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Hi everyone, I am new to the group and this is my first post. I am confused and upset. I hope you can shed some light on the matter. Yesterday during a colonoscopy I was eventually diagnosed with diverticular disease. I knew very well that something was seriously wrong for a very long time, as far as two years ago. I kept on going to the doctors but no joy. However, this year the symptoms got much worse, violent even. In February after a meal at home I felt so unwell that I got scared. Painful stomach, very odd, and I started vomiting blood. An endoscopy showed nothing in the stomach. At the time I had an inkling that it was related to my bowel problem. My symptoms are horrendous. Apart from the abdominal pain, cramps, lower back pain and the bloating, I experience very short periods of not going to the bathroom. But these are followed by attacks of diarrhoea so violent that it renders me incontinent. As soon as I feel I may have to find a bathroom it all just pours out of me without me being able to control it. This happens wherever I maybe, with no signs, a shop, the car anywhere. This is for me the worst part of my disease because of the embarrassment and humiliation it causes. It's so bad that I'm afraid of going out anywhere nice even if I try to prepare with inco wear. I am 66 but have always been quite fit and slim. And never incontinent apart from these episodes. They tell me I've got it, will always have it and nothing can be done to help.
I believe that the February episode was related because I remained ill for quite a few days and had a temperature and couldn't eat. I went through a bottle of gaviscon trying to relieve the discomfort.
The colonoscopy showed the disease but I fear that, because of my symptoms, it's gone further. Has anyone had or heard of symptoms like mine? Thank you in advance for any replies. Liliana
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