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Unread 12-12-2005, 07:30 PM

Can someone give me symptoms of diverculosis? I have these spells of extreme cramping and diarehha every month or so. I was looking on the internet and I seem to fit the profile. I'm real tired of these episodes. Thanks in advance.
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Unread 12-13-2005, 01:04 AM

Diverticulosis usually has no symptoms. Many, many people have it as they age. Diverticulosis is just the formation of outpocketings in the walls of the colon.

Diverticulitis is an inflammation or infection of these outpocketings. I had it a few times and ended up having most of my colon removed two years ago. The symptoms were a VERY severe intermittent pain in the lower left abdominal area, sometimes radiating down towards the groin on that side, and cycling high fevers. The pains were so bad I had to stop everything, bend over, and breathe through them. They were worst before a bm and let up somewhat right afterwards.

If you are having monthly symptoms, I'd look towards something hormone related (endo on the bowel maybe? adhesions around an ovary and the bowel?) rather than diverticulosis (which you probably would never knew you had) or diverticulitis (which would have you in the ER in very short order).

Have you talked with a gastroenterologist about your symptoms? That might be a good next step to take. They can diagnose or rule out diverticulosis with a colonoscopy, which most of us should be having routinely anyway

Unread 12-13-2005, 02:36 PM

Can you tell me what your attacks were like?
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Unread 12-13-2005, 04:09 PM

I think I did... very very severe pain in the lower left quadrant; cycling fevers (up to about 103.5 a couple of times a day); and the pain was worst before a bm and relieved somewhat right afterwards. That's about it. The pain was severe enough to warrant an immediate call to the DR; I had trouble walking with them.


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