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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Can exercise be harmful?

Hi all. Well I went on my trip. I completed my flagyl/omicef combo and felt better. But 2 days after being off meds I was exercising and when I did weights-leg press felt that burning pain in the lowere left again. SO I stopped. That whole night felt pain burning on/off. Can doing weight exercises be harmful? Do I need to avoid anything that puts pressure on the area? Can doing squats and leg presses increaes the inflammation?

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I wondered about that myself. I would say for you, there seems to be a connection. I would say make sure you exercise on an empty colon. If the colon is full it must be under higher stress.
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Taking long walks even flares mine. I used to walk 3-5 miles a day. I can't walk a quarter of a mile without problems now.
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I have the same question. Years ago, each time I used my home exercycle, after a few days, I would get a pain on my left side across from my belly button. Since I was having kidney stone problems and knew I had some small stones in my left kidney, I felt I was aggravating the kidney situation.

After eliminating the stones and subsequently discovering that I had diverticulosis, I concluded that might be the problem. I started going to the gym and using the cross trainer instead. Same thing happened. So, I stopped that. Now, I just went back to the gym and am using the treadmill for a half hour, plus a half hour on weight machines, including an abdominal crunch machine. Well, once again I am back with diverticulitis. So, I too am wondering if my goal of being fit is causing my diverticulars to act up. I sure hope not.
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I was hospitalized the end of July and had surgery. I followed up with a specialist the end of August. I asked if I could go back to the gym and he said no, not until at least the first of October. I had an abscess (not sure if that is considered a perforation or not) and they went in and cleaned that up and removed some adhesions. The doctor said a lot of strenuous exercise could irritate the healing of the adhesions and that I needed to give my body time to heal. I am crossing my fingers that when I go back I will be able to continue. I'll keep you posted.
Donna
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I had 4 episodes of exercise induced divi attacks in my 10 year history of attacks. Twice the day after doing ab work with a personal trainer. Once this year after a tennis game and hiking up a mountain and then the day after dancing. My father had to have emergency surgery for divi after an intense soccer game.

So yes, I do believe that exercise can contribute. Of course, I excersied many other times in those 10 years without attacks.
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My first attack (2 weeks ago) started a couple days after a very strenuous ab challenge workout. I've been wondering if it somehow made the diverticula angry.
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I am so glad im not alone!! everytime i try to do core training exercise i get a diverticulitis attack!! at my age i need to have core training, i dont know what to do anymore, i dont understand why doctors know so little about diverticulits, all they what to do is surgery,! we have the answer if only they would ask , together we can come up with a plan.
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Thank you for this info! I was nearing the end of my two-week course of flagyl and levaquin and feeling better, so I wanted to start exercising again. I went to a pilates class (which is something i regularly do) and played some tennis the next day, and BOOM, midway through the first set the pain and nausea came back BIG TIME. So now I'm taking amoxycillin-clavulante to try to get rid of the symptoms, again, but I was wondering if there was any connection to the exercise. Bummer! I play a lot of tennis, so this is not good news.