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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Diverticulitis

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

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Question: I have suffered several years with diverticulitis, well that is what they say! I am 45 and am in my 7th year with it. I am not sure what I have is not a problem with the pancreas. I have had high triglicerides and then they become really high I develop the problem that seems to be the colon, but could it be the pan.? my stool becomes really light and I hurt in the upper right abdomen to the upper right back! It really feels better when I eat a large meal!

Answer: You neglect to say what diagnostic studies have been done while you are sick. Has your amylase and/or lipase been checked? These are suggestive of pancreatitis if elevated. Has an x-ray of your colon been done. How do you respond to antibiotics with episodes? Pancreatitis would not be expected to respond at all.

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