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Are there specialized diets that will treat acute attacks of diverticulitis?

Are there specialized diets that will treat acute attacks of diverticulitis?

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 no food or just liquids during the initial phase of treatment. When food is resumed, it is common to recommend a low-residue diet early on. After the inflammation resolves, we often recommend high-fiber diets, which may reduce the risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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How many days would i stay on a bland diet following a diverticulitis attack?

Depends: It depends on how bad the attack is. Sometimes diverticulitis attacks are bad enough that they require hospital admission with IV antibiotics. Sometimes they can be treated with antibiotics by mouth as an outpatient. If the attack is bad you might be kept nothing by mouth for a few days. Or it is possible that you could be kept on clear liquids for a few days while the attack resolves. ...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

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I'm on a low fibre diet for a few weeks after a diverticulitis attack still have running poo is this ok. I still on antibiotics?

I'm on a low fibre diet for a few weeks after a diverticulitis attack still have running poo is this ok. I still on antibiotics?

Yes: It is ok. You colon is still reacting and recovering from inflammation. This is a common finding. Things, however, to be careful for. It should not be worsening. No fevers/chills. If the runny stool is pure water, that is concerning. If it is so much that it can dehydrate you, that is concerning. Overall, if it is not slowly improving, see your doctor. If worse at any point, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Recovering from diverticulitis attack still have to be on low fiber diet but at the same time afraid of constipation what can I do?

Recovering from diverticulitis attack still have to be on low fiber diet but at the same time afraid of  constipation what can I do?

Diverticulitis: Hello and Welcome to HealthTap, I would suggest continuing the high fiber diet, increasing water intake to 6-8 glasses of water (if no contraindication). Use Metamucil on daily basis & walk or exercise if possible. Try avoiding foods with seeds to avoid inflammation of the diverticuli, once your acute phase is over you would benefit from colonoscopy at least 6 weeks after the episode. Thank you ...Read more

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Will i be able to treat a diverticulitis attack at home?

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 pain, you should see a physician immediately for further eval. ...Read more

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What should I do at home to treat an attack of diverticulitis?

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 for outpatient treatment. If so, oral antibiotics and a liquid diet are advisable until the pain +/- fever resolves. ...Read more

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When should you start taking Metamucil after an acute attack of diverticulitis that required hospitalization and antibiotics. ?

Timing: You can start taking metamucil after all the acute inflammation has resolved. You will know when this happens because you will be pain-free while off antibiotics and pain medication. ...Read more

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It looks like my diverticulitis went to a chronic stage mild tenderness but no infections after few attacks is it possibl to treat it without surgery?

It looks like my diverticulitis went to a chronic stage mild tenderness but no infections after few attacks is it possibl to treat it without surgery?

Yes: One reason to have surgery for diverticulitis is recurrent infection; another is pain. This is major surgery & not w/o its risks, so don't take it lightly. If pain is mild, why not try high fiber diet? We should ideally get about 20 grams of fiber daily from veggies & fruit; start slowly and ramp up to that amount because high fiber foods also can cause gas. You should also have a colonoscopy ...Read more

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