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I have always had digestive issues - years of GERD, for which I'm on daily esomeprazole, plus constipation (partly caused by antidepressant medication), and other issues. But for the past few months I have felt at the end of my tether. Started with nausea, stomach pains and yellow diarrhea, plus low-grade fever at the end of August. The GP ran blood tests, which showed infection and inflammation, but did not give me anything to deal with the infection. It settled down somewhat, but then the pain came back - not as bad, but noticeable. I went back to the GP, who ran some more blood tests (mostly OK, white count slightly raised, though much lower than it had been, one of my liver enzymes slightly raised) and had me do a stool test. This showed high levels of blood, so I was sent for a colonoscopy. This showed three large diverticula, which were the cause of the bleeding, but nothing else apart from two tiny polyps, which were removed. The GP now thinks that the infection I had in August was actually a diverticulitis flare. In all this time, I have never stopped feeling mildly queasy almost every day (sometimes more than mildly), my appetite has decreased, and my bowels are all over the place - diarrhea one day, constipation the next, stools ranging from yellow to very dark. I am so sick of feeling sick and dragged out, and don't know what to do anymore. I'm still waiting for an abdominal ultrasound in 3 weeks, which may show something else, but until then I don't know how to get my life back, as I feel too miserable to do anything most days. I have always struggled with anxiety and depression, and the recent state of my guts has not helped. Would be so grateful for any advice or suggestions. Thanks.
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