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Diverticulitis (Definition)

A condition in which one or more of the small pouches in the digestive tract ...Read more


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Left testicle llq pain radiates to left lower back pain. Had CT ruled out kidney stones. H/o Crohn's and colitis. What could this be.

Left testicle llq pain radiates to left lower back pain. Had CT ruled out kidney stones. H/o Crohn's and colitis. What could this be.

Unclear: Is the testicle tender and swollen? Possibility of inflammation of the testicle or epididymis needs to be considered. Sometimes, the testicle may intermittently twist on its' vascular pedicle and cause intermittent torsion with associated pain. Complete torsion can cut off the blood supply and result in loss of the testicle. If any of this sounds like you, get examined by a urologist. ...Read more

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Biopsy colonoscopy clear, still having pain in colon/tender to touch diverticulosis diag. Can diverticulits flare have settled but still cause pain?

Biopsy colonoscopy clear, still having pain in colon/tender to touch diverticulosis diag. Can diverticulits flare have settled but still cause pain?

Possible: Diverticular patients may have chronic low grade discomfort in left lower quadrant, but after a flare of diverticulitis it may take several weeks for the pain to settle down. ...Read more

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What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

Inflammation: Uc is an inflammatory bowel disease with many triggers. Any trigger that creates an inflammatory response can/will cause a flare up - especially if you are not on maintenance medications. For some patients - even ones in "remission", triggers such as GI infection, systemic illness, significant change in diet and activity, or severe emotional stress can result in a flare up. ...Read more

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Can my acid reflux flares be related to my diverticulitis flares...

Can my acid reflux flares be related to my diverticulitis flares...

GERD &Diverticulitis: Acid Reflux involves the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. Typical “diverticulitis” involves the large intestine (unless you are referring to an uncommon condition called “Zenker’s Diverticulum”). I could find no medical literature associating acid reflux with typical diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Can colitis cause similar SX to appendicitis? CT WO contrast showed mild thickenin transverse colon diverticula sigmoid. 9 months on and off RLQ pain.

Yes : Yes certainly the two conditions can be very similar and difficult to tell apart. See a primary care doctor general surgeon or gastroenterologist for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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Wake up with chronic upper right side stomach pain sick, standing up makes it worse gonna pass out why?

Wake up with chronic upper right side stomach pain   sick, standing up makes it worse gonna pass out why?

Tough one: Strongly suggest see Internist. Blood vessels may be affected, gallbladder may be issue, nerves from back or joints in back. May be secondary affects from lobectomy u had few years ago. ...Read more

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Can IBS mimic appendicitis; lower right abdo pain and nausea? If yes, why? Does IBS affect the appendix area? CT showed thickened transverse colon

Can IBS mimic appendicitis; lower right abdo pain and nausea? If yes, why? Does IBS affect the appendix area? CT showed thickened transverse colon

IBS and colon: Colon thickening needs you to follow up with a gastroenterologist to get this checked and even biopsied. Irritable bowel symptoms usually improve with change in diet and taking probiotics. Keep me posted on the follow up with gastro. ...Read more

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Back pain abdominal pain throwing up joint pain both knees can't sleep ?

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Back pain abdominal pain throwing up joint pain both knees can't sleep ?

Go see ur FamilyDoc: Too many things can cause your symptoms for online docs to manage safely. So go see your FamilyDoc. Or go to ER or Urgent Care if symptoms get worse before you can see FamilyDoc. Bottom line, don't wait to see if you'll get better. The fact that you wrote in means that you need medical evaluation sooner than later. ...Read more

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How long can a diverticulitis flare last?

How long can a diverticulitis flare last?

Depends on: Severity, but usually 4-7 days. If it goes any longer, it could be something else. Consult with GI specialist for advice. ...Read more

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Can a diverticulitis flare up heal without antibiotics?

Can a diverticulitis flare up heal without antibiotics?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics are usually required but this decision must be ade between you and your treating physician. Good luck ...Read more

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Can my acid reflux flares be related to my diverticulitis flares...

GERD &Diverticulitis: Acid Reflux involves the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. Typical “diverticulitis” involves the large intestine (unless you are referring to an uncommon condition called “Zenker’s Diverticulum”). I could find no medical literature associating acid reflux with typical diverticulitis. ...Read more

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What point should I consider surgery for diverticulitis, 2 flare ups in a month. (had diverticulosis for years) last scope was nov. 13.

What point should I consider surgery for diverticulitis, 2 flare ups in a month.  (had diverticulosis for years) last scope was nov. 13.

Discuss with surgeon: Surgery should be a last resort but this is something to discuss with your gastroenterologist and/or surgeon. You should weigh the benefits of having surgery vs the risks, complications of such a surgery. ...Read more

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Can i play hockey with a diverticulitis flare-up, no fever?

Can i play hockey with a diverticulitis flare-up, no fever?

Do you want to?: "Diverticulitis flare-up" could mean anything. As I don't know for sure what symptoms you ARE experiencing (other than NO fever), I'm unsure how to advise you. It may be best to TTYD or use HealthTap Prime & talk to a doctor live about your concerns. If (minor) symptoms permit, playing hockey isn't contraindicated; however, any injury to abdomen may make things worse. Is that risk acceptable to u? ...Read more

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On Clopidogrel for TIA have Diverticulitis flare ups sometimes What would be a best option of PPI as some decrease the affect Clopidogrel ,H2 instead?

On Clopidogrel for TIA have Diverticulitis flare ups sometimes
What would be a best option of PPI as some decrease
the affect Clopidogrel ,H2 instead?

Clopidogrel isn't: best treatment for TIA; only partially inhibits platelets & ?severity of blood clots after plaque ruptures or embolic clots from atria (atrial fibrillation). Best Tx=optimizing NMR lipoproteins (not cholesterol), HbA1c <5.0% & Sys.BP <120 mmHg. Plavix (clopidogrel) & ASA, if taken about 1 Hr prior to PPI agents has plenty of time to work. Subsequent PPI does not reverse or ?anticlotting response to much degree. ...Read more

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Left side lower abdominal pain. History of diverticulitis. How can I tell if it's a flare up?

CT scan: Best test is a CT scan. This can be missed by history and physical. Some diverticulitis develop into life threatening abscesses. So heads up get checked out at the emergency room. Good luck ...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?

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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Hello I was diagnosed with diverticulitis last year. I recently had a flare up pain is fine now though now I have blood in urine haven't gone to dr. ?

Hello I was diagnosed with diverticulitis last year.  I recently had a flare up pain is fine now though now I have blood in urine haven't gone to dr. ?

Need Dr eval, as...: Hematuria (blood in the urine) is different than blood in the stool form diverticulitis. You need to be evaluated for the cause of blood in the urine now. best wishes. ...Read more

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I have diverticulitis.. How do I know if i'm having a flare up? Had cramps bloating gas for 3 weeks but no diarrhea until today?

I have diverticulitis.. How do I know if i'm having a flare up? Had cramps bloating gas for 3 weeks but no diarrhea until today?

Symptoms: Symptoms of a diverticulitis flare include, abdominal pain (usually left lower side, but may be all over), possibly nausea, vomiting, rectal bleeding, fevers, change in bowels, bloating... If you think you are having a diverticulitis flare, please see your doctor to see if you need antibiotics. If untreated it could get a lot worse. ...Read more

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How long should I expect tenderness in my stomach & left side after diverticulitis flare up? Is it ok to run...This morn it made it worse. Better now.

How long should I expect tenderness in my stomach & left side after diverticulitis flare up? Is it ok to run...This morn it made it worse. Better now.

Ask your doctor: May take some weeks to recover. Depends on how severe an episode you had. Your doctor would know your test results & be able to tell you what to expect for your own specific situation. ...Read more

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I have diverticulitis and had a flare up on christmas eve. I had a endoscopy over a week ago and now have mucus in bowel movements. Normal?

I have diverticulitis and had a flare up on christmas eve.  I had a endoscopy over a week ago and now have mucus in bowel movements.  Normal?

Mucous is normal: It is normal to have mucous in your stool. If your colonoscopy was otherwise normal then that is good news. Stay on a bowel regimen, to help you achieve two soft bowel movements daily. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I know if im having a diverticulitis flare up or ibs? I've been diagnosed with both. I have nausea, bloating, bloody stools, lightheadedness?

May be neither: How were you diagnosed with either. Even though you are young I assume you had a colonoscopy to rule out colitis and a CT scan to confirm diagnosis of diverticulitis which is uncommon in 30's. I say this because bloody stools are not usually seen with either of these. ...Read more

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What is diverticulitis?

What is diverticulitis?

Inflammation: It is related to acute inflammation of a diverticulum(a sac-like protrusion of the colonic wall), generally considered to be due to be related to microperforation of a diverticulum. It can present with a wide range of symptoms but most commonly abdominal pain. Other common symptoms are nausea(sometimes with vomiting), constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, and bloating. ...Read more

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Diet for diverticulitis?

Diet for diverticulitis?

Early vs. Late: Acute diverticulitis is associated with swelling of the colon that may create a temporary partial blockage of the colon. Therefore, we often advocate no food or just liquids during the initial phase of treatment. When food is resumed, it is common to recommend a low-residue diet early on. After the inflammation resolves, we often recommend high-fiber diets, which may reduce the risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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Is diverticulitis serious?

Is diverticulitis serious?

Possibly: Diverticulitis is inflammation of the large bowel (also known as the colon). The inflammation results from simple infection to catastrophic perforation with leakage of contents into the abdomen. Most patients experience very minimal symptoms and are easily treated with antibiotics. However, some patients present with life-threatening symptoms, requiring hospitalization and emergency surgery. ...Read more

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