Crohn's Diverticulitis Flare?

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   Posted 10/13/2007 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm stressing right now.....I went to the GI on Tuesday because I'd been having a lot of pain in my LLQ.  She poked around, and decided that I had a diverticulitis flare, and wanted to treat the infection.  She gave me Flagyl (1 pill, 2x daily for 10 days) and Xifaxan (2 pills 3x daily for 30 days)....I started the antibiotics and had a hard time moving my bowels.  Today I started going, and have now gone 6 times, and it's thin, stringy, kind of pastey stuff, and it hurts to get it out.  The pain has increased and become less generalized.  I feel like I'm being stabbed in my LLQ, and the pain radiates down my legs and up to my rib.  I also have some discomfort across the top and down the right side once in awhile.  I am very nauseus, but have had a bit to eat.  I don't seem to have a fever right now.  The pain is just unbearble.  I have a lot of rectal pressure as well.  I don't know if I should wait it out for Monday when I can call, and get in on Tuesday when she's back in the office, or go to the ER, where I don't want to spend my night sitting and being miserable, especially since we're taking the kids to the pumpkin patch tomorrow. Help!
Asthma (diagnosed at 12)
Fibromyalgia (diagnosed 9/01)
Crohn's Disease/Colitis (diagnosed 12/02)
Diverticulitis (diagnosed 6/07)
Chronic pelvic pain/endometriosis, leading to hysterectomy (9/07)
Torn rotator cuff/labrum (repair 11/20/07)
Bladder sling (8/06), cholystectomy (2/06), tubal ligation (2/06), failed ablation (3/07)
Taking Lialda, Prednisone, Entocort, Remicade, Bentyl, NuLev, HCTZ, Lisinopril, Cymbalta, Effexor, Xifaxan, Flagyl, and pain meds.

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   Posted 10/13/2007 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
If the pain is bad enough that you have been considering going to the ER, its past time to go to the ER. Stoicism will likely only get you an extended hospital visit.

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 330
   Posted 10/14/2007 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Shannon --
I agree with Matthew -- needs to be checked out.
Let us know what happened!
- Jeanne
44 years old, newly diagnosed after an 8-day hospitalization in September 2007 but symptoms for several years before that.
Medications: Pentasa, Prednisone (tapering), Cipro, Prilosec.
Supplements: probiotics, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin E and a multi-vitamin.
History of hypothyroid (dx 2004, taking Synthroid) and gall bladder surgery (1997).
Single working mom to three wonderful kids, ages 9 to 15.

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