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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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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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Is diverticulitis serious I have diverticulitis and wanted to know if it is serious

Is diverticulitis serious I have diverticulitis and wanted to know if it is serious

Diverticulitis : Diverticulitis can become serious. Inflammation around the colon occurs when small bubbles on the wall of the colon rupture. If the ruptured area does not spread the process is self-limited and the infection that results can be treated with antibiotics, often on an outpatient basis with oral pills. If the ruptured area spills more contaminated material than can be contained, i.e. Spread of infection occurs, serious infection can result and require emergency surgery. Elective surgery should be considered if a patient has more than one or 2 episodes of diverticulitis to avoid the development of an emergency, since emergency colon surgery often leads to the need for a temporary colostomy (bag). Also diverticulitis needs to be confirmed as the diagnosis by studies of the colon, e.g. Colonoscopy, to be certain something else, like colon cancer, is not to blame for the symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of severe diverticulitis?

What are the common symptoms of severe diverticulitis?

Symptoms: Well, it will all depend on what you have, but mainly abdominal pain and fever. Other things can happen, but generally speaking if you have abdominal pain (usually in the left side) and fever, you should go and see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the foods I should not eat since I have had several severe bouts of diverticulitis, and what bread should I be eating?

What are the foods I should not eat since I have had several severe bouts of diverticulitis, and what bread should I be eating?

Do eat high fiber: High fiber diet, fruits & vegetables are best. Avoid junk foods, rice, pasta, white bread, but can have in smaller amounts. High fiber whole wheat bread ok. Add metamucil or similar for fiber. Drink plenty of water. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of severe diverticulitis( not diverticulosis ) ?

Can you tell me the symptoms of severe diverticulitis( not diverticulosis ) ?

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. ...Read more

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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

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Why am I still in pain after being in the hospital with diverticulitis, perforation and a severe infection?

Why am I still in pain after being in the hospital with diverticulitis, perforation and a severe infection?

You haven't provided: a time line as to how long you have been out of the hospital, how long the antibiotic were given and whether you were told to stay on a low fiber diet. Answers to all of this can impact the explanation, but it can take up to 6 weeks with proper treatment for this to heal. If you are having fever as well you need to return to your doctor or hospital for re evaluation promptly ...Read more

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Can diverticulitis have any cause to do with severe menstral cramps and missed periods?

Can diverticulitis have any cause to do with severe menstral cramps and missed periods?

An acute bout: of diverticulitis could lead to menstrual irregularities like a missed period but isn't likely to be a significant cause of more severe menstrual cramps; it could lead to severe abdominal pain independent of your menstrual cycle ...Read more

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ER X3, 1st diverticulitis, 2nd adhesions, 3rd possible GB disease. Need to have HIDA. Appt in 3wks. Severe pain, vomiting neon, diarrhea. Back to ER?

ER X3, 1st diverticulitis,  2nd adhesions, 3rd possible GB disease. Need to have HIDA. Appt in 3wks. Severe pain, vomiting neon, diarrhea. Back to ER?

Yes: Your symptoms sound significant. I would suggest immediate report to an ER and get a consultation with a GI surgeon at that time. ...Read more

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Hi my husband had one foot of the acending and descending colon removed due toi diverticulitis and cancer. He suffers from severe diarrhea help!?

Hi my husband had one foot of the acending and descending colon removed due toi diverticulitis and cancer. He suffers from severe diarrhea help!?

Call your surgeon: How long ago was the surgery? Diarrhea early after surgery is common. Drink plenty of liquids. Add metamucil 3 times a day to the diet. Ask tthe surgeon if immodium can be used or not to slow the bowels. ...Read more

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I have diverticulitis w frequent abdominal pain but this time pain is severe and keeps moving all over abdomen.Also had bruised kidney 1 mo ago

I have diverticulitis w frequent abdominal pain but this time pain is severe and keeps moving all over abdomen.Also had bruised kidney 1 mo ago

Diverticulitis: Your age is not stated & it is unclear if correct terminology is being used diverticulosis vs diverticulitis. Generally after 2-3 episodes of severe diverticulitis (inflammation of a diverticulum) surgery is considered. For recurring pain associated with having diverticulosis but no evidence of fever, chills, elevated white blood cell count & pain(diverticulitis) management is medical. See your md. ...Read more

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83yo developed 2 severe bouts of diverticulitis from pain meds for a total knee replacement. Needs shoulder done.What pain meds won't bust the colon?

83yo developed 2 severe bouts of diverticulitis from pain meds for a total knee replacement. Needs shoulder done.What pain meds won't bust the colon?

All: Narcotics will cause some degree of constipation. Need to review with the surgeon if there are non-narcotic pain medication options. Otherwise will need a strict bowel regimen after surgery with increased liquids ti drink and metamucil after surgery with bowel softeners added as needed. ...Read more

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Discomfort lower left abdomin-incl to touch not constant/severe and often occurs with gas or need to have bm.Loose bowels.Ct done for diverticulitis-bowel/related was unremarkable-no mass/inflamation.

Discomfort lower left abdomin-incl to touch not constant/severe and often occurs with gas or need to have bm.Loose bowels.Ct done for diverticulitis-bowel/related was unremarkable-no mass/inflamation.

Follow up with Dr.: You probably have seen a doctor to have a ct ordered. Persistent pain and discomfort could be related to a number of possible causes. A gastroenterologist may be helpful if this is a persistent problem. Further work up beyond a ct scan may include colonoscopy and additional laboratory tests, depending on the findings. ...Read more

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Doctors r/o inguinal hernia, diverticulitis, and testicular torsion. Observed epididymitis. Cause severe pain in LL Abd. when sneezing/coughing?

Referred pain: The testicle and closely attached structures (epididymis) form in the abdomen very early in life and then migrate later to outside of the body. This means that the nerve supply originates in the abdominal area -and you are experiencing this firsthand. Hopefully the treatment for epididymitis will lead to resolution. Has anything been confirmed? Good to see doc to make sure you're on track to heal. ...Read more

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Recurrent shingles with Post-Herpetic Neuralgia between outbreaks? There is a lot more to it but not enough space here.....?

Recurrent shingles with Post-Herpetic Neuralgia between outbreaks? There is a lot more to it but not enough space here.....?

Maybe HSV, not VZV: Shingles rarely recurs so frequently, but HSV2 (genital herpes) can do so, with recurrences anywhere from waist to upper thighs ("boxer shorts" area). 1) Retest next outbreak to confirm varicella zoster virus (VZV), and also PCR test for HSV. 2) Have an HSV IgG antibody test, expecting maybe positive for HSV2. 3) Continue valacylovir to prevent recurrences, whatever the cause. The drugs is entirely nontoxic, no reason not to take it as long as necessary. Good luck! ...Read more

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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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