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Is it possible to have diverticulitis without a fever and severe pain?

Yes: A mild attack of diverticulites might be associated with miminal pain and no fever, though having diverticulites at age 19 would be exceedingly rare. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches ...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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How common is fever as a symptom for diverticulitis?

How common is fever as a symptom for diverticulitis?

Common.: A low grade temperature (high 99s to 100s) is common with diverticulitis. Usually people have left lower abdominal pain (70% of people). It is sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting (20-60%), constipation (50%), or diarrhea (25-35%). However, if you have no fever, but have all the other symptoms, see your doctor, because you can still have diverticulitis without a temperature! Cheers! ...Read more

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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

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My wife received antibiotics for treatment of diverticulitis today and took them about 3 hours ago. Her fever is higher now. Is that okay?

My wife received antibiotics for treatment of diverticulitis today and took them about 3 hours ago. Her fever is higher now. Is that okay?

Probably: Three hours is too short a time to expect results from antibiotics taken by mouth. Fevers are not uncommon in diverticulitis. If the fever is not making your wife very uncomfortable, then she should just drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration. Fever is a natural protective mechanism of the body that helps fight infection. However, if she is uncomfortable, she should take Tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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I think I am having an attack of diverticulitis. Should I go to the emergency room? I am having sharp pains in my stomach that get worse when I lie down. I have had diverticulitis twice before (6 and 8 years ago) I also have a fever off 99.2.

Yes,: Yes, whenever you have abdominal pain with a fever you must be seen as an emergency, particularly as you have a past medical history of diverticulitis. You should also establish a close relationship with a primary care physician so that in the future you can be evaluated early in the course of your illness and started on appropriate medication for possible diverticulitis. As you have pain and fever and your past medical history you must be seen as an emergency. ...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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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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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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12yo son's doc thinks he has meckel diverticulitis. Doc wrote keflex for 7 days then maybe surgery. Wbc 19k and low fever. Wait or go to children er?

12yo son's doc thinks he has meckel diverticulitis. Doc wrote keflex for 7 days then maybe surgery. Wbc 19k and low fever. Wait or go to children er?

GO TO ER: Go to the er
diagnosis of meckel diverticulitis is always confused with appendicitis
i will not treat this condition with oral antibiotics need evaluation by a surgeon and possible exploration. ...Read more

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Is it normal for 7 months later after surgery of diverticulitis to still be queasy and upset stomach? No fever or vomiting.

Is it normal for 7 months later after surgery of diverticulitis to still be queasy and upset stomach? No fever or vomiting.

No: Typically we would expect your intestinal function to be back to normal within 6-8 weeks of surgery for diverticulitis. Prolonged upset suggests that the bacteria mix that normally lives in your intestine has been altered by surgery and the antibiotics given around the operation. Probiotics may help. Some people can also become lactose intolerant for a while after surgery. ...Read more

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Occasionalstabbing and slight acheing pains lower r quadrant. CBC and abdominal X-ray normal there. No fever not sore to touch. Diverticulitis chance?

Occasionalstabbing and slight acheing pains lower r quadrant. CBC and abdominal X-ray normal there. No fever not sore to touch. Diverticulitis chance?

Not likely: If you had diverticulitis, you'd know it, because you'd be in extreme pain throughout from inflammation of the diverticuli (pouches in the intestinal lining) The crypts would be inflamed, and it wouldn't be localized to just one area on the right side. Plus, you may have a fever with it, or be otherwise in bed. You need to hydrate well regardless, as dehydration makes it worse. CBC normal is good. ...Read more

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In hospital 4 months ago with diverticulitis. Along with the cramping, bloating, constipation and fever, is lower back pain & pressure also a symptom?

Diverticulitis: Yes you can get referred pain and pressure to your lower back. Consult with your foctor or gastroenterologist for possible treatment. ...Read more

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Last nite had what I think was a diverticulitis episode pain, difficult passing gas, mucus with a bit of blood and low grade fever. Very little bland food the past two days. Today better no fever but stomach and abdomen still feels uncomfortable. Should

Last nite had what I think was a diverticulitis episode pain, difficult passing gas, mucus with a bit of blood and low grade fever. Very little bland food the past two days. Today better no fever but stomach and abdomen still feels uncomfortable. Should

Go to ER OR A DOCTOR: If you have acute diverticulitis you need a proper treatment pending the stages of your infection that will be be assessed by physical examination and CT scan if mild you stay on light diet and take oral antibiotic if moderate or severe you need IV antibiotic and IV fluid and you might have to stay fasting to prevent complicated diverticulitis that could mean surgery.so go and see a doctor please ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with diverticulitis on friday. Am on metronidazole and ciproflaxacin, feel terrible! Lethargic, flu-like symptoms. Is this expected?

Was diagnosed with diverticulitis on friday. Am on metronidazole and ciproflaxacin, feel terrible! Lethargic, flu-like symptoms. Is this expected?

Follow up scheduled?: Is this your first bout? Was the diagnosis confirmed on ct? Are you staying well hydrated? Diverticulitis is not too common in young people... Assuming the diagnosis is correct and you are otherwise healthy, a steady improvement is expected. If not, repeat labs or scan maybe needed. More severe cases do require IV antibiotics. Most importantly, you must stay in contact with your treating doc. ...Read more

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Type your question...Diagnosed with diverticulosis 3 years ago. Occasionally I have small cramp like pain in lower left abdomen. Usually on and off for a day and then stops. No fever or chills. Is this something that is just part of the diverticulosis?

Type your question...Diagnosed with diverticulosis 3 years ago. Occasionally I have small cramp like pain in lower left abdomen. Usually on and off for a day and then stops. No fever or chills. Is this something that is just part of the diverticulosis?

Not diverticulitis?: Colonic diverticulosis are permanent outpouchings of the colon lining. Diverticular complications include: inflammation (diverticulitis), abscess, bleeding, fistulas, perforation, etc. Your symptoms as described are more likely not diverticular in origin, but anything's possible. ...Read more

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Have diverticulosis. 2 days now, constant pain in lower left abdomen. Cannot sleep or walk. Could it be trapped gas? No fever or nausea

Have diverticulosis. 2 days now, constant pain in lower left abdomen. Cannot sleep or walk. Could it be trapped gas? No fever or nausea

LLQ pain: Although you are young for the disease it could be diverticulitis. other left lower quadrant causes could be inflammation of the ovary or Fallopian tube or even an ectopic pregnancy. A stone in the ureter should also be considered. Is the pain worsened with walking? Is it worsened with a bowel movement? Is there any nausea? Do you have a fever? You need evaluation and possible CT scan. ...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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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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Can you die from diverticulitis?

Can you die from diverticulitis?

It is rare: Diverticulitis has various potential complications which ranges from minor infection which responds well to oral antibiotics, to severe infection and peritonitis caused by spillage of stool from colon into the abdominal cavity. In severe cases it usually needs surgery and in these cases patient may end up having a colostomy. These days it is so rare to die from diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Is cornbread bad for diverticulitis?

Is cornbread bad for diverticulitis?

Probably ok: True acute diverticulitis is an infection requiring antibiotics for treatment. During acute diverticulitis one may be directed to eat lighter, smaller, softer, low fiber foods. As the infection resolves, eventually a high fiber diet would then be recommended to help prevent recurrences. Corn bread by itself, in moderation, should have no affect on diverticulitis. Drink plenty water too. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

Belly pain and fever: Belly pain, especially in the left lower part of the abdomen, and fever. ...Read more

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What is diverticulitis and what cause it?

What is diverticulitis and what cause it?

Diverticulitis: Assuming you have diverticulosis in the first place, the symptoms of diverticulitis would include fever, chills, sweats, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pains usually either in the lower left or lower right aspect. Diverticulitis comes from a ruptured diverticulum. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diverticulitis?

Inflamed pocket: Diverticulosis is thin walled pockets in wall of colon. Diverticulitis: inflammation of pockets. Not caused by something getting stuck in them, but from increased pressure in bowel: weakest link, so small perforation, with spasm, inflammation. Mild: outpt rx, oral antibiotics; more so: inpatient abs; severe: surgery for drainage, inpt abs. Hi fiber diet may help prevent. Itis: no fiber initially. ...Read more

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So what are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

So what are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis: Most people develop colon diverticuli (outpouchings of the wall of the bowel) as they age. When these become inflamed it is called diverticulitis and can produce pain, diarrhea, sometimes blood in the stools. ...Read more

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Are there different types of diverticulitis cures?

No: While there are many different antibiotics that can be used to treat diverticulitis, and taking a regular fiber supplement may reduce the likelihood of further episodes, the only cure for diverticulitis is to remove the diseased portion of the colon. This is commonly done as a laparoscopic operation. It represents major surgery and is only indicated under certain circumstances. ...Read more

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Should I be, eating sweets, I have diverticulitis?

Sweet not bad: Sweet are not bad for diverticulitis unless you are eating baklava which full of nuts that is bad ...Read more

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What are the corollaries of getting diverticulitis?

Not sure what asking: Inflamed diverticuli may affect adjacent tissues with the inflammation of these producing a wide spectrum of symptoms. They may perforate and produce localized abscesses, peritonitis, sepsis, formation of fistulous tracts to other organs, scarring and adhesions may create intestinal obstruction. If appropriately managed, however, these are uncommon. ...Read more

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What foods are described as bland foods? Diverticulitis

What foods are described as bland foods? Diverticulitis

Bland: Bland foods usually are not spicy or acidic or interesting. Think cheese sandwich,
cream of mushroom soup, crackers...... If is sounds too good, it's probably not on
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What foods should I avoid if I have diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

What foods should I avoid if I have diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Diverticular Disease: Diverticular disease can be less frequent or severe by avoiding foods such as corn, popcorn, nuts and seeds. These items can get lodged in the pockets in your colon (diverticula) and cause inflammation which could lead to diverticulitis. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more