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Hi everyone, I have been reading up about right sided diverticulitis as I have had ongoing pain in my cecum area for quite a while now. I always thought diverticulitis was on the left so dismissed it as the cause of my pain but now realise it can be on the right. My symptoms all started with bad bloating and gas back in March, the pain came later on around April/May. Since then I've had a gynae scan for cysts - only one small right one, bloods - ok but borderline vit D def, then finally got a gastro consult but she just gave me laxido which was dissappointing as I could tell straight away that would not help my localised pain which is almost muscular as it's worse when I move and worse at night. So had to go for second opinion and finally getting a colonoscopy next week. I'm really just wondering if anyone else has had right sided localised ongoing pain which turned out to be diverticulitis or some form?

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    So , you don't really know what it is,until you have your scan.If it is right sided D.D, you will be in a class of your own,,,  come back with the results.

    don't forget to watch the screen ,so you see for yourself what' up there.

    Jacqueline  

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      Hi Jacqueline, thanks very much for the reply, yes it's all a bit confusing, as you can imagine in  my mind I have have had every medical problem so far, now just going round in circles!! but the DD symptoms do seem to tie up - if they can be found on the right side. I'm not sure what sort of sedation is expected with a colonoscopy? but assuming I will be able to see what's going on, hopefully answers my problems. I am meant to be going on holiday next Saturday so that's my next stress, as I don't want the kids to miss going on holiday. I will try to worry about that when I need to worry about it though, thanks again!

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      Just have the gas and air thingy,, it's not a bad procedure, just feels a bit 

      strange,, and you wear enough  garments, it's a wonder the doctor can find the entrance, !! Try not to stress, D.D loves you to do that ,, you can watch the climb up your colon,,, and,,ask questions .and ,at the end of it ,you will get a cup of tea and a biccy,and after 30 mins or so,, you will be shown the door. No reason why you shouldn't go on holiday.. take some

      Paracetamol with you ,in case you get a twinge.

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      Hey Kinola - I've had a couple now - it isnt bad. The worst and strangest bit in my view is the preparation the night before! You drink a couple of liters of a strong laxative and over the next couple of hours completely flush your system - it is amazingly effective! A tip for this part is mix the stuff in with orange squash - it is lemon flavoured already and the OS makes it much easier to drink. As Jacs says during the exam itself you have gas and air available though I never bothered - it is interesting as you get to see a new view on your body! It can hurt a little as the camera etc goes round some of the bends but it doesnt last long so if you just keep breathing its over soon.

      Good luck!

      I get the majority of my DD pain central under the bladder - gets worse if I need to pee. I've also had the classic lower left side. In principle you can get diverticula throughout the colon (this is what I have) but most people tend to get them in the sigmoid colon (lower left part which then leads to the the 'outflow'!). As J says the colonoscopy will try to go all the way right as far as the 'terminal ileum' which is where the colon attaches to the small intestine down on the lower right hand side of the body (near where the apendix is).

      Interestingly in the West most DD is in the sigmoid, where as in Asian countries most DD apparently appears on the right side at the other end of the colon (African countries largely free of the disease people thing because of the high fiber/low meat diet). When you have your colonoscopy ask the surgeon where they are? 

      A little factoid I found the otherday: the chance of developing DD for meat eaters is 50times that for vegitarians!! Who knew?!

      All the best 

      James

       

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      Thanks jacqueline, yes stress of course makes it all 100 times worse, I have now found myself watching you tube videos of colonoscopies - what on earth did we do before the web!!! I just hope the consultant can see all the way round to the end, I guess that's the point of the procedure!

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      Thanks James for your reply, just read after replying to Jacqueline! I got my pack today with the preparation stuff, yes they need to get right round to my ceacum area for this, as that's what's hurting, so there must be something in there or sticking out from there - I guess that's the simplest way I can think of it! My diet was/is pretty good so really not sure what's caused this, but I was under a lot of stress with family stuff so when I got all the bloating etc I just put it down to stressful digestive stuff. But then getting the ongoing very localised pain and all over lower back pain didn't seem right so that's what I'm now trying to sort out. I had to ask the GP to organise bloods twice as I was just so tired. My day ends around now as I have to go to bed which is unusual for me. How were you diagnosed?

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      hello, you are turning into a colon geek. rolleyes you will be able to watch your own, don't forget to ask questions.. the doc no doubt will have answered them all a million times before, and probably knows what you are going to ask,, before you open yoor mouth. The layers of clothes you have to wear for the job,,will make you look like a Sumo wrestler,   Then, a cup of tea and a biccy.

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      My diagnosis was problematic - I first had classic DD fever style symptoms about 6 years ago after chugging a load of peanuts then a beer and curry! Wasnt well - eventually went to doc and got some ABs - cleared it up. Later had a colonoscopy which showed very mild DD so we didnt think that was the cause - my doc believed it to be colitis (but not Chrone's). Five years past with a bunch of attacks, was hospitalised in March and had a second colonoscopy which showed 'pan diviticula' across the colon....so DD seems to be the name of the game! I suspect in my case most are fine, but there is one somewhere under the bladder which is always going on the fritz. Getting a clear diagnosis is part of the problem with this game - the colonoscopy should hopefully tell you exactly whats going on in your case!

       

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      yes it's annoying that so many parts of the colon and indeed all the other bits and bobs around there could show similar symtoms when all is not well, mine has sort of come out of the blue so I am feeling it might be more serious in terms of tumour but hopefully not. Will upate next week, just trying to keep busy this weekend and not watch too many youtube videos, hehe.

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      Hi Jacqueline, thanks for asking...am in the middle of the movo prep and it's horrible! just hope I can get the second packet down and I do it properly!!

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      If you had said earlier ,I could have told you about the Picolax...

      At least we all know where you are  HA Ha ,Don't worry it will soon be over

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      Ah blast Kinola - thought you did it all yesterday! Ah, so you are Missing In Action tonight? Yes, you get to see your body in a whole new light - good luck (was going to say 'sit back and enjoy the ride' but probably not appropriate)!

       

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      yep 'in action' alright, this is def the worst bit and that's withouth even knowing what tomorrow will be like!

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      The prep is really the worst bit - tomorrow is pretty much all over in 20 mins or so - good luck!
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      Hi all, so have done it, been there got the t shirt and no further forward with pain explanation, I did my prep very well (go me!) so they had a good look through my 'long looping colon' and managed to get to the ceacum, valve and ileum. So onwards and upwards, seems to be another set of US scans in the pipeline and if not use CT scan. It was an interesting process and when I saw what was involved I take my hat off to those that can successfully negotiate those loops, looked really tricky! hopefully once I've had time to digest where I'm at I'll have the energy to keep thinking what I need to do, I would think the other scans will show other abdominal bits and bobs although I don't really know the difference between US and CT...hope you lovely folk are all doing well and it's so nice to know you're out there!

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      See ,,,we told you it wasn't so bad,,and if they got round all the corners ,,that, is really good news,, they barely got round the first one with me..

      NOW,, stop stressing.. and push the happy button.. You will be fine...

      What did you think about the gear ..drop dead gorgeous stuff,, or what ??rolleyes.

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      yes amazing really isn't it? the modesty pants were something else, hehe. I'm now going to concentrate on my psoas muscle, also makes sense with the back pain. The scans should show that I think. Other than that I'm stumped. But yes will go forth and be happy which will hopefully help the stress situation - will let you know what happens, hopefully it's helpful for people reading to see what symptoms seem to connect to what. Thanks for all your help and up beat messages! x

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      Tell me where and what the Psoas muscle is ,,and I will join you rolleyes 

      I will have to find a pain ,,must have one somewhere lol xx

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      Ah the psoas muscle is a huge muscle attaching your top part to your bottom part so you can walk and stand (using my technical language here..) so it runs down both sides of your abdomen and is on top of or near lots of other things, including on the right side, appendix, ovary, ceacum, ileum and nerves etc I thought I had a tight psoas muscle to start with but it didn't really make sense as I do pilates etc and it didn't account for my severe fatigue, so hopefully one of the scans can look at it. I think some scans can see muscles but some can only see organs - or something like that. Right off to bed as my guts are extremely gurgly for some reason and I can't stop sneezing. Figured that was from the thing they put up my nose this morning, joy!

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      Morning,,, time for coffee....cheesygrin the gurgling is probably due to the air they put up ,makes lots of people fart, whilst they are having their cuppa.  Have you told your doc about the fatigue,, you may be short of Folic acid or iron .I have a B12 injection every three months to keep the anemia away..I could now get a job road digging ,my nails are magnificent and tough as steel,,before they cracked and crumbled, and  they did look as though I

      had been digging concrete. .So, get up tomorrow (today) and start smelling the roses  xx 

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