Painkiller for diverticular disease - please!

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can anyone suggest effective painkillers. I have diverticula disease, much worse in the last year. Not sure if I get diverticulitis, but have nagging left side pain, many visits to the toilet, very fatigued and sometimes get no sleep at night. Doc took me off co-codamol, probably right as I had constipation. However combination of buscopan and paracetamol just don't hit the spot. Was on antibiotic (not sure which led) but could only tolerate it for 3 days as I felt so sick.

I have had to cancel so many arrangements, or struggle on pretending and exhausted. Can anyone suggest a painkiller that actually works?

 

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    What antibotic was you on?  I took flagy/Levpro/bactrim they really did a number on me. Tyneol helps me. Have you ever been diagnose diverticulisis? 
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    Hi Arranmary I was on Buscopan and they did nothing at all for the chronic pain that I was suffering then I came on to this site and someone recomended I try Dicycloverine 10mg 3 times a day I asked the Doc for it about two months ago and can honestly say it worked for me  I was so pleased to find something that worked I also take Aloe Vera Capsules 1 per Day and I have been fine for 2months now which is a record for me! Good Luck hope it works for you xx 
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    Hi I really feel for you I know what you're going through! When I get a flare up I usually take paracetamol, warm bath, hot water bottle and just clear liquids (apple juice, herbal teas- camomile or peppermint is good) and jelly. You're going to need to rest your colon - for about at least 2-3 days, it will take time for the inflammation to go down, only when you feel better start on small amounts of solids possibly soups, soft tinned fruits and make sure you chew everything really well. If you're lucky and it hasn't progressed into a fully blown infection you're symptoms should ease within 2-3 weeks. I also take a probiotic from Holland and Barratt every day to keep my gut bacteria on alert. Hope this helps, everyone is different but strongly recommend bowel rest.

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      I take paracetamol and a probiotic drink everyday. I have been on amoxicillin for a chest infection now I have stopped them pain is back in my lower left side I just have soup for a couple of days when I have a flare up and take pian relief.
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    Thanks all for your help. I have some good pointers now, and will share what I find works for me. I think it is the being awake all night that is most debilitating.
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      It is it makes me so tired I want to say in bed some days but have to get up to go to the toilet x
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    Unfortunately, painkillers cause constipation which in turn causes more pain.  It's a vicious circle, I'm afraid. This is what my doctor has told me.  My problem is that I have bowel movements day and night.  I do not have diarrhoes unless I take Lactulose, and then I go from one extreme of difficulty in passing stools, to burning, loose ones which cause my vagina to become so sore, I am barely able to walk.

    ?I never feel as though my rectum is empty and if I try to push, I get an excrutiating pain on the left hand side of my abdomen.  I am always exhausted during the day from being constantly woken by rectal pain and the urge to defecate.  I have tried fasting, gluten-free foods; high fibre; low fibre; prebiotics;probiotics etc... Nothing seems to give me relief from this nightmare. 

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