little bit of a fatty liver. I saw my sister today and she is kind of the same way I am. Wondering if it is diverticulitis.

Comment from: Julie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I have diverticulitis which is manageable but lately I got pain under my left rib. Doctor thought it may be pancreatic pain and I panicked. I’ve had an ultrasound, CT scan and endoscopy, and all said pancreas was fine. I know it’s normal to have diverticular pain down the left side but I would like to know if anyone else has it under the left rib. I am suffering badly from health anxiety.

Comment from: DiviGoAway, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I am a 60 year young female and my diverticulitis and abscess were diagnosed by a CT scan. The week prior, I had severe cramps and went to the general physician (GP), when it was so bad that I could not work anymore. I thought I had eaten something bad. I made Indian food one day and had Indonesian rice table the next day. I am used to eating different things and never had a problem before. That triggered it for me, together with having had a long period of stress. Antibiotics start easing the pain. I am figuring out my diet.

Comment from: Dale, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 05

My diverticulitis has been bad for two or three years and the doctor said my guts are twisted, but it’s more than that. Doesn’t matter how hard or soft, it’s impossible to go every time and there is blood in the stool and quite a lot of stomach pain. My stomach never feels good, always uncomfortable; controls my life.

Comment from: Hap, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

My symptoms of diverticulitis were cramps from left hip to right hip in my lower abdomen. I was unable to stand up straight and constipated.

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Comment from: Cat58, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I had severe lower abdominal pain at the onset of diverticulitis.

Comment from: Jan, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I have many of the symptoms of diverticulitis. After constipation, small pellets and then I had an attack... bad diarrhea, terrible pain in my left side and lower abdomen, severe back pain, and bloated stomach. No fever. After three weeks I still have pain, not sharp in the side but in the abdomen, back pains and bloating. I'm 78, I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Liz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I was diagnosed with diverticulitis 10 years ago, and also irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). I suffered in silence for 2 years before the diagnosis. Over the years, I have had 6 colonoscopies, 2 due to my age and the rest being checked for bowel cancer and blood found in stool. Oh, the absolute pain of flare ups, from sitting on the toilet overnight for hours until everything had been expelled, starts as a big stool, solid, then mushy, then watery, then blood and mucus, and this goes on for hours. Backache like I've never known and if really unlucky, vomiting into the sink.

Comment from: erika, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I'm a 39 year woman and suffer from diverticulitis. I have had 3 attacks and have it on my right side. It is so painful in my chest area and stomach, around to my back. It is awful and going on 8 days now. I am on antibiotics and it still hurts like crazy!

Comment from: Asolis, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I had my first diverticulitis attack at 28. I am now 37 and had another one. I thought it was period cramps, until the pregnant looking swollen belly happened. Also the pain is always on my right side and moves to my back. I don’t understand completely why it happens at my age but it really is inconvenient. I was told not to do the liquid diet and to eat bland food. Well, now I am swollen more.

Comment from: kggma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I went to the emergency room (ER) and they took a CT scan and diagnosed diverticulitis. I am on Flagyl and Cipro, and liquid diet. I’m so hungry and now pain is all across my abdomen. Diarrhea has started. It’s been 3 days and the doctor said to stop Flagyl. I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: SueG , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

When I have attacks or flare ups of diverticulitis, sometimes I'm not sure if it's a urinary tract infection (UTI) or the diverticulitis, because the pain starts in the pelvic area, then along both sides of my abdomen. Sometimes I have both at the same time. I also have had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). I'm in the middle of a diverticulitis flare up now. I went to urgent care. It’s not UTI, the doctor said most likely a flare up, and I also have a sinus infection. I usually go on the BRAT diet or liquid, for one or two days. Not sure what foods cause it.

Comment from: KV, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I am having my fifth diverticulitis episode right now. My first was in my early forties. Then I had a second episode in my late forties and two more in my fifties (each about four years apart). They have been uncomplicated but very painful, with stomach distention, diffuse pain in the abdomen, and most often specific, sharp pain in the sigmoid colon/rectum, and fatigue. Usually no or low-grade fever. The 2017 episode was smoldering (3 plus months). Thinking of talking to my gastrointestinal doctor about surgery at this point.

Comment from: Mary Ann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

I was diagnosed with diverticulitis in September 2018 when I had my colonoscopy. In November 2018, I had my 1st flare up, it was bad and had all the symptoms. Fast forward to May 13th, 2021, I could tell I was having a flare up. I called my GI doctor he put me on antibiotics. A week later I ended up in the emergency room (ER) with really bad pain. I went home with pain medicine. Few days later I ended up back at the ER and stayed overnight in hospital with lightheadedness. They told me it was from dehydration. I started feeling better. I do feel fatigued.

Comment from: Frances, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 10

I found out I had diverticulitis after having a colonoscopy 2 years ago. It flared up a few times, but this week it came back very badly. My doctor prescribed Co-amoxiclav yesterday and it’s 50 percent better today. I feel like I’ve been kicked in the stomach with football boots. Yesterday I couldn’t walk as the pain was so bad, and I stayed in bed. Horrid thing to have, diverticulitis.

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Comment from: Diverticulitis, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

My diverticulitis attacks start with lower left abdominal discomfort, and become extremely painful. Move on to vomiting and chills, sometimes fever and diarrhea. At first you think you have the flu. If treated early, you can avoid going to the emergency room (ER). Otherwise you become dehydrated and need IV medicines. I was diagnosed via CT scan. Fatiguing. Need to stay on clear liquids for days.

Comment from: JB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I have on and off pain on my left side, but the more consistent feeling is similar to menstrual cramps in my lower abdomen, after every meal, and needing to move my bowels or pass gas for relief. CT scan confirmed diagnosis of diverticulitis. I am currently on Cipro and Flagyl. I am somewhat relieved at the diagnosis, since my doctor tested me for some very scary things. I have always had a high fiber diet and I am not overweight. Apparently, use of NSAIDs in the past (for cramps) may have put me at risk for diverticulitis.

Comment from: Danielle, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I was diagnosed with diverticulitis last year. I get constant pain in tummy, lower back and legs. It disables me for weeks at a time. I get fevers of high temperatures and persistent sweating during these periods. If I eat I get poorly. It is the most depressing situation to be in. I have no control of my bowels and can go from constipation to extremely watery loose stools within the day. It encourages persistent prolapse and poor memory. I am 43.

Comment from: barcookery, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I self-diagnosed diverticulitis when I experienced extreme pain in my lower left quadrant, chills, nausea, fatigue and fever over a period of days. The persistent pain and a feeling of being poisoned that led me to do a search online. These symptoms have persisted over a few years which I did not alert my doctor to. Chills, fever, nausea are also symptoms of active rheumatoid arthritis. Abdominal pain was inconsistent until recently and passed off as digestive problems due to gastroparesis.

Comment from: Shell66, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I have diverticulitis and was recently having a flare up. I've pain in my tummy, constipated, but I've got gas. When I had a particular sharp pain I bent over and felt a popping feeling and now my back hurts as well.

Comment from: Sarah, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

My diverticulitis symptoms are vomiting, fever, fatigue, lower left quadrant pain, and dehydration because I could not eat or drink without pain!

Comment from: Joy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

My pain from diverticulitis is on my left side it only hurts when I turn wrong or touch the lower rib. I also feel constipated.

Comment from: chris, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

My diverticulitis symptoms always start with bloating and wind.

Comment from: cem, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 11

I have a history of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) so have been thinking what I’ve been experiencing are IBS symptoms. However, recent CT scan for an upcoming back operation reported evidence of diverticulosis. The last two weeks I’ve had constipation and explosive diarrhea, sometimes on the same day and cramping in my lower abdomen. The cramps feel like menstrual cramps except I’m 70! No sharp pain on the left side. No fever, chills; just lower abdominal pain and both diarrhea and constipation with many bathroom trips.

Comment from: Shaya, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 14

I am a 39 year old woman and suffer greatly with these diverticulitis attacks. I went to the hospital and it's rare. I have it on my right side. It starts with abdominal pain and wraps around my back and I also have bloated stomach and bad chest pains. Wonder if anybody else gets the chest pains.

Comment from: kat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I was diagnosed with diverticulitis after years of pain and being told it was multiple of things. Finally, a CT scan confirmed it. The pain in my left side is like a hot stabbing knife, and comes and goes. I also have pain now behind my belly button. My motions change on a daily basis, some days I am constipated, some days I go 4 times, sometimes normal. Thankfully, no blood noticed. But I get lower back pain so bad, and rectal pain. It feels like someone is cutting my tailbone. I have bad fatigue, dizziness and leg pain.

Comment from: PG, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 09

I am now 64. I had my first diverticulitis attack when I was 51. Since then I must have had about 10 attacks and a lot of flare ups. My first attacks were sharp and very painful in the lower left part of the abdomen. When the pain is too intense and does not go away, I get medication; pro ciprofloxacin 500 mg and metronidazole 250 mg for 10 days. I must have had to take antibiotics about 6 times since 2007. I now stop eating for 1-2 days when I feel the pain, then only liquid. Night is the worst.

Comment from: Rebecca , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

It started with extreme pain high in the middle of my abdomen. Constipation started later in the day. I went to Urgent Care and was diagnosed with diverticulitis. The pain moved down in my abdomen as the flare persisted. I had some nausea. I just had colonoscopy again which revealed I have more areas of infection.

Comment from: Greg D, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 31

Bad stomach pain, bloating, loss of appetite are my symptoms of diverticulitis. It's been two weeks and I am still not fully back to normal. Flagyl really did a number on me. No energy, and nausea.

Comment from: JAH, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 17

My symptom of diverticulitis was acute pinpoint tenderness in the lower left abdomen that hurt when touched. After two days of the same pain I was admitted for a CT scan to confirm diverticulitis. I was on Flagyl and Bactrim for 14 days (I can't take Cipro). It seemed to clear up well and I was eating normally. It came back about 2 weeks later. It's worse this time, with bloated or distended stomach, inability to pass gas, and little appetite for a week. I'm on Augmentin for 7 days with a colonoscopy scheduled.

Comment from: Worried , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I was diagnosed with gastritis recently, and diverticulitis a couple of years back. I have been feeling very unwell for the past few weeks but it's the latest symptoms that have me scared half to death. I have very low back pain mostly on the left side, with loose stool every day. The pain goes down both legs which feel weak and heavy, and I also have lots of rectal pain. To be honest it's so hard to function each day. Wonder if anyone else suffers these symptoms with gastritis/diverticulitis.

Comment from: Mer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I was diagnosed with diverticulitis in November. I've had 3 flare ups since then. This time I have had pain in my lower abdomen for about 1.5 weeks, fever, weakness, and no appetite. My doctor gave me Flagyl and Cipro each time, which worked, but my knees and elbows have been in some pain. I read and know people where Cipro has caused problems with tendons, joints and muscles. I wish someone had told me this, I've been hurting for a few months. So now I am on Flagyl and Bactrim. Not working as good.

Comment from: Wifey69, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

My symptoms of diverticulitis are abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, excessive gas, loss of appetite, bloating, and fatigue. I have had 7 stomach hernias for which I had mesh repair that failed.

Comment from: Melissa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

Seven months ago I had increasing pain in lower left abdomen. No constipation whatsoever. I went to the hospital where the doctor suspected diverticulitis and I had a CT scan which confirmed it. I had antibiotics for 10 days. Pain; lots of stupid pain. Uncomplicated diverticulitis. Now, out of nowhere without warning I have the same pain. I can’t do this again. I can’t miss work. I can’t sleep. I don’t have time to get to the doctor.

Comment from: Cowahapys, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 31

Blood in stool, constipation and pain are my symptoms of diverticulitis.

Comment from: snoclimber, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

On Wednesday I had to strain and finally passed a dry stool. On Thursday afternoon I had a slight twinge of pain on the lower left side of abdomen. On Friday I had slight pains that lasted for a second or two and then I felt fine. I woke up Saturday, had very slight pain, sat on the toilet and strained, and nothing happened. Within about 30 minutes the pain in my lower left side abdomen was extreme. I started a fever, had chills like I was extremely cold. Went to the emergency room and had a CT, and it showed diverticulitis with a small perforation.

Comment from: Dana , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

At 44 I had severe lower left abdominal pain, lower back pain, chills, fever and no bowel movement. I went to the doctor, had a barium enema and was diagnosed with diverticulitis. I was asked if I’ve ever experienced this pain before. I had when I was around 8 to 10. It was chalked off as constipation due to not eating any vegetable as a child except for corn. I was treated with ciprofloxacin and metronidazole. Had soft diet for 2 or 3 days with gradual addition of fiber. It flares up annually.

Comment from: Mary, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I have lower left side pain for 2 days now from diverticulitis and it hurts on the right side also. It hurts to move and I have a fever and chills.

Comment from: LinO, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 23

I had multiple incidents of diverticulitis since 2013 that become systemic. Not only abdomen, but back, leg, testicle, weak legs that feel close to paralysis, random pins, needles and pricks over the whole body, brain and fog.

Comment from: SusieMay , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

Yesterday morning I started with nausea. It subsided by lunch when I ate salad and fried chicken. Since I didn’t recognize a flare up of diverticulitis I ate a meal with cottage cheese and cooked fruit for dinner. Bedtime began with tremendous chills and pain in my groin. I took two charcoal pills and finally fell asleep. Morning the groin pain lingered with a low grade fever.

Comment from: Coloncare, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I also had acute diverticulitis, it was like labor pains with bowel trouble. It was a terrible feeling and lower left abdomen pain with moving also. I went to the emergency room and CT scan showed diverticulitis. I was put on antibiotics and lost about 15 to 20 pounds because no appetite. I would wish it on no one. I’m scared to eat nuts and seeds.

Comment from: Luna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I was diagnosed with diverticulitis, admitted to the hospital, was on 4 days of Flagyl and ciprofloxacin, the pain was horrible. I don't wish this on anybody! After getting out of the hospital I felt somewhat ok, but the next day I had a very bad flare up. I hope they find a cure for this. I am currently still in a lot of pain. Especially the burning sensation in my back and in my left leg are severely painful. I had 2 CAT scans also.

Comment from: Dee, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: August 16

I started with extreme pain on the left side, and the feeling of having to have a bowel movement, with no luck. I went to the doctor the following day, and ended up going directly to the hospital, and was put on heavy medications for 3 days. I have had 2 more episodes of diverticulitis, and took antibiotics at home, which helped both times. I have always had irritable bowel syndrome, but now I feel full in the upper stomach, along with loose stools, and constipation. I also feel like my stomach is bloated at times.

Comment from: Nina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

Looking back, I think my diverticulitis began several months ago; was at first a ‘full' feeling in my abdomen, almost like vaginal prolapse. Then, after exercising, I would feel a dull ache in my abdomen and just thought it was a little too much exercise. Then I had an odd distended stomach that would come and go. I also had severe constipation a week before it really flared up, but no pain or bleeding. Last stage was a much larger abdominal ache and feeling tired.

Comment from: purplerlover1234, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I had abdominal pain that came off as menstrual cramps but it extended to my lower back. I had more discomfort over pain which was mostly on my left side. I had no appetite and no urge to ever use the restroom. I was also constipated. I went to the doctors and had a CT scan and found out I had diverticulitis along with perforation along my colon. This led to a small needle operation in which they cleaned the abscesses and closed the perforation.

Comment from: Ej, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I have had severe lower stomach cramping, lots of gas every single day and little bowel movements. After two weeks of almost unbearable pain and my 3rd bowel movement this week, today after my bowel movement I couldn't even sit down without unbearable horrible pain. Felt like it was deep in my colon and like was going through natural child birth again. I lay on my living room floor doubled up in the fetal position and swore I was dying. I am wondering if these are diverticulitis symptoms.

Comment from: Honey Badger, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I have a feeling of fullness and slight stinging sensation in my lower abdomen. The stinging sensation is greater in the lower left side of my abdomen, and some pain spreads around to my back. Before my diagnosis with diverticulitis yesterday, I noted that even my thighs hurt, and I learned that this can be a symptom as well. I was also diagnosed with a small hernia at the same time, but I don't know exactly where it is. I had little stabs of pain around my navel, and wonder if this is the diverticulitis or the hernia.

Comment from: Brown1108, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I first started with lower back pain which then traveled to left side pelvic area and leg to the point I couldn’t walk. Stabbing pain that wouldn’t let up. Ibuprofen and Tylenol would not work. The pain was so bad that I didn’t even feel this when I was in labor. I had to crawl or walk bent over to use the restroom. I got an ultrasound done first which said all was normal then I did a CT scan which showed diverticulosis. I am on 2 antibiotics but am on my 3rd day with only slight improvement.

Comment from: Marthaa3, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I was feeling very run down and tired for a few weeks before I had a severe attack of diverticulitis that sent me to the hospital. The abdominal pain was so intense. I was hunched over holding a heating pad on my abdomen. It hurt so bad I didn't even notice I was burning my skin from the heating pad. Before they gave me pain medicine I really thought I was going to pass out. I've had three children and five major abdominal surgeries. Never pain like this before.

Comment from: Bert, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 18

My symptoms of diverticulitis started with pain on one side under the rib cage, then swelling in the same area. I saw doctor and was ordered a barium enema. I was off work 3 months, could not do a thing, and was not even allowed to pick up pencil. That was 40 years ago, and prescription was whole wheat bread and lots of fiber.

Comment from: JE, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

It started with an achy feeling on my left lower side that I thought was ovary pain. A few days later the feeling traveled up my left side to just below my left breast. At this time it was a sharp pain. I developed a high fever also so I went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with diverticulitis that caused a micro perforation in my intestines causing an infection. I was admitted to the hospital for 3.5 days for IV antibiotics and fluids. I now have stabbing pains before a bowel movement.

Comment from: UnBaPtIzEd, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

I was diagnosed with extensive acute diverticulitis in April. I had extreme abdominal pain, especially up toward my left kidney (CT showed this was worst area of inflammation). Admitted to hospital, I spent 6 nights. I was discharged for 1 day and readmitted for another 3 days. It’s been 3 weeks of stomachaches and slight nausea since. Ranges from very mild to pretty uncomfortable. I lost 13 lb. and appetite is still severely affected.

Comment from: Billy , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 17

Diverticulitis starts for me with bloated stomach every time I eat or even drink water. Then comes the constipation and then incredible pain on the left side of my abdomen. I can’t walk when this happens, that’s how severe it can be. I got diagnosed after a colonoscopy. I am on my 3rd outbreak in 3 years at present, which although I know the symptoms and got antibiotics, is by far the worst I’ve experienced. Experiencing all day stomach gurgling, never had this before. I wonder if anyone else experience this.

Comment from: Bobbi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I had lower abdominal pain in the left hand side and into lower back. Other symptoms of diverticulitis were change in bowel movements, and feeling sick with chills and fever.

Comment from: Ch, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I had pain in the lower left side of my abdomen, worse when I took a step, for over a week. I had been experiencing constipation, gas and diarrhea for months. Finally I had CT which showed up diverticulitis. I am having another flare up now and booked for colonoscopy next week due to bleeding. I am a 56 year old female. I am nervous to be honest in case something more sinister is discovered.

Comment from: Maggiemoo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I am not sure what I have is diverticulitis. I have always had back pain but this is severe lower back pain and pressure in abdomen and pelvis; like menstrual cramps and I haven't had a period in 16 years. I have pains shooting down my legs, sharp and throbbing. I had diarrhea for 2 days and now just runny blood is all that comes out. Something has got to give, I can't live like this; it hurts to even walk.

Comment from: Jcab, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 26

I'm a 28 year old male and I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis about 2 weeks ago. I had massive pain, I thought my insides were going to explode and I had a slight fever. I immediately went to the doctor the next day. He examined me and the left lower side of my abdomen was very tender. I started antibiotics immediately, Cipro and Flagyl. Then followed by a CT scan and blood test, and the CT scan showed I had acute diverticulitis. It's been 2 weeks, I lost 20 pounds and still have no appetite.

Comment from: Kay, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 14

Tuesday morning I went to the bathroom, and had stomach cramps. I had to strain a few times and broke out in sweat all over my body, also felt like I was smothering, and had rapid heartbeat. I sat there for a while, and began to feel better. I started having bloody diarrhea that day twice, did not feel good, and I hardly ate. Wednesday I had bloody diarrhea twice. It was red, and did not make the water red, it was in the bottom of the toilet. I have had hemorrhoids, and have been diagnosed with diverticulitis. I am 80 years old this month.

Comment from: Angel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

It started off with chronic constipation, and then bloating. My stomach is very big now, and I have stinging pain, stabbing pains, still chronic constipation, and nausea.

Comment from: spellbrook82, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

My symptoms of diverticulitis are very bad pain, colon contractions and flatulence.

Comment from: Guest, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I was experiencing pressure and sharp pains in the left side of my abdomen that wouldn't go away after bowel movements, before I was diagnosed with diverticulitis.

Comment from: runner gal, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

My symptoms of diverticulitis started in February, I had blood in my stool with severe cramping, and pain under my right rib. As I also have celiac disease, the cramping is also a symptom of eating gluten. I went to the doctor after 2 weeks of blood. I had a mildly high white blood cell count, had a CT scan and colonoscopy, and all tests were fine and dandy. My symptoms however did not dissipate. I progressed to nausea and stomach pain every day, diarrhea (also a symptom of celiac) and lost days, where I would be in the bathroom the morning, exhausted afterwards and have to go to bed for the rest of the day. Mid May (few days ago) I had a very lost Saturday, bloody diarrhea, cramps, pain, etc., but felt better on Sunday, went for a run, etc., went to Mother's Day dinner and during dinner my lower back started to ache as did my groin area almost like menstrual cramps (which I have not had in years). By 9 pm it felt like I was being stabbed in the back with an ice pick (now middle back both sides of the spine), a fever and severe lower abdomen pain plus that ever so fun pain under my rib. As it was a Sunday, I waited to go the doctor until Monday (took Advil and Nuprin). Fever broke sometime early morning. At the doctor’s they set me up with antibiotics and I had a CT scan with contrast, which showed quite a number of infections in my large intestine. I have been on a liquid diet and had a scrambled egg tonight (Wednesday) as I was so hungry. Here is the rub, I eat incredibly healthy, salads every day, lots of fiber, no grains, I run every day and am a fitness instructor. I have always loose stools. The medical staff where I go kept trying to tell me that loose stools are a sign of constipation. I had to stop from falling off my stool (bad pun). I do however after a run in with gluten have a lot of diarrhea and the next day things sort of come to a soft stool situation so I guess this is enough. My parents had issues with this as do my 3 sisters, so I think it is hereditary in my world. Sorry for the long diatribe.

Comment from: patrick s, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

For me, I was feeling pain like a hernia almost, which steadily became worse and worse until I was having trouble moving around. I went to an urgent care center, and they sent me to the hospital instantly. I also get lower back pain from diverticulitis, I am on my second flare up now. Because I've been working so much, I haven't been eating well. I finished the second course of antibiotics but it is still lingering. I just started taking Metamucil daily, which I've heard helps a lot.

Comment from: Joan w., 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I had my 1st attack of diverticulitis 6 months ago which hospitalized me for one week. I lost a lot of blood ending up with anemia. It has taken almost 6 months to recover gaining the weight I lost. Now I am experiencing slight pain in left side plus my 2nd urinary tract infection. The first one was treated with antibiotic which worked for a few weeks, but now it is back, with a slight discharge. I am so worried that I am on the verge of another attack, I don’t know what to do to prevent this. I am 77 years old.

Comment from: stacyb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

My pain began as cramping in my lower abdomen and the pain radiated down into my legs. It felt like menstrual cramps although I haven't had a period in many years. After a few hours, the pain subsided and I slept well that night. The next morning it started again. I took 3 ibuprofen and I didn't start feeling the cramps again until hours later. That afternoon I took 3 ibuprofen but it didn't touch the pain. It continued to get worse into evening. I went to bed early and slept well. When I lay down it felt better. When I awoke on the third morning with the symptoms worsening I knew it was time to see the doctor. I went to the emergency room and they did a CT scan and determined that it was diverticulitis. They put me on two antibiotics for 10 days, clear liquids until the pain went away, low fiber foods for a few days, and then instructed me to eat a high fiber diet with plenty of water. Seedy and nutty foods, including popcorn and corn, are likely to cause a flare up but the research says there's nothing to prove this. So for now I try and stick to the high fiber diet but occasionally eat foods with seeds but very sparingly.

Comment from: Tobe, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

In my experience with diverticulitis which have right now, I have very sharp pains in my groin and lower stomach, like a knife. I am on Advil, Tylenol and Buscopan for pain. I am on Flagyl and ciprofloxacin antibiotics. I have never felt this much severe pain ever before! I cannot pass gas or have a bowel movement which I would really would love to have right now. I am not allowed to eat for a couple of days, just clear liquids. I am trying to stay home right now though this but if I get worse I am going to be admitted in hospital. Last year I did not feel a thing but hugely bloated, just felt very full pressure. I went to the doctor and had blood test done and my white blood cells count was at 14.5. I was rushed to the hospital and spent 5 days in there on IV antibiotics.

Comment from: mary, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

My symptoms of diverticulitis are abdominal pain, back pain and gas.

Comment from: minni, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I started getting burning pain in chest and lower left side and it went on for 6 days. I went to the emergency room because I feared a heart attack. I had blood work, EKG, ultra sound of the heart, and chest x-rays, and all came back clear. I have diverticulitis problem and thinking this is what it is. I also have pinched nerve in the neck and sometimes food feels like stuck in throat.

Comment from: zboz78, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 18

I am a male in my 40s. About 5 years ago, I started to have a burning sensation in my lower left abdomen. Sometimes it radiates to my back, or legs, but it is mainly in the lower left abdomen. It is at its worst when I am sitting or lying down. Eating always makes it worse, no matter what food it is. I have tried all kinds of diets, including cutting seeds out of my life, and eating lots of fiber. I have been to at least 20 doctors, including gastroenterologists, urologists, radiologists, neurologists, and surgeons. I have had every possible testing done, some of them multiple times, including CT scans (with and without contrast), MRI, x-ray, ultrasound, and even a PET scan, which is usually only done for cancer screening. My blood work has never shown anything abnormal. I have had multiple colonoscopies and upper endoscopies done. Doctors have told me it was things like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), diverticulitis, ulcers, and many more things, but all have been proven to be false. I have taken several rounds of Cipro and Flagyl for the diverticulitis, and my last colonoscopy showed that even the pouches vanished, which is impossible, so I either never had them or they are still there. Recently, a doctor told me it was some type of hernia, so I had a laparoscopy done, but that showed no signs for hernias, only some twisting of the large intestine, which my surgeon said he fixed. Five days later, I ended up in the emergency room because my heart was beating too fast once I realized all my symptoms were back after the surgery. Afterwards, a doctor told me it might be cancer, which was proven false with the PET scan. Then, I went to a psychiatrist and she diagnosed me with depression and anxiety, which I think is a result from having so many scares over the years and always being on the edge of my seat while waiting for results, so I am taking many medications for that. The burning went away for a month or so, but now it is back and I do not know how to deal with it and the depression at the same time.

Comment from: Madlyn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I am 70 years old and usually very active. One night I began to experience pain in the lower abdomen. It was not a sharp or stabbing pain, but felt more like my intestines were twisting and blocked. As morning approached the pain traveled to the left side. The twisting pain was excruciating. I was doubling over and could not stand. I called my daughter and we went to the hospital. After an exam and x-ray of the lower colon, they decided I had diverticulitis. Hydrocodone 7.5-325 was prescribed for the pain. I was given Cipro and Flagyl to continue taking at home. After about 5 days, the pain disappeared. I have never felt such pain before.

Comment from: Frank S., 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

My symptoms of diverticulitis were abdominal and lower bowel pain that kept getting worse, and constipation. After a few days I was only getting small bloody stools and the pain increased in my abdomen and lower stomach. I also developed severe dizziness. The day they took me to the hospital I could not even stand up. It turns out that my colon had abscessed and was leaking into my peritoneal area and I was septic. I should have gotten to the hospital sooner.

Comment from: Summer, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I was told after having a routine test to clean out the intestine that I have diverticulosis. Today I had a lot of pain in my lower left side, vomiting, constipation and fever. I did not see any blood on the paper after wiping. I usually am constipated due to taking medications for rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. When I had my exam I had no polyps but did have pockets and the stuff I had to drink did not clear me out.

Published: August 27

I had an all over abdominal discomfort, but not actual pain. Frankly, I thought I had a bad case of gas. But the things I normally do to relieve gas (obviously) didn't help. I could not isolate the pain to one area. I was just bloated. I took some Alka seltzer and had a small amount of relief - not enough that the discomfort went away totally, just enough to fool me into thinking I was right about the gas. And then the rupture. The pain became VERY localized - it was like someone was stabbing me in one spot (lower left) with a very hot knife. It was excruciating! Worst pain EVER - made delivering my son naturally seem like a stubbed toe. And because I was young - only 36 - they went "exploring" my abdomen. I had NO history of any trouble at all. I lost nearly 3 inches of my sigmoid and had a colostomy due to the peritonitis. Fortunately for me, 6 weeks later I was able to be "put back together." I haven't had any recurring problems, but I am pretty good about taking fiber twice a day and trying not to strain to go to the bathroom. I also avoid white breads and try to get plenty of whole grains. It's been 8 years (wow - that is so hard to believe!) and I am fine.

Comment from: Eileen , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I have pain in my left groin from diverticulitis.

Comment from: Neville , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

I have severe rectal and abdomen pain from diverticulitis and Crohn’s. I also have type2 diabetes not am not eating.

Comment from: Vscottbo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I think I had diverticulosis for three years with a profound loss of appetite. Then, a week ago, I went to the emergency room with severe left side pelvic pain, had a CT scan, which revealed diverticulitis. I am on antibiotics, waiting for the pain to tone down.

Comment from: Wondering, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I don't know what I have, honestly. I don’t know if it is diverticulitis or something else. For the past few months I have had severe bloating in my belly, a sharp to dull pain in my abdomen and pain in my lower back. For the past four days, I have been passing blood in stool; sometimes just watery blood and other time clots will come out. I don't know what to do or where to go and I am one of those who do not have health insurance. I'm just trying to ride it out but I don't know how much longer I can deal with this.

Comment from: Bjazi, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 07

I am a 44 year old male, and I experienced pain in the lower far left of my intestines. I had gas and changes of bowel movement from diarrhea to constipation. Pain got better within 2 days of antibiotics, but still experiencing gas and irregular bowel movement, and sometimes stool is thin. I am scheduled for colonoscopy in 20 days and worried sick about diverticulitis due to all the googling I have been doing.

Comment from: Pooter, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

Life-long constipation has been my problem. Aged 66, after 2 weeks of constipation, I had a sudden painful relief, accompanied by large amount of mucus and blood, never noted before. I was diagnosed after scans and sigmoidoscopy with diverticular colitis, and treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Comment from: Jewal13, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

My lower left side of back and left abdominal region began burning out of nowhere. I thought it was my kidney. I can barely walk and left side hurts constantly. I am wondering if it is diverticulitis.

Comment from: Rosean, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I’m having burning stinging pains in my right side small intestines after I consume a bland diet. Not sure if it is diverticulitis. I feel it leaking into my body after the initial stinging sets in. It has caused me to get fibromyalgia and lose nutrients like B vitamin and magnesium, and oh the charley horses I get! I’ve totally revamped my diet for many months now but it’s still there. I suffer every day for the past two years.

Comment from: LL, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I am not sure if my pain is muscular or from diverticulitis. My pain started as what felt like muscle pain in the lower left abdomen, primarily when moving. I noticed I had more gas than usual but it felt like upper abdomen and not lower. I do have mild constipation from time to time (mild being no bowel movement (BM) for more than 36 to 48 hours). I have had more frequent BMs but almost never diarrhea or super hard. Some are normal size and some are minimally narrower than usual. I have no fever but occasional chill. Doctor said to increase fiber.

Comment from: DebbieJ27, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

At first before I had any idea about diverticulitis, I thought I had pelvic inflammatory disease. My whole pelvic area was inflamed. I ended up in the emergency room and after a CT scan was diagnosed with diverticulitis.

Comment from: Amn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

Two weeks ago I had a CAT scan with contrast. I was having abdominal pain so they wanted to check my pelvis and my abdominal area for diverticulitis. They said everything came back normal, no problems. He said the problem is my lower back, wonder if anybody else has heard such a thing.

Comment from: TONY, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I get this really bad cramp in my stomach so I go to the toilet for a bowel movement. When I try to pass the stool I strain and I get this really uncomfortable stabbing pains in the middle of my back, my heart starts pounding, and I feel light headed. I wonder if these are diverticulitis symptoms.

Comment from: Gail, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 15

Severe pain on the top part of my stomach was my initial symptom of diverticulitis.

Comment from: Nancy, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 26

I have been hurting for 3 days now with diverticulitis, I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Carrie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

I woke up one morning and could not touch the left side of my tummy due to pain from diverticulitis.

Comment from: Nikkip, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I am experiencing pain down my right leg and pelvic pain. Also a sharp pain but it is in my lower back. I am losing my appetite again from diverticulitis.

Comment from: Mig, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

Since Tuesday I started to feel pain on my lower left side abdomen, bloating, gas and at night I woke up with acid reflux. It went away and had a big bowel movement on Wednesday. In the evening narrow stool movement. Since then today, Sunday, the pain is worse and I woke up in a cold sweat. I am worried if these are symptoms of diverticulitis.

Comment from: jude, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I get really cold with severe shaking when I get pain in the left side. I have been hospitalized 2 times with diverticulitis.

Comment from: Donna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

I was diagnosed with diverticulitis last year. I had a couple of flare ups and I take antibiotics which are so awful they make me worse. But every day I have pain even if I go to toilet or not. I have to take tramadol on a daily basis.

Comment from: Victoria, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

I have a flare up of diverticulitis every two years. Not sure what causes it, I am never constipated. I usually get an infection when I eat lots of salads and nuts. I get an infection in a pocket. I hurt on my left side. I am now passing slimy light green stuff. I have not been to the doctor yet. I guess I need an antibiotic.

Comment from: feelingbetter, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 12

My symptoms started with mild discomfort below my navel. Over a period of several hours the discomfort became increasingly worse with severe cramping (every two minutes or so) just above my navel, combined with a bloated feeling and extreme sensitivity all around my stomach. This was followed by nausea, hot/cold spells, a rise in my pulse (up to 122 bpm) and a rise in blood pressure. It was a truly miserable experience. I was treated with Dicyclomine 10mg capsules (for cramping) and Metronidazole 500 mg tablets (antibiotic). The combination of both medications have thus far worked well in the 4 days since onset. The medication made the cramping, nausea and bloating dissipate over a period of 24 hours although I felt weak and shaky through day three. Today (day 4) I'm feeling fairly well. Right now I'm conscious of every little gurgle and twinge in my stomach, so I may actually be feeling better than I think.

Published: August 27

I had a dull pain in my lower left abdomen for a couple of days, then I started to get chills (hot then cold). I began to run a fever. This lasted a couple of hours, then it was over. The next day when I went to see the doctor, most of the prior nights symptoms where gone except the pain in my lower left abdomen. After consult my family doctor, I had an MRI done and it was confirmed that I had Diverticulosis with a perforation.

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