Diverticulitis Support Group

Diverticulitis is a common disease of the bowel, in particular the large intestine. Diverticulitis develops from diverticulosis, which involves the formation of pouches on the outside of the colon. Diverticulitis results if one of these diverticula becomes inflamed. Diverticulitis most often affects middle-aged and elderly persons, though it can strike younger patients as well.

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  • rob

    Coughing vs pushing

    I know the pressure in the colon and constipation can create problems with diverticulitis. So when I'm moving my bowels and having some problems I cough lightly to help move things along vs pushing. Does anybody know if this is okay?
  • Miltmilt12

    Newly diagnosed

    Hey guys. I'm a 22 year old man and I recently was diagnosed. I am trying to learn to live with it but I can't seem to find any right food. Any help will be welcomed.
  • rob

    Elective Surgery?

    i was curious of peoples thoughts on elective resection surgery to avoid future diverticulitis attacks? I have had a number of diverticulitis attack including one really bad one. Any thoughts?
  • jewl12


    I have questions.  Last year after having pain in my lower left side and back. I went to the doctor and he ordered a CT.  The CT showed that I had diverticulosis but not diverticulitis and a couple of degenerative disks, I pretty much knew about the disks.  I have arthritis.  He also ordered a colonoscopy.  It turned out fine except for the diverticulosis.  After all that cleaning out and a...
  • I had an extremely painful first attack and took first round of antibiotics but three weeks later I had low fever and the runs so I went to the GI.  He said I was still tender so he was putting me on stronger antibiotics! Though he did say it was up to me as some studies say antibiotics may not be the best treatment for a minor flare. Fever disappeared that day and the labs came back with no...
  • deleted_user

    Trapped gas

    I'm in my 2nd attack (inflamed only, don't think I'm infected). My belly bloated up like I was pregnant. Last night I was laying in my bed on my side & man the gas started coming out & deflating me. I'm still swollen but not as bad. Does anyone experience this trapped gas? Does it do that because the colon is too inflamed to try to let it out? I'm glad some of it finally came out.
  • Mickey

    Current situation

    I am currently laying in the hospital bed because I had a flare up Sunday 10/916 while I was at work. I was diagnosed with Diverticulitis a lil over a month ago. So far within that month I've been hospitalized 2 times,they had to abort my colonoscopy with mins of starting because my colon is so inflamed, they've pumped me with antibiotics but my condition is get worse. Come finding out I have 2...
  • Oddshape

    Diet question

    Hi, my wife has just been diagnosed with colon diverticulitis (phone call from the doctor's receptionist!). No more info! The web gives so many contradictory pieces of info about the best diet. Would like your advice/experiences please. They said it is only a mild case but to me it seems worse as her tummy really swells and she suffers a lot of pain/diarrhea/sickness  and looks pregnant (she...
  • deleted_user

    Too young?

    Hi, I'm only 24yo and after 2 trips to urgent care and a trip to the er for lower, right abdominal pain - the er dr told me I have diverticulitis. I think im in the denial stage at the moment because EVERYTHING i read shows that its very rare in someone my age. I'm actually the youngest person that I can find with the condition so far on the internet. 27yo is the closest to my age that ive found....
  • JendelieO

    Some info on flare-ups

    Hi Folks,I was hospitalized for diverticulitis 7 years ago, but with adhering to dietary guidelines, have since only had minor problems. Then boom, suddenly a major flare up! In researching to try and find out what could have caused it, I ran across a study that concluded that taking ibuprofen or aspirin 4 or more times a week, is a risk factor for developing diverticulitis. Lo and behold, I...
  • jen345

    Diverticulitis and perforated colon

    A week ago I came home from a day at town in extreme pain. My husband rushed to the ER and after 10 hours (CT scan) it was diagnosed I have diverticulitis and s perforated colon. After 7 days in the hospital of high white blood cell counts, fevers, antibiotics I was sent home.  I I am still feeling poorly. The dr indicated that I should not have to have surgery.  I am still in pain iny side,...
  • rholmes

    Recent flare up

    Hello i was diagnosed with diverticulitus 11-15. Because of a low grade fever and some discomfort, i had a CT scan done today. It was diagnosed as anather diverticulitus flare up. Coul i get some help on what to eat and what not to eat. My surgeon is wanting  me to go under the knife. Please comment.
  • AG68

    symptoms of pre-flare up or pre-attack

    It's been 14months since my last major attack....but I'm feeling poorly...anyone have any tell tale signs of an immenint attack?
  • mkd3702

    New & Confused

    Hello All - 03 August was the last time I was "in control".  I woke up on 04 August with steadily increasing pain in my front, lower left abdomen until I was nearly doubled over in pain.  No other symptoms at that point.  Pain meds at the doctor and a full day of tests at the hospital brought the diagnosis of diverticulitus.  I didn't know what it was, or what was going to happen next.  The...
  • markel

    I NEED HELP....

    I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis and have been on two kinds of antibiotics.. cipro and flagyl I just learned that It would be a good idea to be on a liquid diet which I will start tomorrow while taking the antibiotics.. My husband is very health conscious, he has been telling me the qualities of Probiotics. I have constipation more then anything and since I started the Probiotics, I...