Diverticulitis

What is Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a common digestive disease which involves the formation of pouches within the bowel wall. This process is known as diverticulosis, and typically occurs within the large intestine, or colon, although it can occasionally occur in the small intestine as well. Diverticulitis results when one of these diverticula becomes inflamed.

Questions and answers on "Diverticulitis"

When diverticulitis becomes so painful you don't want to move

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
consider intravenous antibiotics or surgery

Detailed Answer:
Hi and welcome to HCM.
Diverticulitis may be more or less sever and in most cases it can be treated with peroral antibiotics.However in cases of repeated attacks it may progress to colon inflammation and perforation so if...

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Is Macrobid good for treating a diverticulitis infection?

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Brief Answer:
Not a good drug for diverticulitis.

Detailed Answer:
Hi Mrs Bezz,
Hope you are in good health.
Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) is a urinary antibiotic that will be least helpful in gut infections.
I do not know the basis of this prescription (may be based on sensitivety??), but it is...

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I was perscribed marshmellow root for my diverticulitis is it safe to take

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Brief Answer:
It's safe to use,naturally heals inflamed diverticula...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I understand your concern.

Diverticulitis is characterized by inflammation/infection of diverticula. Diverticula itself include small pockets inside the colon.

Marshmallow root is well known to reduce...

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what is the term mask on the colon

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
details below.

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Sometimes Colonic cancer and associated diverticulitis.In 45% of the cases the coexisting lesions were located in the sigmoid colon.It is suggested that cancer of the colon contributes to the development of diverticulosis and diverticulitis; this...

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Will diverticulitis or uti affect egg retreival for ivf ? what antibiotic is safe.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
not likely

Detailed Answer:
Hi and welcome.

UTI will not affect egg retreival at all and diverticulitis may have bad effect only if there is severe,untreated diverticulitis with colon perforation or abscess could lead to certain complications. Antibiotics that would cover both UTI...

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I was given cipro flagyl for diverticulitis which I had really bad a month ago and it has got better according to scan, been eating ice pops all day, is it okay to eat ramen noodles ?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
No,It has high fibre content.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for choosing health care magic for your query!

A low fibre diet is adviced in diverticulitis,Ramen noodles contain wheat floor as one of the main constituent.The fibre contents of wheat floor are as high as 10gram fibres per...

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Is amox clav used to treat diverticulitis ?

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Brief Answer:
It can be used.

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Thank you for asking HCM.

I have gone through your query. Amox clav (Amoxycillin and clavulonic acid) is a broad spectrum antibiotic and can be used for treating diverticulitis. But usually preferred one is combination of ofloxacin and...

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I have diverticulitis, can I take doxycycline hyclate, I have not taken any antibbiotic with the exception of Bentyl. I need relieve from the pain, I need an answer asap

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
hi and welcome

Detailed Answer:
You need to consult your doctor before taking any antibiotc. doxicilcine is not routinely used for diverticulitis treatent. you need to take ciprofloxacin + metrnodasole for mild cases of diverticultiis. if this is moderate grade or pain worsens you...

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I have a diarreha condition and the stool is dark purple to black. I have had diverticulitus in the past. I am 73 male I have no pain or fever. I have been self treating for 5 days with clear ddiet and clear liquids.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Upper gut bleeding

Detailed Answer:
hi,
Thanks for query.
Dark colored stool represents upper gut bleeding in general. It may be from stomach or duodenum. If you had taken too many pain killers earlier for diverticulitis it c
can cause ulcer n bleeding.
It may be different from...

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What could cause constant pain in lower abdomen on left side

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Diverticulitis can be the reason.

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Thank you for the query.

Diverticulitis can cause the pain in this location. Especially if you are over the age of 50.
Inguinal hernia, left kidney infection, ovaries cyst (if you are female) can also give the pain in this...

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Recent questions on  Diverticulitis

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tested positive for hep-c,no antibodies for hep-b..have diverticulitis,back surgery w/orif+fusion(methadone,dilaudid,valium for pain by specialist)..have had polyps both vagina+colon,ectopic rupture-resulting:no children..am now 59,finished menopause..24 hr caregiver for my whlchr.bound husband,am very stressed,exhausted+now am nauseous,bloated,gas-filled,am vomiting stringy mucous,tongue is yellow coated..constipation w/hemmorhoids,blood+pus in stool..feeling overall sicker than I ever have,short-tempered,can t sleep,anxious..guess that s about it..don t have the time to see numerous drs. for myself now,concentrating on husband whose renal function has dropped to 26%,diabetic on insulin,etc...actually now that I typed this I realize I either make the time or don t..sorry for wasting yours

doctor1 MD

i have what i believe is a flare up of diverticulitis, this is day 5 and i am still in a lot of pain, i have had bowel movements today and late yesterday but prior to that none for 4 days, i am taking Avalov 400mg 1 per day, the pain is sometimes sharp and feels like it is also in the urinary tract, should i be worried or is this par for the course? Thanks, Sara

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I ve been diagnosed with diverticulitis and am on my second round of antibiotics ( augmentin ). Tried Flagyl but have had an allergic reaction twice. I m on a low residue diet and have had some diarrhea. This morning I noticed a black fuzzy object when I wiped, about 1/4 inch long. I was totally freaked out. Is this something I passed?

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I have has left sided lower abdominal discomfort and pain for four weeks now. Intermittant diarrhoea. I have been prescribed two lots of antibiotics over this time and it has not helped. I also have at times lightheadedness and nausea . Could this be diverticulitis? I was diagnosed as having diverticular disease four years ago. I am a 59 year old woman.

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Hi I went to the ER 2 weeks ago with intense abdominal pain and was diagnosed and put on flagyl and Cipro for one week. Saw my Dr the following week who put me on Levaquin for second week. I took my last Levaquin Friday. I still have pain eating...

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I have diverticulitis and usually take Bactrim but now I am on Keytruda for lung cancer . I have a prescribed bottle of Metronidazole and don't want any drug interaction with Keytruda and need to know if I can take the Metronidazole for the...

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I have beenhaving sharp pain , in my lower abdomen, it lasted for about 8 hours, the pain is gone, but very tender, not feeling that great, I had a low grade fever

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