Re: Does anyone have these symptoms with Diverticulitis?
When I had my attacks of diverticulitis, I would at first have a vague type pain on my extreme lower left side. It would progress to "labor" type pains eventually, but I would always know it was coming because of the first lower left pain. I would then try to do anything I could to stop the attack, but was never successful. It always had to go its course, I would be on antibiotics, and would eventually feel better. I did not get an attack every 6 weeks. I cannot imagine dealing with it that often. I did suffer with it for years, and had my FINAL flare up a year ago February. 6 weeks after that, I had a foot of my sigmoid colon removed, and have not been sick since! I have never regretted doing this, only regretted not doing it sooner. But, I finally had a surgeon with a plan, and he got the infected part out. It took him about 5 hours due to adhesions, etc, I was in the hospital for a week, but have been going strong since.
I would definitely talk to a surgeon about a resection. You do not want to wait for it to blow.
I am very conscious about fiber now, drinking a fiber type supplement every morning, etc. I also lost 75 pounds (not due to the surgery--just knew I needed to drop it and did it by counting calories).
I am 43, so I knew this needed to be dealt with. Best to you, and there are so many helpful people on here who have had the same problems, surgery, etc.