Last week, I went to a care center for lower abdominal pain. I assumed it was gynecological, or a kidney infection since I have a history. My white count wasn't up, but they sent me to the hospital because of the acute pain. The doctor that reviewed the CTI said that there was a spot, but it was too small to make a determination, and said he was probably going to send me home w/ antibiotics since he wasn't even sure if the "spot" was anything significant. But my regular doctor, who is procedure-happy, insisted that I be admitted, and sent a surgeon over. He said it was Diverticulitis, and that even though it was my first occurrence, and none of the test results were conclusive, I might have to have a colostomy that night. I was terrified. I spent four days NPO, and barely escaped an NG feeding tube. Now the surgeon tells me that if I have a second occurrence, it's an automatic colostomy, no room for discussion. Now I'm on a low-fiber diet for six weeks, and am barred from popcorn and nuts for the rest of my life. I'm just wondering if I need more information or a second opinion. It seems extreme, and I am terrified to eat. If I have any pain at all, I lose my bowel. Any suggestions?
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