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Old 10-01-2011, 08:47 AM   #1
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Pain Lower Left Abdomen HELP!!! Should I take my CIPRO?

About 6 weeks ago I started to get this cramp in the extreme lower left abdomen. It's usually worse in the morning until I have a bowel movement. It's also usually present with the need to pass gas, which will relieve it.
Its nothing sever, I'm not hunched over of pain, it's just a crampy feeling, but in one spot lower left.
Less then 2 years ago i had a colonoscopie which showed mild diverticulosis. I also had a blood test and one of the markers for Chrones came back elevated, but the doctor said those markers are not conclusive.

So 4 weeks ago I go to the gastro who examine me, he pushes here and there and says he thinks it's nothing. I asked him if a CAT scan was in order and he said no, he said your not tender at all. I asked him if the pain could be from the diverticulosis and he said that pain is usually very severe. Mine sounds more like IBS. He gave me a script for Cipro and said if the pain gets worse ori develop a fever to fill the script. I asked him about colon cancer, he said I had a clear colonoscopie 23 months ago so that was very unlikely.

So here we are a month later and the pain is still there, along with the gas. I also get alternating loose stooles and constipation, but that has been lifelong. The question is, should I fill the Cipro and try it?
One other point, last week I had to work a trade show for my job. I was on my feet 12 hours straight. That night I get a high 101 fever, I felt like I had the flu.I could hardly stand up. It lasted less then 24 hours. I should have taken the Cipro then but I didn't even i k about it. I didn't have the lower left pain that day I was on my feet.
Does this sound like diverticulitis or something worse?
Take the Cipro?

 
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Old 10-01-2011, 09:41 AM   #2
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Re: Pain Lower Left Abdomen HELP!!! Should I take my CIPRO?

To me, a fever for one night a week ago does not sound like a bout of diverticulitis, and Cipro is a pretty nasty drug. The Cipro itself is likely to hurt your stomach!

For now, I wouldn't worry about a mild abdominal cramp that seems to be related to bowel movements or passing gas, a lot of people have that.

If the pain gets to the point that it's interfering with your life, look into it more. If you get a fever with bad pain in your belly, take the Cipro or seek medical attention right away.

 
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Re: Pain Lower Left Abdomen HELP!!! Should I take my CIPRO?

This sounds very much like Diverticulitis.
I was diagnosed with this a year and a half ago and have symptoms like you describe most days.
A few weeks ago I was really unwell with a shivery feeling, pains in my legs and awful Nausea, it lasted for about 10 days, I think I had a Diverticulitis flare up but didn't take anything for it.( Could have been a slight Flu)
I have seen my Specialist at the hospital and he prescribed me Fibre-gel and Mebeverine as he thinks I also have IBS.
I believe (Mebeverine is good for IBS, I'm afraid I don't know anything about Cipro)
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Re: Pain Lower Left Abdomen HELP!!! Should I take my CIPRO?

Cipro is an antibiotic. I have been getting conflicting reports about diverticulits, some say severe pain and others like yourself are saying it can be very mild.

 
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Re: Pain Lower Left Abdomen HELP!!! Should I take my CIPRO?

Hi, I was just wondering if you were keeping a food diary and/or watching what you eat? my mom has diver. and can't eat certain things or it will set it off. No seeds, corn, etc.

 
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Re: Pain Lower Left Abdomen HELP!!! Should I take my CIPRO?

There is a difference between diverticulosis and diverticulitis!

Diverticulosis means you have pockets on the large intestine. It happens to an awful lot of us of us once we get older, and symptoms usually aren't severe.

Diverticulitis means one of the pockets gets infected. This can produce severe pain and fever.

 
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Re: Pain Lower Left Abdomen HELP!!! Should I take my CIPRO?

I thought diverticulosis had no symptoms unless the pockets became infected. So the mild cramps before a bowel movement or passiing gas can be from the diverticulosis ?
WhAt are the chances it's colon cancer, being I had a colonoscopie 23 months ago?

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Re: Pain Lower Left Abdomen HELP!!! Should I take my CIPRO?

Jon - I also have diverticulosis, and I just saw your post. I am almost positive that you do not have colon cancer but that the gas and mild cramping (pain) you feel at times is just that -- mild pain before gas. I think you should listen to your doctor. I have had diverticulitis and have had to take Cipro for it. Believe me, Cipro is not a fun antibiotic! When you take it, you must take it for a long time and only because you have diverticulitis - an infection of one of the diverticula. the symptoms of diverticulitis are severe cramping, fever (low-grade) and constipation (usually). I had a barium enema which showed many diverticula scattered throughout my colon.
The main thing you need to do is watch your diet - eat a good amount of fiber. My diverticulitis was brought on by my eating too much popcorn. I now do not eat popcorn even though I love it!!!! Diverticulosis can be controlled. Fortunately, I have not had another attack of diverticulitis. I also take Metamucil daily so that I get enough fiber. Mabent

 
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Re: Pain Lower Left Abdomen HELP!!! Should I take my CIPRO?

Thanks! The pain is still there, although ever so mild and relieved only by a bowel movement.
Funny thing is, a couple weeks ago I had a severe fever that came on all of a sudden after working at a trade show. I was on my feel all day and pretty exhausted, I went home with a high fever and flu like symptoms. It went away within 24 hours. I didn't have the pain that day. I wonder if that was a DT flare up or just unrelated.

 
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Re: Pain Lower Left Abdomen HELP!!! Should I take my CIPRO?

The main thing is that you are not constipated and do not have terrible cramping sensations, along with a fever (usually lo-grade). Just be sure you are having regular bowel movements. It's good that you are aware of the symptoms of diverticulitis and the need for having a diet high in fiber and regular bowel movements. Try to stop worrying about this, though. I know how worry and anxiety don't help!!!! Mabent

 
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