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What is the difference between colitis disease and diverticulitis?

What is the difference between colitis disease and diverticulitis?

Very different: Colitis is inflammation of the colon. It is commonly seen with inflammatory disease of the colon (ulcerative colitis). Any area of the colon can become inflamed with this. Diverticulosis is having small pockets that poke out of the bowel wall. Diverticulosis is when one of these pockets gets infected or inflamed. This is usually more localized, like in the left sigmoid colon. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis (Definition)

An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches ...Read more


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How do you know the difference between diverticulitis and colitis?

Your doctor: Your doctor can talk to you about the differences between colitis and diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is an inflammation of the outpouching in the colon. Diverticular disease is an abnormal but common finding in the large intestine. Colitis is general inflammation of the entire large intestine. ...Read more

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Not sure if colitis or diverticulitis. What are the tests?

Not sure if colitis or diverticulitis. What are the tests?

Same work up!: When you have crampy abdominal pain with fevers or chills you can be diagnosed with colitis. Colitis is inflammation of the colon and can be due to infection, inflammatory bowel diseases or blood supply issues. Diverticulitis is caused when a small pocket in the colon pops and bacteria spills outside the wall of the colon. Ct scan is the best diagnostic tool. ...Read more

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Why did I have a 20 min. Pelvic floor spasm? Would colitis or diverticulitis feel like this?

Why did I have a 20 min. Pelvic floor spasm? Would colitis or diverticulitis feel like this?

Posssibly: Could also be bladder or pelvic organs please call your gyn, the gyn can start the workup, u may need also to see a GI specilaist. ...Read more

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Is ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis same?

Is ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis same?

No: These are two completely separate conditions although one patient can have both diagnoses at some point in time. It is very important to have a colonoscopy and GI/surgical evaluation to make the correct diagnosis as the treatments (medical and surgical) are very different. ...Read more

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At what point do you go back to the er? I I have diverticulitis&colitis and the diarrhea for it. I feel like im putting out more than I take in

At what point do you go back to the er? I I have diverticulitis&colitis and the diarrhea for it. I feel like im putting out more than I take in

Being sick: What is your heart rate? How often are you peeing? Any pain that is intractable? Are your lips chapped? Are you dizzy. The right answer in most class is not to go to the er, but to contact or see your family physician first. ...Read more

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I have diverticulitis and colitis. Was having issues with diarrhea allday up until 2 hours ago. Now I'm leaking diarhhea like fluid from mybutt. Normal?

I have diverticulitis and colitis. Was having issues with diarrhea allday up until 2 hours ago. Now I'm leaking diarhhea like fluid from mybutt. Normal?

Call your doctor: If you have a diagnosis of diverticulits and colitis you obviously have a GI doctor. Make and appointment and get checked. You have symptoms which tell me your colon is not normal. ...Read more

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I have colitis and diverticulitis, exp yellow liquid diarrhea with pain crampa and cant eat, is this a new problem or one of the old ones? Not typical

I have colitis and diverticulitis, exp yellow liquid diarrhea with pain crampa and cant eat, is this a new problem or one of the old ones? Not typical

Colitis: I believe that your present symptoms are more typical of a colitis due to a viral intestinal tract infection rather than acute diverticulitis. Treatment would consist of rest, avoidance of harsh roughage, intake of adequate room temperature fluids and use of kaopectate to control diarrhea. Imodium to be taken only for severe diarrhea If symptoms worsen instead of gradually improving, see your MD ...Read more

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I have been told that I have diverticulitis and colitis. I am on oral cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for both. How long for the meds to kick in and the diarrheatostop?

I have been told that I have diverticulitis and colitis. I am on oral cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for both. How long for the meds to kick in and the diarrheatostop?

Confirm the dx: You first have to make sure that the diagnosis is correct. Diverticular associated colitis is a real entity, but it is less common than ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease. If a gastroenterologist confirmed that diagnosis with colonoscopy and biopsy, then sometimes antibiotics, such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl may not work to stop the diarrhea. Other treatment options are possible. ...Read more

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People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

Separate issue: Not more prone than the next individual. Are more prone to colon cancer-risk increases with duration of and extent of disease. Will need more frequent surveillance colonoscopies than other folks. ...Read more

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Mystery upper left abdominal pain for four years. Gallbladder removed, endless dr visits and no diagnosis. Diverticulitis, colitis, gallbladder rem.

Mystery upper left abdominal pain for four years. Gallbladder removed, endless dr visits and no diagnosis. Diverticulitis, colitis, gallbladder rem.

Too complex: This is too complex and too long of a problem to be able to cover in this setting. See your doctor/surgeon. ...Read more

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CT scan didn't show diverticulitis. Pain on left and right of belly button, nausea. Had Cdiff, Colitis, Diverticulitis last year. Can CT miss something?

CT scan didn't show diverticulitis. Pain on left and right of belly button, nausea. Had Cdiff, Colitis, Diverticulitis last year. Can CT miss something?

At age 61: Would suggest CT scan NOT SUFFICIENT to rule out bowel disorders. You need a screening Endoscopic exam....by a qualified Gastroenterologist. ..Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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Ct scan showed diverticulitis and sigmoid colon iflamation I'm freaking out the discharge paper said diverticulitis posible colitis and ibd?

Ct scan showed diverticulitis and sigmoid colon iflamation I'm freaking out the discharge paper said diverticulitis posible colitis and ibd?

Unusual: At your age, and common with aging.
You must be symptomatic if you are getting studied.
Diverticula, diverticulosis, then irritation called diverticulitis.
Your doctor will make dietary recommendations, and you may need colonoscopy to be sure no other issues. ...Read more

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Yellow liquid diarrhea with some floating stool, nausea sweating pain, cramps, how can I tell if its my colitis, diverticulitis or something else?

Yellow liquid diarrhea with some floating stool, nausea sweating pain, cramps, how can I tell if its my colitis, diverticulitis or something else?

CouldBe Any Of These: You can not tell if it is your colitis or it is Gastroenteritis.Divertculitis does not normally present like diarrea and floating stools. I suggest you drink plenty fluids to avoid dehydration and get it checked by your doctor or a Gatroenterologist ...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 HSV does, and recurrent herpes simplex can look identical to zoster. 1) Retest next outbreak to confirm varicella zoster virus (VZV), and PCR test for HSV. 2) Have an HSV IgG antibody test, expecting maybe positive for HSV1. 3) Continue valacylovir to prevent recurrences, whatever the cause. As others have advised, it is nontoxic and harmless, so why not? ...Read more

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Is there a difference between colitis and diverticulosis?

Yes: These are two different problem. Diverticulosis means pockets in colon specially in sigmoid part but these pockets are not infected. When infected called diverticulitis. Colitis is infection or inflammation of inner lining of the colon. ...Read more

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On Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for colitis, also diagnoses of mild diverticulosis. Given vague dietary guidelines... How long eating BRAT diet? Then what to eat?

On Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for colitis, also diagnoses of mild diverticulosis. Given vague dietary guidelines... How long eating BRAT diet? Then what to eat?

Colitits: Those medications and that condition make it important to eat carefully but doesn't have to be BRAT diet (Banans, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) just nothing greasy or spicy or hard to digest - soups, rice, pasta, crackers, yogurt, etc- avoid any fast foods ...Read more

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What is the difference between colitus and diverticulitus?

Location in colon: Diverticulitis is an inflammation of a diverticulum (pouch) of the bowel, but colitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bowel. ...Read more

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What's the difference between colitis and Crohn's disease? The symptoms seem the same.

What's the difference between colitis and Crohn's disease? The symptoms seem the same.

Ulcerative: Ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease are the two most common inflammatory bowel diseases we see. Even though they can seem similar, they differ in symptoms, affected populations, which parts of the digestive tract they affect, complications and treatments. Below I've linked a web page with many tables that compare the differences between the two. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease?

How do you tell the difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease?

Location for one: It can be difficult to tell between the 2 at times. Location is important. Ulcerative colitis always involves the colon starting with the rectum. Crohns can follow any distribution in the gut and often involves the small intestine, especially the terminal ileum. There are also differences when tissue specimens are viewed under the microscope. There are blood tests which can be helpful too. ...Read more

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What's the difference between spastic colon, functional bowel disease, mucous colitis and IBS. How I can now that I am suffering from them?!

Gastroenterology: You want to know if you have spastic colon, mucus colitis etc. A gastroenterologist can evaluate your stool and if required may perform a study called colonoscopy. Any times the doctor can get a lot of answers by talking to you about your stool habits. ...Read more

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What is the difference between colitis and ibs? Are they the same?

What is the difference between colitis and ibs? Are they the same?

Depends: Do you mean ibs to be irritable bowel syndrome? That is a condition of abdominal bloating & cramping with alternating diarrhea & constipation. May be malfunction of the muscle wall of the intestine. Colitis is an actual inflammatory process of the wall or lining of the colon with diarrhea, fevers, colon ulcers & bleeding. Can be from infection or other inflammation. Needs medication to treat. ...Read more

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What is the difference between diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

What is the difference between diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

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

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What is the difference between ulcerative colitis and regular colitis?

Colitis is a: General term for inflammation of the colon and can be due to many thing including vascular or blood supply problems, infections and idiopathic meaning not a clear cause. Ulcerative colitis is a very specific term that refers to one of the inflammatory bowel diseases in the colitis category. Diagnosis and management of each form of colitis is quite different as is the prognosis, so may sure your I ...Read more

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What is the difference between ulcerative colitis and pancolitis?

See below: Pancolitis is just a description of colitis that is affecting the entire colon, & it can come from all types of colitis such as infectious colitis, crohn's colitis, or others. Ulcerative colitis is a specific form of colitis or colon inflammation diagnosed by colonoscpoy & biopsy & which might also cause a pancolitis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulitis

What is the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulitis

Your question...: I assume you mean the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulosis. Diverticulosis is the development is small pouches in the wall of the lower colon. Diverticulitis is the infection of those pouches. ...Read more

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What is the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulosis?

What is the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulosis?

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

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Colitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of ...Read more