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Hello everyone, I am 26 years old and I was diagnosed with diverticulitis last July. It had flared up 4 or 5 times before I went to the hospital the first time, I was being stubborn and thought I just couldn't digest meat very well. Then it was flared up for 2 weeks and I was trying to work through it and basically collapsed, I lost all energy and couldn't even stand. After I got home that afternoon I passed out in the middle of the floor 3 feet from my front door and my wife made me go to the hospital. They said I was constipated and sent me home. 3 days later I went back and was in the hospital 5 days. This past August it happened again but I had a terrible headache to go with it, apparently the infection had spread to my blood stream and I was in the hospital for 6 days. It was odd to me bc my stomach didn't hurt near as bad as the times before. After healing for 6 weeks I had a colonoscopy, and the Dr told me that if I didn't have my entire sigmoid colon and 2 inches of my decending colon removed that the next flare up could kill me. I have to talk to a surgeon on the 8th, but the only time I talked to the GI Dr was when I was coming down off of the sedation meds from the colonoscopy and don't even remember getting into the vehicle to come how. Can someone please tell me what I should expect from all of this? What are the chances I will not have to do this surgery again, and will this correct it and my life go back to normal? Someone just sharing their experience might make me feel better about it. I'm pretty much freaking out about it, mostly because I have a 6 year old daughter.
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