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. After a span of more than 2 years here I am again with Diverticulitis. I have a lot of pain and before they would prescribe antibiotics I had to get a CT scan again. I had one two years ago. Actually I've had diverticulitis flare ups for many years. 99%require antibiotics which is very upsetting. The antibiotics are horrible and since the CT scan I have terrible diarrhea. I'm a mess!!! I was on a liquid diet for a day and then all heck broke loose and I had to go see my doctor. He wasn't available so I had a PA treat me and she insisted on a CT scan...which really started me feeling worse. I have pain all over my abdomen localizing on the left side. I'm back on rice and applesauce and I have a grandchildren graduation and party to attend so unfortunately everyone of my family will be effected. I can't say enough about staying away from seeds, nuts and skins. I honestly think this recent episode was caused by all of them. I had become too comfortable eating a little of everything and I'm sure that what caused the recent attack. I have been hospitalized once and I think personally I healed much faster and better with intravenous IV of antibiotics. They won't admit you for most symptoms of the disease unless you have a fever.
So today I feel horrible and am taking the meds with applesauce before and after. I've only had one dose of the antibiotics so I'm praying they start to work soon. I have a special (2 grandchildren)college graduation this weekend and if the diarrhea doesn't stop I doubt I can go. Hopefully I'll get some relief soon and can be there tomorrow. This disease is not new to me having had at least 2 episodes every year since my 50ties. I even went to a surgeon two years ago and he said it's not time. I'm thinking he feels don't mess with my insides unless it's the only alternative. I do fear surgery because I have had other surgeries and you just never know the results you will get. I know there are lots of good results but truthfully I have heard not pleasant ones too. I do know that I am the type of person that wants to be sure its the correct approach.
One more thing. I have heard that even with surgery and them cutting out the piece of colon you can have others attacks since the colon had lots of pockets in them and could flare up as well.
No easy answer but I know it's pretty depressing.
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