First, some definitions. Diverticulosis is a condition where you have multiple outpouchings of the colon wall (sort of like small appendices.) It is very common in adults. When the pouches become infected, it is diverticulosis. The symptoms are similar to appendicitis: fever, abdominal pain, elevated white blood count. It can be treated with antibiotics; if it's really bad and there's danger of rupture, the affected area of the colon can be surgically removed. My mother had diverticulitis once, and she was really sick - vomiting, fever, very severe pain.
If you've had a colonoscopy recently, it should tell whether you have diverticuli or not. They're very visible through the scope and will usually be noted as an incidental finding in the report. And yes, cruising the internet reading about
symptoms is a really bad idea for those of us already anxious about
our health. Better we should read the humor sites, or recipes, or any other topic than health.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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