Phyrie, I'm surprised that your doctor didn't talk much about the diverticulitis. Diverticulosis is when a little pouch forms in the wall of your colon. Diverticulitis is the inflammation/infection of that pouch. Once the diverticulitis heals up, you still will always have diverticulosis and will be at risk for diverticulitis in the future or for more diverticula (the pouch) forming. From what I have gathered from my research and from my doctors is that diverticulitis, is that is it pretty common in older people. It is pretty rare for someone my age to develop this condition. I have been advised to change my eating habits and be sure to be on a high fiber diet. The high fiber diet is believed to help reduce pressure on the walls of the colon and prevent more diverticula to form. There are a lot of people who believe certain foods contribute to diverticulitis such as small seeds/nuts that can get stuck in the pouches and then get infected, however the jury is still out on whether that is actually a factor. Diverticulitis can be a very serious condition if it is not taken care of and more diverticula form, sometimes required surgery to cut and repair your colon.
The ruptured cyst was less of a big deal for me. While I have been told that they are very painful when rupturing, I have no clue when it actually ruptured. I had my period last week so it is possible that it ruptured then and I mistook that pain for usual cramps (which are normally very bad for me). I was experiencing a lot of bloating and discomfort in my abdomen for a few days and I had 2 severe episodes of chills/fever/vomiting in the past week, one which occurred on Wednesday. Those are all possible symptom of another diverticulitis flare up so I assumed it was that, but the CT scan showed a ruptured cyst and excess fluids in my pelvic area which was what was causing my bloating discomfort. Apparently the chills/fever/vomiting are also symptoms of a ruptured cyst and upon my research online, the symptoms of the 2 are often similar and confused. Since it was only fluid and not internal bleeding from the cyst, they basically just sent me home with pain killers (which I don't need) and nausea medicine, and it is a waiting game for my body to absorb the excess fluid to get rid of the bloating feeling I suppose.
That is quite eerie that we were both diagnosed with the same things recently though! I'm glad that your diverticulitis didn't prove to be as much of a problem for you, if your doctor didn't even talk about it. When I had it over Thanksgiving, the pains that I was getting from it were some of the worst pain that I had ever experienced. I'm talking scream out loud, double over onto the ground, break out in tears pain. Not fun.