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Hi, I recently had a colonoscopy to check for bowel cancer. The good news is that the consultant did not find any signs of malignancy. The not such good news is that he did find, in his words "severe diverticulosis" - so severe in fact that he was not able complete the colonoscopy. So, he referred me to have a colon CT scan. I got the results from this last week and they confirm that I do have a lot of diverticula in my colon. The consultant is now recommending that I have surgery to remove my the affected parts of my intestines.
Looking back I have suffered numerous bouts of GI discomfort - severe indigestion, diarrhoea, abdominal pain etc - over many years. However, I've never had to take time off work, or take antibiotics to treat these attacks, or go to hospital. I simply self-diagnosed IBS and carried on.
So, while I am inclined to have the surgery, I also have some nagging doubts as to whether such a drastic solution is necessary for my condition. Can anybody help me with their own experiences?
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