Severe diverticulitis, or diverticulosis?

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Hello all...CT showed I have severe diverticulitis (no symptoms)... Sorry, I can't get the difference straight. Anyway, my question to you all is did your symptoms Chang after first being diagnosed with this affliction, or did you go straight into terrible pain and off to the ER? How long before being diagnosed with no symptoms to surgery??

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    I’ve been recently diagnosed with complicated diverticulitis.  The symptoms were severe. (Chills, stomach pain, diarrhea, joint pain). From what I’ve read if you have no symptoms you have diverticulosis.  With the condition you are prone to the infections and resulting diverticulitis.  When or if it ever hits you is anyone’s guess.   
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    If they are not infected it's diverticulosis, so no fever etc  It's when they are in infected it's diverticulitis. And you'll know. You will feel very unwell. 

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    Hi Elizabeth I was diagnosed in 2015 no problems til May 2018 unfortunately I have it through out my colon I would follow any diet usually high fiber ( check with your doc ) B careful what and when you eat ! I didn't think to much about it after my diagnosis didn't change anything and boy do I regret that! Good luck to you

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    I started out with severe pain, bloating and weight loss.

    I went from 158 lbs. to 120 lbs. In 2 months.

    Ended up in the E.R. Diagnosed with Chron's, a fistula and diverticulitis. I was given a colostomy and fistula repair. I spent 3 weeks in the hospital.

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      Greg you poor thing . I am 4 weeks out from resection and iliostomy ( temporary) . It's a long healing process, I still feel nausea and crappy a lot. How are you now? 

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      Greg I also started out 132 pounds I am now 118 and losing more daily I am 5foot 7 and wow I feel unhealthy! I pray for us all What a unforgiving disease!
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      Rhiannon. I'm doing better now with occasional flare ups but have been dealing with UTIs.

      I had a Nephrostomy due to trouble fully emptying my bladder; it was internalized last week. The doc said the stent should be in place for about several months; I sure don't miss that catheter and bag.

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    If you have no symptoms, why did you you go to the doc? Just curious.
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      I knew I had it after the colonoscopy4 years ago. I had my,gallbladder removed a year before and recently have been having rt side pain off and on. I then had some horrible virus (extreme vomiting and diarrhea) and off to ER... So a CT was done and it showed severe diverticulitis.
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    I it seems I had Diverticulosis totally symptom free until I tried and failed to start a chain saw and damaged/irritated my gut and had the on set of the Diverticulitis. I was told if If I had not damaged myself inadvertently I might never have presented with the disease. that was 14 years ago and I have been effected more or less since then including 2 serious bleeds. Most of the time I am OK but use painkillers and always have antibiotics at hand if I start to feel ill.
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    I’m guessing you have lots of pockets (diverticulosis) diverticulitis you would have definite symptoms.  Pain, bloating and know you were sick.

    Some people with DIVERTICULOSIS never have symptoms but those with the inflammation have symptoms.

    What is your age ?  Most people over 50 have diverticulosis.

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      I have diverticula all the way to where my appendix should be. I am 74 so fit the profile. I failed to take the antibiotics on becoming I'll as was very busy and distracted. Got shouted a by my doctor after coming put of hospital. Am now more cautious.

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