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Diverticulitis

Postby CozmoCreepers » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:02 pm

Last Wednesday when round a friends I got, what I thought, were wind pains. It didn't feel great so I said to hubby about leaving and pretty soonish (as it was over an hours drive to get home). This all started around 8pm, I drove home, which wasn't too bad and went to bed at 10pm at the latest.

Well by 2am, I was in agony and had to phone NHS Direct. They told me to take a couple of painkillers and if in a hour, they had no effect, call them back. They worked but by the morning I still didn't feel right (I felt all numb on my left side, so phoned them up again. They said they would get a nurse to call me later, in the meantime I went to work, as I wasn't in pain. The nurse phoned me at work and said she didn't think it was anything serious but told me to take a pregnancy test. I told her if I was pregnant, we'd have to call the baby Jesus, but to be on the safe side, I took one, which was of course.....negative.

Later on the Thursday (after I left work early cuz I was feeling very dizzy and odd) the pain started to come back and by the early afternoon, I was in agony. Seeing as I suffer sometimes with IBS I thought it was just that so thought I'd take some paracetamol and Buscopan and ride it out, but neither worked.

Come Friday morning, I was still in a lot of pain so took myself to the doctors (who I'd never used before as I've recently moved house) and saw the nurse. She asked me a lot of questions, took a urine sample which was all clear, then proceeded to have a feel of my tummy. When she pushed on my bowel.....I almost hit the ceiling. So she called for the doctor. Who asked me a lot of questions then did the same..and again I nearly when through the roof.

He was a very nice guy but because I wasn't showing any other symptoms other than tenderness on my bowel (which he said felt a little swollen) he didn't want to guess what might be the problem as it could have been a number of things. He asked me what the strongest painkiller was that I owned, I said Co-Codamol, and he said to take a couple and if they didn't work....come back later that afternoon.

I got home, had to wait for the paracetamol to wear off, then took some. Which did the usual and knocked me out for 4 hours. When I woke up, I still felt a lot of pain though, so thought it best to go back and just make sure. He said he didn't think it was a twisted ovary, or a-topic pregnancy because I wasn't showing other signs, like a temperature or fast pulse rate. I was literally, just sore and tender on my lower left abdomen. He thought it COULD be Diverticulitis because my bowel felt swollen, but other than that because I wasn't giving him anything else to give a positive diagnosis, he wouldn't commit to it.

I was advised to go home, keep taking the co-codamol for as much as I felt I needed, and bed rest for the weekend. However if things got worse, I needed to go to the hospital immediately or if I stayed the same, he wanted to see me Monday morning for an emergency ultrasound. Over the weekend however, I gradually got better, so cancelled my appointment. While I still feel tender today, I'm not in pain, I'd say I'm 90% there, trying to take it easy (which is difficult when you work 4 hours a day at a dog kennels with dogs jumping up at you) but I'm managing alright. However, even though I'm off of the co-codamol now...I CANNOT stop sleeping. As soon as I got home from work yesterday and today, I went to bed for 2-5 hours. I had 5 hours today and still feel absolutely wacked!

Has anybody else had this....the doctor was stumped because I wasn't displaying any other symptoms. I told him I had a habit of doing this to the doctors with things (as there's been a few things that I've had to make them scratch their heads over). Also has anyone else GOT Diverticulitis, which to be honest, is what I think is the problem. How serious is it. I've looked up about it online and its pretty scary. I'm only 27 and I'm worried cuz I shouldn't be having all these problems....first joint problems, then fibro, now this. Its just not fair.
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Re: Diverticulitis

Postby denys » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:24 pm

No its not fair that you are having to suffer even more pain, sorry I havent got this but didnt want to just read your post and not offer any support :fingerscrossed: you recover and dont suffer this again :hugs: :hugs: :flowers:
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Re: Diverticulitis

Postby loubie » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:50 pm

hi :wave:
try staying off anything with bits in it like, seeds, bread with seeds and don't eat the pips in tomatoes
nuts and coconut, try this for a while and if you are much better it could very well be diverticulitis

if you have read up on it you will no that these get stuck in little like pockets and then they just rot :yikes:
and then inflame the bowel.

i went through some terrible pain with it and also have IBS
i was given strong antibiotics and that did the job :D
but it will flare up if i eat anything with bits that the stomach
cannot digest

hope you understand all this am a bit :crazy: today :lol:
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Re: Diverticulitis

Postby tonydin » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:26 pm

hi idont want to scare you but i had exactley the same as you 2 years ago and got sent to a&e by gp , turned out to be a diviculer abbses and was kept in for a week on antibiotics and was lucky not to have a colostomy as infection had spread to bowel
gp had no idea what it was, neither did a& e docs they thought it was back ,pain
only when a blood test came back high did they do a ct scan which showed it
others i know have lost part of bowel to this
please be very aware that diviculitis can result in very serious infections some get it mildley just be carefull with it.
sorry for the frightning post but i was considered very lucky my gp told me to call 999
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Re: Diverticulitis

Postby CozmoCreepers » Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:13 am

Thanks Denys, thats very sweet of you :hugs:

Thanks Loubie, I may well give that a go as I really don't want to go through it again. So painful :facepalm: I might make an appointment with my GP and talk to him about it to be honest. I do have a question...are things like dried herbs and lentils out of the question too??? (Hope's tonights dinner in the slow cooker hasn't gone to waist!!).

Tonydin, you haven't scared me...much anyways. Its good to know these things, and I have read about people having to have parts of their bowels removed because of this.

To be honest, I'm hoping it was a one off....I have been known to have one off's before so we shall have to wait and see..but I think maybe further investigation might be in order *sigh*.
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Re: Diverticulitis

Postby shazq » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:58 am

Hi
:fingerscrossed: its just a one off, it could be a flare of ibs as that is linked with fibro.
If it does happen again ask you GP to refer you to a specialist at the hospital to get some answers as that way you will then know what things to avoid in the future to help control it.

I have crohns so have to be very careful what i eat,i find i cant eat spicy food.
I have to eat food that the body can digest quickly, i cant eat to much food with skin or pips and if in a flare i have to avoid them altogether and bread as its to stodgy and can clog up your system.

I have had to have 5 ops on my bowel so i am extra careful as dont want another one.

If it is diverticulitis then you will get used to the food that you can and cant eat, try not to worry to much about it now as it might not flare again. :goodluck1: Keep us updated. :hugs:
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Re: Diverticulitis

Postby CozmoCreepers » Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:53 pm

Sorry to hear that Shaz, I know a couple of people with Crohns and is a b :swear1: ! And thanks for your reply.

I have made an appointment for tomorrow visit my GP to chat about whats happened and also FINALLY get my D3 test that I've been meaning to get for the last few months.
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Re: Diverticulitis

Postby loubie » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:17 pm

hi :wave:
good luck at the doc's
herbs and lentils are soft so should be fine, its things that don't digest in the tummy.
i love the seeded bread & cobs but they don't like me :roll:
have terrible time if i eat them also bounty bars that i also love :roll:

it always has to be things we like to eat :facepalm: :blowkiss:
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Re: Diverticulitis

Postby CozmoCreepers » Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:02 am

As long as they tell me I can't eat chocolate...I'll be ok :wink:
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Re: Diverticulitis

Postby loubie » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:09 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: you will be ok anyway :hugs:

hope the doc's goes ok :fingerscrossed:
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Re: Diverticulitis

Postby CozmoCreepers » Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:31 pm

Well I've been to the docs. He said that he didn't feel further investigation was needed as it could have just been a one off and that I could start adding and subtracting things in my diet (dairy, wheat etc) for week long trials and see which foods give me the symptoms.

One thing I wasn't happy with is that, I've been wanting to get my D25 Hydroxy (D3) blood test for a few months now and he said, without having my notes (as he still doesn't have them) he doesn't want to. He wants to look through them and see whether I think its a possibility and that a lot of the research into D deficiencies is basically a load of rubbish. Well, I don't believe that as I know a few people with Fibro who have had the test and out of 11 of them, only 2 didn't have D3 deficiencies. I don't see the worry in getting checked out!!! But he said to phone in 4 weeks to see if my notes have arrived and if they have, schedule a test...however I know he thought I was blowing smoke.

Why can't doctors just shut up and give us what we want :nono: Whats the harm in having a blood test to make 100% sure :dunno:
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