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Mercy

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Jul 20, 2010
 
Went to ER Sunday, CT scan, IV antibiotics (cipro, flagyl), sent home (Dr. said "nothing evil in there, diverticulitis) so how bad could it be? I think if it was very serious attack they would have kept me. So anyway, last night temp was normal but today back to 99.5 with slight chills. Maybe ate wrong things yesterday, had no "soft diet" stuff so ate apple sauce cup (yeah I know not a good idea probably), two hard boiled eggs (one yolk), small bowl of corn flakes. Today dragged myself to supermarket, got yogurt and soup (forgot the jello which is really what I want) still have finger size diarrhea and gas but rebound is gone if I get up and move around instead of lie in bed. HOW LONG does it take for this to go away? These meds are awful and I'm VERY HUNGRY and afraid to eat anything else. Seeing Dr. tomorrow for followup but really what good does that do, s/he doesn't have x-ray vision. I don't think I've ever had an 'attack' like this before although I have had symptoms of painful bowel movements and diarrhea once in a while when stressed. Other than that, normal bowel movements twice a day for years. Anyone have any ideas?
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Jul 20, 2010
 
went the same ER route 4 1/2 weeks ago..same meds,was admitted to the hospital and all meds and fluids via IV. I was without anything by mouth for 3 days to rest colon, then clear liquids for 2 more days before soft diet. I about starved to death and was very thirsty. This is my second attack but this time intestinal gasses were backing up into my abdomen and I thought I was having a heart attack. I thought there might also be a blockage. My 5th week am feeling somewhat back to normal but am eating a lot of lettuce and soft vegetables to keep things moving which helps but didn't start lettuce until beginning of 3rd week. If you are taking pain meds this slows bowel movements down so take miralax to keep stools soft. I, like you am normally regular and my colonoscopy 4 years ago did not show diverticulosis but did show some adhesions . Have you had any previous abdominal surgeries?? Adhesions can cause kinks that act like diverticulitis. I am following up with another colonoscopy after 8 weeks.
mercy

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Jul 20, 2010
 
ritadinapoli wrote:
went the same ER route 4 1/2 weeks ago..same meds,was admitted to the hospital and all meds and fluids via IV. I was without anything by mouth for 3 days to rest colon, then clear liquids for 2 more days before soft diet. I about starved to death and was very thirsty. This is my second attack but this time intestinal gasses were backing up into my abdomen and I thought I was having a heart attack. I thought there might also be a blockage. My 5th week am feeling somewhat back to normal but am eating a lot of lettuce and soft vegetables to keep things moving which helps but didn't start lettuce until beginning of 3rd week. If you are taking pain meds this slows bowel movements down so take miralax to keep stools soft. I, like you am normally regular and my colonoscopy 4 years ago did not show diverticulosis but did show some adhesions . Have you had any previous abdominal surgeries?? Adhesions can cause kinks that act like diverticulitis. I am following up with another colonoscopy after 8 weeks.
Well I had exploratory laparotomy in 1992, long time ago. I am not taking pain meds, don't like them, pain wasn't bad enough for that. Dr. in ER said "nothing evil" so this must be a low level case but I'm very unaccustomed to being sick and it was starting to freak me out. Called my regular Dr.'s office, talked to his nurse, she said keep taking meds and it's ok to eat bland food in small quantities so I made myself a small bowl of pasta and at least I'm not starving any more. I don't understand how something like this can happen overnight and I'm wondering if the enormous stress I have been under at home with a daughter who has serious mental issues may have caused it. I will get back on the treadmill as soon as I am recovered and go back to my normal diet of plenty of veggies, fruit, prunes, chicken, pasta, and add fiber. This has been very scary, thank you for responding.
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Jul 20, 2010
 
Part of your feeling so awful is probably the meds. Flagyl & Cipro are so hard on your system! The yogurt, jello, pasta are all good, but do not really make you feel full. I also did pasta (no sauce) and that did seem to help. Be sure to keep drinking fluids.

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Jul 20, 2010
 
Mercy, did they suggest what is called a "low residue" diet? That is what they suggested to me and I have been on it for quite some time. The dr. wanted to keep me on it until I had my colonoscopy. I eat alot of Wendy's baked potatoes with a little butter and sour cream. Actually, when I first got out of the hospital 2 months ago I just about lived on them. No skins thought (which are my favorite part)!

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Jul 20, 2010
 
Mercy wrote:
Went to ER Sunday, CT scan, IV antibiotics (cipro, flagyl), sent home (Dr. said "nothing evil in there, diverticulitis) so how bad could it be? I think if it was very serious attack they would have kept me. So anyway, last night temp was normal but today back to 99.5 with slight chills. Maybe ate wrong things yesterday, had no "soft diet" stuff so ate apple sauce cup (yeah I know not a good idea probably), two hard boiled eggs (one yolk), small bowl of corn flakes. Today dragged myself to supermarket, got yogurt and soup (forgot the jello which is really what I want) still have finger size diarrhea and gas but rebound is gone if I get up and move around instead of lie in bed. HOW LONG does it take for this to go away? These meds are awful and I'm VERY HUNGRY and afraid to eat anything else. Seeing Dr. tomorrow for followup but really what good does that do, s/he doesn't have x-ray vision. I don't think I've ever had an 'attack' like this before although I have had symptoms of painful bowel movements and diarrhea once in a while when stressed. Other than that, normal bowel movements twice a day for years. Anyone have any ideas?
I am just starting my fifth week after a 2nd bout of diverticulitis. It takes awhile to feel completely well. After 3 days in hospital on IV and clear fluids, I was sent home on a low residue diet for two weeks. Then I was told to start eating more fiber and given Miralax to keep things moving. I still get some sensations or mild gas pains on the right side once and a awhile. At the beginning, this was happening quite frequently and I have also been afraid to eat too much. I eat much smaller meals and chew my food very well. It has made me feel much better.
Mercy

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Jul 22, 2010
 
Camchase wrote:
Mercy, did they suggest what is called a "low residue" diet? That is what they suggested to me and I have been on it for quite some time. The dr. wanted to keep me on it until I had my colonoscopy. I eat alot of Wendy's baked potatoes with a little butter and sour cream. Actually, when I first got out of the hospital 2 months ago I just about lived on them. No skins thought (which are my favorite part)!
Hope this gives you another choice.
Nobody suggested anything, I swear next time I need an ER I'm going to take the extra 45 miles and go to the teaching hospital here. I stopped taking the Flagyl, it was killing me, never felt so sick from a drug in my life. What is a low residue diet?? I'm now eating yogurt (which I hate), jello (which I hate), eggs (considering cholesterol in these!), toast with jam, soup (which I hate), pasta with a little parmesan cheese. I'm trying to put on some weight because I lost a couple of pounds in the last days and I weigh 117 pounds now, getting scary.
Mercy

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Jul 22, 2010
 
Bev wrote:
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I am just starting my fifth week after a 2nd bout of diverticulitis. It takes awhile to feel completely well. After 3 days in hospital on IV and clear fluids, I was sent home on a low residue diet for two weeks. Then I was told to start eating more fiber and given Miralax to keep things moving. I still get some sensations or mild gas pains on the right side once and a awhile. At the beginning, this was happening quite frequently and I have also been afraid to eat too much. I eat much smaller meals and chew my food very well. It has made me feel much better.
Truthfully I've been really OCD about diet and exercise up until now and this has made me realize I need to put on some extra weight. I wasn't hospitalized and my symptoms went away in two days but now of course I have diarrhea from the Cipro (dumped the flagyl, that stuff is poison). I dunno, I was at Dr.'s office yesterday and it appears he has the same thing (!!) right now but apparently more serious since nurse told me he was on IV antibiotics for a week (which he gave himself I guess) and he seemed so upbeat about the whole thing while I'm scared to death! Am I over reacting here?? you seem to be dealing with it quite well. Any advice would be appreciated.
Mercy

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Jul 22, 2010
 
Bev wrote:
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I am just starting my fifth week after a 2nd bout of diverticulitis. It takes awhile to feel completely well. After 3 days in hospital on IV and clear fluids, I was sent home on a low residue diet for two weeks. Then I was told to start eating more fiber and given Miralax to keep things moving. I still get some sensations or mild gas pains on the right side once and a awhile. At the beginning, this was happening quite frequently and I have also been afraid to eat too much. I eat much smaller meals and chew my food very well. It has made me feel much better.
Thanks for your help. Actually except for the diarrhea from the Cipro and fatigue because I have to get up to go to the bathroom twice a night (better than six times which it was at first!), I'm starting to feel ok. I just don't want to live in fear of this condition. If I ever need ER again for symptoms I'm going to large teaching hospital 45 miles away. This hospital gave me enough flagyl to kill a horse and it damn near did kill me.
Mercy

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Jul 22, 2010
 
Alix wrote:
Part of your feeling so awful is probably the meds. Flagyl & Cipro are so hard on your system! The yogurt, jello, pasta are all good, but do not really make you feel full. I also did pasta (no sauce) and that did seem to help. Be sure to keep drinking fluids.
SO RIGHT ON. These meds are overkill if you ask me, no wonder people are obtaining resistance to them. It's like killing a cockroach with a shotgun. What happened to Augmentin? That used to be a top level antibiotic. This stuff is poison. Thanks for your support.
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Jul 22, 2010
 

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I'm currently 5 days into my 5th attack of this miserable disease. I generally find it takes me 2 to 3 weeks to feel better, but sometimes longer. Generally what has worked best for me is start cipro/flagyl as soon as your sure your'e having an attack and go on lots of liquids for 48 hours. So typically the first 48 hours I will have water, cranberry or apple juice, flavored clear jello, popsicles, tea(no milk), clear chicken or beef broth. Then the next 5 days I will eat things like yoghurt(plain or vanilla but no fruits added), vanilla pudding, chicken broth with egg noodles, soft boiled eggs, white bread plain or toasted with butter or cheese melted on it, mashed potatoes with gravy, spaghetti with butter and an little parmesan cheese on it. For the next 5 days I add to the previous thoroughly boiled vegetables like carrots, green beans, mushrooms, celery, and baked chicken, turkey or fish in small amounts. After this 12 day diet I resume normal eating. If at any time my pain gets worse, I cut a little on the solids and increase on the liquids. It's very helpful if you find a regular Dr. who not only understands that this can be a chronic recurring disease, but who will give you a prescription of cipro/flagyl to keep on hand for you to use immediately when you have an attack, and then call him/her to follow up. I think that can help avoid possible trips to the ER. Hope you will be feeling better soon.
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Jul 22, 2010
 
Mercy wrote:
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Truthfully I've been really OCD about diet and exercise up until now and this has made me realize I need to put on some extra weight. I wasn't hospitalized and my symptoms went away in two days but now of course I have diarrhea from the Cipro (dumped the flagyl, that stuff is poison). I dunno, I was at Dr.'s office yesterday and it appears he has the same thing (!!) right now but apparently more serious since nurse told me he was on IV antibiotics for a week (which he gave himself I guess) and he seemed so upbeat about the whole thing while I'm scared to death! Am I over reacting here?? you seem to be dealing with it quite well. Any advice would be appreciated.
Mercy my doctor came to hospital when I was having my 2nd attack last July'09 and she was on a pic line antibiotics. She told me she had it too but she was scared and complaining to me she wouldn't be able to eat salads. The thought of surgery really scared her.

The nurses at the hospital told me it was amazing how many people who have diverticulitis come in to our hospital and I live in average size town.
Chris

Richmond, VA

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Jul 24, 2010
 
I had my first attack 05-17-10; had been been exercising 6-7 days a week for four years; and, very careful about diet. Still not quite feeling like myself. Still having abdominal discomfort and bloating off and on, pain on right-side. Not much appetite and cannot eat much at a time if I try. Going in for colonoscopy 8-10. I am so ready to feel like myself again. Is there anyone who has an idea of how long it will be?
Joy

Brampton, Canada

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Jul 24, 2010
 
Hi Chris, there really isn't a "norm" for how long it might take to feel completely better, it varies from person to person and with me it varied from attack to attack. After 7 years having attacks it got to the point where I never was completely free of discomfort, basically never completely healed. At that point I decided to have surgery. I am happy to say that I feel GREAT these days, 19 months after surgery! Happily no re-occurance of diverticulitis either. Right side diver is unusual and probably harder to heal when you think that the right side of the large intestine is pushing food upwards (at least when you are upright). All you can do is stay low-residue (check out the Mayo clinic web site for a low res diet), lots of liquids and rest... don't overdo it because your immune system needs time and energy to fight the disease. Take Care, Joy
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Jul 24, 2010
 
Hi Chris, there really isn't a "norm" for how long it might take to feel completely better, it varies from person to person and with me it varied from attack to attack. After 7 years having attacks it got to the point where I never was completely free of discomfort, basically never completely healed. At that point I decided to have surgery. I am happy to say that I feel GREAT these days, 19 months after surgery! Happily no re-occurance of diverticulitis either. Right side diver is unusual and probably harder to heal when you think that the right side of the large intestine is pushing food upwards (at least when you are upright). All you can do is stay low-residue, lots of liquids and rest... don't overdo it because your immune system needs time and energy to fight the disease. Take Care, Joy
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Jul 31, 2010
 
Folks, I am 15 mo after resection and 20 after emergency blow out with colostomy. Now days I feel fine, back in shape. I do watch what I eat, more fibre and chew everything to a pulp. I never had previous attacks but did take many many months to recover after each surgery - as could be expected it takes time. Dave
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Aug 5, 2010
 
Mercy wrote:
Went to ER Sunday, CT scan, IV antibiotics (cipro, flagyl), sent home (Dr. said "nothing evil in there, diverticulitis) so how bad could it be? I think if it was very serious attack they would have kept me. So anyway, last night temp was normal but today back to 99.5 with slight chills. Maybe ate wrong things yesterday, had no "soft diet" stuff so ate apple sauce cup (yeah I know not a good idea probably), two hard boiled eggs (one yolk), small bowl of corn flakes. Today dragged myself to supermarket, got yogurt and soup (forgot the jello which is really what I want) still have finger size diarrhea and gas but rebound is gone if I get up and move around instead of lie in bed. HOW LONG does it take for this to go away? These meds are awful and I'm VERY HUNGRY and afraid to eat anything else. Seeing Dr. tomorrow for followup but really what good does that do, s/he doesn't have x-ray vision. I don't think I've ever had an 'attack' like this before although I have had symptoms of painful bowel movements and diarrhea once in a while when stressed. Other than that, normal bowel movements twice a day for years. Anyone have any ideas?
Mercy,

Google a low residue diet. Basically a low residue diet is used to prevent bulk in your stool, allowing your bowels time to heal and/or rest. There's not a whole lot to choose from but it sounds as if you've been eating the right things. After you heal your supposed to change to a high fiber diet to prevent flare ups, or so it's said. Stay away from things that don't break down to easily digestively...i.e. corn, pop corn, any seeds and nuts and chew your food very well and drink lots of water. If it helps start drinking protien drinks to maintain weight and to give your body the nutritian it needs

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Jan 11, 2012
 
Just came home from ER yesterday. Put on Cipro and flagyl but Cipro hurts me so dr switched me to doxycycline and flagyl. Had mor attacks last night. Just wondering how long this can last. All information helpful to me. Thank you.
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Jan 11, 2012
 
Sharon wrote:
Just came home from ER yesterday. Put on Cipro and flagyl but Cipro hurts me so dr switched me to doxycycline and flagyl. Had mor attacks last night. Just wondering how long this can last. All information helpful to me. Thank you.
You should change your diet to the Mayo Clinic diet. Georgia has posted this diet many times in this forum. Check this link to find all the Diverticulitis threads. You should be able to find one of Georgia's posts about the type of foods you should eat to avoid cramps. Low fiber, low residue, soft/liquid diet...

http://www.topix.com/forum/health/diverticuli...

How long your attacks will last depend on how severe your diverticulitis is and whether or not you need a colon resection surgery. In my case, I could tell I had a severe problem, so I made an appt with a surgeon (who was highly recommended by my cardiologist), and he ordered a second CT scan and then a colonoscopy. These tests showed that I needed surgery, and now, nine weeks later, I'm feeling almost normal again, with no abdominal cramps or infection or abscess.

Good luck to you!
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Jul 26, 2012
 
Mercy wrote:
Went to ER Sunday, CT scan, IV antibiotics (cipro, flagyl), sent home (Dr. said "nothing evil in there, diverticulitis) so how bad could it be? I think if it was very serious attack they would have kept me. So anyway, last night temp was normal but today back to 99.5 with slight chills. Maybe ate wrong things yesterday, had no "soft diet" stuff so ate apple sauce cup (yeah I know not a good idea probably), two hard boiled eggs (one yolk), small bowl of corn flakes. Today dragged myself to supermarket, got yogurt and soup (forgot the jello which is really what I want) still have finger size diarrhea and gas but rebound is gone if I get up and move around instead of lie in bed. HOW LONG does it take for this to go away? These meds are awful and I'm VERY HUNGRY and afraid to eat anything else. Seeing Dr. tomorrow for followup but really what good does that do, s/he doesn't have x-ray vision. I don't think I've ever had an 'attack' like this before although I have had symptoms of painful bowel movements and diarrhea once in a while when stressed. Other than that, normal bowel movements twice a day for years. Anyone have any ideas?
I am in the same boat except I got a bonus UTI on top of it, still feel like crap its only been a week so far. Doctor said I didn't need surgery because nothing has ruptured yet?? I went from being fine to all the sudden in the worst pain of my life. Still getting side pain from time to time but not taking the pain meds anymore. Afraid to eat anything really. My fever comes and goes and my follow-up appt due to shakes and weakness and numbness (all side effects of meds) my primary doctor didn't seem to care. Confused on what to do next or what is safe to eat

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