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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.
[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.


I lived with diverticulitis for over 7 years with several flare ups before I finally gave in and had a bowel resection two weeks ago. I completely understand how awful the pain can be. I was told my my gastro doctor not to take any asprin, ibuprophen, aleve etc because they can actually cause bleeding and upset your stomach more. He recommended either OTC extra strengthy Tylenol or he finally gave me Darvocet. Darvocet does not constipate like other pain meds. He also told me to try a heating pad - set low.

All that being said; I am assuming you have had a CAT scan that diagnosed diverticulitis for this episode - correct? If so, are you on antibiotics? and for how long? If the pain is as severe as you are saying you need to go to the ER for another evaluation. You may need to be in the hospital for antibiotic IV therapy for a few days. Do you trust your doctor? Don't get me wrong living with this problem is painful but usually in between flare ups the pain is managable. That is why your describing the pain as this severe is concerning.

If you are in the middle of an attack, stay on clear liquids and get rest. If you are not in the middle of an attack, stay on a low residue/low fiber diet until you know what is going on. It will help rest your bowel.

Good luck, I know all to well how awful this disease can be and especially during an attack/flare up.
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.