Has the infection gone away or is it back.

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Hi everyone. Some of you probably know my story. Diiverticulitis 2 months ago, 7 days in hospital. Very slow recovery but was beginning to feel better. Now I've got really painful cramps in the morning when I "go" pain around abdomen, ( not all the time) . My bowel has not gone back to normal yet but I knew that could take time, can't tolerate any fibre supplements, they cause me problems. Felt really unwell a couple of days this week, including today. No temperature but feeling generally lousy and a bit like I did when it very first started( and I didn't know what it was) . Is this normal after 2 months? I see the local doctor tomorrow  but it's my specialist I need to see but can't see him until 12 th February. Any thoughts? 

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    Hi Beth

    Difficult to say.  I was having daily pains in varying degrees for almost 10 months after my last batch of flares - some good days, some bad.  I would stick to fluids only for a couple of days to see if things settle.  But it's good you are seeing a local doctor you can ask.  Also, do you have any "Hot spots" when you press on your tummy?  That's certainly a sign of inflammation, although not necessarily infection.  Something else to mention to the doctor.  At first it can be difficult to tell the difference between another flare, and the healing process.  Hope you settle down.

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      Thanks for your reply felinia. I think I must be repeating myself on the forum! My whole abdomen is tender today, not really any hotspots, but groin pain off and on, and a few sharp pains. The cramps in the morning are like the ones I had when I went into hospital..   They ease after bm , although my lower abdomen has been very crampy the last few days . I'm just at a loss as to whether I should be feeling this  ill this far down track. I have no temperature, but feel quite shivery. I will ask doc tomoz, but I wish I was seeing my specialist. 

       

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    My pains also ease after my 1st bm each morning.  If you haven't got a temperature, that's good as no infection.  I felt lousy yesterday, but it was just a plain old fashioned tummy upset, although with a leg in a brace, cramps and the runs, that was "interesting" getting to the toilet!  So sometimes it it easy to suspect the worst ie DD when it could be something else.

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      Hi felinia. Went to my GP appointment. He said he thought everything was going fine and that it does take a while for things to settle. I had no temperature so he can't explain why I have chills sometimes, I think I just have to be patient and realise it will be a while yet. I'll be glad to see my specialist in a few weeks though, but I expect he will say the same as the blood tests are fine. I still think there is a lot not known about this disease. Just can't wait until,I have a complete day where I feel good. Thanks for your replies. Hope you are well. 

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      I still can't eat much solid food. I saw my GP today and she said i need to have a colonoscopy in 6 weeks. I've never had a complete one. I went to the ER when I was originally diagnosed and they tried to do one but didn't complete it because I had infection and the bad was bad. This time I wass diagnosed by CT scan and blood tests. I don't know how long it takes to go away but i wish it was gone. Have you had a colonoscopy, experience?

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      This last time I didn't have a fever but I did have infection when they did the blood tests. It can happen.

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      Hi Kim

      Well, I'm learning all the time on this Forum!  One of the things I've found is that with my DD I'm very susceptible to bladder infections.  So I've tested postitive for infection when it's been my bladder, not DD.  I also have other internal infections like gastritis.  These days my GP is very reluctant to prescribe me with antibiotics for anything because of developing resistance.  I must have had 7 courses for various things since August 2016.  And I suppose it's trying to decide which infection it is.  All these knock on effects.  Why is illness so complicated???

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      Hi Beth

      Well my tummy has settled down but at the moment I can't stand and cook, so am eating freezer microwave meals, which is NOT good for the DD.  Just hope I can get back to normal food before the DD plays up.

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      Im not sure but i would like to know as well. I am not over this last bout but I ate a bean burrito today and thought I had chewed it up extra good an checked for skins and they were tiny if any. I'm having abdomen pain now and I am hoping nothing gets stuck and causes more infection. I don't eat burritos often but I hadn't ate much solid food in a week and I was really hungry. The day before I was able to eat a little so I thought it wouldn't hurt.

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      Yes Kim I have had a few colonoscopies . I don't know where you live but here in Australia they give you a light anaesthetic. You wake up when it's all over but not feeling groggy or anything.. They dont do colonoscopies to diagnose diverticulitis either. Cat scan and blood tests. I will probably have a colonoscopy when my bowel is healed to see any damage. Not sure until I see my specialist. I couldn't eat much for ages when I was first sick. It's a horrible thing isn't it? 

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      I absolutely hate having it. I ate a piece if pizza today which I'm not supposed to eat anyways. And thought my insides were on fire. It takes 13 hours or so to pass through the intestines and I can definitely tell when I haven't taken stool softeners. I shouldn't have ate the pizza. Bad decision in my part. I ate a piece if wheat bread maybe that will bind through and help it pass. The meds they give for it are awful too. The antibiotic makes my legs and arms hurt. Here in the US they use light sedatives after a flare. My doc said I need an appointment in about 6 weeks.

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