Possibly constituting an emergency surgical procedure, diverticulitis is characterized by severe pain in the abdomen’s left lower quadrant, also known as the left iliac fossa. This pain is due to the infection and inflammation of diverticula or, in some cases, to the presence of Crohn’s disease. In other words, diverticulitis refers to complications of the previously-cited affections.
In general, diverticulitis leads to pain in the left iliac fossa, a rise in body temperature (fever) and colon disorders that can manifest themselves as constipation or diarrhoea. Sometimes, patients suffer from specific pain problems that are linked to “proctosigmoiditis”. Post-operative pain following a surgical treatment of diverticulitis can also be very intense.
Fever caused by diverticulitis can be effectively treated with granules of Stramonium 15 CH. The patient will need to be administered six daily intakes – each consisting of 5 granules – until the fever subsides.
Pain in the abdomen can be relieved by taking 5 granules of Stramonium CH 15, five to seven times a day. Chamomilla 15 CH, Mahnasia Phos or Colocyntis 5 CH may also be prescribed in the same dosage as previously-mentioned. In case of proctosigmoiditis pain, take Capsicum Annum in dilutions ranging from 4 to 15 CH. Regarding the dosage, it is necessary to carefully follow the homoeopath’s prescription.
In addition, three daily 5-granule intakes of Antimonium 5 CH help to relieve the pain due to the accumulation of mucus caused by a surgical procedure involving the abdominal wall. Furthermore, expectoration is greatly facilitated.
The intestinal transit resumes its normal course of action if the patient takes 5 granules of Raphanus Salivus Niger 5 CH three times a day.
To cure constipation, you can opt for a Magnesia-based or a Magnesium Muriatica-based treatment. The treatment usually lasts four days and may be extended in case of the symptom persists. The usual dilution is 9 CH for children and 7 CH for adults. It is recommended to take 3 granules 3 times a day. If constipation is followed or accompanied by bloating, the patient should take 3 granules of Nux Vomica 5 CH daily. Moreover, the patient will be able to overcome diarrhoea by taking 5 granules of Ipecac 9 CH three times a day.
Diverticulitis is already a serious condition in itself, and is often considered to be a form of complication that requires urgent medical care that may eventually lead to surgery. Therefore, it is important to consult the doctor in case of persistent fever that is accompanied by disorders of the colon, constipation or diarrhoea, especially if the patient is known to have diverticulosis. Thanks to the help of a scanner, sometimes supplemented by X-ray images, the doctor is able to make the right diagnosis.
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