Due to my HA, I had a colonoscopy a year ago, nothing found except for a mild case of diverticulosis, just the presence of a few small pouches. I eat a lot of fiber, usually, and haven't had a problem at all. The HA was finally calmed down. Then this weekend, I went to my parent's house, ate pretty well, lots of corn and some salad with walnuts, along with turkey and stuffing.
Well, Sunday night I started having a sharp pain in the lower left abdomen, frequent urination, and 102 fever. The belly on the left was really tender to touch. My heart was racing and skipping beats like mad.
After 6 hours, the fever broke and the pain dropped in half. I thought about going to the ER, but I felt it would be humiliating to go and find out it was gas and that my HA was back.
I got up Monday and went to work, but it still hurt. I had a BM in the meantime, so I wasn't worried about a blockage. But, since it still hurt, I went to see the convenient care doc. He diagnosed diverticulitis, inflammation of those pouches. Went home and started a low fiber diet for the next week and antibiotics. The doctor didn't seem particularly concerned, just to call if I didn't get better. Woke up today, about 90 percent of the pain is gone, the area is still a little tender to the touch and the BM's are frequent, but I usually get like that after antibiotics.
Then I googled.
OMG, bowel perforation, bowel resection, colostomies, etc.... Now, I'm freaked. I feel much better, but I'm just convinced that I'm going to wind up in the ER, dying, or on a colostomy bag the rest of my life.