How many flair ups have you had before your surgery

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I have had 3 flair ups in the same spot in 2 months. Now I need to heal and my robotic surgery is set for July 31. How many flair ups have you had before you went for a surgery?

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    I’ve been dealing with diverticulitis for 25 yrs. my last fare up started Father’s Day last year and the pain never went away im having surgery in one week.
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    I have had two very bad what I will call “attacks”.  One May 24th and one 3 years prior in May. (I don’t know what is was at the time)

    I suffered 2-3 flares per year in between

    I was diagnosed with complicated D on May 31st. Informed surgery is the only appropriate course of treatment. Managing now to robotic surgery 

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    I had 3 flare ups, which two of put me in the hospital.

    My original surgery was scheduled for 3/22 and was suppose to be laparoscopic only. However, they had to open me up in addition to laparoscopic. They removed over a foot of my colon and took out my appendix too.

    The doctor told me that he noticed I was having another flare up when he was doing the surgery, which would have been number 4, but he was able to still connect it at the time so no bag.

    My first flare up was in October of 2017. It took awhile to heal from that one. Shortly after I healed, I had back to back episodes, which is why I had the surgery.

    It’s been a few months now since surgery and I was doing excellent. Still doing pretty good, but I got sloppy with my eating habits and noticed that I really do need to eat smaller portions and chew my food well. I’m a hundred times better when I follow those basics in addition to eating a little healthier. 

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    I had one believe it or not, but I suspect I had it for years but my gastroenterologist was missing it. I had a massive infection last November. I really needed the surgery, the infection did so much damage . 
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    I have not had any surgery. Just a trip to the ER 6 years ago with my Diagnosis from A CT scan. I have so many episodes through out my life. It was hard for me to tell is it my IBS or something else. This time I went to the Urgent care and there CT Scan showed it with a Abcess. I do know the 1st time was on my left side and this time was on my right. Now I am wondering if all the episodes I have at least 4 or 5 a year is Diverticulitis?
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    My first confirmed attack was July 2016, the last February 2018. I had 14+ confirmed attacks  (ER visits  with cat scans, etc.). That doesn't include the in between doctor visits. I finally got approved for surgery so right now it's been 6 weeks ago.  They removed only 4 ",  which was literally concentrated with multiple pockets. I'm very lucky because any longer I would have been dead. 

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    Wow! I hope the surgery was much success.
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      It was. I am so blessed to literally have Angels on my shoulders.  I was so ill the whole time,  could eat very little,  flagyl and cipro are horrendous, especially on your stomach.  I kept telling my primary doctor I had a blockage and he basically treated me like I was stupid.  Sometimes it's not the doctors fault,  most times it was the insurance. I'm on Medi Cal and they're course of action was to just hand out pills instead of getting to the source of pain. I followed everything I could possibly do but just couldn't get better.  I lived off of the soft diet,  drank bone marrow broth,  had little energy and started to lose my hair. I found a power punch liquid vitamins that helped me out. The moderator won't let me reveal it. My mornings was take my usual pills (allergy, blood pressure ), 2TBS of milk of magnesium,  eat 1/2 banana, then take the wonderful antibiotics.  It got so bad the ER  staff knew me.. Finally this past February I had a major attack.  Something told me I couldn't survive another one.  Went to my primary, usual procedure,  told him I couldn't keep living like this...my body was failing.  Wouldn't leave his office until I had a referral for surgery in my hand and made sure I watched him send it to his boss. Within a couple weeks I got the referral.  During my consultation with the surgeon,  he was shocked why my doctor waited so long.  Usual rule of thumb is surgery after 2-3 consecutive  attacks.  Because of my situation he opted to do open surgery so he could check my whole colon. Lapriscopy can only do so far. Surgery went well, my colon is healthy until he hit the sigmoid area.  I had so many pockets they actually formed a huge pocket with alot of scar tissue which caused blockage. I  also had alot of poison in my abdominal cavity which explained being sick all  the time, so had a drain for that. He only had to remove 4 ". . I won't lie, the surgery pain was excruciating but definitely worth it.  I'm 6 weeks out and feel so much better.  Stayed on the soft diet for 6 weeks,  then you can start reintroducing other foods slowly, and in moderation. The Diverticulitis pain and nausea is completely gone.  I still have pain from the surgery but knowing it will soon be gone and I will live is encouraging.  I also walk all the time to build up my strength. 

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