Is a sudden and brief pain similar to a cramp occurring in the abdomen diverticulitis?

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I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis. What I want to know does anyone else experience this? Also, what diet should I be following?

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    Mayo Clinic Diet - it is on their web site.  Cramping is part of the disease.  I have it most days off and on. When I have a flare there is pain under your rib cage on the left side and left side back pain. Bouts of the trots or consitipation. 
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      Mine is over in seconds. It happens when I reach or bend etc. there are no other symptoms. 

      It can be anywhere on the abdomen. I can see and feel it. It goes hard in one spot then subsides.

      It does not fit in with any of the research I have done.

       

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     My sharp pain is in lower left abdomen; and that is the place where many sufferers get the sharp pain. During a bout of infection it can be enough to literally make you double up.  When things settle; after antibiotics and bedrest; you may still get the odd twinge or three; but they are (for me) not as sharp and soon go.  Diet is important and I paste a reply that I have posted before: -  I expect you have read some of my replies to folk on here.  I have had Diverticular Disease since 2006.  There are a few rules to follow - NEVER have seeds, nuts, pips or skins (not even dried fruit as the seeds and pips are still there; only smaller and dried) as these bits of nut; seed and pip can lodge in the DD pouches/pockets.....and the first you know is when they have festered away for several days and suddenly you get hit with the pain you have just had; yes - you think you are dying......and left untreated; you likely would.  I am not scaremongering; but his is a serious condition we have; and we need to make life changes to reduce the bouts of infection. Also avoid veg and fruit skins as these can get stuck; that means sweetcorn and peas and pulses generally are a no; no.  Find your own way with the "windy" veg like cabbage; broccoli; leeks and onions - I am fine with them; some are not.  Likewise garlic and spices - I cannot tolerate them; others eat them and are fine.  These windy veg and spices do not cause infections; but our guts react to them quickly with pain that is a response and reaction; which can be as painful as an infection.  The other thing to remember is NEVER to get constipated.  Take something like Fybogel to keep things in that department regular.  Straining a gut that has weak points; can created new pockets/pouches (and we do not want any more of them than we already have!!!) Even following all the "rules" on diet; I was ill more than I was well from Nov 14 til July 15 - but then from advice on here; I began taking high dose acidophilis from the UK Holland and Barrett health stores (20 billion) which are healthy bacteria for the gut.  I have been well since July 2015.  It is a JOY not to be in pain.  I wish you well with all the changes you make...I can have red meat, pasta; pizza with no problems. Some say red meat gives them pain.  While your gut is inflamed; keep your diet light, bland and LOW fibre - as you get better and the gut pain goes; increase your fibre intake.
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      It still does not explain the differences. Mine is a few seconds and can originate anywhere on the abdomen. It happens when I reach or bend. It is acute and brief. It is like something reacts and pushes up and goes hard then gradually subsides. I have stopped eating porridge but that has not stopped these sudden reactions to movement. 

      I am hoping someone can relate to what I am saying. It is not a prolonged attack. It quickly goes as it stops twisting or whatever it is doing.

       

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    Yes, I have. After seeing your doctor he will probably will put you on a liquid diet, along with the antibiotics he has prescribed to you. Hope you feel better
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      Are you saying you experience the occasional pain in one spot on the abdomen which can be anywhere and goes hard and then subsides. 

      Blood tests were clear. I doubt he would give antibiotics for one symptom which may or may not be due to diverticulitis. He diagnosed the divertilitis from a colonoscopy he did. Most of the time I have no symptoms. I am just puzzled by this weird reaction to reaching or bending and trying to find someone who has the same thing happening.

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