are my symptoms typical of diverticular disease?

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I have been diagnosed for over a year now but not much detail available. I never have loose bowels or constipation but when flare ups happen I just go to the toilet frequently and have been like this for over three weeks now. I'm on anti biotics and started mebeverine but tummy and back pain is getting me down. So relieved to find this forum.

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    Hi Vicky,my symptoms are a little different from yours as i get the runs bad when i eat something that doesnt agree with me which is high fat foods and high sugar content so i cook everything from scratch now so i know exactly what im eating,I can eat nuts and skins which seems to bother others,it sounds to me there is something that doesnt agree with you,keeping  a food diary  helps.Everyone is different as to what they can eatThe mebevirine did nothing for me,But i find going to the toilet regular and drinking plenty of water helps.Good luck and i hope you feel better soon.
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      Thanks for the reply Yvonne I was just sitting in tears. Just reading some of the comments has made me realize that there are so many different symptoms and it is a very individual thing to deal with. What cofuses me is not ever suffering the runs and really rare for me to be constipated so I have questioned if it is diverticular. But after reading people's experiences with the left sides pain and back pain maybe there are different things that affect me. Hopefully it will settle down. Thanks again x
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      You are very welcome Vicky,its good that your GP is keeping an eye on you,mine just dont seem to be bothered as if its no worse than a sore throat,we are all different as to what affects us and i think its that ,that makes this complaint so hard,i was diagnosed with the pouches on the left in November 2014 but get pains on both sides ,i have never had any back pain either which seems to be common,All the doctors seem to think its a result of having constipation which i have never suffered from,it just seems like a lottery as to who is affected,Take care xx
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      It is so different for everone isn't it? I have never had constipation either but just normal apart from the frequency which my gp days is my bowel just overworking. Very complicated and confusing as I don't really know what causes my flare ups. Think you need a better GP though.
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    Hi Vicky

    I was diagnosed having diverticular in 2010. I had one flare up in 2012 which required two weeks of oral antibiotics. I put down 2013 as job stress the regular stomach cramps and accompanying diarrhoea over months. I ate so many immodium. I left the job I

    still had flare ups. I avoided certain foods....

    From Jan this year I became more ill. Emergency admission 03/03 one of my diverticular had ruptured,hole in colon,pus and sepsis. I had keyhole surgery a drainage and repair of hole,4 days in hospital iv antibiotics then week more orally. I felt better for about 18 days then groin ache, high temperature and hard bloaty tum.

    Again admitted as emergency this time more infection and bowel stricture. I had the big op part of colon removed and I had a

    colostomy 31/03.

    Please do not let your symptoms carry on do go to dr and ask

    for a referals for a specialist.

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      Thank you for the reply. I have never had a bad flare up like this and the main problem is the pains. No loose bowels at all but my gp is insisting on seeing me every few days so that is good.
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    Good your doctor keeping an eye on you. I had many months of

    debilitating abdo pain with no loose stools. I just thought stress. I'm sure if I had been sent to hospital earlier than maybe iv antibiotics and fluids may have stopped my first operation.

    Any sign of high temperature and bloaty abdo do go back to dr or

    if late night/weekendo a&e. Don't leave it to chance.

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    Have you not been advised to go on a liquid only diet to rest the bowel.? This is important. After the pain reduces a low fibre diet can be followed and fibre reintroduced gradually. Rest too is important especially as a liquid diet can make you feel weak.
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      Hi Madge No, GP never mentioned liquid diet or resting but I'm going to try sticking to soups for a few days and try to rest . Thanks
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      Sigh- your GP obviously knows diddly squat about this condition. It is essential to rest the bowel for several days. Chicken broth made with bones is very good. Drink lots of water, honey and lemon drinks, apple juice. I have some aloe vera juice each day as it is supposed to help with inflammation. It tastes yucky but you can mix it with the apple juice. A probiotic might help too. Lots of people here find them useful. I also have found turmeric capsules helpful. When you go back to eating solids keep a food diary to see if you can pinpoint what gives twinges. I find I cannot eat large meals anymore and red meats give twinges. Porc is particularly bad. Seedy fruits like rasps and strawbs are out. I deseed tomatoes.
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      Thanks madge i have been drinking flavoured water all day today and just had mushroom soup for my sunday lunch after cooking a roast chicken lunch for my partner and son😕 I was looking at probiotic drinks but it said maybe not wise if on meds for cholestorel which I am so will check with doc on Tuesday. Is it usual to feel so tired I'm ready for bed and it's only Yom x
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    Yes, agree regarding your comment 'not much detail available'. Assume you have had the MRI scan to determine the extent of your condition? Assume also you have investigated the various reliable websites online such as www.corecharity.org.uk/ & there's some useful info re diet on this website.

    Flare-up symptoms seem to vary for each person. My symptoms started in the same way as yours but through strict management of diet seems to have the most positive effect. Although suggest you do the research and test things out for yourself regarding the diet advice as there is some out there that I think is based on conjecture rather than proven fact for all as our bodies all have individual responses to food etc.

    The back pain and tummy pain is awful but there are no quick fixes here and don't recommend long term use of painkillers. Heat packs, cold packs, sprays, tens machine can all help a bit but long term we all probably have to exercise the muscles both external and internal muscles (squeeze gently in and gently release stomach,intestines about ten times each day or when you can-realise it's tricky when your having a flare up) when you are able and probably forever to keep tummy muscles and back muscles strong and in good condition. Relying on painkillers can be detrimental to your internal health (not that good for the tummy etc).

    I have slightly more advanced symptoms than you but then I have had it a bit longer and my symptoms were adversely affected by working very long hours in a very stressful profession.

    Stress is a major factor in most cases it seems so cannot recommend strongly enough to build in a combination of relaxation methods-meditation, yoga, deep breathing, listening to relaxing music, whatever really works for you plus as healthy as possible low residue/low fibre diet when symptoms are flaring up followed by a gradual introduction of higher fibre foods to get up to a very high fibre vegetable rich diet to maximise intestinal health plus gentle but regular stomach and back strenthening exercises. Watch the wheat-there is some evidence that says that wheat and grains are no good at all for us so perhaps opt for gluten and wheat free if you think it may be making your symptoms worse, bloating etc.

    Getting all these things in place at once may come easy to you or may be tricky but has been the most effective for me. Mebeverine helps with spasms but for me is not much use otherwise. Don't forget to take as highest quality pro-biotics you can afford after the antibiotics are finished preferably with 'acidophilus' in as your internal healthy bacteria will be down to nil after anti-biotics and these healthy bacteris are even more vital for people who have poor intestinal/gut health! I turned to natural anti-inflammatories as ibruprofen etc. are I believe, frankly dangerous for the stomach and gut.

    Try turmeric with a little black pepper to activate in almond milk, and/or anything with real ginger, and/or peppermint or fennel tea (real fennel is too much for me!) artichoke hearts are good as is pukka aloe vera juice. As always be sensible, don't take too much of anything and do your own research. Hope this has offered you something you may not have known although you may have tried it all already Good health and best of luck.

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    Fluids and soup good. Have you had a recent colonoscopy? If

    you have abdo pain ask for course of antibiotics. I'd be asking no insisting to see a specialist.

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