Patient Comments: Diverticulitis (Diverticulosis) - Causes

What are the causes of your diverticulitis?

Comment from: chlsyck, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I was just diagnosed with diverticulitis 3 months ago while I had my first attack. The doctor said I need surgery but because I have no insurance I have to go through the state free clinics and they don't even have an appointment for another 2 months. I can't see me going another 60 days feeling this way. I'm feverish, have chills, and am extremely exhausted all the time. I had to quit school and can barely work a full day. Half the time I have to leave halfway through the day due to nausea, pain, weakness, fatigue, etc. Yeah, and I am only 25 if that helps any. I can't eat. I maybe drink a protein shake once every other day but even those hurt and my mom is on my case about the fact that I might end up having a heart attack by not eating or even end up dead (mom is dramatic). I'm lost and freaking out.

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Comment from: Pam M., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I just got prescribed Cipro and Flagyl after a day in the emergency room with diverticulitis. After first day on the two medicines I woke up extremely nauseous. I am pretty sure it's the Flagyl as I have tolerated Cipro before.

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Comment from: Cassy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 05

This is so helpful. Seems I get very little from my hospital or doctor. I have had 3 bouts of diverticulitis, where I have been hospitalized. They send me home with metronidazole and cephalexin which both send me in a downward spiral in my mind.

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Comment from: Miss Sicky, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

I am 44 years old and will be undergoing a bowel resection for diverticular disease within the next 6 weeks. I"ve had problems for the past 5 years, suffering from irritable bowel, antibiotic colitis and a ruptured bowel from a colonography (CT version of colonoscopy about 5 months ago. Since then, my diverticulosis has gone from mild to advanced and even described as aggressive. All I can say is that although I"m not crazy about having the surgery, I will be happy not to be in pain every day. And if any doctor tries suggesting a colonograpy with the presence of diverticular disease, get a second opinion!

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Comment from: Paula, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

The only change in my diet that I believe led to my first ever episode of diverticulitis was Plexus Slim!

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Comment from: Zhen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I had terrible "belly aches" since I was a child. My Mother did not believe in cold cereal for breakfast. I ate eggs or pancakes mostly. She also thought it best to cook canned vegetables 20 minutes, so I got little fiber. My first diverticular attack was at 18 years of age. I was hospitalized on antibiotics and liquids for two weeks at the age of 32, then 37. They told me at the time my surgery was elective. I had terrible constipation problems and pain for years. At age 53 I decided to have surgery. The surgeons, after testing, wanted to do it immediately, but my daughter was getting married in a month, and I chose to hold off until right after the wedding. A week and a half later, with excruciating pain, I was rushed to the emergency room. My intestine had ruptured. They told me if I had waited another hour to get there I would have been dead. My surgeon had to cut me wide open and remove my entire large intestine, and clean me out because peritonitis was setting in. He was remarkable, he re-attached my small intestine to my colon and I did not even have to wear a bag.

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Comment from: nyzki, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I had been having a stabbing pain that went from my lower belly to my lower back. It was the worst pain that I had ever experienced. I ended up in the emergency room. Blood and urine tests were taken. My urine was fine. My blood test did show that my white cell count was a little high. I was then given a CT scan which showed that I had diverticulitis. I was prescribed a pain medication Percocet and two antibiotics Cipro and Flagyl. I have been on the antibiotics for a few days now. I still have mild pain. But, it is better than what I was experiencing. My doctor did tell me that I needed to add more fiber to my diet. I am working on adding that to my diet. I just hope that this will correct the problem. I do not want to have surgery or any future reoccurrences.

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