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southerngal824
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   Posted 6/27/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, all. I am new to the group. I went to the hospital last week with awful pain all in my stomach and after all kinds of test was told that I have diverticulitis on the right side. I have continued to have pain for the past week, but it feels more like bad gas pressure. Is this normal? I am 33 years old and everything I have read online refers to left side pain and older people only getting this. I am so confused. I will be very grateful very any information on this.

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   Posted 6/27/2008 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
My stepfather has had this since he was at least in his 40's. His doesn't act up too much, but there's a definite connection for him between it and small seeds. Like poppy or seasame seeds on bread, or certain ones in fruit. Can't have them. His doctor said that those small seeds can get lodged in his little pocket easily and set up an infection when they don't get out; and that was were his problem was coming from. I'm not sure if that's the case for everyone--may depend on the the kind of pocket you have--but it might be good to go ahead and avoid small seeds like that.

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   Posted 6/27/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi southerngal,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)

Did your doc give you and meds are ask you follow a certain diet?
I have a coworker friend who is only 27 and she got diagnoses with divirticulitis last year. It's not unheard of for young folks to get it. An ex mod on this board, dbab, has it as well and she's only 31 (diagnosed a few years ago).
The trick is to stay away from all seeds and most nuts. Also, adding fiber to your diet is very important. It will help flush out anything that can get stuck in the pockets.
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   Posted 6/29/2008 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it's more common to have diverticulitis in the left side of the colon (the sigmoid colon) but not unheard of to have it on the right, or anywhere else in the colon for that matter...it does crop up in young-'uns like yourself, unfortunately. Lil's suggestions of adding fiber and staying away from seedy stuff will be beneficial!
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   Posted 7/23/2008 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Been suffering with diverticulitis for 18 years, with three hospitalizations and many flair-ups.

After the last one I decided to take my gastro doctor's advice and had corrective surgery, known as a colon-resection in November 2007, to remove the diseased part of the colon..

The most common area for diverticulosis is the Sigmoid Colon, which is located on the left side. Although it is possible to develop the disease in other parts of the colon. 

One of the best decisions I have made, as I got my life back. No more cramping, pain, constipation, restrictive diets, etc.  And the best part is I can eat everthing.

As far as avoiding seeds and nuts, as some doctors would have you believe, my well respected colon surgeon and updated research states this is unproven. As a matter of fact, nuts are a good source of fiber, which we all know is helpful to avoid diverticulitis.

Been there done that! yeah

Post Edited (st43) : 7/23/2008 7:27:41 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 7/24/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I have an area in the right side of my colon near my appendix that has a diverticulum. I have had 3 bouts of diverticulitis there - that last so bad it took a while to recover from. The recommendations to increase fiber is a good one. Few people in countries that have high fiber diets get diverticulitis.
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st43
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   Posted 7/26/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Ides,

What treatment did you have to relieve your three flair-ups?

st43



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   Posted 11/12/2010 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I just read somewhere pain in some countries is on the right. Mine now is now left. Ever feel like having broken ribs and gas underneath. Yes it can be anywhere. I just went to Dr. put on laxative, it finally worked. Now have to call him still having gas and some of it you would not want to be near me. I at my age know that diverticulitis can get serious. Before one activia or an ice cream, it did not take long to need to use to facilities. Just keep tract of the pain. I was told on colonoscopy, and not all feel pain on left side either, but make sure it is diverticulosis. This time I had a flare, no diarrhea. I had no blood either. But stopped having the feeling of needing to go to the bathroom. Abnormal for me. But was having a procedure done and did not want to interrupt it. Yes they gave me many narcotics during it also. I do not want surgery unless it was emergency. If I am not feeling great today. I will get a CT scan. The gas is horrifying, especially if woman, like we do not pass gas. Well I know if I was hooked up to some holder the gas in me and still could of been used as a devise if any comets hit us. Now I need to buy activia again. Fiber does not digest in me, tried a cleanse before just hung in there it came out but from my mouth. I just want to get rid of this gas, so I can walk my pup. Even if I got another broken rib on back Dr. said did not matter but it should be taken seriously. Diverticulitis that is an infection and can leave the intestine if a pocket opens. Now I am concerned myself with skunk would be nice smell at this moment from my gas. Do yourself a favor listen to the Dr. If you need fiber take it start out slow, keep them pipes flowing. I honestly believe infection in the intestine can cause many elderlies demise. A good friend of mine went to ER, given Demerol injection for pain then sent home. Why narcotics made her worse constipated. Yes a pain med ok it is painful, but tell patients take the proper medication to soften and help clear you out. I am older than you. I am like 5ft3inch and weigh between 105 to 107 try to keep my weight up. So my petite size, I ask how much gas can someone hold. If you had a colonoscopy or CT and pockets were found I do not care what side the pain is on, but remember if flare up with constipation your appendix are on the right. Most inflammation of the appendix are caused from what? Usually a hard piece of stool gets caught there then infection. So I think years ago those appendix were part of our intestines, when we ate bones and such. If not used down the road they stop their purpose. If any one ever said a remark about gas pain, trapped with a laugh. I have been wearing a rib brace for awhile hurt the front ribs, but trapped gas is painful. So this is something you talk to your Dr. about. Ask why right side pain? I used to have right side pain too, now left.  But we have other organs there too. Even if you have diverticuar disease, if woman ovaries, appendix. Make a list and read them off to your Dr. they tend to listen longer if you have a list made out. I know how busy they are now merging, now some are having problems with computers. I did not grow up with computer. I can get online and chat, but boy am I ignorant to computers too. My grandkids when only 3 knew a heck of a lot more on computers.  Am I dumb no. Went to college two different levels 4.0 first time second ruined my GPA, teacher friendly with few students could not give me the A. Saved her job though when pretest given I scored very high in her area of teaching. I still can not forget that B+. It was in Science, part of the medical field too. So not everyone follows text book symptoms, if they did we could just look it up ourselves then no need for Dr's. You are young enough to listen to help with symptoms. If you have doubt, you know your own body more than any one else. Get second opinion. Good Luck and Keep those pipes clean, lol.

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   Posted 11/12/2010 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
st43 said...

Ides,

What treatment did you have to relieve your three flair-ups?

st43


I am in a flare. Right now need to get rid of stool and gas. Some may need pain meds too but constipation results. Some may be treated with antibiotics too. It depends what symptoms. But get some bentyl for the spasms, they do help. I know of someone had piece of lower part intestine removed. Now when constipated she can not take even a suppository. Me I can not take fiber drinks they turn to cement and come up the other way. My treatment right now had a day to use facilities before CT would be ordered. I was given laxative, liquid one sugary. Bentyl for cramps and gas. Helped some, but still could blow up a meteor I think. I am more concerned I got a little block a little hight on the left side. So sometimes bland diet, sometimes more fiber. It depends on symptoms. But if you get any fever seek help immediately. Some may think it is funny where the symptoms are coming from, but could be life threatening if infection and a pocket bursts. So it is up to you to tell the Dr. your symptoms and go from there. Some need bed rest, some need to move depends on what your flare up is. I have to check in with the Dr. tell him what is going on. If had broom bet if I lit a match I could fly. So treatment depends on what your symptoms are. Usually loose and even bloody in bad flare, but me not this time I need to call Roto Rooter, lol.

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   Posted 11/12/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
southerngal824 said...
Hi, all. I am new to the group. I went to the hospital last week with awful pain all in my stomach and after all kinds of test was told that I have diverticulitis on the right side. I have continued to have pain for the past week, but it feels more like bad gas pressure. Is this normal? I am 33 years old and everything I have read online refers to left side pain and older people only getting this. I am so confused. I will be very grateful nono Do wink ry any information on this. do not look at this as an elderly disease it starts when young but make sure that right sided pain is from this. Have a colonoscopy for proof. I know I have it and it starte in my 30's. But unless they saw inside of your intestine area a true diagnosis could not of been made. Go with your gut. Yes it says its an old age disease, but it starts sometime. Good Luck I posted a long one too for you. Maybe all our gas could be saved as a weapon lol only kidding. But believe me gas hurts when trapped, any one ever say its only gas. Then I think they should have a colonoscopy awake and gas is put in. Treat it now whatever it is. If they did see the pockets then it is diverticulitis. Never be embarassed to tell your Dr. about gas I waited too long because I had a very important procedure coming up. It was a procedure for my heart. So I told not the cardiologist, my mistake if infection sets in can be very serious. If your pain continue to seek medical help. I have a granddaughter very young that a piece of her intestine is just so slow and she was only 10 so its like a Dr. saying oh you are a woman you are not that old could never be your heart.
From one who has been there and I should of known better from knowledge I know and was trained for.

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   Posted 11/13/2010 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
FYI
 
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A gut diverticulum (singular) is an outpouching of the wall of the gut to form a sac. Diverticula (plural) may occur at any level from esophagus to colon. In Western societies, half the population will develop at least one, usually a few dozen diverticula, by age 60.

Most diverticula occur in the left colon, but they also occur elsewhere, but not the rectum. Uncomplicated diverticular disease is called diverticulosis and most individuals who possess colonic diverticula have no symptoms and are unaware of them. They may coexist with other colonic disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Nevertheless, colonic diverticula (one of many) can occasionally become the source of serious illness. These few may bleed or perforate thus becoming complicated diverticular disease. The resulting infection, diverticulitis, is usually confined to the surface of the adjacent colon producing an acute, sometimes devastating illness characterized by severe abdominal pain in the left lower part of the abdomen, fever, and prostration. A change in diet is a treatment during a mild attack of diverticulitis; a doctor will usually recommend a clear liquid diet or a low-fiber diet while the infected area heals. 

Can diverticula be prevented? Some physicians recommend a high fiber diet, or bran or psyllium supplements in the belief that lack of fiber causes the diverticula, and that such treatment may prevent complications. 

http://www.iffgd.org/site/gi-disorders/other/diverticulosis

 

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   Posted 11/19/2010 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
  I have had attacks of pain on the right side (at the waist) on and off for three years.  I've had a colonoscopy, ultrasound and CT scan and was told normal.  Is it possible to have missed seeing the diverticulie?  These attacks seem to be more frequent in the spring and fall.
My attacks leave me doubled over, bloated and incredibly gassy.  I get relief from the pain if I lie down or lie back.  Are there any other tests that could be performed to indicate diverticulitis?

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   Posted 11/19/2010 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I am pretty sure a colonoscopy would rule out Diver.
 
What your posting symptoms wise sounds like IBS.
 
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   Posted 11/19/2010 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Need Answers,
I have a diverticulum in my cecum which is near my appendix. It clearly shows on CT scans. I have had four colonoscopies and my GI has never been able to see it. The last time he specifically looked for it because I have had four bouts of cecal diverticulitis.

Have you had these examinations during the actual attacks? Does your blood work indicate that you have an infection. An infected diverticulum almost always elevated ones white cell count. Also, has anyone checked out your gallbladder?
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   Posted 11/20/2010 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I take that back then, I guess a colonoscopy doesn't always find them.
 
 
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   Posted 11/22/2010 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been to emergency twice and by the time the doctor see's me the pain is gone. Nothing showed in bloodwork and gallbladder is out. If I lie down during an attack (it's impossible to sit or stand up straight), the pain will subside.

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   Posted 11/22/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
What treatment plan has a dcotor given you?

some people also have IBS and diver, something to at least know.
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   Posted 11/22/2010 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
No treatment, just lots of water and foods with fibre.

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   Posted 4/18/2012 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
has anyone ever had blood coming from their stoma? when having a colostomy
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