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I am a 46-year-old man with no significant medical problems until now. About 12 days ago I started having vague abdominal pain and cramping. Two days later I saw a physicians assistant who thought I might have appendicitis because I was most tender when she pressed on my right lower abdomen. No fever, no nausea, no vomiting, no diarrhea. She ordered a CT scan that showed right sided diverticulitis. She gave me a 10-day course of Cipro and Flagyl, which I finished yesterday.
Initially I was not told to start a clear liquid diet. It was only after my pain did not improve on 2 days of antibiotics that I called my doctor who told me to switch to a liquid diet. Pain got a little better for a couple of days and then last Wednesday night I started having terrible pain in my back and right side. I went to the doctor the next morning. He ordered another CT scan which showed that the inflammation from my diverticulitis had gone away. The scan was otherwise negative. They attributed my new pain to muscle spasms and prescribed me Vicodin.
I tried advancing my diet this past Friday to white bread and cheese. I had a few handfuls of pretzels Friday night, and then I was up all night with pain. Back to a liquid diet Saturday and Sunday. Pain subsided somewhat but then returned last night. The pain is kind of a nagging pressure or burning with an occasional sharp pain once in a while. No fever, no nausea, no vomiting. I've had loose stools, which makes sense because I'm not eating anything solid.
I am having an incredible amount of anxiety and am very depressed. I'm 12 days in and it seems like there's no end in sight. I have a colonoscopy scheduled for June 1st, but I can't even imagine living like this until then. Also, there's always the possibility that this could be cancer, which even though that's a low possibility, it stays in the back of my mind and makes me incredibly anxious and fearful. I'm in a bad place and any words of encouragement or insight would be very much appreciated.
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