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What is a sign of diverticulitis? How do I know to differentiate from constipation that last for over 2 wks?

What is a sign of diverticulitis? How do I know to differentiate from constipation that last for over 2 wks?

Pain: Bowel variability can include constipation, diarrhea, bleeding.

Pain, fever, local tenderness over colon -left lower commonly, then lab work with WBC increased, ct scan abnormalities, thickening, leak, abscess etc. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis (Definition)

An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches ...Read more


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Can diverticulitis pain be mostly on the right side of your abdomen with no constipation?

Can diverticulitis pain be mostly on the right side of your abdomen with no constipation?

Yes: It is true that diverticulitis is most often on the left side of the abdomen. However right sided diverticulitis does occur and is not a result of constipation. ...Read more

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My 3yr old has the same problems with constipation and her bowels that I've had since her age and I have diverticulitis. Can she have it at her age?

My 3yr old has the same problems with constipation and her bowels that I've had since her age and I have diverticulitis. Can she have it at her age?

Maybe see your MD: I would suggest that you both be tested for celiac and crohns disease. It is possible that she inherited the same sensitivity to food or environment that is causing your digestive issue. Please see your md. ...Read more

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Is prune juice (maybe 1/2 cup) okay for a recovery diet for diverticulitis to avoid constipation, instead of taking OTC stuff?

Is prune juice (maybe 1/2 cup) okay for a recovery diet for diverticulitis to avoid constipation, instead of taking OTC stuff?

Prune juice: Prune juice may work just as well. If you don't find relief then you can go roth over the counter. Make sure you drink plenty of water and walk around ...Read more

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Recovering from diverticulitis attack still have to be on low fiber diet but at the same time afraid of constipation what can I do?

Recovering from diverticulitis attack still have to be on low fiber diet but at the same time afraid of constipation what can I do?

Diverticulitis: Hello and Welcome to HealthTap,
I would suggest continuing the high fiber diet, increasing water intake to 6-8 glasses of water (if no contraindication). Use Metamucil on daily basis & walk or exercise if possible. Try avoiding foods with seeds to avoid inflammation of the diverticuli, once your acute phase is over you would benefit from colonoscopy at least 6 weeks after the episode.
Thank you ...Read more

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36yr male. Pain in lower left side that radiates upward. Bloated. Intermittent diarrhea and constipation. Nauseas. Diverticulitis? Should I go to ER?

36yr male. Pain in lower left side that radiates upward. Bloated. Intermittent diarrhea and constipation. Nauseas. Diverticulitis? Should I go to ER?

ImpossibleToSay. Who: Is always in charge? ERs=always expensive without great quality. Why? High lawsuit rates; thus lots of defensive medicine tests with few benefits. Seeing a physician (who demonstrates caring, works to educate you & you feel you can trust) is routinely better option. Biggest driver: diverticulitis=recurrent delays emptying colon, despite urges (however minor). Only clear liquids until good >2-3 day ...Read more

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Along with fever, constipation, and cramping is lower back pressure a symptom of diverticulitis?

Along with fever, constipation, and cramping is lower back pressure a symptom of diverticulitis?

Maybe: The location and extent of diverticulitis determines its presentation. A ct scan may show that it is low lying in the pelvis causing pressure or irritation. Consult with your physician for a more detailed personalized analysis. ...Read more

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I read high fiber diet can cause constipation and potentially anal fissures + diverticulitis from passing large stools. I recently passed large stools after starting 30g per day fiber. Should I worry?

I read high fiber diet can cause constipation and potentially anal fissures + diverticulitis from passing large stools. I recently passed large stools after starting 30g per day fiber. Should I worry?

Fiber + fluid: In order to avoid hard stools after starting an increase in fiber intake, increase water intake as well. Chronic passage of large hard stools can produce anal fissures and hemorroids, but it is not uncommon to pass a larger soft stool when initiating a higher fiber diet. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis @22, now 28 & constant pain beneath ribs, change in stool caliber, blood, vomiting, constipation, feels like a giant gas bubble. Uc?

Diverticulitis @22, now 28 & constant pain beneath ribs, change in stool caliber, blood, vomiting, constipation, feels like a giant gas bubble. Uc?

Obstruction: You may have had a diagnosis of diverticulitis at 22 but if you have had recurrent attacks, you may now have developped an obstruction from narrowing that occurs with healing. This is likely benign and if ibd, not uc but crohns dz. No matter what, this needs to be evaluated and I would recommend quickly. Any GI or colorectal could see this. ...Read more

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Prev dx'd w/ diverticulitis (2010), past few months diarrhea, constipation, bright red blood & mucous in stool, pain navel to vagina, pain during sex?

Prev dx'd w/ diverticulitis (2010), past few months diarrhea, constipation, bright red blood & mucous in stool, pain navel to vagina, pain during sex?

See your doctor: The symptoms you describe indicate that something is seriously wrong and further investigation needs to be done promptly. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed by a physical exam that I had a mild case of diverticulitis. I had a low grade fever, cramping, bloating, constipation/diarrhea tenderness to the touch in the lower left colon a week ago. I was put on cipro & Flagyl for 7-10 days and a 2

I was diagnosed by a physical exam that I had a mild case of diverticulitis. I had a low grade fever, cramping, bloating, constipation/diarrhea tenderness to the touch in the lower left colon a week ago. I was put on cipro & Flagyl for 7-10 days and a 2

Diverticulosis: Diverticulosis is very common - small outpouching of the lining of the large intestine (more often found on the left side of the colon), which are generally asymptomatic unless they become infected. It is found in more than half of americans over age 60. People who eat mostly processed food, as many americans eat, do not get enough fiber in their diet. As a result, constipation and hard stools are more likely to occur - causing people to strain when passing stools. This increases the pressure in the colon or intestines and may cause these pouches to form.

Diverticulitis can present with localized pain, fever, diarrhea, but on occasion, if ruptures (like an appendix), can cause peritonitis and abscess formation. In mild cases, antibiotics can soothe the infection. Once better, you should add more fiber to your diet and avoid certain foods, such as nuts and seeds. Eating more fiber can help prevent future attacks. However, if you develop more severe symptoms, or if you have repeated bouts of diverticulitis, you may need to have that segment of large intestine removed. In emergent situations, with abscess and advanced signs of infection, emergency surgery may necessitate the use of a temporary colostomy.

I suggest that you see a gastroenterologist, who may do a colonoscopy or barium enema. You may then be referred to a general or colorectal surgeon if surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Blood in solid stool (light pink), nausea, headache, stomach cramps. No IBS, no hemroid, no diverticulitis, no constipation, no aspirin/ibuprofen.

Blood in solid stool (light pink), nausea, headache, stomach cramps. No IBS, no hemroid, no diverticulitis, no constipation, no aspirin/ibuprofen.

Could still B intern: -hemorrhoid so, best 2 have it checked out. Usually if blood is from higher up in the GI tract it's black. Still I would B evaled. ...Read more

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How can I make sure I don't get constipated while in the diverticulitis recovery phase?

Stool softener: I would recommend an otc product MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) which is a very safe and gentle stool softener. Take at least 1 capful daily as directed and increase or decrease amount based on your bowel movements. I would also recommend to eat a healthy diet that is high in fiber and water. ...Read more

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Stomach hurts left side especially if I lean back. Was constipated. Now I am having BM. Stomach still hurts. Could it be the diverticulitis flare?

Maybe: It could be. The only way to know for sure if pain inthat area is diverticulitis (which is inflammation) is to get a CT scan. See your doctor for an exam and s/he will help you try to decide if you need the CT scan. ...Read more

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It's been 10day after antibiotics for diverticulitis still feeling sore after BM what can I do not to get constipated but still keep low fibr diet?

It's been 10day after antibiotics for diverticulitis still feeling sore after BM what can I do not to get constipated but still keep low fibr diet?

Prevent constipation: What's wrong with fiber? You should be ingesting lots of fiber if you're having problems with BMs. I suggest something like Metamucil 1 tbsp daily mixed with a full glass of water. ...Read more

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Which is best? Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax stool softener. Constipated. May have diverticulitis. Will have CT friday. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 days then ducolax last nite

Different mechanisms: They have different mechanisms of action. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an osmotic laxative (draws water out). Dulcolax is a stimulating laxative and for best effect take tablet with full glass water on empty stomach. Severe ab pain or fever then urgently see a doctor. You may benefit from an online consultation to best determine symptomatic care for constipation and advise next steps. ...Read more

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I have severe chronic diverticulosis. Diet and laxatives not helping with constipation and pain. What are my options?

See a doctor: Diverticulosis is not surgically treated. Diverticulosis does not cause constipation. You need to see a doctor for treatment of your chronic constipation. Repeated episodes of true infection requiring antibiotics due to recurrent diverticulitis may benefit from surgery, but this surgery will not be expected to correct chronic constipation either. ...Read more

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I had my send attack of diverTicultis in 13 months. I always eat high fiber. I am currently on day 2 of augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate), what can I take for constipation?

I had my send attack of diverTicultis in 13 months. I always eat high fiber. I am currently on day 2 of augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate), what can I take for constipation?

Drink water!: With your bowel condition avoid laxatives of any sort. Increase your fluid intake!! Drink loads of water and continue your diet as prescribed by your treating physician. Be patient!! Hope this helps. PS You might start ACTIVA a yogurt "Probiotic" take one serving each night before bed. This will require some time but stick to it. No chemicals! ...Read more

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No blood in stool, color good, have diverticulosis no infection. Pain n sore in anus had diarrhea. From meds because of constipation bulge in vagina from bladder n feel bulge in anus.

No blood in stool, color good, have diverticulosis no infection. Pain n sore in anus had diarrhea. From meds because of constipation bulge in vagina from bladder n feel bulge in anus.

Two different issues: Anorectal pain/soreness may be due to hemorrhoids or fissures that may be aggravated by your constipation. Stool softeners to move your bowels regularly would be a good first step. Sitz baths (can google) to help with your anorectal symptoms are a good idea as well. With regards to the bulge you are describing would discuss with your gyn and seek formal evaluation for any persistent issues. ...Read more

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I had blood mixed inside my stool 1 time then went back to normal. The night before I was constipated and strained. Recent colonoscopy. Diverticulosis?

I had blood mixed inside my stool 1 time then went back to normal. The night before I was constipated and strained. Recent colonoscopy. Diverticulosis?

Rectal bleed?: If the blood you noted were bright red, then the bleeding would likely be from a hemorrhoid or an anal fissure, either of which can result from straining to pass a difficult stool. If the blood were more black and created an entirely black movement, the blood would be coming from an upper tract source such as an ulcer. Bleeding from diverticuli is rather dramatic and scary. ...Read more

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Stomach cramps, chills, no fever, some diarrhea 2 days. Ate lots of salads for 3 days cause I was slight constipated. Could it be my diverticulosis?

Stomach cramps, chills, no fever, some diarrhea 2 days. Ate lots of salads for 3 days cause I was slight constipated. Could it be my diverticulosis?

Diverticulitis: Diverticulosis is outpocketing of the intestinal wall. Most people with diverticulosis never have any related symptoms or problems. Infection of a diverticulum can result in diverticulitis. This occurs in 10%-25% of people with diverticulosis. Symptoms of diverticulitis include abdomen pain, cramps, chills, and diarrhea. Left untreated, diverticulitis can result in serious illness. See a doctor ...Read more

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