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I was diagnosed with diverticulitis

Posted by @jenniferedodd, Mar 22, 2014

I was diagnosed in Jan w diverticulitis. Cipro & Flagyl round. It returned with vengeance 6 weeks later as peritonitis. IV antibiotics in hospital 5 days …flagyl & cipro again. Dr said I must undergo colon surgery to remove. After research I am willing b’cause I don’t want antibiotic resistance. Question is how do I stay clear of inflammation/infection to get ready for surgery in 4 weeks?

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Hi, @jenniferedodd. I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I’ll try to find out an answer for you about the best way to stay clear of inflammation and infection before surgery. For now, here are some resource that might be helpful: Peritonitis treatment http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peritonitis/basics/treatment/con-20032165 and diverticulitis lifestyle and remedies http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diverticulitis/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20033495

i got a severe c diff enfection after a course of antibiotics in the hospital after surgery for diverticulitis?

@olboy1140

i got a severe c diff enfection after a course of antibiotics in the hospital after surgery for diverticulitis?

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Hi @olboy1140. I’m sorry to hear about your infection. Here is some information on C. difficile: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/c-difficile/basics/definition/con-20029664. Hope this helps.

@olboy1140

i got a severe c diff enfection after a course of antibiotics in the hospital after surgery for diverticulitis?

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I am sorry. Just had Sepsis from tooth surgery through my body . I afraid as I get recurrent CDIFF.

Hi @jenniferedodd, When I want to steer clear of diverticulitis, I drink lots of liquids and go with a soft diet. I use Ensure (or a product like it). eggs. baked potatoes, cream of wheat, etc. I avoid raw fruits and veggies and other roughage. I roast veggies in the oven with olive oil until they are soft and use canned fruits or soft fruits like bananas. I have found that the important thing about avoiding diverticulitis is diet, fluids and gentle exercise. Keeping stress at a manageable level by mild exercise (stretching, walking, Tai Chi, etc.) is important. Of course, all of these help avoid constipation which is the major goal to avoiding diverticulitis.

I've had 3 episodes of diverticlitis . The last being a microperforation, hospital, Cipro and Flagle. One surgeon said she would do surgery now. Got a second opinion, he said only do surgery after one more episode. I am complicated with having only one kidney. Wish I could talk to someone who had it done…

@nosurgery

I've had 3 episodes of diverticlitis . The last being a microperforation, hospital, Cipro and Flagle. One surgeon said she would do surgery now. Got a second opinion, he said only do surgery after one more episode. I am complicated with having only one kidney. Wish I could talk to someone who had it done…

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Hello @nosurgery

I can understand your concern about having surgery or not, since you have just the one kidney. I would like you to post the question you just asked to another discussion group about diverticulosis. Here is the link, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/diverticulosis/?orderby=DESC#chv4-comment-stream-header

This discussion group is larger and has more recent posts. There are a number of Members in that discussion group who discuss both surgical and non-surgical methods for dealing with diverticulitis. While I have personally had a number of episodes of diverticulitis I have never had any perforations, so I've not had surgery. Just meds and dietary changes.

Since you have the complication of one kidney have you considered getting another opinion at a multi-disciplinary medical center, like Mayo or a university medical school? (Mayo has clinics in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona). They might be a good place for you to visit.

In the meantime, please look at the link I provided above and feel free to post your question there or if you prefer you can "Reply" to any of the posts there or ask any questions of the people who have posted.

Will you let me know how you are doing with your decision making process?

@hopeful33250

Hello @nosurgery

I can understand your concern about having surgery or not, since you have just the one kidney. I would like you to post the question you just asked to another discussion group about diverticulosis. Here is the link, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/diverticulosis/?orderby=DESC#chv4-comment-stream-header

This discussion group is larger and has more recent posts. There are a number of Members in that discussion group who discuss both surgical and non-surgical methods for dealing with diverticulitis. While I have personally had a number of episodes of diverticulitis I have never had any perforations, so I've not had surgery. Just meds and dietary changes.

Since you have the complication of one kidney have you considered getting another opinion at a multi-disciplinary medical center, like Mayo or a university medical school? (Mayo has clinics in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona). They might be a good place for you to visit.

In the meantime, please look at the link I provided above and feel free to post your question there or if you prefer you can "Reply" to any of the posts there or ask any questions of the people who have posted.

Will you let me know how you are doing with your decision making process?

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1 opinion – have surgery, 2ond opinion- have another attack then surgery. Try to manage medically. This is ruining my life. I don't want to risk infection and access or further perforation. I'm so confused because doc who said wait has the most experience!?
I don't want to doctor shop…

@nosurgery
I do understand your confusion and your anxiety. It is important to be your own advocate and to make the best possible decision.

Do you have any support people in your life (friends, family, church members) who could go with you for another opinion and help you to sort things out?

@nosurgery

1 opinion – have surgery, 2ond opinion- have another attack then surgery. Try to manage medically. This is ruining my life. I don't want to risk infection and access or further perforation. I'm so confused because doc who said wait has the most experience!?
I don't want to doctor shop…

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Hello @nosurgery

How are you feeling these days? I hope you are doing well and feel more certain about the type of decision you should make in the future. Will you post again when you have made a decision?

@hopeful33250

Hello @nosurgery

How are you feeling these days? I hope you are doing well and feel more certain about the type of decision you should make in the future. Will you post again when you have made a decision?

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I feel better. I found what works for me as far as food. Lots of fiber is key.
I need surgery, electively.
Need to find the right person at the right place.

Good to hear from you again, @nosurgery. I am glad that you found a diet that works well for you. That is an important factor in treating diverticulitis.

@nosurgery

I feel better. I found what works for me as far as food. Lots of fiber is key.
I need surgery, electively.
Need to find the right person at the right place.

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Hi @nosurgery
I was thinking about you and just wondering if you were still feeling better.

@hopeful33250

Hi @nosurgery
I was thinking about you and just wondering if you were still feeling better.

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I've been miserable. So much abdominal discomfort. The last 8 days have not been good. I know I have to do something, surgery, at some point.

I'm really sorry to hear that you are experiencing a lot of discomfort again, @nosurgery.

I don't recall if you said this before: Have you already had a CT scan of the abdomen or a colonoscopy?

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