How fast can diverticula develop?

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For the past few days I have noticed a tender spot on my left side under my rib that's sore to touch, at the same time I have been extremely gassy. After a bowel movement last night my stomach went crazy with rumbling and pain, it is still rumbling a lot today but without pain except for the tender spot still hurting when I touch around that area also worth noting that I'm not having diarrhea.

I'm curious if this is diverticulitis or something else - and the reason I ask how fast diverticula takes to develop is because I had a colonoscopy 2-3 years ago and that was clear. Could diverticula develop that fast or is it more likely this is something else? Also I'm 29years old.


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    Good Heavens!

    'Gee'  - don't ever try to get 'diagnosed' on a single-agenda forum like this - full of lifelong amateurs!   See your GP as soon as convenient.  You describe symptoms  that could be anything abdominal.  Complicated no end if you happen to be female, btw!

    I hope your GP is approachable.



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      Hi Pete,

      Will give it few days and see how it goes from there, if it persists will book app - although I'm still curious about how long it takes for pouches to develop, can't really find any info about that online.

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    Pete's right, you should always talk to the professionals for a proper diagnosis.  We are not the experts, just a bunch of Diverticular Disease sufferers sharing tips on how to get along.  My understanding is that generally speaking diverticular disease shows up more often in people older than 29.  I say generally as nothing is cast in stone here, but for that reason, and the fact you had a clear colonoscopy  before,  I think you should definately see your doctor if it doesn't clear in a day or two.


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      From reading other peoples experiences, I can totally see that mine symptoms are sooo light and could mean anything - the thing that made me look here is that specific sore to touch area on left side - the pains seems localised very close to the surface as opposed to below, so might just be bruising I guess.
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    Hi Gee - Everyone is different.  In my case, a colonoscopy in 2008 revealed mild to moderate diverticula in my decending colon.  A month ago my colonscopy showed that I had mild to moderate diverticula through my entire colon.  My bowels were regular all my life until 2004 when I started dealing with awful constipation.  I'm not a doctor, and no doctor has told me this, but I think constipation is at the root of my problem.  

    Right now I'm dealing with uncomfortable diverticulosis and finding some relief with slippery elm.  Tonight I started regurgitating the slippery elm (I have a hiatal hernia too), and I'm feeling very nervous because this hasn't happened before and I don't know what to do about.  But I'm getting off the topic....

    I hope you will see your doctor soon and get some answers.


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