At Your Appointment

Diverticulitis Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • Have your symptoms improved with your antibiotic?
  • Are you having trouble remembering to take your antibiotic?
  • Have you tried to eat any solid food? Are you tolerating your diet?
  • When was your last colonoscopy?
  • How much exercise and physical activity do you get during a typical week?
  • Do you smoke, drink alcohol, or consume caffeine? How long and how much?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you having abdominal pain or tenderness, nausea, vomiting or constipation?
  • Have you had a fever?
  • When did you first notice your symptoms? Are they persistent or do they come and go?
  • How severe are your symptoms? Rate how your symptoms are affecting your quality of life, relationships, and ability to function. Not at all, somewhat or significantly?
  • What makes your symptoms better or worse?
  • Do you take any medications, including pain relievers?
  • Are you having any side effects from your antibiotic?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have diverticulitis?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose diverticulitis?
  • What treatments are available for diverticulitis?
  • What should I do if my symptoms get worse?
  • How severe is my diverticulitis?
  • What treatment do you recommend for my diverticulitis? What are the side effects?
  • What changes to my diet do I need to make to help my digesting system heal?
  • How soon can I expect to see improvements in my symptoms?
  • What other changes to my eating habits or lifestyle do I need to make to prevent future attacks?
  • When do you recommend surgery?
  • Are there other diverticulitis treatments that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to diverticulitis or is something else going on?
  • Do you believe my symptoms are due to diverticulitis or another problem, such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)? Why do you think this?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 2
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Diverticulitis. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diverticulitis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20371764 
  2. Wilkins T, Embry K, George R. Diagnosis and management of acute diverticulitis. Am Fam Physician. 2013 May 1;87(9):612-620.