DD Flare up

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Hi, I am new to this forum.  So happy I found this.  I had my first DD attack in October of 2017.  Was hospitalized for 4 days with IV and pain meds.  I was given Cipro and Flagyl by IV and then sent home for 10 more days orally.  I had my colonoscopy in December of 2017 in which they confirmed that I had moderate diverticulitis and I also have ulcers in my esophagus and in my stomach.  I have pretty ok ever since except for the heart burn which is my biggest burden every day of my life. The reason why I have changed my diet completely and am working out.  However, 2 weeks ago I had a stomach flu that lasted about 3 days and then had a DD flare-up immediately after.  I called my GI doctor and he called in the Cipro and Flagyl on day 2.  The minute I took the medication I started itching and had hives all over my body.  Spent that entire night with the itching and the DD pain.  Woke up in the morning all swollen with hives and called my GI doctor and he told me to stop the medication immediately and he put me on Augmentin.  I stopped eating....only fluids and am now still on soft foods.  Does anyone know if a DD flare up can be cause from a viral stomach flu?  Just curious since I have been doing everything right and don't understand why this would happen again.  Thank you.

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    This forum has been extremely helpful. Sad to say, possibly more helpful than a visit to my GI doc. I have not  experienced a DD flare up that seemed to be associated with any kind of virus -- not that I know of. 
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    I don’t know about the stomach bug causing it but maybe it really wasn’t the stomach bug after all. I was also diagnosed last year and also have horrible heartburn and colonoscopy showed ulcers as well. This disease is so frustrating as it seems like you can do everything right and bam your back in the same boat. I had three hours back to back last year and then one more in May. My GI Doctor was adamant that I needed surgery. I dug my feet in and said no and have been trying everything to keep from having another bout , so far I have managed. I found a great probiotic that allows me to go to the bathroom every day and I honestly think that has made a huge difference with the exception of the heart burn. The only time I don’t have heartburn is when I’m on Prilosec every day😡

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      What is the name of the probiotic?  I too take Prilosec.  After the research in Germany about acid inhibitors causing dementia and my mom just passed from dementia, makes me so scared to take the Prilosec but have no choice since the burning is painful without it. Thank you!
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      I guess my heartburn it worst because I still get heatburn after taking Prilosec. 
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      I too do not want to do surgery,  Even though my GI has not even mentioned this to me yet, 

       

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      The probiotic is 1MD Complete Probiotics Platinuim. Yes, I understand about the Prilosec but every time I try to come off it the pain isn’t worth it. 
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    Hi Carmen,

        Same thing happened to me! I had gastroenteritis (flu) in Dec  2017, then 

    2 flares of diverticulitis in Jan and Feb! 

    It sounds like they could be related!

    Kate

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      Yup.  I agree.  So from now on I have to stay away from people who have the stomach flu.  Today is the first day that I feel really good.  Terrified of the pain and what could happen. 
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    Now that I think back on it, I actually thought I had the flu in early January -- achy back of my neck, overall achy feeling, the typical symptoms of influenza. It wasn't until I went to the doctor and got a round of antibiotics and was still running a temp at the end of the round of antibiotics that I was sent to get a CT scan for lower left abdominal discomfort that I was diagnosed with DD. So now I don't know. Maybe there is a relationship. 

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    Not sure if there is any relation but I was hit with the flu hard in tbe beginning of Feb..out of work a week, returned one day and that evening had a flareup. I knew right away what it was by the pain, went to doctor's and began 10 days of flagyl/cipro..had to do 2 rnds of meds to shake it this time as a ct scan showed a small are of infection still present after rnd 1.

    Day 8 of my second 10 day rnd of meds my right side achilles tendon swollen and sore, apparently tendon tears a rare but possible side effect of cipro and other like antibiotics. Over 3 weeks now and still have swollen/sore achilles tendon..seeing a podiatrist about this.

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      Have you read some of the online reviews of Cipro? They were concerning to me. I went with another antibiotic. I'm sure everyone reacts differently.

       

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    I had some serious concerns about the reviews of Cipro that I read online. Therefore, my antibiotics were Amox-Clav 875 and Metronidazole 500 (rather than Cipro) during my siege with DD. It took me a full 90 days to feel anywhere near normal. I'm presently symptom-free, but who knows what the future will bring. I'm definitely careful to eat right, no alcohol, and lots of water. So far, so good.

     

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