I had a bad attack of diverticulitis a year ago in September. Never even had a clue that there was a problem before feeling like someone was pulling barbed wire through my lower left abdomen. Ended up in the hospital for 5 days with IV's, etc. Had to take Cipro and Flagl when I came home. I agree, the Flagl is the next thing to poison. Anyway, I was careful what I ate all last winter and then had a colonoscopy in May. The doctor said I had a terrible case of diverticulosis even though I hadn't had any more attacks or symptoms. He suggested surgery---but I thought I could continue watching what I ate. Then in July, I had a minor flare-up and did the Cipro/Flagl routine again. Scared me into thinking I might have another micro-perforation (or worse) when I was off on a vacation where I couldn't chose a hospital or doctor-----and the thought of having to have a colostomy worried me alot. To make a long story short, I will undergo a bowel resection surgery tomorrow (Thursday the 25th). Hopefully it will be done laproscopically with no colostomy bag afterward. The "prep" has really been less miserable than the one for the colonoscopy except that I couldn't have anything but clear liquids for two days before surgery. Amazingly my stomach hasn't even growled much. Chicken broth and white grape juice have been a life-savor.
I know everyone dreads surgery---but the kind people on this board who have had a bowel resection have been wonderful in answering my questions and concerns. I'm hoping I can be able to eat my sorely-missed popcorn again soon.