Is this a DD flare up ?

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Morning all ...I was diagnosed with Diverticulitis last January when I was rushed into hospital with awful pain to find I had a hole in my bowl. Anyway after 3 weeks in hospital and an op to clear poison out I've since had no issues . Over the last couple of days I've had diarrhea which smells absolutely disgusting, temperature and lower stomach pain/ cramp . Today I feel too unwell to try to make it in to work ...is this a flare up or just a bug? And if it's a flare up do I contact my doctor and tell him I've got DD and should I have antibiotics?

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    Hi. This was me three weeks ago, I stuck it for 2 days and then went to my gp.He said it could have been a tummy bug originally but that it had caused the dd to flare. I was on a clear liquid only diet for 3 days and then a soft food diet for nearly a week and even now I'm sticking to non irritant foods. I got anti biotics and buscopan but the anti biotics caused other problems so if you do get given those I'd recommend taking a pro biotic to counteract . Please don't just think it will go away and try to soldier on. Get medical attention asap. I'm still mot 100% well even now so don't expect to be well again too soon either. Sorry if I sound negative but better to face the fact that it's a long process after a flare to feel well again . Best of luck.

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    Suggest you take your temperature, then contact your doctor immediately.  Make sure they know you had 3 weeks in hospital with a perforation requiring an operation.  You need to be tested for recurrent infection NOW - don't let them fob you off.  Better to be told no infection, than end up back in hospital.  In the meantime, please stick to clear fluids.

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      Thank you for the advice...temp 37 " I called my colorectal team at the hospital and I've got an appointment tomorrow afternoon.

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      Good, but keep a very close eye on that temperature.  It clearly didn't worry them enough to want to see you immediately, but things can change.

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    Nothing to add except to reinforce that you must take probiotics if you're given antibiotics.  There are many types of capsule available which will give you a good dose of a variety of essential bugs at a time - you should probably take 2 a day.  Perhaps make sure that you always have some form of probiotic (live yoghurt etc) on a daily basis - even when you are not unwell.

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