Patient Comments: Diverticulitis - Treatment


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Comment from: Hopefull, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

First diverticulitis episode, I had terrible pain lasting hours till I threw up - really hard. It happened a few times. I had colonoscopy and diverticula were confirmed. I had a few more attacks, with terrible pain on the left side for hours. I throw up, then feel better and the pain dissipates. Now, when pain appears, I lie down in bed. Lie on your right side only, knees not too bent - it applies pressure on the abdomen if bent. Stay in that position till pain disappears – 2 to 4 hours. Thank goodness, it worked for me every time for the last 4-5 episodes!

Comment from: Bobbo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I had a horrible 4 month attack of diverticulitis with pain, nausea, diarrhea, and I finally went to my general physician. I had 2 courses of Keflex, gradually started to feel better but painful urination was the last symptom to go away (took 3 weeks). In this time I did some research, learned slippery elm can help, as a gut lubricant. Also, a low FODMAP diet, which Monash scientists found helps with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and may also help with diverticulitis.

Comment from: caregiver, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 21

My husband went on dialysis two years ago because of chronic kidney disease. We did not fully understand how important it was to take some of the medicines he was given. Phosphorus binders! By not taking them as he should, he developed a condition called calciphylaxis which resulted in a leg amputation. Please look this up and see what can happen if you do not take your binders. He is doing well now, but for one year he suffered.

Comment from: Rigby, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

The best treatment for my diverticulitis has been Zithromax and Flagyl.

Comment from: joseph, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 29

I broke my left ankle playing soccer on Wednesday and am hoping I can get back and play soccer within 6 to 8 weeks. I had surgery.

Comment from: Soni, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

The skin on my upper abdomen has developed so many skin tags and warts.

Comment from: GregNJ, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

I completed 2 antibiotics course (amoxicillin and metronidazole) a week ago for diverticulitis. I still had pain. My doctor prescribed a new course of 2 antibiotics: cefpodoxime and again metronidazole. I wonder is it safe to take 2 courses of metronidazole for such a short time. I couldn't find any information about it.

Comment from: Nazy, 55-64 (Patient) Published: March 31

I have been experiencing a diverticulitis flare up. I started antibiotics and began feeling better. I have been on medications for 7 days. I wonder if it is normal to be pain free for a few days and then mild pain return while on medications; also if mild pain will still occur after finishing medications until totally healed.

Comment from: Milly29, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I am 29 years old and was diagnosed with diverticulitis when I was 25. I have had many attacks and been in the hospital on antibiotics several times. The last time I was in the hospital was March 26, 2015 the day I had surgery for a colon resection. My doctors advised that I remain on a high fiber diet at 35 grams of fiber a day. I was also informed that I could now eat whatever I wanted including nuts, corn, seeds and all the other good stuff they said were the major cause of attacks and flare ups. Now 5 months later, I am having a flare up. I am not trying to go back to the hospital and relive those same things again. I am trying a liquid diet for now, and letting go of all the nuts! Supposedly diverticulitis only occurs if you are over 40, not so much in this case.

Comment from: Zephygal, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I have had several bouts of diverticulitis and have not had a doctor tell me to go on to a liquid diet though I did have treatment with antibiotics. I have found that buying Benefiber has proved helpful in avoiding flare ups for lengthy periods. I found that since it's tasteless I can add it to everything, soup, sauces, yogurt, etc., and increase fiber in that way since over processed foods are difficult to increase fiber content. I've spent hours in the bread and cereal aisles to try and find things with the absolute highest fiber to add to my diet. People that ate at my house had a high fiber diet and didn't even know it.


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Comment from: marylene, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I was treated for an abscess in the sigmoid colon in March. I thought I had a gastric problem but finally went to the emergency room when this abdominal pain didn't go away. I had never even considered diverticulitis. I didn't have many of the risk factors. I almost never eat popcorn or any of the 'bad' foods. I was sent home after 3 bags of antibiotics and was on Cipro/Flagyl for 10 days, with horrible side effects that made me lose even more weight because I had zero appetite. The doctor told me that it could have been because I'm skinny and I have a skinny colon, so I basically have to keep the pipes flowing. I take softeners regularly, and take magnesium citrate supplements twice a day. It is four months now and I am more or less back to normal, but I occasionally get a twinge on my left side. I have had to make some changes in my diet; fewer salads and roughage. I find that certain very gassy foods cause me to have a twinge in my left side, or if I overstuff myself. As for seeds, I never cared for popcorn and rarely ate corn because I find it hard to digest, so that's not much of a sacrifice. Fiber, prune juice and softeners and stomach enzyme supplements aren't such a big deal! The experience was so horrible and I was so sick, I would do anything to avoid that again!

Comment from: Forklift Guy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 26

I had some lower right pain, bloating, and every bump hurt like heck. I went to work anyway. I didn't feel like eating, couldn't pass gas or have bowel movement. Guys at work asked what was wrong. They said it sounded like appendicitis and boss told me to go get checked immediately. I drove myself to the emergency room. CT scan showed diverticulitis very near my appendix and bladder. Treatment was no food, antibiotics, pain medicines, and fluids only. I have been 3 days in bed taking pills and stool softeners, with chills, sweating, and nausea. Pain is subsiding, stool and gas are passing. I am heading to work tonight but still very worried.

Comment from: sybrs, (Patient) Published: March 13

I had struggled with diverticulitis for approximately ten years. After the first flare up and diagnosis, the flare ups became more frequent and more intense to the point where I was sick all the time. If I wasn’t in a flare up I was nauseated constantly. The antibiotics are harsh and made me sick also. Finally I came to the place where I was tired of being sick. I sought out a colorectal surgeon and had approximately 18 inches of my colon removed about 4 weeks ago. Best thing I have done! The constant sick feeling is gone and I am eating foods that I haven’t been able to eat in years. My advice to anyone who is considering resection surgery is to find a surgeon who specializes in colon surgery. I am still somewhat sore on the inside but am improving daily. So thankful for my surgeon and for the wonderful care I received!

Comment from: Nannie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I find that it helps my diverticulitis if I immediately start a liquid diet, high in fiber, for at least 5 days, go to the doctor as soon as possible, and get a prescription of antibiotics.

Comment from: LIL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I had a burst appendix last year and the CT scan showed up diverticulitis. After a colonography showing up polyps I had a colonoscopy done and it was confirmed that I have severe multiple polyps and a polypectomy needs to be done. I did not have the obvious symptoms and after a few trips to the doctor with severe cramps, which he diagnosed as a stomach bug initially, I went back to the surgeon that did the appendectomy and he had the scopes done. Besides the pain in the left side/groin area I experience extreme pain in the lower back and hip which is worsened by heavy work/lifting/a lot of walking, even just the shopping trips, and to say the truth this pain is more severe than the actual pain in the side. I eat well, drink plenty of water, am not overweight, and get enough exercise so it beats me what could have caused this condition! I will report back once the polypectomy has been done, but this condition is not something to play about with. Have it checked out sooner rather than later!

Comment from: LimoLady, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I was feeling very ill for a number of weeks, I began to think I was anemic. I got 2 random fevers and then a few days later, excruciating pains sending me to hospital. I had CT scan, pain medication, IV fluids, and Flagyl for 5 days, after being diagnosed with diverticulitis. I was feeling better and desperate to get back to normal, went home and 3 days later I am still very tender, very afraid to eat anything other than soup, broth, tea, yogurt, pudding cup, and cranberry juice. I have prescription for 2 weeks of antibiotics orally, and I don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Comment from: shorty-2, 65-74 (Patient) Published: July 25

I have been suffering from diverticulitis since my early 20s. I try to watch what I eat and pretty much know what can set it off so I don't eat those foods. I now take a probiotic acidophilus once a day and it has helped tremendously. It takes the bad bacteria out and replaces it with good bacteria in your digestive system. The first three days though stay close to a bathroom it will make your bowels move (it's getting rid of the bad bacteria). It really has helped me, I still get my attacks but have gone for months without any. I hope this helps you, like it helped me. Good Luck.


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Comment from: crampy no more, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had diverticulitis a year ago. I was treated with oral Cipro and Flagyl which was very hard to keep down on a clear liquid diet when you"re already nauseated. A little tip. Take a saltine or 2 with the medicines. I haven"t had any more problems. I eat whatever I want except corn, especially popcorn. I had eaten a lot if it and those husks are hard and jagged and I"m quite sure they were the cause. My suggestion is to definitely take any form of whole corn or popcorn from your diet.

Comment from: Joe(England), 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 08

I have for some time now been suffering from constant abdomen pains and in spite of various ultrasounds, CT scans and colonoscopies, four years down the line I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis and no treatment offered other than a visit to a dietician! Just now I feel rather unwell, low level temperature and the usual pain. What I'm looking for from other fellow sufferers is advice on food, and perhaps, anything that may alleviate the worst of the condition.

Comment from: Kacy, 45-54 (Patient) Published: August 29

The fatigue and chills came first in mid-June 2011. When I saw my family doctor, he pressed on my abdomen and located the area of diverticulitis. Because of that, I knew what it was when the pain hit that night. I am allergic to Flagyl, so my doctor treated it with large doses of antibiotics. It took three rounds of strong antibiotic pills, with a "booster" shot of antibiotics the second week. It took 3 weeks for me to recover and get back to work. I actually eat pretty healthy, take fiber supplements, and exercise, but that's no guarantee that I will be free of episodes. I've discovered that rich foods (e.g., like real ice cream or things that contain a lot of butter) will cause a round of painful diarrhea and nausea.

Comment from: Helping Hand, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 20

It is very difficult to get 25 grams of fiber in your diet daily. Therefore, try taking 2 doses of Metamucil per day and that will help you in diverticulitis flare ups and make you regular.

Comment from: Sharing the pain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I just finished a bout of diverticulitis and went in for a colonoscopy. They found 22 diverticula, so time for major changes. I did the antibiotic regimen doing the three day liquid thing which really does help. I have heard some new data that treatment without antibiotics might be the new way to go so I think if you are looking into treatments this might be something to consider. Consult a physician who keeps up on the latest research.

Comment from: Dennyb, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 14

I've had diverticulitis pain most of my life and it finally got so bad I couldn't get rid of it with antibiotics. The doctor cut 6 inches off my colon and after 6 months or so I was rid of it. Apparently he didn't quite get all of the pouches that were there as I have a flare up a couple times a year now. A colonoscopy will verify how bad my diverticulosis is. The operation was well worth it.

Comment from: Gfer, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 27

After a trip to the emergency room with lower left side abdomen pain and vomiting, a CT was done showing diverticulitis. I was treated with oral Cipro and Flagyl, broke out in a rash, fainted twice and found out I am allergic to them. Doctor put me on a different antibiotic, and I had an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy done and a colonoscopy, which confirmed diverticulitis. It has been three weeks now and I still have pain, vomiting and diarrhea. One polyp was removed from my lower colon and two from my stomach, and I have been on a liquid diet.

Comment from: rugdog, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 21

Think of it as your house plumbing, don’t jam it up by overeating. Be more aware of how fast different foods digest. I personally have given up beef, and nuts including peanut butter; for me it slows my digestion time. This in itself helped my diverticulitis a lot. Chicken, pork, fish, beans, fruit, and vegetables, all digest well for me. Be observant fix it yourself.

Comment from: Blondie4life66, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I was sick on New Year’s Eve. I went to the doctors and he took a urine sample and found traces of blood in my urine. My back and stomach were in a lot of pain. He told me that I had kidney stones and to drink lots of water and gave me pain medicine. Few days passed and I ran a fever and had vomiting. Pain was horrible. My husband took me to the emergency room. There they ran blood test and CT scan. I was told I had a severe case of diverticulitis. Infection was real bad. I was admitted to the hospital. I was in hospital for almost 4 days. It was worse than my children and having my appendix removed. Or even my hysterectomy.


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Comment from: sixties, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I suffer with diverticulitis, I am having more and more bouts of flare ups. While doctor gives me antibiotic for flare up, once I stop taking the antibiotic I start to feel pain again. I not only get pain in lower left hand side but in lower back. When I go to toilet even only a little, it only relieves pain for few minutes and then it is back. I bleed at the rectum, I don’t know if this is just so much wiping myself when going to the toilet or not. I feel as if there is a protrusion at rectum.

Comment from: Just Beachy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I am 2 years post operation from an emergent sigmoid colon resection, with reversal 4 months later. I am hoping it is safe to assume I no longer have diverticulitis.

Comment from: linlongo0457, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

Friday before Labor Day weekend I had severe pain and diarrhea. On Sunday I had a fever thinking. I wound up in the hospital on Labor Day. A CT scan was ordered and it was determined I had diverticulitis. I am currently on 2 different antibiotics and feel somewhat better. I feel very weak, I'm on a liquid diet. I'm afraid to eat. It's only been a couple of days since I got sick; I thought I was taking good care of my self. As for my job it is very stressful. I will need to look for a less stressful position and to take control of my life.

Comment from: Luvmyrott223, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I had low abdominal pain for about 3 months but since I am 48 years old and premenopausal I thought it was just from that. On Valentine's evening 2012 I had such low left and right abdominal pain I couldn't stand up straight, the nausea was awful, chills, fever. I thought I had a stomach bug. My husband finally convinced me to go to the Emergency Room and after a CT Scan and pelvic ultrasound I was diagnosed with Diverticulitis and admitted. I spent 3 days on IV only (nothing by mouth not even ice chips) and strong antibiotics Cipro and Flagyl and yes morphine for such extreme pain I couldn't stand it. I improved and was given soft foods and sent home with instructions to eat low fiber diet, decaf only, no alcohol, no spicy foods and no heavy lifting. I was fine for almost a month but now have had my first flare up (severe pain, cramping, diarrhea, gas and low grade fever) so it's back to soft foods for me. I have yet to see the Gastric Doctor as it takes time to get an appointment but I'm going soon. Don’t wait to see someone, don't try to sneak foods you can't have, keep a diary of what you eat and how you react to it. This is no disease to play around with. If it gets out of control the poisons released into your body can kill you (peritonitis). Be safe and well.

Comment from: kfed, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 08

In April 2004, I was sitting in my living room and all of a sudden, I had the worst pain of my life on the lower left side of my abdomen. The pain lasted only about 15 seconds. The next morning, I had a slight fever, dry heaves and mild pain. I never had symptoms of diverticulitis before and mine had perforated. I went to the emergency room after seeing my primary doctor. I was rushed into surgery and spent 15 days in the hospital - including 3 days in the ICU. I had a colostomy for 6 months. Since the colostomy was reversed, I have made sure to eat better. Lots of fresh fruit and veg. plus 1 dose (or 2) of metamucil per day.

Comment from: hwnsnoopie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I was diagnosed this past October 2011 with diverticulitis, after years of being diagnosed with IBS. I went to the doctor thinking I had the flu, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and severe bloating. He gave me Cipro and Belladonna which helped a lot. I had to drink fluids for two weeks, and I still occasionally go a day with an intake of fluids only. I cut out drinking beer and limit myself to one soda per day if that. I drink water the rest of the time. I keep a food diary, eat only when I am hungry and in small portions. I still have gas pains for about an hour after eating anything. I quit my stressful job, and now have a job that I enjoy, walking 8hrs, lifting and moving all around. Have lost weight and feeling better.

Comment from: Shelley, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I was having problems with my stomach for as long as I can remember. One day I got sick at work and went home thinking I had a virus of some sort. Late that night I got this awful pain in my side, and decided it was time to go see my family doctor. A CT SCAN was ordered after he examined me and it was determined I had Diverticulitis. I am currently on 2 different antibiotics and feel somewhat better, except I’m afraid to eat because food still hurts going down. It's only been a couple of weeks, so I'm hoping it clears up soon.

Comment from: pelagiaeast, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

This is a follow up on my posting from last night. I was over optimistic about having stopped the attack. I did have about a half hour reprieve, and the pain in the colon area never came back, but I ended up taking more aspirin because of the back and leg pain. So Pepto-Bismol does not help me. I was a bit worried about how much aspirin I was taking. My fever went way past low-grade. At one point it was 103+. I don't know if that was the highest or not. Needless to say, I had the chills and shaking. Now I am really thinking about dehydration, since all that water I drank didn't result in trips to the bathroom. My tissues must have needed it.

Comment from: calogan, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I have been dealing with this for years but never knew what it was. Finally in August 2008, I ended up at the emergency room where they did a CT scan. I was told I had diverticulitis. I was admitted to the hospital where I stayed for three days. Once I was out, I continued to have pain and was on antibiotics off and on for a couple of months. Then in December 2008, I ended up having surgery. I was in the hospital for six days. It was the worst thing I had ever been through, but I thought that it would be all over. Now here it is almost three years later, and I’m still having problems and pain. I am scheduled to see a gastroenterologist in September because I have now been told that I have acute diverticulosis, and my doctor wants me to see a specialist because of my age. I just turned 33 in April. I was told that it is pretty rare that someone under 40 ever has problems with this.

Comment from: Wanderer, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

I had excruciating pain and could hardly walk with the pain. I put it down to food poisoning, as there was associated diarrhea and gas. I put up with it too long before going to the hospital. I would suggest that sufferers get to a hospital at the first sign of symptoms. I’ve had kidney stones and diverticulitis, and I’d say this is up there with similar pain levels.

Comment from: walter, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 19

I had been diagnosed with diverticulitis 20 or more years ago as a by-the-way diagnosis. My actual problem then was kidney stones. I had the odd stomach pains, then a barium edema and Sigmoidscope. Two weeks ago I felt fine. I was having a good day. Then at 10 p.m. I went to have a stool movement, and was horrified that I excreted blood and lots of it! I went to Emergency of St. Paul's Hospital here in Vancouver where I had more bowel movements and more blood loss. I was close to having blood transfusion, bleeding stopped polyp removed, benign. I’m okay now.

Comment from: Mistyjday, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I am a 33 year old female. I have had stomach problems for 8 years now. I have no appendix or gallbladder. I found out about 3 years ago I have diverticulitis. I had several attacks over the years, with what I thought was gas. I never went to the Dr for "gas" but did go to the Doctor about 5 months ago because of the horrible pain in my left side, that turned out to be a diverticulitis infection. I had to beg my Doctor for a colonoscopy because I am so young, finally after getting the test done, I had to have a colon recession. The Surgeon removed about 2 feet of my colon/large intestine. Which he said had hardened and was not functioning. I have been eating fiber very well for 10 years now and that is what hurt my stomach the most, although my Doctor encouraged me to eat fiber, I did, even though it hurt me it still helped me during all this. I am now at 7 weeks after this surgery and I am so glad I had it done. My stomach feels much better now, with no cramping of the intestines or gas! Now just hoping it stays this well!

Comment from: jimbocephus, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 17

I awoke abruptly early Tuesday morning around 4 am, with severe stomach pain and cold sweats. Rushing to the bathroom, I experienced diarrhea and even vomiting. Afterwards, I showered and got ready for work. There was still some pain, but bearable. Throughout the day, I took various antacids thinking it could be handled that easily. The pain continued to the next day, but still went to work popping TUMS like candy. Then on Thursday, I still had abdominal pain. Stubborn me, still drove to work. Every bump was excruciating! After about an hour at work, I couldn't take it anymore and drove myself to the ER. Once a CT scan was done, I was admitted. I knew then, that it wasn't a simple problem. The diagnosis. Diverticulitis -- since then, I've been on a strict in-hospital diet of "potassium added, sodium chloride " No food, No water, No ice. Going on three straight days. Then I'm looking forward to surgery on Sunday.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I was just diagnosed. I am only 41 and I have been suffering with left lower quadrant pain for about six years but it has gotten very bad in the past six months with attacks about every month. I was diagnosed through a CT scan and placed on Cipro and Flagyl. My doctor also suggested probiotics and I added vitamins D and C to boost my immune system. I am surprised because I eat a diet extremely high in fruits and vegetables and little junk - no soda or alcohol, not much processed foods... I also have high fluid intake and no constipation.

Comment from: Lainie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

This is my second episode of diverticulitis. A pre-cursor symptom for me was that several days before the acute episode, I had severe abdominal bloating; looking like I was 7 months pregnant! No pain yet. A couple of days later the pain started along with a mild fever, lack of appetite and fatigue. I went on a clear liquid diet for a day, followed by a day of bland. This didn't seem to help and I got very weak. I called my doctor’s answering service and the doctor called in Flagyl and Cipro. I had also fainted, sweated heavily, and was white as a ghost! I got very nauseated from the Flagyl despite taking with a little food. So he then called in Phenergan suppositories which very quickly helped eliminate the awful nausea. Now I use the suppositories 20 minutes or so before I take my prescrition, giving it time to work beforehand. My diverticula are all in one area, the sigmoid colon. I may elect to have this surgery since I don't want to deal with this for the rest of my life.

Comment from: Dosydoe, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

Had been suffering abdominal pain, lower left quadrant for some 4 months, an ultrasound proved nothing. Finally diagnosed just before Christmas, two lots of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and pain killers and 2 weeks later I'm feeling much better with very little residual pain. Currently eating high fiber to help 'scour things through' and that appears to be helping also.

Comment from: garyp, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 28

I got diagnosed last week with diverticulitis after having pain in my lower left abdomen and bloating. I was given levaquin and metronodazole the levaquin made me very depressed after only 3 days. Medication changed and making slow progress. What a lousy problem to have, also causing major groin and lower back pain which the doctor says is related and normal but still miserable. Seven days on the antibiotics and there is some minor improvement.

Comment from: Hepoberman, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

Education. Knowing what to eat and when is the most important. Probiotics twice a day is very important. Never dehydrate. If there is old food in your gut, you got to get it out. Try milk of magnesia and lots of water before bed for a few days to flush out. Then remember what you did to get that way (probably high gluten and insoluble fiber) and don’t do it again! Antibiotics should only be used to save your life, otherwise they make it worse.

Comment from: h.blower, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I suffer attacks and just eat little and drink plenty of water, although I have a hiatus hernia and mild gastritis, so cannot be sure what it is, but when I get a lump near my groin on the left side I know I will block, so I watch what I eat, fingers crossed I never get infection, I have had it years, so have learnt to manage it as much as possible.

Comment from: pg62, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I had mild case of Diverticulitis. I had lower abdominal pain in the hip area. It got worse to where the pain seemed to travel down to my knee area. I was quite surprised to find out it was Diverticulitis. My Dr prescribed Flagyl. It worked symptoms cleared up. It’s been two years and no more problems so far.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I woke up with awe full pain in my lower left side of my back! Fever throwing up all day! Went to see my dr, he told me after a few test were ran it was diverticulitis! Put me on a med. Called avelox for a week! Hope it works!

Comment from: Joy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

When I had my first flare up, I was diagnosed with having an ovarian cyst. After a month of severe pain in the left lower abdomen, I finally convinced my GYN to do a hysterectomy. When he went in, he discovered that my colon was so infected that it was about to burst and a large abdominal growth. A general surgeon was called into the operating room. I was scheduled for surgery to remove part of my colon and place a colostomy bag. My GYN didn't think I needed that drastic surgery and I asked to go home and seek a second opinion. His started me on FLAGYL antibiotic. After a year of CT scans every 2 months, the ovarian cyst and abdominal growth were gone and I didn't have the hysterectomy. FLAYGL is a miracle drug to me.

Published: July 22

For my diverticulitis I was on Piptax by IV for 4 days, followed by Clavulin (because of previous adverse reaction to Flagyl) for 10 days. Another flare-up from flexible sigmoidoscopy and another round of Clavulin, then attempting Flagyl again after no improvement with the Clavulin alone. Liquid diet for 3 or 4 days, followed by slowly re-introducing solids over 2-3 days.

Comment from: ablebody, 35-44 (Patient) Published: February 15

I was just told I have diverticulitis. This is very painful to say the least. I am having painful urination with this and its making me want to tear my eyes out. I was given Hydrocodine but it made me vomit. So now I don't know what to do for the pain.