Diverticular disease pains?

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I have had left side abdominal pains for over 20 years. Initially doctors thought it was IBS but now it has gotten worse with the same symptoms there most of the time whereas in the past they would come and go. Now the thinking is diverticular disease. I have had prunes with my breakfast for years and have for the last week increased my intake of fibre though it does not seem to have had an effect in relieving the pain yet.

Pain usually begins in the left lower abdomen and then seems to move lower down and ends up as a tight, cramping feeling around the left side near the kidney area.

Oddly, if I stand up or lie down the pain is hardly felt.

Anyone else had these symtoms


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    Welcome to purgatory, only joking! I have noticed that since I joined this site, the range of symptoms sufferers of diverticuar disease experience is unbelievable.

    I have had pain in my lower abdomen for the last 10 years and it keeps me awake at night, seeming worse when I lie down. I have constant tenderness in the area and bloating, so I'm standard dress size everywhere execept my stomach!! The misery of this can only really be appreciated by women sufferers, as every day I end up looking like I'm 4 months pregnant, which ruins the look of any clothes and I don't want to have to explain to people that it's just diverticular disease,...diva what?...I hear them saying. Oh forget it...I have an irritable bowel:-( Oh,my grandad has that. Seriously, the best advice I can give you is to go and see your doctor and get it checked out, at least it will rule out anything more serious. It took an ultrasound scan, a barium enema and finally a colonoscopy before mine finally got diagnosed, and their solution was take pain killers and Movicol:-( Good luck" ;-)

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      I would certainly go and get checked out,  At least it will put your mind at rest knowing what it is.

      it sounds like Diverticilitis and can be very painful.   I am just getting over a flare up and needed Antibiotics,  perhaps you need similar


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    Thanks folks,

    I have been put on the list to see a colorectal surgeon with a "view" to having a rear view camera inserted. I am however reluctant to have this as I am told it is very uncomffortable and there are also some risks attached; the main fear being perforation.

    I am minded to speak with the colorectal folks and ensure the camera is totally neccessary. I don't have the usual symptoms of bowel cancer and reading a pdf written by the colorectal surgeon whose clinic I am due to attend has said that 4% of the patients who present are diagnosed with bowel cancer. That seems to suggest there is a 96% chance it is not cancer.

    I don't have any other signs such as constipation etc, just the cramping pain which moves about and settles near the left kidney as mentioned.

    My GP has said there is no cure and only diet can help. Ihave increased my fibre intake in the last few days to try to ease the pain. Anyone know why it goes away when I stand up?

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      I have recently been diagnosed. Had had symptoms for the last 3-4 years. Have had a colonoscop recently to give myself a piece of mind. I'm glad I had it done. I didn't find it very uncomfortable just the drink you need to take 24hrs before procedure was worst for me. I have joined this group now as finding it hard now to manage it. Hope this has been of any help :-)

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      Hello, thought you might like some advice. As a qualified owner

      of D.D ,two major flares ,two hospital treatments. Read endless books,

      on the subject, I have narrowed it down to two mus do' s

      Keep your colon happy by taking Acidophilus with pectin .3 billion

      good bacteria,that keep the baddies at bay, get from H&B.

      Second most important .keep the stuff you eat, on the move, by keeping the bowels busy and empty--ish don't let anything get a chance to settle in a pouch. Lactulose is a gentle remover

      I have been pain free since last September (BIG flare )

      I also started a forum called Divi Diners that might help you with 

      eatables. Hope this helps 

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    I have the identical symptoms and I am not a happy camper! Have you found any relief for this since you have posted this???? I'm miserable


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    Hi, have you tried the clear liquid diet, if you are having pain it is usually the first thing the doctors advise. You must not increase your fibre until the pain has gone and then slowly increase different foods until you are eating a normal diet and then increase your fibre. Also avoid, to begin with, seeds and nuts.
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