Just been diagnosed with diverticulitis

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Hi everyone, I was looking for a little support. I started having really bad stomach cramps on Wednesday so I went to see my doctor. She did an examination, said I had diverticulitis and put me on antibiotics. She did say to start taking senna tablets when the symptoms had gone but apart from that she didn't give me any advice on how to manage my symptoms. I'm a bit shellshocked to be honest, I'm also diabetic and suffer from anxiety so I've been feeling awful today. If anyone has any words of advice I would be extremely grateful!

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    Hello, I’m curious how she diagnosed you with diverticulitis? Did you have a CT? 
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    The first thing I would do would be to go back to your Dr and request a colonoscopy to confirm the diagnosis. I don’t know how they she can diagnose Diverticulitis by just an examination. It may well be Diverticulitis but you would know for sure. Stay on a bland diet and do not introduce any fibre until you feel completely better. I was diagnosed 3 yrs ago and have only had 2 flare ups so please try not to worry it can be managed. Do you have any other symptoms other than stomach cramps? 
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      Hi Angela, I've also had back pain and a bloated stomach. I felt sick and clammy on the first day of the flare up but nothing since then. I don't know if she's ordered a colonoscopy but I had a similar experience earlier this year. I suffered a pulmonary embolism and without having any doctors appointments to keep me informed I was sent for test after test at our local hospital. This made life interesting because my son is on the autistic spectrum! I'm a single mum but luckily he's an adult so he's quite happy staying at home on his own. I've now seen a consultant so at least I was able to get some answers but I'm sick and tired of never knowing what's going on. If they didn't have an asd specialist at our surgery I would be seriously thinking about changing (my son sees the specialist and I think I may be on the spectrum too)

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      Angela, you was diagnosed with test Diverticulitis Infection 3 years ago and only had 2 flares please tell me what you do to last so long between flares? What ya eat, don't eat and whats helped you?  What antibiotics did you take when you had flares and for how long?

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      I know everyone is different and I think I have been lucky with only 2 flares in 3 years. The thing is I was diagnosed by one of the top consultants who specialises in DD and he told me to  just carry on eating my ordinary diet as it has now been proved that it’s not to do with diet. He went into all the medical terms of why which I won’t bore you with. From this forum I know a lot of people do not agree with this . It is important not to get constipated and I drink 1-2 litres of water every day. At the first sign of any little twinge I go on to a very bland diet. When I go on holiday my GP gives me Amoxicillin just in case. Interestingly enough I’m on the 5.2 plan two days a week where I limit my calories to 800. I do this not to lose weight but to maintain the weight I am. I don’t know if this helps. Other than that don’t really do anything else and like everyone else have times where I don’t eat very healthily at all!!!!
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    Hi Barbara she needs to do more before diagnosing you with this DD it is life changing You need cat scan or colonoscopy!!!! Insist on it
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      I will, I'm seeing the practice nurse next week for my diabetic checkup so I can find out if a CT has been ordered. If not I can try and get a second opinion

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      Do hope you get some answers soon Barbara. If they are kicking their heels definitely get a second opinion. You sound as if you have enough to do and shouldn’t have to put up with never knowing what’s going on. If you do have diverticulitis there is always lots of brilliant help and advice on this forum. Keep posted on how you get on.
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      Barbra even a blood draw would show high white blood count which usually means bacterial infection I was a paraprofesional until 4 years ago worked with children on the spectrum among other disorders Be strong and God bless
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      Thanks Angela, I will. I got a relatively decent nights sleep last night so I'm feeling more positive today, I'm also visiting my mum so I'll have a nice relaxing day away from the housework!

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      Thank you Ellen, I did a urine test but she didn't tell me what it was for. I've decided to make an appointment with the specialist doctor, he does have a long waiting list but I think it's worth it because he can help to calm my nerves! I also know that there is an infection because I tested my blood glucose this morning and it's much higher than usual

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    Barbara, did she did any test to confirm the diverticulosis  like CT Scan or ultra sound or something ? Did she do blood work? What antibiotic and for how long are you to take it? What is Senna tablets for? Are you having any bloody mucous  sorry for all the questions but trying to get a better picture of everything so I can help best I can.  Thanks and hang in there you will see brighter days! 
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      Hiya, don't worry about the questions I've got enough of them myself! Like I said before, she did a brief examination, asked where the pain was and what symptoms did I have. She then asked me to do a urine test on the way out. Our surgery doesn't do blood tests or scans or anything like that, you have to go to our local hospital. The antibiotic is called co-amoxiclav and it's a 7 day supply. Senna is a natural laxative, even though I haven't had mucus in my stools I have been constipated this week (which is not normal for me!) Thanks for your questions, it's a relief to know I'm not the only one with an inquisitive mind smile

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