Stress and Diverticulosis

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I was recently diagnosed with mild diverticulosis. I had a CT that showed nothing and my colonoscopy says that my DD is mild.  I don't have any bleeding or fever but I have a lot of pain on the lower left side of my stomach.  My doctor says that my symptoms don't match my test results but I'm starting to wonder if the pain is made worse by stress.  Is this possible?  My doctor prescribed dicyclomine to help with the pain spasms and I'm watching what I eat but the pain comes quite often and lasts for days.  Anyone else have the same type of experience?

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    Hi, although I have recently been diagnosed with acute multiple diverticulosis  following a colonoscopy, my consultant did say that stress is often a key contributor to flare ups. I was advised to try and reduce stress where possible and to take things a little easier.  It's not as easy as it sounds though! 

    We can't completely avoid situations that are stressful in life. It's all around us I find.  But as I'm now recovering from this sudden first attack and trying to introduce and stick to a high fibre diet and reduce the amount of things I do at work and at home, it is slowly beginning to help with feeling abit better.

    I haven't been prescribed any drugs for pain spasms. Does the drug you mention work well?  Have you changed anything in your life to reduce being in or around stressful situations?

    I have stopped cramming in lots of stuff at weekends which can be stressful and tiring.  I don't really know yet how effective this is - time will tell.  But I do feel a bit calmer and less bothered that I haven't got everything done that week I wanted to. I would rather feel better and have less pain.

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      My GP prescribed Mebeverine for the spasms, to be taken when needed, not regularly.  It does take the edge off.
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    My doctor said sometimes some people feel it more than others but I'd get to see a gyn to rule that out. Any pain isn't good. Pursue if it bothers you.🙏

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      Been there done that.  She found nothing to be wrong and it's definitley food and stress related.  My stress level is really high and the pain goes away when I don't eat.

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    Stress is a factor in DD I end up with a flare when I get myself stressed. They say to try and stay calm within yourself I find this hard to do when I need the toilet 5 times in a morning. I don't go far just incase I need the loo. I am glad you only have it mild. I have multiple diverticula. I hope your pain gets better for you

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    I am just waiting to have a CT scan as my specialist thinks I have diverticulitis . I have pain lower left and upper left also sometintimes lower right is this typical? Also I have awful nausea
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      Yes. It all depends on where the inflammation is. Glad you are having a CT scan. That will show if that area is infected . Good luck.🙏

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    All of this sounds so familiar. I was recently diagnosed with an acute flare up of diverticulitis and was also wondering about stress being a factor in flare ups. I have been feeling a lot of stress at work and I feel like this brings on the cramping, pain and nausea.
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      I am also looking into this. I have had 3 flare ups since May 2017. Moved and then my 2nd flare in August, my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and 3rd flare up now , not a burdened, but I take my sister to ALL her appointments and chemo. Her last chemo treatment went poorly with and I was staying stoic through it. Sorry for tmi, but I have been high fiber, probiotics and drinking plenty of water. All my flare ups have been around stressful events. Prior to this year it had been 3 years no issue. Which was when I was first diagnosed. 
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    I too have been diagnosedwith diverticulitis, i have never been prescribed pain meds but have had to take 2 different antibiotics which keep me close or in a bathroom for days, i get severe diahreha and nausea, anyone else have these awful symptoms?
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