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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I am 48 yrs old and had my first documented diverticulitis attack in April 2006. Since then I have had 12-13 more episodes. I havent had a episode in the past 12 months till now. I have been dreading another one because I knew i I would have to make sure I found a good GI and get some real answers and a plan of action.

In 2006 after several episodes I first was sent to a GI doctor who did a colonoscopy and confirmed I was in a full blown attack of Diverticulitis.I found out later that its not a good idea to have a scope during an active episode. I can tell you it was extremely painful and I recall screaming when he passed the scope through the affected area. (Previous colonoscopies were not like this one) A few days later I found out my doctor medically retired and I never had any follow up with him.,A couple years later, I went to another GI doctor who really didnt tell me a whole lot of anything. I was not impressed with either of these so called professionals.

I continued to be treated by my physicians office because I didnt want to deal with starting over again with a new GI. Strangely, I have never had a fever or a raised white count with any of my episodes. It was explained to me that if the abcess was incapsulated that it may not show up in the blood testing.

So now my PCP is working to get my appointment set up with a new GI so I can get a colonoscopy as soon as I get over this bout. I have been on Flagyl and Cipro for 4 days so far and although my nausea and my pain is getting slightly better my bowel movements are getting narrow and the pain just prior to going is pretty bad. This concerns me so I hope I can get in this week.

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I suffered for 13 years having attacks 1 to 3 times a year. I've been on about every combination of antibiotics you can imagine sometimes 3 at a time. Cipro and Flagyl has always been the combo that finally killed the infection.
I had a sigmoidectomy in March this year. My surgeon said it looked and felt like rubber and said he didn't understand how I was even alive.
I wouldn't wait for PCP or GI doc to recommend surgery. They didn't for me and I can't understand why. So I forced the issue because my last bout nearly killed me. I knew I would not survive another one.
If youve had 12-13 episodes it's a signal that you're prone to get more and I wouldn't wait. There are too many deadly reasons to get it done: Rupture, spilling fecal matter into the abdominal cavity causing peritonitis which can kill you in as few as 12 hours; fistula, ticulum that grow into other organs like the small intestine, bladder, prostate, etc; liver damage from taking antibiotics; and blood poisoning if parastalsys slows or stops; and on and on.
The surgery is not so bad if you don't have any of the above mentioned problems going in.
3 to 7 days in the hospital and you are free. And able to eat anything you want and able to manufacture a respectable turd.

Good luck!
RichFL
RichFL

You wrote: "I have been on Flagyl and Cipro for 4 days so far and although my nausea and my pain is getting slightly better my bowel movements are getting narrow and the pain just prior to going is pretty bad. This concerns me so I hope I can get in this week."

My specialist puts me on stool softeners (over the counter) during attacks such as yours. For me, this helps with or prevents the pain just prior to going. During my flare ups, I can have this pain just prior to going for anywhere from 3 - 10 days depending upon how serious the flare up was.

Also, being only 4 days on those A.B. medications means you are early in your attack, so you should be on a special diet active attack diet. I am assuming you are. Maybe you can share about your diet over the past 5 days or so, so we can confirm you are giving your system the needed opportunity to heal and recover.

FL