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I think I have diverticulitis, and am wondering what those who suffer with this disease think. Let me tell you my symptoms. I suffer from a discomfort/sometimes pain below my left rib, as shown in attached diagram (blue ellipse). I have had some blood tests, ECG, and two CT scans – all my organs are essentially healthy – no kidney stones. I do have diverticula, in my sigmoid colon, but as far as can be told from the CT scan – they are not inflamed.
The pain I feel is not excruciating, but can take my breath away when it is really bad. It can almost disappear entirely, for a few months, and then come back for a few months. It feels like a pushing/bloating feeling localized within the ellipse. I generally eat a bowl of Uncle Tobies oats with soy milk for breakfast, but after reading that this can be problematic during a flare up of diverticulitis I stopped for a couple of days and started to feel better. For some reason I decided to try metamucil two days ago (high fibre phyllum husk orange drink). Ten hours after drinking it I experienced strong pains in the blue ellipse area, such that it was impossible for me to sleep. This is my best evidence for diverticulitis – as if it were stomach related I guess I would expect an immediate response?
I also feel some mild back discomfort – approximately localized to the region of the back behind the blue ellipse. I do NOT experience much reflux, I am mildly constipated, I do NOT ever feel like I am going to vomit.
I have consulted with a number of doctors, one told me diverticulitis sufferers experience pain much lower than the blue ellipse, and also my symptoms are not extreme enough – i.e. he didn’t think I would be able to function at work with it. Which most days I am, although some days I just sit and stare at my computer (the pain is just too distracting).
Sorry for the long description, I am curious of the opinion of those that suffer with this disease if:
(i) Are my symptoms like yours? In particular, is the pain location consistent?
(ii) Could I have a mild form of diverticulitis?
(iii) When you have a flare up,and you eat something high in fibre (metamucil for example) do you get really bad pain, and does it take hours for that pain to manifest?
(iv) Do you get a little bit of back pain?
(v) Besides a colonoscopy is there any way to diagnose diverticulitis?
Thanks in advance for your opinions, I have stopped eating all forms of fibre to see if this will subside.
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