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I am three weeks into my first flare. Right sided diverticulitis, lingering pain that changes every day - some days better than others. I’ve been on a liquid diet for the majority of that time (lost 13 pounds) and I’ve been put on antibiotics until my colonoscopy which is scheduled for June 1st, two weeks from tomorrow. They say if I re-flare or am still having symptoms, they’ll need to postpone to colonoscopy.
The pain is usually pretty minor at this point - some random sharp pains today when i move a certain way or take a deep breath - but it’s usually a dull pulling or ache that doesn’t really limit my physical activity or ability to work. The hardest part for me has been the anxiety: I’m scared to advance my diet and spark another flare. I’m also scared that I’m still having random pains three weeks in. I’m also scared that the colonoscopy could show something more sinister going on than just diverticulitis.
This forum has really helped me, but I find myself really needing reassurance, advice, and encouragement. Most days, at least a few times a day, I’m on the brink of tears with this. I’m a previously healthy 46 year old man. This has really turned my life upside down.
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