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Diverticula Disease

Diverticula Disease

Diverticula are small pouches that stick out from the large intestine. Although around half the population will have diverticula by the time they are 50, 3 in 4 will never experience any related symptoms. However, the other 1 in 4 may experience abdominal pain and diarrhoea, which is known as having diverticular disease. Diverticulitis can also occur, which is when the diverticula become inflamed or infected.

Diverticular disease may be characterised by a change in normal bowel habits, such as constipation or diarrhoea, bloating, or bleeding from the rectum. Pain in the abdomen (stomach) will often be intermittent and felt on the lower left-hand side. Symptoms of diverticulitis also include abdominal pain, constipation and bleeding; but may also encompass nausea, vomiting, frequent and painful urinating, and a high temperature. Complications arising from diverticulitis have been known to include abscesses and fistulas.

Both diverticular disease and diverticulitis can be caused by a lack of fibre in the diet, as this is what is thought to cause the development of diverticula. Fibre makes stools softer and easier to push out. Straining to push out harder stools can weaken the muscle: this allows the inner layer of the colon to push through, thus creating the diverticula. Risk of diverticular disease may be increased by smoking, being overweight, lack of physical activity, and having a history of constipation. Infections causing diverticulitis may occur when a hard stool gets stuck in one of the pouches, giving bacteria a chance to multiply and spread.

As many conditions have similar symptoms to diverticular disease and diverticulitis, GPs may recommend blood tests as a way of ruling out these other conditions. A colonoscopy, whereby a tube with a camera on the end is inserted up your rectum and into the colon, can confirm the presence of diverticula. Alternatively, a barium enema X-ray can be undertaken, which involves squirting barium liquid up a tube into your rectum.

Diverticular disease can generally be treated with painkillers such as paracetamol, although ibuprofen and aspirin are not recommended as they may upset your stomach. A high fibre diet may also help manage the symptoms, however in cases where blood loss is severe, a blood transfusion in hospital may be necessary. Diverticulitis may also be treated at home, with antibiotics to combat the infection and paracetamol to address the pain. In more serious cases, for example where your GP suspects complications or you are dehydrated, treatment may be administered in hospital. This will involve antibiotic injections and being hydrated and nourished through a drip. Surgery is rarely recommended, however if it were to be undertaken it would involve removing the affected area of the colon.

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is there any tablets I can to help the food move down and put a lining on my bowel.





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I was diagnosed with diverticulitis last year when I was in so much pain I could hardly walk so hubby took me straight to hospital.Since then ive had up to 10 bouts of it and saw a consultant at the weekend.He said that operating is a risk but if I give up smoking he will do it..I could of kissed him as I can't make plan's like normal people do as I never know how I'll be.So going to start on nic patches in a couple of weeks as determined to get better :)





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Hi y'all im writing in agony ive been to er twice put on drip xrays blood tests all clear YET AGONY IN RIGHT LOWER ABDOMEN and constapation took senna some relief then. High temp and shivers and PAIN now now waiting until feb 4 to have ct with contrast dye im just cross the buscoporine pain relief is a waste of time nothing works i feel like. Screaming ive had etopic pregnancy 20 yrs ago so i know pain and man this is really bad any ideas how to get through nxt 9 days id be real gratefull wishing everyone health n happiness. Zoe





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Just been diagnosed with dive however symptoms worse after colonoscopy.





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Hello Can anyone tell me if they have experienced diverticular on both left and right abdomen I was diagnosed with diverticular in May 2014 after having pain in my lower left abdomen and now I have to go for a colospany because I have a pain on my lower right abdomen





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How can you tell if its diverticula disease and not just gas pain? I have lower left stomach pain that feels like gas that has been bothering the last few days. I can feel gas moving in that area. My grandmother had diverticula disease and I am chronically constipated. How can I make sure it's not something serious? I dont have health insurance. Thanks





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Man I thought I was dying I was in so much pain. Went to. Urgent care after second day and i could barely walk. They gave me a shot of ibuprofen to no avail finally sent me to er for ct scan looking for kidney stones or blockage which came back neg. Given a shot of morphine for the pain and an iv then sent home and told to contact my primary Dr. And given one day off work only cause I was still there when i should have been at work.When i did reach my primary dr. I had to make her go over the entire ct results, which was over the phone she wouldn't even see me.she tells me oh well you have diverticulitis but that's common when you get old, im only 54 hardly old, which is her answer to me for any problem i present to her. When asked what it meant she goes oh how can i explain it so u can understand, its when the colon starts sagging. After that stupid answer I went with my gut instinct which was that i was constipated and full of $#it ahem sorry fecal matter. I didn't have an appetite any way so i put my self on a liquid diet and bought some ginger tea. The tea went to work immediately. I took one of the Norco tablets issued by er slapped on a heat wrap for my shank pain which is what i was officially diagnosed with laid down massaged my belly right up under my rib cage and listened to my tummy gurgle and grumble till i fell asleep with the help of a sleep aide. Woke up this morning feeling no pain. I finally went to the bathroom and released a couple of gnarly twisted turds. Still have wiggles on my left side. i also drank lemon water pure cranberry juice apple juice blueberry juice and lots if water. I was led to do these things after i prayed to God for help or release me from this magnetic wotld. I also had about an hour of no symptoms no pain after I released some guilt regarding my mother. That's when I knew i could get better. This experience is changing my life and style oh yea and I'll be changing Dr's too.





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Sometimes you have to take matters in your own hands. I have been suffering from diverticulitis symptoms for almost three weeks. Don't want to go ER this time of the year because there's nothing but interns available. The pain is so bad that I dread the fifty something mile ride to get to a decent hospital. Have lost a lot of sleep due to inability to find a comfortable position in the bed. Me and my heating pad have parted ways. The last MD I consulted about it just gave me results of my labs which indicated that my sugar was elevated, creatinine levels were elevated and the presence of suspicious bacteria in my urine. I was advised to continue cipro and to avoid Nsaids (there goes the ibuprofen I had been prescribed for pain) although I had abandoned it several days before due to it causing constipation. My appetite has all but disappeared, like yourself. Resorting to OTC fiber as well as aloe vera gel. If it doesn't relent, I'll have to resort to the ER.

Since my initial onset of pain due to diverticulitis and my relief from the horrendous pain on Dec.9 I have continued with the liquids but I also began to use suppositories every morning to ensure a b movement. I am doing smoothes, avacados, baked yams with cinnamon overcooked black eye peas as these are all known 4 healibg. I begin the day with acv drink. I also started flooding my tommy with probiotics. I also quit smoking after my 2nd opnion Dr.who has rhe same problem told me I would never heal if I didn't an could end up with a colostomy bag. I also started taking b vitamins including biotin and omega 3-6 and I still drink coffee as well as light excercise in the am. I know suppositories can become harmful but I feel to much pain in my back and side trying to go on my own but zi dont want to get backed up and constpated waiting on my system which is temporarily impaired. Hope all this helps. I thought I would get better quick but I was told it will take a while. I'm also trying to cut back on refined sugar and increase collagen thru drinking broth i make in a crock slow cooker.

I posted a comment just now re problems with diarrhoea but forgo t to say I have diverticula problems.





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Does anyone have diarrhoea with violent pain? It is so debilitating. I take Imodium but as soon as it wears off it comes back then ii'm constantly on the toilet. Anyone else with similar problems.





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My mother has been having attacks every now and then with constant diarrhea and stomach pain...constantly on the toilet

I have ulcerative colitis I went for my 5year colonoscopy and they found I had diverticular disease I the only symptoms I have is pain in the tummy and wind sometimes I go to the loo2/3 a day and then only once a day can any one help please





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