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Lower left quadrant of abdomen hurts. Could it be intestinal diverticulitis?

Lower left quadrant of abdomen hurts. Could it be intestinal diverticulitis?

Maybe not GI related: Causes of recurrent abdominal discomfort as described may be identified by first addressing accompanying signs/symptoms so as to localize the organ involved: vaginal discharge or bleeding, alteration in periods, pregnancy risk? Fever, nausea, vomiting, altered stool pattern, blood with stool, tenderness, distension? Painful urination, blood in urine? Recent trauma, herniations? Age? Gender? Risks? ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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What medications are recommended for diverticulitis and intestinal spasms?

What medications are recommended for  diverticulitis and intestinal spasms?

2 problems: Acute diverticulitis is commonly treated with antibiotic such as Flagyl and clindamycin, effective against anaerobic (lack of oxygen areas) bacteria. See prior answer for more details. Intestinal spasm can be a part of diverticulitis, but is really a problem unto itself. There is only one cause of pain in the lower GI tract: abd wall muscle spasm. This is underlying ibs, colon masses/obstruction. ...Read more

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What is a good diet for this pain full intestine problem from diverticulitis?

What is a good diet for this pain full intestine problem from diverticulitis?

Depends: You are young to get diverticulitis. Have you had a diagnosis with colonoscopy or other test? Diverticulitis is an infection that needs treatment with antibiotics & can be a serious infection. Diverticulosis is having small pouches on the colon and is treated with high fiber diet, fruits & vegetables, add metamucil. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Only rarely: Inflammation can cause bleeding, blockage or can allow a hole with a leak to occur. This is almost always in the large intestine. It can cause a big abscess reaction and the reaction of the body to wall this off might trap the small intestine and kink or block it. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Rarely: If there is enough inflammation or infection from diverticulitis, then rarely the small intestine can become attached to the colon and secondarily become inflamed or kinked in the reaction. I have seen this occur on rare occaision. So typically a small bowel obstruction would not occur in diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Can diverticulitis cause my small intestine to get blocked?

Can diverticulitis cause my small intestine to get blocked?

Typically no but....: Diverticulitis usually refers to the colon. The inflammatory process can be so severe that it can make the small bowel adhere to it and kink, causing an obstruction. Although very rare, one can also get diverticula of the small bowel, and these could potentially perforate or obstruct. ...Read more

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Does pain under ribs from diverticulitis mean it is spreading to intestine?

No: Not likely. A perforated diverticulitis can cause peritonitis, but this would be more diffuse. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis. Sigmoidectomy 2014. Just had another bout. Dr. says may have to remove large intestine. Logical? I can't find much online.

General Surgery: You should consult a physician in General Surgery/Colon and Rectal Surgery at an academic medical center designated as a tertiary care medical center. Diverticulitis is treated with bowel rest, nasogastric suction, and antibiotics, however, the level of infection may be grave, and in certain cases a resection may be necessary. An expert opinion is a reasonable course of action. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis with a micro hole in my bowel on June 25th. Iis it too soon to have a Colonoscopy??

I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis with a micro  hole in my bowel on June 25th. Iis it too soon to have a Colonoscopy??

Follow up : Colonoscopy after treatment for diverticulitis usually occurs in the range of 6 weeks after initiation of treatment. Based on the timeline you provided this follow-up colonoscopy is a bit on the early side and you may want to review ideal timing with whomever scheduled this procedure for you. ...Read more

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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


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more