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THis grouping of symptons/diagnoses is very weird.
Wife has been battling diverticulitis for a few years - was getting an attack every 4 - 5 months. After a few attacks, last year Gastro recommended she see a surgeon & have surgery. She hasn't yet. Each time she had an attack, a 14 day course of Cipro and a Low Residue diet resolved it. About a month ago, another attack. Cipro resolved it. Went to see Gastro at end of the 14 days & he gave her an all-clear. Then, 3 days later, she noticed blood on paper after she wiped. Then the next few bowel movements were bloody. SHe felt a tiny bit of pain where she usually does - she said only a 1 on a scale of 1 - 10. Went to ER last night. All blood work good - no internal bleeding, white cells not elevated, no fever. They assume it is hemorrhoids.
Here's where it gets weird:
This past July, I had horrible stomach pain on left side, upper abdomen. Went to Urgent Care, but they just sent me for a CAT scan and my Gastro. CT scan did NOT show diverticulitis, just a couple of diverticulae. No fever. My blood work came back negative. Nevertheless, my Gastro diagnosed diverticulitis. Put me on Augmentin and liquid diet. After one day switched to Low residue diet. A week later, I was AOK.
Had Colonsocopy which was good - no polyps, but slight diverticulOSIS.
2 months later, I had a slight twinge of pain in same spot. No other symptoms. Again, blood work negative. Back on Augmentin for 2 weeks. Pain went away in 2 days. A few days after off augmentin & low residue diet, I occasionally feel a twinge of pain in upper left.
What I find odd is that we both have the same diagnosis of diverticulitis, yet neither of us has had a fever nor escalated white cells counts. and we seem to be taking turns on having symptoms. I mean togetherness is nice, but this is a bit much!
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