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Abdominal pain, blood in stools. Diverticulitis or colitis?

I ve been having pain on my lower right side of my abdomen and my back on the same side that has been coming and going for about a week but it s the worst it s been today. This morning I had blood in my bm and then again a few hours later. It s not just in the water but also in the bm itself. I m not sure if this is diverticulitis or colitis?? I ve also had pretty bad pain in both my knees for the past few months. I m not sure if this is related?
Asked On : Sat, 4 Aug 2012
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Thanks for writing in.
The symptoms require further investigation.
Stool examination, complete blood counts, ultrasound examination, colonoscopy and proper clinical evaluation of the affected joints is required to arrive at a definitive diagnosis.
In the mean time a course of antibiotics (combination of floxacin and metronidazole) is mandatory.
There can be a relation of abdominal disease and joint disease especially in inflammatory bowel disease.
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Answered: Sun, 5 Aug 2012
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