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Steven asks…

How long do Diverticulitis symptoms last ?

I’m 36 with a suspected case of diverticulitis – started with pain & tenderness on the left side of abdomen. My Dr put me on a liquid-only diet for 3 days, & then low residue diet.
He also put me on Metronidazole (Flagyl) 500mg
Cipro 500mg
Florastor 250mg
I had a CT Scan that didnt show any abnormalities – no abcesses.

Its been a 2 weeks now & I’m done with my course of medication.
Pain / discomfort persist in lower left side & groin, along with other parts of stomach, gurgling sounds in stomach.
Intensity of pain / discomfort varies.
Lower back pain and pain in legs, especially left leg.
Uncomfortable at night & affected sleep pattern. Occasional diarrhea, with BM in early morning hours.

Is this normal for Diverticulitis receovery? How long do these symptoms last?

Thank you.

Nutritionatlast answers:

You may consider going to the doctor again and getting it checked out – it doesn’t seem right to still be hurting after taking meds that are supposed to help you. You may also want to look into all-natural supplements such as AloeElite, since I hear prescription meds can actually make symptoms worse.

Ken asks…

Diverticulitis – symptoms? my mother has acute diarrhoea and has just been diagnosed that she has Diverticu?

and has just been diagnosed that she has Diverticulitis – after having a colonoscopy. Is this a common symptom of this disease? I have been trying to find out, but mostly see that constipation is the symptom. She can’t go anywhere outside the house without taking anti-diarrhoea tablets and is caught short (very quickly and without any warning). She has been told to have a high fibre diet, but feels, obviously, the opposite is needed.

thanks for your help if you know about this subject.
Springfields haven – Thanks for the information . I will certainly read it.

Nutritionatlast answers:

Diverticular disease is an almost inevitable finding in all those above 50 years in the UK. It is the formation of hundreds of pouches in the large bowel due to higher than desirable pressure in the bowel, due to lifelong low fibre diets.

Though high fibre diet is the ultimate preventative, it needs to be lifelong and the evidence that it helps to improve the situation in later life is sparse.

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Symptoms occur when these diverticulae become blocked and infected. This usually produces diarrhea and abdominal pain. This can be severe and occasionally results in perforation of the bowel.

Acute attacks are usually managed by fluid diet and sometimes oral antibiotics. More severe episodes may need total bowel rest with IV fluids and IV antibiotics. Occasionally a bowel segment is so badly damaged it needs to be removed surgically.

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