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Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Posted December 3, 2014

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Diverticular Disease and Diet

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It is an all too often occurrence in my line of work as a hospital pharmacist that I see patients coming into the Emergency Room doubled over with abdominal pain. This isn't your typical upset-stomach-because-you-ate-something-spicy kind of pain, but rather a severe give-me-morphine-now type pain. The pain is obviously bad enough to land someone in their local ER, otherwise they'd just pop some Tums and call it a night.
What's happening here? Why are these patients in so much pain?
While many different medical conditions can cause abdominal pain diverticulitis is one of the common culprits in cases like the one described.

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