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Diverticulosis And Diverticulitis Support Groups
Diverticulosis: Because diverticula by themselves usually do not cause problems, most people learn they have diverticulosis during routine screening examinations for colorectal cancer or during tests that check for other intestinal problems. Diverticulitis, on the other hand, is usually diagnosed during an acute attack. ...Read more
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. Diverticulosis typically causes no symptoms. ...Read more
Osis and itis:
Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticula, small outpouchings "pockets" typically in the sigmoid colon that develop as people age. This is very common with time.
Diverticulitis is inflammation associated with the diverticula and typically requires treatment with antibiotics. The presence of the pockets does not mean you with get diverticulitis. ...Read more
No and yes:
Diverticulosis (pockets in the wall of the colon) usually causes no symptoms. May be associated constipation/gas/cramps, but not specifically due to the pockets
diverticulitis typical symptoms: pain, usually left lower abd, fever; associated with high WBC count. Urinary symptoms if inflammation affects bladder or ureters. Can recur. Not from plugging of pockets, but blow out of weak wall. ...Read more
2 different answers:
Diverticulosis best managed with hi fiber diet and plenty of noncaffeinated fluids, avoiding nuts, seeds, and popcorn.
Diverticulitis needs confirmatory diagnostic test which may include ct scan, cbc, physical exam, prior colonoscopy reports and is treated with antibiotics, modified low fiber diet and potentially surgery for recurrent episodes or complications such as abscess, fistula, obstructio. ...Read more
What point should I consider surgery for diverticulitis, 2 flare ups in a month. (had diverticulosis for years) last scope was nov. 13.
Infected or not: Diverticulosis is a condition where the colon develops small pockets that can bulge out from the wall of the colon. It usually develops in people with constipation. Diverticulitis is a condition where these pockets become infected, requiring antibiotics or sometimes surgery. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Have diverticulosis and last 5 weeks been very poorly with diarrhoea, pain, sweats, is it diverticulitis & should it be urgently treated?
Diverticulitis: Yes, you should go to the ER. ...Read more
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. Diverticulosis is the condition of having diverticuli that are not infected nor bleeding. ...Read more
Recently diagnosed with diverticulosis (diverticulitis inflammation put me in hospital), what to do?
Depends: On location and severity of your diverticulitis. In general, if this is your first episode, chances of needing another hospitalization is about 50% over your lifetime, and chances of eventually requiring surgery is less than 30%. Consult with your GI specialist or surgeon for specific advice on what to do. You should modify your diet in order to minimize chances of further attacks. ...Read more
Would xifaxan work to treat mild smoldering diverticulitis? I don't have a fever but I have Diverticulosis and cramps in that area with mucus and bloa
Can diverticulosis cause me to feel pressure on my bladder? I've had diverticulitis recently/cleared up with antibiotics.
Can diverticulitis cause headache nausea and belching. I have these a lot. Have diverticulosis, ulcers, hiatal hernia. Gallblader was 33% on hida scan.
Nausea & belching: More likely come from ulcers & hiatal hernia than from diverticulosis. Ejection fraction on hida scan varies according to source: some give 30-35%; others give 35-75%. R u being treated for the ulcers & probable reflux from hiatal hernia? If not, see doc for rx: h2 blockers like zantac (ranitidine) or better, proton pump inhibitors like prilosec/prevacid/protonix; dos may also rx 1 of those + 2 antibiotics. ...Read more
High fiber!: The idea that folks with diverticular disease should avoid seeds, nuts, corn, popcorn has never had any data to support it, so unless a particular food item causes discomfort, I don't advise its avoidance. That said, those with diverticular disease should be on a high fiber diet with plenty of fluid- this has been shown to decrease episodes of pain. ...Read more
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
Diverticulitis still bothering me, can't have another scan (have had many and didn't show diver) was diag. Via scope. What will surgeon do next?
Your surgeon can: Guide you in the right direction as he knows the whole story. I see you are already on antibiotics. As a general rule if symptoms don't improve with antibiotics or if the disease gets worse then surgery is an option. It all depends on your symptoms as well. What's bothering you could be simply the disease getting over its course. Failure of tx would be increase pain, fever or abscess on antibiotics. ...Read more
I had a barium enema because of diverticulitis problems and haven't heard results. How long should I wait?
A few days.: In most practices the study will be read that day and the report out the next. If you don't hear in a week call. ...Read more