miserable left side pain

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/15/2006 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I have never logged on to any chat room or forum until now.  I recently experienced my first bout of diverticulitis.  I was in the ER on 4 occassions and hospitalized for 3 days.   I then had a colonoscopy.  I was told I had neither polyps or cancer (thankfully).  I have had a lot of depression over this.  I am normally the happiest person on earth.  I had a hard time believing that this was not something like cancer or a serious thing.  I have lost about 25 lbs. and continue to take fiber and cipro for the diverticulitis.  I have a constant left side pain that I do not scream with but it is absolutely miserable at times.  It is sort of like a soreness inside.  I can't shake the feeling that the dr. is missing something. I had 3 cat scans and they say NO....it is IBS and diverticulitis.  Is there absolutely ANYONE that can relate to me.

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 9/15/2006 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm afraid there's quite a few people on this board with constant gut problems, pain and general suckiness. Hopefully some of the diverticulitis people can give you some hints for avoiding flares and clearing them up afterwards (my stepfather finds he can't eat seeds--like on bread or in certain fruit--because the seeds have a tendency to lodge in his little pocket and cause a flare). I'm not saying that doctors are never wrong, but I think you can be resonably confident that your tests were indeed clear of cancer. IBS and diverticulitis can certainly cause the pain and problems that you are having all by theirselves without any help from something worse. And weight loss isn't that uncommon when people get sick like that; there are a number of people here who have lost weight and who have trouble maintaining a healthy weight because they get sick so often when they eat, so they don't eat and poop too much out to boot. I hate to say "join the club" but... here we are.

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/25/2006 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
hello. i too suffered from left side upper pain. also had continuos diareah. had ct scan with contrast of abdomen. said probable diverticulitis. i am scheduled for a colonoscopy in oct. i was wondering what all your symptoms were? 

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 9/28/2006 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a colonoscopy in May and was told IBS and "some diviticulous". I will admit that I am anxious because of the Div but it seems that the whole situation is running my life. I get L side pain ( always did even before the div showed up) I'm not constipated to the extent that I don't GO. I just go often in small amts ususally, sometimes hard , sometimes not. Every once in a while I get D but not every day. I take Bentyl every day . That and gas x are always with me. I keep hearing about stress causing the problem but it seems that the problem causes the stress. My trouble started when I got my Gall Bladder out. I have seen the gastro dr twice since the colonoscopy and he says IBS and looks sympathetic! It's hard not to think something else is wrong and I feel myself becoming more and more homebound. Do you guys ever wake up with gas in the morning? That's when my routine starts . It's reassuring to read the rest of the postings or I would think I'm the only one.
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