Don't wait until it's too late before getting treatment. If your pain is severe it could be that it is absessed and ready to perforate. I had pain for almost 2 months, returning to the doctor 3 or 4 times with a fever for a few weeks. The symptoms went undiagnosed for over a month. I had ultrasounds (neg) and blood work (neg) but my doctor didn't send me for a cat scan right away. The day he finallly did send me, the pain was so severe, that I called and told them I was goint to ER after the CT. When I got the CT they told me I NEEDED to go to ER right away. My bowel had perferated and I was in need of emergency surgery. That surgery required that I have a cholostomy. Had it been caught, perhaps the infection could have been treated and surgery planned for a later date when I was in better shape. At this point I was very ill and recovery was difficult. I was in hospital 2 weeks vs. a probable 1 week under good conditions. The bowel had also attached to the bladder. I am 2 months recovery now, but getting the same pain in my bladder that I had before. I am going to call doctor today. I was also on Darvocet for pain post op. Worked great. I don't do well on pain meds normally (nausea, loopy brain, drowsiness, etc) but with Darvocet I had none of that. Couldn't even tell I was on pain meds except that I didn't have pain. Good luck.
[QUOTE=palmettomoon;3529524]I have Diverticulitis, male, 42, former Army Officer. Although I don't have flare ups very often since adjusting my diet, when I do, I have very severe pain. My doctor says take Ibuprophen, it does nothing. Vicodin does nothing. Tylenol 3 does nothing. Aspirin acutally makes it more severe, although I didn't think that could be possible.
How do people live with this pain? I can't concentrate on anything. I can't lie down. I can't stand up. I can't sleep. I've suffered with this for three years now and I can't do it anymore.
If any posting on this board can guide me towards successfully managing this pain, I will be grateful.