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Is it possible to have Appendicitis or diverticulitis with mild pain that comes and goes? no fever, and no intense pain when pushed on?

Is it possible to have Appendicitis or diverticulitis with mild pain that comes and goes? no fever, and no intense  pain when pushed on?

Yes: Yes, you can have mild versions of both but this is pretty uncommon. There are other diagnoses that can cause similar symptoms in a young woman including ovarian cysts, pregnancy, endometriosis, and irritable bowel syndrome. See you doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Appendicitis (Definition)

Of the appendix. It generally starts with plugging of the appendiceal lumen with inflammation building up behind it. Common symptoms are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant, nausea/vomiting, and loss of appetite. Appendicitis is treated with IV fluids + antibiotics and appendectomy (surgical removal of the appendix) either as an ...Read more

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Mild LRQ pain comes n goes. No fever no intense pain when pushed on. CBC normal. Waiting 4abdom X-ray. diverticulitis or appendicitis still possible?

Mild LRQ pain comes n goes. No fever no intense pain when pushed on. CBC normal. Waiting 4abdom X-ray. diverticulitis or appendicitis still possible?

Unlikely: I'm assuming you mean right lower quadrant pain. With no fever and no WBC elevation, it's unlikely that you have diverticulitis or appendicitis. HOWEVER, they are both still possibilities. Diverticulitis would be especially unusually on the right side with your age. I would bet on a colitis, constipation or an ovarian cyst before appendicitis. But this is still a guess. ...Read more

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Managing Diverticulitis (Checklist)

Eat a high fiber diet
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Drink 80-100 oz of fluids. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
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Never eat nuts seeds or popcorn
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Would CBC and abdom X-ray show any kind of infection? Mild Lower right tummypain comes and goes no fever is appendicitis or diverticulitis possible?

Would CBC and abdom X-ray  show any kind of infection?  Mild Lower right tummypain comes and goes no fever is appendicitis or diverticulitis possible?

Specifics please: In what position do you feel better/ worse? What is the quality of pain--sharp, stabbing, pressure, bloating, gassiness? Where in your abdomen (right, mid, left) do you experience discomfort? Duration pain lasts? Is pain deep or superficial? Have you seen blood with stool or change in bowels? Any chance of pregnancy (sexually active)? Any bladder/uti symptoms? Ur doc will need this info 2 help ...Read more

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Lower left quadrant pains no fever not tender to touch. Adhesions from csection, appendicitis, endometriosis, diverticulitis? Waitingon X-ray and CBC

Lower left quadrant pains no fever not tender to touch. Adhesions from csection, appendicitis, endometriosis, diverticulitis? Waitingon X-ray and CBC

Guess: In left lower quadrant odds are in favor of diverticulitis, but would expect tenderness. Others are possibilities. Good to have investigated as you are doing. ...Read more

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Managing Diverticulitis (Checklist)

Hydrate well
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Stay away from nuts and seeds
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Eat a simple, anti-inflammatory diet
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Manage pain acutely
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What is diverticulitis vs osis?

What is diverticulitis vs osis?

Bad/Not-So-Bad: Diverticulosis is the condition where little pockets form on the colon at natural weak points. This is very common in the western world, presumably secondary to our diet, and increases with age. Diverticulitis is the condition where one of these pockets ruptures, leading to the release of intestinal contents into the abdominal cavity, causing (sometimes severe) inflammation and pain. ...Read more

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Hi I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis and also have gout. Should i be careful with the antibiotics they have me on vs the steroids n gout meds.

Diverticulitis 1st: Your first priority is treating the diverticulitis. You should make sure it is well controlled before worrying about your gout. If your gout does flare during treatment there are still a number of options to help. ...Read more

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Managing Diverticulitis (Checklist)

Take initial antibiotic therapy completely
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Eat a low residue diet initially after treatment
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Eat a high fiber diet in the long run
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What are other conditions with symptoms similar to diverticulitis?

What are other conditions with symptoms similar to diverticulitis?

Crohn's: Diverticulitis has similar symptoms as crohn' s disease and colon cancer. Hence investigations are required to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

Diverticulitis is inflamation and/or infection of diverticuli, almost exclusively of the colon. The most common place is in the sigmoid colon, low on the left side. Symptoms are pain and tenderness of the left lower abdomen. They can be mild to severe. Sometimes worse with ...Read more

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