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Are some people more prone to getting diverticulitis?

Are some people more prone to getting diverticulitis?

Yes: One could chuck this one up to hereditary but it is more appropriately related to constipation. High pressures withing the colon on the left side may produce ballooning of the inner lining of the colon through weak points in the wall. The bubbles fill with undigestible particles and may get infected and pop a leak. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

Diverticulitis is inflamation and/or infection of diverticuli, almost exclusively of the colon. The most common place is in the sigmoid colon, low on the left side. Symptoms are pain and tenderness of the left lower abdomen. They can be mild to severe. Sometimes worse with ...Read more


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Can children get diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Can children get diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Yes: In fact many children are born with a large diverticulum called merckle's diverticulum that can get infected and gives symptoms like appendicitis in the other side of the abdomen around age 2 years old before or after. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes some people to get diverticulitis?

Please tell me what causes some people to get diverticulitis?

Diverticulitus: Is an infection of small pouches that forms on the outside of the colon or large intestine, most often on the lower left side of the abdomen. This most often occurs due to either chronic constipation or a diet low in fruits, vegetables or dietary fiber. Need to avoid junk foods ; eat more fruits ; vegetables. ; have a higher fiber diet. ...Read more

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What can I do if my husband has just been diagnosed diverticulitis. What everyday foods should I get?

What can I do if my husband has just been diagnosed diverticulitis. What everyday foods should I get?

High fiber/veggies: There is reasonable data that suggest a high fiber, vegetable heavy diet help prevent active diverticular disease including diverticular bleeds and diverticulitis. Think green, leafy veggies as a staple! ...Read more

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How do I get rid of diverticulitis?

Treat infection: Diverticulitis is an infection of small out-pouches that form on the outside of the colon or large intestine. Needs to be treated with antibiotics. Prevention can be eating healthy high fiber foods, avoid white bread, rice, noodles, junk food & fast foods. Avoid constipation, drink plenty of liquids. ...Read more

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Do you get lightheaded with diverticulitis?

Do you get lightheaded with diverticulitis?

Maybe: if there is a severe infection leading to sepsis, or if there is significant bleeding. ...Read more

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I had surgery for diverticulitis on 2003 - can I get this back?And can I eat strawberry seeds?

Yes it can recur : Surgery usually involves a resection of the part of the colon infected so that a recurrence can occur in another part of the colon. As far as diet is concerned the diverticular diet was devised in the 1920s and excluded all seeds, etc.(things that dont get digested) however in more recent years these things do not seem to be a cause of diverticulitis. In the 1920s a physician found a seed in the. ...Read more

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How can I make sure i don't get constipated while in the diverticulitis recovery phase?

Stool softener: I would recommend an otc product MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) which is a very safe and gentle stool softener. Take at least 1 capful daily as directed and increase or decrease amount based on your bowel movements. I would also recommend to eat a healthy diet that is high in fiber and water. ...Read more

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How do u get diverticulitis, how do u know if u need surgery to cure it? What happens during surgery, how does it cure it?

How do u get diverticulitis, how do u know if u need surgery to cure it? What happens during surgery, how does it cure it?

Infection: Small out-pouches form on the outside of the colon, most often in the left lower abdomen. Infection of these pouches is diverticulitis. Prevent by eating high fiber foods, avoid junk foods, avoid constipation, drink plenty of liquids, take fiber supplements such as metamucil. Surgery to remove part of the colon is only for multiple episodes of recurrent infections, colon stricturing, bleeding. ...Read more

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Is pork OK for diverticulitis attack, after solids have began. Is there a way to get a detailed diet list. Not just the generic short list.

Is pork OK for diverticulitis attack, after solids have began. Is there a way to get a detailed diet list. Not just the generic short list.

Pork okay: The truth is that there is not a specific diet for diverticulitis. You can find some online but there is no evidence that anything in particular helps. If you know that certain food trigger attacks for you then you should avoid them, but other than that there is no good evidence for dietary restrictions. ...Read more