New to Diverticulitis at 36 us old

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Hi! I was just diagnosed a week ago with Diverticulitis. Had a cat scan to confirm at the ER. I have never heard of this up until last week. I am a fairly healthy 36 year old. I have a 3 year old and a 13 year old. I've always been able to eat anything I wanted. This just came out of no where and I don't like it. Lol. I was given 2 antibiotics. Cipro and flagyl. I'm almost finished with the antibiotics. My stabbing pain actually went away after 1 dose of antibiotics. I had an appointment with the Gastro specialist yesterday. I was told absolutely nothing about what's going on with me. Only that if you're young and get this it tends to be more aggressive. They scheduled a colonoscopy for next month. I have been nothing but researching online. I've read so many different things I don't know what to think. But for now my question is I have no pain. I'm just tender on the left side of my stomach. Almost a bruised feeling. Is this normal? It's been 8 days since my first attack. Also I don't know the best way to explain this but my bowel movements aren't normal. I do go every morning as I always have but it's running. Not what I'm used to it looking like. Is this normal? I've been in a bland diet. Actually barely eating. I've lost 5lbs. I'm scared to eat. I feel popping and growling in my stomach on the left side. Is this normal? How long will I feel like me again? Sorry for all the questions. It's all new. 😩😩😩 Thanks in advanced!! 

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    Yes it's all normal   I have been at this for a year it frightened and confused me at first but I have got used to it now. I didn't eat properly for months I was afraid I would make it worse. But now I eat lots of things but no seeds skins fizzy drinks popcorn nuts and I can't eat chocolate. Are you in the US   The DR treats it differently in the U.K. We are treated with antibiotics  but in the US they seam to operate. I hope you feel better soon 

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      Thank you for the reply. I am in the US. The gastro doctor did say I would probably eventually need surgery. It's all scary. I've never had any health problems up until now. I am drinking Ginger Ale in a can now  I guess that's a no go 😩 Before my first attack I was constipated for a few days eating a bag full of shelled peanuts. Guess that did it for me. But I can live without peanuts, seeds but chocolate??? Oh no 😢  Thank you!!! 

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    I know how you feel. I was diagnosed a year ago and I have had 4 attacks and 4 hospitalization. The antibiotics mess up your stool so that is it a surprise and the discomfort is also normal and lasts a little while. 
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    Hi jessily

    You sound very like me only 20 years younger I was told in July this year I had DD and a bit like yourself was researching everything and afraid to eat things .. think it is very much a individual diet what suits you might not work with me so it's getting to know when you feel a flare up coming and if this happens just take fluids for 24 to 48 hours to give your bowels a rest. Everything you are experiencing sound normal with DD you need a high fibre but no seeds or pips.. I am keeping to a very bland diet also take fybogel twice a day and one alflorex daily don't know if you can get them in US I'm in Ireland ...it will take a few weeks for your bowels to come back to some way normal took mine 4 weeks ...also try not to stress as it says its a trigger ...just be gentle on yourself eat little and offer and 2 liters of water a day ....I know I know a lot of life time changes but stay positive

    Good luck hope you feel some way normal soon

    Mary

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      Thank you so much! I never knew DD was a common thing. At least that how it seems. My grandma has it. I had no idea. The whole world knows I have it. Lol!! I've been eating a bland diet. It doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would. I just hope I don't continue to get attacks. But like you said I will try not to stress about. Hope all is well with you!! Thank you again!! 

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    It takes several weeks before you feel yourself. Also the antibiotics make you run.  Go see pharmacist and ask what the best probiotic you could take. It will get your intestines back to normal. The antibiotics kill all the good bacteria so you need to get it balanced.

    It a low residue diet for a few weeks and start small amounts of fiber gradually.

    Everyone is different but I try to avoid nuts, skins and seeds and keep regular once you feel better.  Consipation is not good for those diverticular pockets. Good luck. You will not die from it but it is a scarey disease which is hard to control. Trial and error with food.  My first attack I was in my early forties. I am seventy and they are getting more severe but unless they happen very frequently put off surgery. Just my opinion. Take care.🙏

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      Thank you for the words of encouragement. I am definitely going to buy a good probiotic. I'm feeling better and better everyday. Hopefully much better when I'm off the antibiotics. I think it's giving my thrush now 😩 I'm getting used to this diet and losing weight which isn't a bad thing for me. Just a new lifestyle I guess. Hopefully I'll never get another attack anytime soon. Hope all is well with you! Thank you!! 

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    I had an attack in June. I eat clean, so I was shocked! I was in ER had Cat Scan. Diverticulitis! I was put on Flagyl and ceflosporin.  I Can't take Cipro as I ruptured my Achilles tendon. 

    Six days ago while at the end of my holiday  I  felt the low cramping  and as advised I started the antibiotic regime.  About 4 hours later hives all over!! Called Dr. and made appointment. He changed Antiobiotic to Sulfur with Flagyl.

    Suggested that I just take Flagyl 3x a day for a few days and see how I feel.  This is so stressful as I don't know what's causing this!

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