Flare up has been ongoing for two months

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i collapsed when I was abroad and spent a week in hospital where the doctor said I had a diverticulitis flare up. I’d been suffering from diarrhoea for a few weeks before I collapsed. I haven’t had a normal bowel movement for the last two months and tonight I’m plagued with stomach cramps and trapped wind. I have been redflagged by my GP and I have an appointment for next week. Generally, I’m low in spirits, sick of soup tho grateful to friends for making it for me. I’m following a low fibre diet while the flare up continues. I just don’t know what to do with myself tonight. I’ve taken Windeze, and drinking peppermint tea. Nothing seems to help. As I’ve never had diverticulitis before I’d appreciate any advice. I was diagnosed a few years ago after a colonoscopy but the file was closed earlier this year as I had had no problems. 

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    Hi Jools

    Sorry to hear you are suffering, but glad you have an urgent appointment.  I'm guessing you were on antibiotics when in hospital and that usually totally disrupts your normal bowel rythym.  It may be that you need further antibiotics to clear up a lingering infection - I once needed a 2nd course for a really bad flare.  As for the cramps I am prescribed Mebeverine which helps.  Also my friend swears by ginger tea, although I prefer peppermint. 

    With a bad flare it can sometimes take weeks, if not months, before you you start to feel better and the pain subsides.  It also takes a long time for your bowels to return to something resembling normal.  I am prescribed a daily stool softener which bulks, softens and helps the passing, to prevent trapped faeces and re-infection.  Sounds like you are following the right diet for the time being.  Once you have settled you may wish to keep a food/lifestyle diary to see if anything triggers symptoms, and then avoid those things. 

    You are in the right place to get plenty of help.  I have managed this disease for over 16 years.  Best wishes.

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      THank you very much for your informative and thoughtful reply. It has really reassured me as I was a bit frightened last night. All your advice is very helpful. Appreciate you replying to me. Best wishes to you too.
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    Try eating beets. They have helped me. But buy the fresh ones and boil them so they are soft. Hope it helps you!

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      Thank you, Sharon, I haven’t been eating beets recently but will definitely go with your suggestion. 
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