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if you are able to keep fluids down, and the light-headedness lasts a few seconds, and you are without fever or vomiting, i think it is safe to wait.
as long as the trend is one of improvement, i think this is fine.
worsening, focal abdominal pain, especially with fever, means you should go back
because the complicationw we want to avoid is perforation... meaning the colon ruptures, and this is a surgical emergency.
it is routing to treat diverticulitis as an outpatient
as long as the patient is otherwise healthy and has no evidence of perforation\
I am able to keep fluids down. I don't have a fever, but I feel light headed all day long. I am eating so I know my light headedness is not from lack of food.
then it IS likely a medication side effect along with the diverticulitis.... do you have any pain when you press in the left lower abdomen?
A little but not as bad as on Saturday.
that's good. my original answer stands. is it possible to check in by phone with your follow up physician? this might be the best option for you.
Great. Thank you very much for your help. I appreciate this service as I am about in tears because i just do not feel good.
you may feel free to take some Tylenol as this will help a bit... keep the fluid going in and keep up with your medicines... you should get better each day, but any quick tick downward should prompt a visit back to the ER.
does this make sense?
Yes. Thank you very much.
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Thank you. No that was it. I will go look at that site.
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