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I Have Diverticulitis

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    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 41-45, M 3 Responses May 18, 2013

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    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 2 Responses Oct 22, 2013

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    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 5 Responses Jan 20, 2010

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    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

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    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 36-40, M Jun 25, 2013

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    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 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 8, 2013

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    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 56-60 Nov 14, 2012

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    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 26-30 3 Responses Jan 3, 2012

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    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 46-50 6 Responses Mar 15, 2009

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    Jeanier

    I have has Diverticular since 2002, was told it is  intensive!!!!!! I try  to keep it under controle with  my diet not much  meat, I do  have  lots of fish /veg, chicken#I  avoid beef  Pork , etc  I am  trying to dealing with  a STICH pain in my left side most of the...
    jeanier2 jeanier2 70+ Mar 31, 2012

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    I Thought I Had Food Poisioning ?

    Three weeks ago on a saturday,I went to my favorite mexican restaurant near my home I ordered two tacos with extra hot sauce, and before I could finish eating the second taco I had this I think I'm gonna be sick from eating these tacos kinda feeling something about the tacos...
    Seriousrepliesonly Seriousrepliesonly 46-50, F May 21, 2012

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    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

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    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 36-40 2 Responses Feb 8, 2012

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    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 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 8, 2013

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    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 56-60 2 Responses Nov 14, 2012

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    I Have Diverticulititis

    Last year 2010 I was diagnosed with diverticulitis after having an x-ray, but my doctor wanted me to have an colonoscopy first, but instead I ended up having a CT Scan and they told me if they found anything then I would need a colonoscopy. It has been over a year now and I have...
    Sara600 Sara600 56-60, F 1 Response Oct 14, 2011

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    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

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    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 46-50 3 Responses Mar 15, 2012

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    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 26-30 1 Response Nov 4, 2013

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    What Is Diverticulitis

    What Is Diverticulitis Diverticulosis is a serious health problem that is on the rise, especially in the United States. About 10 percent of Americans over the age of 40 have diverticulosis. This condition becomes even more common as people age. Nearly half of all people over...
    litlefawn3 litlefawn3 41-45, F Jun 24, 2009

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    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

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    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 46-50 12 Responses Apr 12, 2010

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    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 31-35, M Mar 17

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    MY Story

    I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THIS AT THE AGE OF 27 AND NOW I AM 28 ALMOST LOST MY LIFE TO THE DISEASE LAST YEAR BUT I AM A TROOPER TWO STOMACH SURGERIES IN 8 MONTHS AND STILL KICKING LOL BUT HERE I AM LIVIN N LOVING LIFE THANK U LORD!!!!
    michellemtjpjt michellemtjpjt 31-35, F 5 Responses Oct 28, 2008

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    Just Got Out Of Hospital!

    I was diagnosed with diverticulitis last week and sent home from hospital with antibiotics but i don't seem to be getting any better and i would like to chat to any one who also has this disease.
    Shazza3756 Shazza3756 41-45 2 Responses Oct 20, 2011

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    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

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    Question Help Anybody!

    i see stories about the toilet being the throne but isnt the disease about constipation whats the best treatment for the constipation or is this the process from the pouches in the bowel? im trialing foods atm can someone give me clear names of foods to be good im so confused...
    sweetypieeden sweetypieeden 22-25 1 Response Nov 23, 2012

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    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 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 25

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    I Am Baffled By Having Diverticulitus...

    I was diagnosed about 2 years ago and am deal presently with a flare up which makes the third one this year.  It's baffling disease.I was signed up for school and had to withdraw because I got so far behind.  I still want a second career and now am wondering if I'll be able to...
    Whytired Whytired 41-45 2 Responses Jul 10, 2011

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    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 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 2

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    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 51-55, M 2 Responses Oct 22, 2013

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    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 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 2, 2013

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    Alternative To Steroids?

    Hi my name is madie i have had divers for 4 years i have been on every medication under the sun. i tried to change my hole diet and still found myself having flares, not as many as when i was eating stuff i know i shouildnt have.. But my question is this i found a alternative...
    MadieLynn MadieLynn 31-35 2 Responses Oct 8, 2012

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    Have It Now And Wondering How You Know If You Have A Rupture.

      I have had diverticulitis since sunday morn. it is now wednesday. I got on the two antibiotics cipro and flagyl on monday. I had a fever sunday nite and monday afternoon but not since then. Last night i started feeling gas pain in my left side which went around to my back...
    Lynnx6 Lynnx6 66-70 1 Response Apr 24, 2013

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    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 46-50 1 Response Sep 24, 2013

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    Just Diagnosed

    hi everybody im 24 yrs old have a one yr old and i now have diverticulosis hope i spelt that right i cant eat anything with out stabbing pains i feel i want to starve but i get full on hunger pains really easily if i miss a snack time of meal everyone just thinks i have to eat...
    sweetypieeden sweetypieeden 22-25 Nov 20, 2012

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    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 13-15 1 Response May 4, 2013

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    Restaraunt Disaster! Help

    ok trying to deal with the news of this disease but how do i go on with my social life i went out to the pub and tried sausage and chips thinking it was safe choice my dieticain has got me on gluten free and i did have 2 vodka smirnoffs for the first time since ive been diagnosed...
    sweetypieeden sweetypieeden 22-25 2 Responses Dec 17, 2012

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    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 46-50 1 Response Jan 21, 2012

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    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

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    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 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 13, 2013

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    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 66-70 2 Responses Apr 20, 2013

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    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 66-70, F Feb 9

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    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 46-50 2 Responses Mar 22, 2011

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    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 41-45, F Jul 4, 2013

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    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 31-35 6 Responses May 23, 2011

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    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 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 22, 2013

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    Too Young For This

    Im 22 years old and was diagnosed with divertoculitis at 18 ive been in and out of the doctors and hospitals trying to get everything under control I also have intestinal spasms and ibs... dealing with this while working and having a toddler is becoming more and more difficult
    2youngforthis 2youngforthis 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 31, 2013

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    Young

    Just yesterday found out I had diverticultis. I am only 17 was freaking out abit when got told. I have to pretty much change my lifestyle to deal with the pains. trying to find out what can & can't do is so fustrating! any advice?
    Jan 10, 2013

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    Health Help Frpm The 7-11

    My wife suffers from diverticulitis (sp.) & has found that a Coke Slurpee from the 7-11 convenience store helps immensely. I just wanted to pass that on.
    navyvet navyvet 56-60, M 2 Responses Feb 2, 2013

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