Acute diverticulitis recovery time

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I was diagnosed 6 weeks ago on CT with an inflamed diverticulum. Since then, I took antibiotics and have recovered mostly, but the pain has always come back a little bit every few days, and especially in the last day or so. I thought I was recovered last week and then I decided to have a wild weekend and I think it set my recovery back. 

I don’t believe my case is severe diverticulosis disease, but more of a localized issue with a single diverticulum. I’m still under 40 and the CT scan didn’t have any remarks that there was an extensively diverticulosed colon - just the one pocket.

How long does it typically take to recover from acute sigmoid diverticulitis? Weeks, months? A year? I can’t find anything about this out there. Does anyone know? Is this normal that I’m still feeling pain 6 weeks in?

I know that some recommendations say no colonoscopy for 8 weeks, I assume that’s because the area takes that long to heal sometimes?

I hope my situation is common and that I am on the road to recovery and that I just need a little more time.  I have a big trip in 3 Weeks. 

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    i’m just so happy to finally find someplace that validates the continuing pain after diverticulitis attack. I was diagnosed with a micro perforation back in June and here I am seven months later with tiny little twinge is still going on. The antibiotics in the IV made me violently ill and I ended up losing like 20 pounds. And I still have only gained 10 back. You literally worry every day if you’re high fiber diet is going to work. I realize now it is some thing that is forever.

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      Hi Kim358.

      I have had DD for 15 + yrs. When I first had an attack the pain would last 3-5 days. Now it seems like my pain never goes away. I have pain and pressure every morning. It last until I have gone poo up to 3 times. The first movement is usually normal and the ones following are loose and sometimes watery. After that I get twinges and pressure all day long. I rarely go anywhere in the mornings.Im considering having the surgery.

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