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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.
  • 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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Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 2
  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.
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