IBS, Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis, Which?
I have had Irritible Bowel Syndrome for ten years. In the last year I have had bouts of sever pain in my left abdominal area. In November I was given a sigmoidiscope and barium enema and was diagnosed with Diverticulosis. I was told to eat more fiber but not given any other guidelines. Since that time I have had severe abdominal cramps similar to menstrual cramps, nausea, lots of gas, and bouts of acid or heartburn. My doctor prescribed Donnatal for the pain but I don't know what to do about the cramping. It is miserable. Should I not eat the fiber because the cramping is a symptom of Diverticulitis? I have an appointment with my doctor next week but I don't think he will be much help since he didn't even discuss his findings from my testing with me, just mailed me a brochure to read. What do you think my problem is? Or is it all in my head?