What does diverticulitis feel like?
I am 11 weeks post-op for colon resection surgery. I had 18 inches of my right colon removed due to diverticulitis. Prior to having the surgery, I only had one attack (that I knew of) that resulted in a micro-perforation. On that particular attack, it started out with gassiness and bloat and right-sided pain. While the pain was uncomfortable, it wasn't unbearable. My stomach was quite distended, the bloat is pretty significant. The only reason I went to the ER was because it was my third day of that pain and I thought maybe I had appendicitis. That's when I was told I had diverticulitis and would need to have surgery. I had a colonoscopy that revealed diverticulosis throughout my entire colon, even though they were only removing that part on my right side.
Since my surgery, I keep having very similar attacks. I'll start getting pain in my abdomen that feels like gas. My stomach will get very swollen. I have to walk a little hunched over because it hurts to straighten up. While I am not constipated, I am not going as much (volume) as I think I should be. (Only during the â€˜attack'). I then just ride it out for two or three days and then it's gone. I went to my surgeon about two weeks ago, but I went because I thought it was the hematoma that was giving me trouble. I developed a large hematoma during the surgery, which is still a baseball sized bump near my belly button. He told me that it's not unusual for that to take months to go away, but it was harder and firmer than he would have liked it to be. But he said "before I send you on a wild-goose chase with bloodwork, ultrasounds and cat scans, let's wait and see". Since then, I started to think what I am experiencing has nothing to do with the hematoma, and has to do possibly with having more attacks in the others parts of my colon. But since I only had that one attack, I don't know what having an attack feels like. Any help is appreciated....!
Oh yeah... I started really keeping track of what I eat. I was up to drinking 6 or 7 diet cokes again, and have stopped doing that. I think I read on here that someone discovered that carbonated beverages really gave them problems. I am still getting enough fiber, but some days I would forget to take citrucel. I have a terrible habit of not drinking enough water, and am trying to do that too. Thanks......