I Have Diverticulitis

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    Has anyone tried the www.

    gutsense.org route? Sounds convincing to me but would like to know real experiences if possible
    sgpropmen sgpropmen
    56-60, F
    1 Response May 15, 2015

    Diverticulitis: Like a Blown Out Bike Tube!!

    My experience with Diverticulitis happened a few years back but when I think about it I have had the problem for a long time but never realized that something was really wrong. I remember some nights staying up and rubbing my stomach and praying passing gas or having a BM would...
    CrystalMessenger CrystalMessenger
    6 Responses Mar 15, 2009

    I was first diagnosed with diverticulosis

    when I was admitted to the hospital with an abcessed divertula in the lower left sigmoid portion of my colon. Of course the surgeons immediately recommended surgery after I had properly healed. This being my first time staying at a hospital for any reason (I was 29 at the time...
    rhapsodic rhapsodic
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Apr 2, 2014

    Only 14

    I have diverticulitis at the age of 14. I am so scared because I don't know what it is! Also I have never heard of anyone so young with it.
    kgs1098 kgs1098
    1 Response May 4, 2013

    Looking For Answers

    I've been told I have Diverticulitis since 2009. It really hasn't been that bad until I had a bad bout of it in 2012 and was had to stay in the hospital for a few days. Since then it has been recurring more often but the PCP doesn't seem to be concerned since my blood levels show...
    jack972 jack972
    51-55, M
    1 Response Sep 2, 2013

    Taking Life One Step At A Time...

    Hi Everyone, I am a 29 year old SAHM/FT-Student. I was first diagnosed with Diverticulitis in Feb. due to a CT scan (they were looking for a kidney infection and found it). Since then, I have seen several doctors/specialists and had a colonoscopy. I do have diverticulosis that...
    rarasnake rarasnake
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Jul 30, 2011

    Dr. Said I Have Severe Evere Diverticulitis

    They tried to do a colonoscopy and could not. I had impacted bowels. They woke me up and send me for a Cat Scan with a contrast. I found out that my colon was so over inflamed and had such a large amount of infection that my colon was almost closed...I was put on a very strong...
    agautier1 agautier1
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jul 4, 2013

    30 Years Old And Have Diverticulitus, Need Advice, Please!

    I am 32 years old and I was diagnosed with Diverticulitis in March 2011. I have it so severely that my surgeon suggested laparoscopy surgery because she feels because of my age I will continue to have problems if I don’t get the surgery. I had never been hospitalized because of...
    summersun1122 summersun1122
    7 Responses May 23, 2011

    I Have Diverticulitiis......

    I am a 34yr. old female, and last Dec. i found out i had it , I had my surgery on dec. 18th...i was so scared when the doctor told me about it......but i'm feeling a lilltle betta, i really would like to know if someone on here can tell me what i should or should not eat, i just...
    blackcherry34 blackcherry34
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Jan 20, 2010

    More Than Just An "Upset Stomach"

    About 15 years ago I was struck down by an extreme pain on my left side. The doctors told me I was too young to get diverticulitis, but after several tests, antibiotics that could stop a breakout of the Ebola virus, cameras and barium injections in my nether regions, I was...
    cgp133 cgp133
    56-60, M
    2 Responses Oct 22, 2013

    I also have diverticulitis.

    I was diagnosed back in the summer of 2013. The pain was horrible on top of the fact that my body was holding a lot of gas but wasn't going anywhere. Apparently it was trapped in the polyps, and they were infected. It was my first diagnosis and the truth of the matter is it's so...
    Msprissy Msprissy
    36-40, F
    Mar 24, 2015

    I've suffered with it over close to twenty years

    but over the last few it's gotten progressively worse. I'm mostly in constant (mild - but sometimes extreme) discomfort and it looks as though I'm going to need a sigmoid colectomy within the next few months. I'm not looking forward to any of this, but the alternatives of...
    Riffster Riffster
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Sep 17, 2014

    I would also like to add

    that I have a book on nutritional healing....it has all sorts of ailments but nutritious ways to help with the healing process. If anyone would like info I will be glad to pass it down. Lets take extra care of our bodies because our health is all that we have....it is our...
    Msprissy Msprissy
    36-40, F
    Mar 24, 2015

    What Is Diverticulitis?

    Diverticulitis is a condition caused by an infection or inflammation in the diverticula. The area of inflammation can vary in size immensely. It can be as small as a pea, but can also grow to be significantly larger. These aberrations can be the result of the consumption of...
    harshit2424 harshit2424
    26-30, M
    1 Response Nov 13, 2013

    After suffering a lot of pain

    for 2 years, due to diverticulitis, by accident I found a solution, trying to save money on my electric bill, I thought it would be a good idea to use a flask when making drinks for myself, so I started making 2 cups at a time, this not only saved a little money but also made...
    diana380 diana380
    70+, F
    Feb 9, 2014

    Have Diverticulitis

    every since I got told I have diverticlitis I haven't be able to keep things down at all and I been eating only 3 things all the time I get sick if I try new things I really don't understand it at all I don't get into the gi doctor until sometime next month hopefully not really...
    mrszakel13 mrszakel13
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jun 22, 2013

    Diverticulitis Once Recently And Cured, But Now Feeling The Same Pains!!

    I was diagnosed with diverticulitis after going to ER with such terrible pains I thought it was my appendix. CT scan showed diverticulitis and I was started on IV antibiotics with prescription (Cipro & Flagyl) to follow up. After a week of this meds and just liquids and soft...
    alovene alovene
    2 Responses Sep 24, 2013

    Recently Diagnosed

    I am a 30 yr old who about 2 months ago experienced an odd feeling in my lower abdomen. I felt 'off' and just not right, but had a 4 hr drive ahead of me. The following day as the pain had not subsided I went to the GP and had him test for an ectopic pregnancy. When this came...
    Loz83 Loz83
    1 Response Nov 4, 2013

    I am just trying to find out

    if anyone has any itching on their backs from Diverticulitis
    lindap53 lindap53
    61-65, F
    2 Responses Sep 10, 2015

    I've been suffering for about five years -

    and the pain from it can be quite excruciating. However I decided to get some pro-biotics and I've been on a high fibre diet now for some six months and that's really helped me a lot. The pain has reduced amazingly and I've only had a couple of attacks since I started this...
    Riffster Riffster
    51-55, M
    May 24, 2015

    I'm 24. I was diagnosed with Diverticulites a

    few years ago in the ER. I went to my doctor and they did a ct scan and said it was mild. But since then my bowels have been so screwed up. I'm scared to go back to the doctor but I'm finally going to go. In just scared that I might have cancer! Any words of advise?
    cyvillarreal1988 cyvillarreal1988
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Aug 12, 2014

    Im 22 and two months ago i was diagnosed with

    diverticulitis i went in to the er thinking i had a burst appendix i was admitted to the hospital were i stayed for a week on iv fluids and antibiotics n then sent home with another weeks worth since then ive been confused on how to prevent another attack can i have more then...
    Vsantos10 Vsantos10
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 29, 2014

    Just Found Out That I Have This Disease.

    I am 36 and just found out I have this a few days ago when I was in so much pain it landed me in the ER. I was told I am too young for this. I don't even understand what this means. The ER said not to have nuts of any kind. Tomorrow is my follow up and I pray I don't have to stay...
    lifeofpain36 lifeofpain36
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jul 8, 2013

    MY Story

    michellemtjpjt michellemtjpjt
    31-35, F
    5 Responses Oct 28, 2008

    How Long Until I Feel Better?

    I have been on Cipro and Flagl for 7 days - took the last doses last night. I am still having cramping and some slight pain on both sides of my abdomen.I've read some of the side effects for the Flagl - which seem to be just as bad as the diverticulitis itself.  At what point...
    kwf739 kwf739
    3 Responses Mar 15, 2012

    Have Diverticulitis And Constipated

    I am 31 and was diagnosed with diverticulitis 9 days ago. I had a tiny tear but did not have to have surgery. I was in the hospital for 4 days on Levaquin and Flagyl. I have a couple more days left of the medicine and then I can start adding fiber to my diet. As of right now I'm...
    sarahseidel24 sarahseidel24
    36-40, F
    1 Response Mar 8, 2013

    Hi. I'm Nichole, I'm new here.

    I was diagnosed with diverticulitis back in 2008, but suffered with IBS before that. Keeping my long painful story, short; I had a sigmoid bowel resection in September of 2012. The six months following were hard, but I made it through and was feeling great, until now. I had an...
    NicholeAnn NicholeAnn
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Jul 18, 2014

    When You Are Having An Attack...

    Remember, it can be life threatening if you don't pay attention to it immediately. A diverticula can burst into your abdominal wall and infect your whole body. This kind of infection can kill you within hours. So after you know it's an attack (my symptoms are feeling lousy a...
    DrLillian DrLillian
    3 Responses Nov 14, 2012

    PRIOR TO- I was a 35 year old at about 185 lbs

    otherwise healthy I lead an active lifestyle and eat a reasonably healthy diet. THE INCIDENT- July 2013: A week of pain and suffering culminated in a night of severe cramping to the point of being doubled over. I went to the walk in clinic at daybreak and was sent to the ER. My...
    sheffw99 sheffw99
    36-40, M
    Mar 17, 2014

    Just Bad Luck, So How Do I Live With This?

    So this is some of what I do to stay healthy and what I think contributes to an attack: Healthy regimen - imperative to have good immune system 1) eating organic food with fiber at least once a day: veggies, brown rice, ground flax seed, high fiber cereals, meat only 2-3 times a...
    DrLillian DrLillian
    Nov 14, 2012

    My Husband's Diverticulitis

    My husband actually has this disease and I read these for him. He was diagnosed about 4 years ago, and has a flare up about every 10 months or sometimes more. Usually med and rest works, but over Thanksgiving he had the worst attack yet. He also had gallstones which we think...
    shawnaeh10 shawnaeh10
    4 Responses Jan 3, 2012

    At age 24 I perferated.

    At that time, I had 6 inches taken out and left open due to being septic. I married and battled many years and many hospital stays after. I had two children who were kicked out early by my intestines. My youngest was evicted at 36 weeks. My intestines couldn't take it any...
    tngrntree tngrntree
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Feb 25, 2014

    I Was Diagnosed With Diverticulitis A Year Ago :)

    I am now having my 4th bout of this terrible stuff and I am still very confused about when to be alarmed and when to just chill out and take the anitbiotics!  I have been diligently researching the issue because all the Doc's nurse says is  are you having rectal bleeding and...
    tammyshomestaging tammyshomestaging
    2 Responses Mar 22, 2011

    I'm 24 and I was back in March in the hospital

    for sharp pain that crippled me and mimicked a ovarian cyst popping. After a cat scan turns out I have Diverticulitious at age 23 . It's been pretty under control with a recent colonoscopy back in August removing polyps but last Wednesday I was in sharp yet again crippling pain...
    flapjackums flapjackums
    26-30, F
    Sep 11, 2014

    One Week After First Flare Up...help Me With Do's And Don'ts, Thanks

    After being diagnosed I was handed a bunch of literature by the nurse.  Everything I read is different and contradictory.  I went back to my normal lunch of a deli wrap within about three days and now I'm eating normally but some minor aches are coming back.   Any advice on...
    DavidHH DavidHH
    51-55, M
    5 Responses Sep 9, 2011

    One Attack Too Many

    I've only had one attack of diverticulitis in my life and hope I never have another one. This was in 2000, when I was 53 years old. I had just had a hysterectomy (best thing I ever did!) and kept having pains in my stomach, but I didn't worry because I thought they were connected...
    sugarfooties sugarfooties
    3 Responses Apr 20, 2013

    Newly Diagnosed With Acute Episode Of Diverticulitis

    I also am trying to get over an acute phase of diverticulitis episode after being newly diagnosed following a CT SCAN and am wondering if the severe cramping in left lower quadrant is normal before having a poop? I am still on antibiotics and liquid to bland very soft food diet...
    odellmarie2003 odellmarie2003
    51-55, F
    8 Responses Mar 9, 2012

    Since 2008, I have been hospitalized five times

    for diverticulitis. I nbetween hospital stays, I learned the pain and asked for cipro and flagel for flareups from my GP. This last bout has scared me. I felt like I was going to pass out. I was released from the hospital April 20, 2014 for a real bad flareup and now the pain...
    etina etina
    46-50, F
    2 Responses May 13, 2014

    Recently Diagnosed With Divercitulitis

      I am 41 and was just recently told I had Divercitulitis and a perforated bowel after intense left stomach pain and a CT scan. I would appreciate any tips about what to avoid and what helps. My doctor gave me the basic rundown of what to do but getting advice from people...
    Srhew Srhew
    41-45, F
    1 Response Oct 24, 2013

    Not Sure If Its Diverticulitis!

    I started to have pain back in November 2010. I had just returned to work from maternity leave and thought maybe my aches and pains were from sitting all day after being off for a year. It started on my left side, right around flank and my left side of back. Kind of an achy at...
    constantpain17 constantpain17
    2 Responses Feb 8, 2012

    I Have Divertivlitis

    im 27 years old I found out a week ago I have diverticulitis I got told im young for it and I really don't know what to do at all I really need help cause right now all I wanna do is sleep and cry not sure what to do at all
    mrszakel13 mrszakel13
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Jun 8, 2013

    Coping With Diverticulitis

    hy there everybody just a few lines on my own personal experience with diverticulitis. I was told i had this illness ab 3 months after bn in hospital f a colonscopy i was hvin alot of pain 2 months bf which they told me was ibs so went on medication f it and i was no better the...
    moon100 moon100
    56-60, F
    Mar 20, 2012

    Recurrent Diverticulitis

    I am very confused on what to do.  I have had several attacks of Diverticulitis in the last 4 years. I was seen in the emergency room several times and given I.V. antibiotics. My diagnosis of Diverticulitis was confirmed by many CT scans. I was hospitalized last Jan...
    NancyDuke NancyDuke
    12 Responses Apr 12, 2010

    What Are The Symptoms Prior To Full Blown Pain?

    I have a long history of abdominal pain as a veteran of endometriosis and all sorts of other "women's problems".  I was relieved to find the endo dissipating as the menopause started woo hoo, pain free...!   No, as you can guess by my presence here, this is not the case. I...
    AnneOne AnneOne
    1 Response Jan 21, 2012

    i just found out a month i have it im 51

    and my name is roberta i have tryed to have 3 colon tests done but wasn't able to be clear enough for my doctor to see whats causing it yes its very painful and im able to eat much at all i get sick and worse pains i have a problem with constipation because of the meds but...
    roberta51 roberta51
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Sep 26, 2014

    Wondering What To Do Now

    I have had Diverticulitis for several yr's now. This last bout of pain was very bad. My Dr. want's to see in Oct. too discuss surgery. I am not sure what to do I know this can be very serious, not sure about surgery & what to expect afterwords. He gave me cipro & flagyl to take...
    shareyak shareyak
    66-70, F
    1 Response Sep 15, 2012

    Recently Diagnosed

    Hi there, Was diagnosed yesterday with dv and been in terrible pain, nausea, cramping, constipation and tiredness. Doctor has put me on norfloxacin as am allergic to penicillin. Anyone have any suggestions for a healthy speedy recovery.
    Nicholas70 Nicholas70
    46-50, M
    3 Responses May 18, 2013

    I Have It Too.. And Am In The Middle Of A Bad Flare

    Sorry to hear you're having these health problems. While diverticulitis (which is an infection) can be 'cured', diverticulosis (the actual bulges or sacks in the colon that became infected) cannot be cured without surgical removal of the affected portion of the bowel. I am now 56...
    slightlyskeweddonnareed slightlyskeweddonnareed
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Oct 22, 2013

    3 Year Sufferer - And This Is The Short Version

    I am currently 39 years old. My first pains came at the beginning of May in 2010. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed through a CT scan. Shortly thereafter I began to change my new life accordingly - saw a nutritionist, saw my GI, consulted with my Primary Care Physician, took...
    erikstephen erikstephen
    41-45, M
    Jun 25, 2013
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