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I am aware that I have all the textbook symptoms of diverticulitis,

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I am aware that I have all the textbook symptoms of diverticulitis, getting worse now. I have constant left lower quadrant pain.
Where do I begin to deal with this? It has been 9 years, but is starting to get unbearable. I'm a 65 female who is already eating lots of grains.
Is there any other options before surgery?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 6 months ago.
HelloThis assessment begins with a colonoscopy if you have not had one, which was due at age 50 then if clean, at age 60.A ct scan can diagnose this condition, but not as well.Colonoscopy rules out polyps and cancer as well.Lots of grains in not necessarily helpful.The key in the diet is soluble fiber:Examples:peeled applesstewed fruitoat branground and cooled flax seedpsycillium husk powder. OK, so you might have more questions or want to give me more information: Please use reply to expert if you have further questions. When you are ready, please click a positive rating [hopefully excellent—that’s how we are paid, per rating]. If you forgot something, come back. I am here daily.