Just had a d d flare up and feel awful.

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Hi, I am new to this forum, but have been reading others experiences of this horrible condition. I was diagnosed with diverticular disease in august, having been admitted to hospital following infection. I didn't know what was going on with myself. I had been to the doctors who thought it might be a uti. He had seen me back in march with the same symptoms. Trimethoprim seemed to help but I never felt fully well. Got home from the doctors in august and spent the weekend unable to get off the floor, felt so fluey and had been sick. Anyway, back to now. This time I still felt generally unwell but with a lot more chronic back and lower abdomen pain. I am so worried as when I was admitted to hospital I didn't realise how acutely unwell I was (I had a c.r.p. level of 320 in my blood test. I am so worried and anxious, because it sometimes feels as though my bowel is going to burst. I have a fear, perhaps an irrational one, of having a perforated bowel (like a lady on my ward did), or worse getting peritonitis. Am I being stupid? or could it just be that this horrible thing completely effects you mentally as well as physically.

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    It affects me mentally. The medicine makes me sick and it's hard to know what foods you can eat afterwards. I have been diagnosed before and felt this horrible abdominal pain before but this time was worse than last time. I have pain in my back as well and on my sides. I was in the hospital two days and I am generally miserable. Right now I'm trying to eat a few mashed potatoes because my stomach has been nauseated all day. The pain...the pain is really awful. I have horrible health anxiety.

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      Hi Kim. Thanks for responding to me. I really feel for you. I am in bed now with a gel heat pack on my abdomen, seems to ease the pain a bit. I take paracetamol which doesn't always work. I also have rectal pain. My doctor has prescribed codeine for pain which can cause constipation, so I was prescribed lactilose as well, but I am worried about taking anything. I took bisocodyl got diaorreah and passed out. Even when I had to give myself an enima before my sygmoidoscopy I passed out. I feel exhausted.

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    Yes this does definitely affect you mentally as well as physically.  I go almost insane with worry each time I get it.  I try to practice The Secret as I have found it helps tremendously with my arthritis.  Staying positive at DD flare ups is almost impossible but I still try.  Yoga and deep breathing also helps me through the pain.  Some may think this stuff is rubbish but it's like anything I suppose you have to believe for it to work. smile  Hope you get well very quickly.

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      Thankyou for your kind words. I don't think yoga and deep breathing is rubbish as I have done it in the past. I have arthritis and fibromyalgia so I will give it another go. The surgical registrar told me diverticulitis is basically arthritis in the inside. Thanks again.

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      Wow, that's interesting.  Arthritis on the inside?  I have an appt with Dr this afternoon.  I will ask about that ..... it would explain a lot.  Hope you get on with yoga ok.  Let me know. smile

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    Whats brings these attacks on and how can we stop them from happening?
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