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Question: Pain on lower left abdomen - diverticulitis? something else?

 barbimom5 - Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:35 pm

I have had a pain on my lower left side of my abdomen for a week now. When it gets bad my whole body hurts - especially my legs. I'm thinking it may be diverticulitis but maybe it's something else. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I did give in and call my doctor today and to my surprise he perscribed TWO aniboitics: Cipro and Flagyl. Is this usual and will it help my problem?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:05 am

User avatar Hi Barbimom5,

Based on your login name I am presuming you are female. Please forgive me if this is incorrect. There really isn't much in the left lower quadrant of the abodmen. The intestines are there, so diverticulitis can present with pain here.

Other possible causes are pain from the ovaries or pain from inflamed lymph nodes (termed mesenteric adenitis).

The Cipro and Flagyl are two broad spectrum antibiotics aimed at hitting the common bacteria in the GI tract.

If you are not getting better in the next few days I would recommend you see your doctor.

Best wishes.

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