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Hello. New to the board here. Had previously been diagnosed with diverticulosis thru colonoscopy, though nothing notable with that. I would be the poster child on how to eat to NOT get diverticulitis. Have been a lifelong clean eater, mostly salads, greens, beans, protein smoothies, no meat, no white anything, water is my drink of choice, exercise at least 5 times a week, and am at a loss as to how I ended up in the ER yesterday after a CT confirmed diverticulitis.
I had some vague left lower quadrant pain, about a 2-3/10 in severity. So nothing severe. Notable in the last few days. Funny, or coincidental, that I just polished off about a pound of roasted brussel sprouts in the days prior. I am used to eating fiber and the very worst thing that happens is a little tummy rumbling. I have never had an issue with going #2, daily and very easily. You just know when your body is not right, so I went to the ER.
What caused me to be suspicious something was way off was the fact that I had to use the restroom to go #1 so much that I thought there was something wrong with my bladder. I had a low grade fever on a Friday night 99.5 with chills. Took a Tylenol and felt better. Had some sweating during the night and the next morning I could not stop going to the restroom #1. So went to the ER. CT scan confimed divertiulitis.
They wanted to keep me overnight for IV antibiotics, which I declined because of the covid pandemic going around. I chose to go home on Augmentin for 10 days and follow up with my GI.
Also in reading, I read that Augmentin may not heal up my bout of diverticulitis. It does not seem like it is a very severe case as compared to the symptoms of some of the others on here. So fingers crossed I do not have to get on the 2-antibiotics that wreak havoc on the gut.
I am looking for any information as to heal my gut going forward. Currently on liquids for a few days and will add soft mushy things thereafter.
After reading some of the posts and learning about the benefit of fiber to the diet, I am at a loss as to why I got this in the first place when my diet is exactly what they recommend. I am leary of eating a good healthy, fiber filled diet when that did not seem to keep this disease at bay.
Anyone else have this issue and could this be hereditary? My father has a Zenker's diverticulum (in the esophagus), that fills up with food.
I will be following up with my GI ASAP. Maybe another colonoscopy? Can you have a colonscopy during a flare?
Best probiotic? Do they help?
Thank you so much for any information and insight you may have for those who are further along than myself in this.
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