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I had diverticulitis and have been on meds for four days and see little and/or no improvement Bowel Movements are thin and only take place with the help of colase.  My questions are:
1. How long does this go below I return to the dr.?
2.  I back pain common with this?
3.  My lower left side feels hard and tight and it is swollen and extended.  Is this common with Diverticulitis?
Sue


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Hi Sue,

I was diagnosed with diverticulitis in 2008 and was on meds (Cipro and Flagyl) for three weeks. My symptoms were: first diarrhea, followed by constipation, pain in lower left abdomen, some days the pain was intense and some I didn't feel anything, pain was worse with walking, later fever and nausea. My abdomen was hard. I did not have back pain. I had a follow up after one week and noticed improvement after 5 days.
May I ask how your Dr. diagnosed you with diverticulitis?
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Sam, I ans. your email, however, this is new to  me.  Please let me know you got it or not.  I went into send a message rather than post a comment.  Sue
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Sam, I'm going to also post a comment so either way you'll get a response..I hope.  I was dia. with diverticulitis after seeing my dr. who was sure that was what it was.  I then had a CT Scan which showed diverticuloca but no divertuclitis.  However, the symptoms all lead to diverticulitis so I am being for it.  
I am feeling better today.  I went on a liquid diet Sunday and that helped to reduce the swelling and the pain.  My stool is still narrow and that worries me.  I ate today for the lst time and got nausea and light headed.  I'm dizzy alot and feel like I want to pass out.  I also can't sleep.  

What kind of diet do you now follow and does it work for you?  Thanks, SUe
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