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My age is 36 and i am suffering from diverticulitis

I am 36 years old.I suffer from diverticulitis .ialso have been treated for colitis with flagyl. I stomach makes loud bowel sounds.I have been tested for c-diff but the test come back 3year old has some of the same symptoms and he had negative c-diff results.I have been given bentyl for stomach cramping,but I don t think anyone knows what is wrong.what should I do?
Asked On : Mon, 29 Nov 2010
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Diverticula are outward pouches from large intestine. Their presence without any inflammation is called diverticulosis. Infection of the diverticula is called diverticulitis. Most people with diverticulosis (no inflmation) do not have any discomfort or symptoms. However, some people may experience crampy pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen, bloating, and constipation. High fiber diet, fiber supplementation with metamuci, Cetrucil will keep the bowel movements clear and thus reduces the pressure in intestine. It will prevent diviertucula from originating and reduces the chances of worsening of existing diverticula. You can also use Ibuprofen as needed for pain medication.

If the symptoms do not subside, consult surgery/gastroenterology for colonoscopy. So that you will know to what extent the colon is involved. Also get the CT abdomen- w/and without contrast.

Diverticula are not hereditary. Diverticula are present in elderly people. It is very uncommon in children.

Dr. Jagdish
Answered: Mon, 29 Nov 2010
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