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Diverticulitis (Diverticulosis)

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

I was a pretty well 50 year old woman, with no prior symptoms of diverticulosis. I started to get a dull ache one Tuesday in my left lower abdomen. I went to the doctors on both Wednesday and Friday and was given diagnosis of ovary pain, and later food poisoning. On Saturday I ended up having to go by ambulance to the hospital with pain in my lower left abdomen, fever, chills and nausea. I had perforated bowel (diverticulitis) and sepsis. I had hours to live. I had bowel resection and colostomy bag temporarily.

Comment from: Puffy , 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 30

I am a 65 year old female. I started getting little pains on the right side and left side of my abdomen. A colonoscopy said I had diverticulitis. I am trying to drink water. No soda, juices, regular coffee, regular tea; decaf only. I started to get back pain below my waist yesterday. I couldn't do much. Today it is less. I am going to the doctor. I can't believe there's no relief for this, terrible.

Comment from: Mamajava, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I had my one and only attack of diverticulitis two years ago, not having been aware of this possibility. The emergency room (ER) staff recognized it immediately by the symptoms but ordered a CT scan just to be sure. While it confirmed the original diagnosis, the scan also revealed a suspicious spot on a kidney. An alert and life-saving technician encouraged me to get a cancer screening. I was diagnosed with a very treatable, fast-growing renal cell carcinoma. That attack, and the dedication of the ER staff, led to the saving of most of my kidney, and possibly my life. I have not had any further bouts of the diverticulitis.

Comment from: lisa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

It took several visits to my doctor and lab tests as I was getting very sick with lower abdominal pain that pierced through my side and I was then unable to stand or walk. Every time I would start to get a flare up I would get very bad diarrhea and my stomach would make the loudest bubbling sounds I have ever heard it make. My main doctor failed at finding what was wrong with me. I then started to notice the signs and started going to the emergency room. My first visit the doctor was very concerned and had me do several different tests, MRI, CT scan, etc. With the results in he told me I have diverticulitis and as I was getting sick many times in the last year he said it was most likely really bad and ordered me a colonoscopy. Mind you, at this time I was 36 years old and I am now 40. For 2 1/2 years I was sick twice or more times a month. After having the colonoscopy the surgeon went over the results with me and told me I have a severe case and need more than a foot of my colon removed. I have not scheduled a surgery because I can't afford it. I manage to get by with avoiding seeds except tomatoes. I haven't cut them out at all and sometimes it makes me have a flare up but mostly I am fine. Certain foods set it off like any buffets, and the worst for me are fried foods. I have noticed that a few people I have met who have it eat foods that I can't and vice versa so I think it just depends on the person. It really is hard to be sick all the time.

Comment from: divergut, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 28

I had my first diverticulosis attack about three years ago at age 47. I thought I was just blocked up, took a laxative and it cleared up. The next time about a year later, after two weeks without a bowel movement I went to the hospital. I stayed for three days on IV antibiotics. Now I try to manage it but have lost a lot of weight and continue to suffer with pain and not being able to eat. I drink a lot of bone broth to get through the tough times.

Comment from: Grammy, Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I have been diagnosed with diverticulosis for over 10 years, so I have flare ups of diverticulitis about 10 to 15 times a year varying in severity. The one thing I have not seen mentioned in the stories is the drug hyoscyamine. I have used it for all of my flare ups and it is a miracle worker to take out the frequent bowel movements and the stabbing pain; works better than pain medicines. And there are no horrid side effects.

Comment from: RitaB, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I was diagnosed with diverticulitis. In a span of 10 years I had three colonoscopies. Two were administered during the past five years due to the diverticulitis. Every doctor wanted their own test. Finally I was given pills and daily enemas. I was told to consider surgery. The cures were worse than the illness. I decided to cease all medications. I went to live in Paris for three months. The very first thing I did was to look for a nearby hospital, just in case. The pain stopped, for three months it stopped. Upon returning home it began again. It turns out the cause was Coffee Mate I had in my coffee twice a day. When I returned to cream or milk as in Paris, I was well again.

Comment from: Miller, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I have been in pain for over 10 years, with many CT scans, ultra sounds and costly MRIs, colonoscopy and upper EDG, all within the last year. My colonoscopy came back clean and yet the last CT mentioned I have sigmoid diverticulosis, how is that possible! Lots of dollars later I am still in great pain, especially at night I cannot lay on my left side at all, and early morning until I pass stools. Even during the day, it's hard to put all my weight on the left side without it hurting. Very frustrated and broke!

REFERENCES:

Bogardus ST. What do we know about diverticular disease? A brief overview. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. 2006;40:S108–S111

Pemberton, J.H., MD. "Acute colonic diverticulitis: Medical management." UpToDate. Updated: Jul 18, 2017.
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Pemberton, J.H., MD. "Patient information: Diverticular disease (Beyond the Basics)." UpToDate. Aug 2017.
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Shahedi, K. MD. "Diverticulitis." Medscape. Aug 15, 2017.
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