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I'm in a dilemma now. Little over a week ago, had very bad stomach pain on left side - mid abdomen. Went to an Urgent Care center & he felt it was DIverticulitis, so put me on Augmentin & ordered a CT scan. Got CT that day, and next day went to my GI who has done 2 colonoscopies on me in last 5 years - last one a year ago. I had a few diverticulum (we all do, and I am almost 70) but no issues. He now diagnosed Diverticulitis, BUT the CT scan didn't show it. No fever, No bleeding, no elevated white cells, but both docs said CLINICALLY it is Diverticulitis.
A week later, after being on a liquid & then a low-residue diet, pain totally gone. Then yesterday, as I stood up I had pain in my lower back unlike any pain I ever experienced before. COuld barely move. Called Ortho, and saw him. X-ray showed degenerated disc L4/L5. He said it was only a matter of time with that and my bad scoliosis. I told him I was just finishing up diverticulitis. He could not give me a shot though, because my platelet count was too low to give an epidural. So He put me on the Prednisolone 6 day pack.
Next day, saw my Gastro, and he had a mini-fit about being on the steroid, because that makes infection more likely, and Divertculitis is contraindicated with Prednisolone. I am only on day 2 of the Prednisolone. Gastro put me back on Augmentin and low-residue diet for another week.
So now I am in quite a quandary - I don't think I can quit the Pred cold turkey, but it could exacerbate my DIvert. Wondering though if the short term Pred is not really a problem re reinfection.
What a Mess!
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