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I am having an episode of diverticulitis, had before, but this time my back hurts on both sides, it hurts to the touch, and my upper stomach hurts and extended. I am 45 yrs old. I have been drinking water for 2 straight days and eating cereal with 38% fiber, i know i have no stool to pass, urinatiing alot. And keep running a fever of 99.1 to 101.5 and sweating. I have high tolarence to pain, but now im just tired of the pain.

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been in pain? Are you experiencing any vomiting or nausea?

Neither one

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Im the only one in ny family that still has gallbladder

Submitted: 5 months ago.Category: Medical
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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Its alsi been 3 days
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Sorry yes i have had pain for 3 days
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I am Dr. Pennington, I am a colorectal surgeon.

I would like to help. This sounds serious.

Are you there?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
im here
Doctor: Connie Pennington,
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Are you taking antibiotics?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Not at this time
Doctor: Connie Pennington,
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This could be significant. You should go to the ER and have a CT scan. You will need antibiotics, and maybe a hospital admission with IV antibiotics. Really.

Have you had a CT scan for this before? How old are you? Ever had a colonoscopy?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
i had it over year ago but not all these symptoms
Doctor: Connie Pennington,
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Good. Repeat episodes can be worse. I really advise going to be checked without delay. A diverticular abscess can be turned around if timely intervention is undertaken, Scan, antibiotics and possible CT guided drainage of an abscess. You probalby also need IV fluids. Can you get to an ER?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
My temp right now it 99.6 and i am drinking ice water
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
i can, i just didnt want to make a big fuss if it would subside
Doctor: Connie Pennington,
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Still, the body can't get over these things by itself. You need an accurate diagnosis and antibiotics. If it feels the same as it did a year ago, then it is probably an episode.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Last time it was the same day i was seen
Doctor: Connie Pennington,
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Worse case scenario is an abscess that eventually ruptures and could mean emergency surgery and a colostomy. They can evaluate you in the ER.

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Doctor: Connie Pennington,
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I am concerned about you. How old are you?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I am 45
Doctor: Connie Pennington,
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Do you have someone who can take you to the ER?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
i do have a weak headache currently, yes my husband he will be home in 10 minutes
Doctor: Connie Pennington,
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I would advise going to the ER and being checked. Really, this is a potentially serious situation. You know your body, you know the feeling of diverticulitis if you have had it before. Trust your instincts. I would feel better if you were evaluated. I imagine you feel terrible. Dehydrated, headache, in pain and a pressure in the LLQ.

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Doctor: Connie Pennington,
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Lab work, a urinalysis, and CT scan would help make a diagnosis, and I don't think you should put it off. I am so sorry.

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Doctor: Connie Pennington,
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Hello, just checking on you. How are you doing?

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