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I'm 67 years old with a history of gout, kidney stones, high cholesterol (which I finally agreed to take meds for following a mild stroke) and now, the most recent, diverticulitis! I'd been taking steps to keep the other "conditions " in check by following food guidelines, walking, etc. Now the diverticulitis! I was already suffering from health anxiety...thinking of myself as a sick person, now I'm even worse! I try to tell myself that my conditions have been mild and that I can still live a long life, but there's always something to worry about! Regarding the diverticulitis, my biggest fear right now is wondering when its time to go to Dr/ER. I had a mild flare in March so took antibiotics, but then noticed a burning sensation lower left shortly afterwards that has been intermittent. The last couple of weeks my bowel habits changed to being more constipated (hard/dry) and this week discomfort and bloating was unmistakable, which is when I wound up going to Dr and having a CT scan. Should I have gone in with the burning sensation? I feel like I'd be going in 3 out of every 4 weeks! Taking antibiotics now, and having regular bowel movements, but I still feel incredibly bloated and never feel "emptied". Is that common? I'd very much appreciate everyone's input. Making myself crazy here and it's affecting my quality of life. So sorry for rambling.
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