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What to do when you have a diverticulitis attack

A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
High fiber diet: Eat lots of fruits an vegetables, figs, dates, raisins and nuts. Eat high fiber cereals. 25-30 grams of fiber per day is helpful.
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
First clear liquids: Then advance to low residue diet over several days, after pain and fever subsides. Then gradually add fiber to your diet. Make sure you don't get co... Read More

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Maybe: But if you have fever and pain and going on liquids doesn't help you need to see your doctor or go to er for a ct scan of abdomen and pelvis along wit... Read More
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 15 years experience
Possibly: Very mild attacks, may simply get better with simple bowel rest and clear liquid diet. However, any signs of fever/chills or worsening abdominal pa... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 21 years experience
See a doctor.: Diverticulitis can be serious. It can cause sepsis, a severe bloodstream infection, & be life-threatening. If you suspect you have diverticulitis,... Read More
Dr. Karen Butler
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Well: Diverticulitis is a diagnosis and a serious diagnosis. One that could put your health in harm. See the doctor for exam and diagnosis. Start there so y... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 54 years experience
Avoid constipation: Increase in the fiber intake, hydration, use of stool softener to avoid constipation is in order. Some books instruct on avoidance of eating things w... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
See your doctor.: First and foremost, if you suspect that you are having an episode of diverticulitis, you need to see your doctor to determine if you are a candidate f... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: I tell my patients that nuts are ok. In the past it was thought that nuts caused problems for people with diverticuli, but I've seen at least one stu... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Not really, but...: Acute diverticulitis is associated with swelling of the colon that may create a temporary partial blockage of the colon. Therefore, we often advocate ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Diverticulitis: Symptoms definitely can develop gradually. Play it safe: contact the doctor who has treated your previous episodes of diverticulitis.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Bland: The "brat" diet - advance cautiously from clears to bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Avi Belizon
General Surgery 9 years experience
Not right away: generally I recommend that for 2 weeks following a diverticulitis episode, my patients remain on a low residue diet. Which is a diet low in fiber. Oat... Read More

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