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Hi, haven’t been on forum for a while ,I have had a very good 5 months of relatively pain and trouble free, now the dam thing has raised its ugly head again ,being as I was diagnosed 1 year ago and this is my first flare up,I am not sure wether to go doctors or is this normal for flare ups to occur and I must stick it out.? Need some help or reassurance.thank you.

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    There are a lot of tummy bugs going around at the moment - so it could just be viral gastroenteritis.

    Where is your tummy pain and how severe is it on a scale from 0 to 10?

    Do you feel ill? Do you have a fever?

    • Posted

      Thank you Ben, I don’t think it’s a tummy bug,pain is about a 5 .i don’t feel to bad at the moment, hoping I can deal with this on my own without doctors and hospital.x
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    It really depends do you have fever,pain,bleeding,mucusy stools? I have sometimes had anti biotics and other times have just taken paracetamol. Start a very bland diet and cut out all fibre. Perhaps phone the GP for some advice. I was diagnosed 4 yrs ago and have had only 3 flare ups even though I cut nothing out of my diet. But it’s possible to have a flare up when you least expect it. Hope you feel better soon. 
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      Hi, I don’t have a fever and pain is bearable at the moment,I have been very constipated last few weeks as I don’t eat a lot of fibre, I had to take some Dulcoease to help,not to sure if all this started something off,I do have some bleeding but I hope this will settle down again,I suppose I must accept that  it can flare up anytime. Hoping I can stay away from doctors and hospitals.thank you for your reply .x
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      You are not suppose to use laxatives when you have diverticulitis. You need to increase your fiber add a fiber supplement like benefiber and a Stool

      Softener and maybe a probiotics once you get thru this.  Constipation is the number one thing to avoid if you want to prevent recurrence and possible perforation 

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      Hi Patricia

      Yes being constipated hasn’t helped and sure this has contributed to your flare up. You won’t necessarily have to see a Dr you know your body and just start a bland diet and see how it goes. My first episode was whilst on holiday abroad wiih low pains and passed blood clot! I didn’t have a colonoscopy until a month later at home and the consultant said it had healed by itself. At that time I had no antibiotics or anything as didn’t know what the problem was. So you don’t always necessarily need anti biotics. However if you start feeling feverish or really ill I would definitely contact your GP.  When you are over this flare up do try and keep from getting constipated and make sure you have enough fibre in your diet. 

    • Posted

      Thank you for takeing the time to answer me ,I am not in pain it’s just the bleeding , I hope it will clear up soon.
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    I have the same problem from time to time l am trying to eliminate anything that might cause me a flare. Try a liquid diet for a few days and if you get a temperature or feel much worse go to gp. I take fybogel to stop constipation and soften my stools as when I'm constipated I get a lot of pain. So far l have managed to avoid antibiotics

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      Thank you for your concern,I am certainly going to try and get over this flare up myself,without Dr. or hospitals.

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