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Diverticulosis question

Greyrose Community member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi Everyone
I was told 18 months ago following a colonoscopy that I had a small amount of diverticular pouches. At the time I had been very constipated , terribly bloated and in pain and even laxatives couldn't sort it out. 
 I therefore convinced myself I had a growth within the bowel as I'm a terrible worrier. Thankfully this was not the case. 
3 weeks ago I got this bloating , cramping you will all be familiar with.
GP said to take antibiotics and have blood and urine test.  Waiting for blood results, urine came back OK.
I have  left side pain feels almost like I've torn something inside  and if I do too much e.g gardening or housework for more than 1 to 2 hours  I feel need to lie down as the stomach swells again. Otherwise it's not as bad as it was throughout the day in the beginning.
Why is this and does anyone else get this feeling. Otherwise I feel quite well, but constipation is still an issue.  I overdid the fibre to counteract this and it made the pain even worse! 
Thank you for reading.


  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,979 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Greyrose. Welcome to Scope's forum. It is great to see you have joined us. How are you today?

    Thanks for reaching out to us. It sounds like you have been through a really tough time. Unfortunately, we don't provide medical advice. 

    Your best point of call would be the medical professionals involved in your care. I hope you are feeling better soon. We hear you and are here for you  :)
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  • Greyrose
    Greyrose Community member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you very much Teddy Bear 12
  • jose679
    jose679 Community member Posts: 7 Listener
    Hi Greyrose,
    I was diagnosed with extensive diverticular disease abt 3 yrs ago after having really bad pains in abdomen on and off,some times unable to walk,and terrible griping pains,mine at 1st would start in my bladder,so Drs at first thought I'd got infections there,but as time went on spread to whole abdo,eventually they the hospital found what was really wrong.I find now that when I get an attack I don't eat for about 3 days(I eat only chicken soup with 1 slice of bread) this does help and it settles down,but last attack a few months ago I did have to ring surgery for some antibiotics as after going without food that wasn't even helping.I do have problems after eating any meals now,wind,swollen abdo,fluctuate between constipation and diarrhoea , I try to put up with it now, and I do have to be careful what certain foods seem to bring it on,that's been trial and error on my part though.I know now that if it lasts more that 2/3 days with me and is none stop I get help from GP. Sending you all best wishes
  • Greyrose
    Greyrose Community member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi Greyrose
    I could have written those same words. I also have had to lie down after 2 hours housework or gardening, which I find very odd and frustrating. 
    I'm on my 3rd flare, but ongoing now for 11 weeks, though nowhere as painful as in the beginning. 
    I've asked for a CT scan, to rule out any other problem, but goodness knows when that will be.
    Bloods were OK, Dr. wouldn't do urine test just antibiotics which I didn't want or need in my opinion. 
    I'm really addressing the constipation side, have stocked up on prunes, various fruit as I don't eat as much as I should,  veg I do.
    But as you say, introduce slowly as I made the same mistakes as you and the bloating was awful having too much fibre. It's trial and error, but not pleasant at all to have this problem.
    Kindest regards 


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