Re: Happy to find this board
Welcome to the forum and sorry to hear of your troubles with diverticulitis. My DH was bothered for years with pains on the lower left side, he never really complained just would say it felt at times like someone had punched him there. When it got worse and worse, I took him to the ER and subsequent CT scan revealed diverticulitis, which was confirmed by colonoscopy. He was sent home with heavy duty antibiotics and follow up with his GI doc. A year later, he started having the same problems except he did not tell me about it, finally he couldn't take it any longer and we again went to ER - this time the CT revealed he had a perforated colon! He spent 17 days in the hospital; constant Flagyl and Cipro through IV and morphine drip for horrid pains! I blame myself for this, as I should have been watching him more carefully, was working long hours on swing shift at the time... We found him a brilliant surgeon, who advised taking 2 months to heal up and get healthy with a low fat, high fiber diet, lots of water, then a colon resection, done laparascopically in just over 2 hours, 1 1/2 feet of colon removed. That was 5 years ago, he's been good ever since but has totally changed his diet and health habits for the better!
Hope you feel better and let us know how you're doing.