Diverticulitis Symptoms or Something Else.

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I  was diagnosed  with  diverticulitis  a while  ago.   The  worst of 

my symptoms  are constant  pain low down  in the  centre  of my tummy,

cramp type  pains,  flatulence,  constipation  or diarrhoea  after eating. 

Every  time  I  eat  I'm  getting  symptoms  now ,   I'm losing my appetite. 

I  know  I  also  have  gallstones. ..  Thoughts   please.  

I'm really  struggling  now  and  can't  get  my GP to  listen  to  me. 

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    Linda, so sorry you're going through this ... I was diagnosed 7.15.17 - might want to go to a gastro doctor, as they are more familiar with diverticulitis. I understand the pain - I also get "pelvic floor pain" - ouch!

    Have you tried going to liquid diet for a few days, I've done that and then introduce soft foods. I was on liquid diet for about 3 weeks ...

    Good luck

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    I was diagnosed in April this year after being sent to a gastro consultant by my gp, I had a colonoscopy which diagnosed diverticulitis. I wasn't given any antibiotics but some people are. It took me about three months after my flare for my stomach to calm down its also been trial and error as to what I can eat things that cause pain I eliminate from my diet, I found that if I start to feel pain I cut back on what I eat just having soft eggs or soup until it calms down, I also found that my stools were a bit lumpy so now I take fybogel everyday and since then touch wood I have been fine, not cured just fine.  Its trial and error unfortunately but if the pain doesn't improve go back to gp as you may need antibiotics, so far I have managed to avoid them, I no longer eat red meat only chicken and spend a long time chewing my food but it needs to be easy to digest. Good luck

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    I have had DD for a year.  Constant pain lower left side I watch what I eat and take fybergel mabevarine and a probiotic tablet everyday. Still in pain but better than I was. A lot of it is trial and error with food.  My next door neighbour has had it for 20 years she eats what she wants and just takes Imodium if or when she needs it 
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    It's a miserable condition  I was diagnosed 3 yrs ago after low down pain and a bleed. My consultant specialised in DD and he told me to eat what ever I wanted to and to make sure not to get constipated.I know Drs opinions differ on this. Thankfully I have only had 3 flare ups in the past 3 yrs. I also get the pain in the centre low down and find paracetamol do help with the pain. Also a hot water bottle on your tummy will help. My appetite also vanishes completely during a flare up. Are you on anti biotics? While you have a flare up avoid things with fibre and eat a bland diet and then gradually introduce fibre when you are better to avoid constipation

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      I wish I could eat what I wanted. I would love a burger or a nice tomato salad I can't even eat steak I love nuts and chocolate. I ate some of these last Christmas and had a really bad flare I ended up on strong antibiotics. The GP said I should have gone to A&E it was that bad 

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      Was it the nuts that caused the flare Susan I don't eat them but I do eat peanut butter. Im ok with the odd tomato if I deseed them but we are limited.

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      I think it was the chocolate nuts fizzy pop fruit cake that I had for my Christmas dinner I haven't touched them since   My consultant thinks one of my main problems is IBS or colitis I had a sigmoidoscopy abit 6 weeks ago just waiting for a appointment for results 

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    Thanks for the replies   all.      I'm  sorry you are all suffering  too but glad  others

    have the low down pain.    I  have eaten  very bland  food  for a  very long time. 

    I don't eat meat   or  spicy  food  , I  can't  eat eggs , milk,  or cheese   due  to  having  IBS  .

    My diet is very  restricted   .     I have  to take    Oramorphr  as the pain is so bad. 

    I  think  I  might  be  looking  at  surgery   if this carries    on  . 

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    You sound a lot like me but I only take paracetamol for pain   Most other pain relief tends to constipate and that's a Nono I have mabevarine for IBS and fybergel and a probiotic tablet. 

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      My pain has got  so  bad I  have  no  option   but  to  take  oramorph

      Codeine  and   paracetamol,    paramedics    told me to  take  them  altogether !

      I have taken mebeverine ,     fybogel    and   probiotics    for  years   but they 

      don't seem to   help  me .    I  have  got  so  scared  to  eat  now   as everything  seems 

      to  cause  me pain   constipation   and diarrhoea,   the   cramps    are awful. 

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      My consultant  did  suggest  surgery  but only  gave  me  a  20  to 30 %  chance 

      of it helping.      I  don't  have  a  follow  up  appointment  so  I  have  to  see 

      my GP again.  

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    Are you in the U.K. Just wondering because the UK deal with DD a lot different to the USA and other countries 
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    I would STRONGLY advise you to find another doctor, I had to. Have you had a round of antibiotics, standard procedure? Clear liquid diet while on antibiotics. This is what I did, then low-fiber diet for about 3 days, then add some fiber but not a lot. I use Benefiber, no taste at all in hot or cold food, and at this point add a probiotic that contains lactobacillus. Probiotic will take about 5 days to kick in and will drastically reduce the gas. Also, Chibani yogurts at this point, I like the flip ones, really good. All of what I've said is from the new doctor I changed to and it has really worked for me! Also, a heating pad on the tummy that aches. I had a bad case of D with extremely intense waves of pain.

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      Walmart, grocery stores. They are packaged with a flip area that has crunches to mix in. Delicious!
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      If you can't find it, any GREEN yogurt will do...ONLY GREEK YOGURT which is what Chibani is. It gives your body the GOOD bacteria your bowel needs, the same as the probiotic does.

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      VERY IMPORTANT: take ONLY tylenol for pain...all the other like aspirin, etc. irritates the stomach.
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