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Can you take philips mom or other laxatives when you have diverticulitis?

Can you take philips mom or other laxatives when you have diverticulitis?

Cautiously: I would not use anything stronger than mom as you risk bowel perforation. Try liquid diet only for several days. Often with diverticulitis the bowel is swollen and it is difficult to pass firm stool through the area of inflammation. Check with your doctor or the physician managing your diverticulitis. Read more

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Is it safe to take a laxitive when taking metronidazole and ciprofloxacin for treatment of diverticulitis?

Is it safe to take a laxitive when taking metronidazole and ciprofloxacin for treatment of diverticulitis?

Ask your doc 1st!: Diverticulitis is a serious infection of the lower intestines. If you cannot have a bowel movement, without a laxative, it may be a sign that your infection is getting worse. Please call your doctor and let him know now. If you have abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, or other worsening symptoms, got to an ER. Read more

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My mom has had diverticulitis since february, 2012. She is 85 and the gostrologist is suggesting surgery on her colon. Is she to old? She is healthy

My mom has had diverticulitis since february, 2012. She is 85 and the gostrologist is suggesting surgery on her colon. Is she to old? She is healthy

No: There is no age that is too old. I have done much larger and more serious operations on patients her elder and they have done fine. It all has to do with her overall health status. And. ... It depend on how much your mom wants it. Maybe she's tired and doesn't want to deal with it. It's ultimately up to her - but her age does not preclude her from surgery. Read more

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Mom's in ICU with diverticulitis perforated colon and septis. Kidney failure and not waking up once sedation was stopped. Could I loss her?

Mom's in ICU with diverticulitis perforated colon and septis. Kidney failure and not waking up once sedation was stopped. Could I loss her?

I am so sorry: I am sorry for your situation. Perforated colon due to diverticulitis causing sepsis and kidney failure is very serious. Has she had surgery? Or are they attempting to treat without surgery. As a specialty surgeon who has managed many of these situations I can tell you it is possible to survive this. Please do not hesitate to make sure all of the doctors are communicating with you/your family. Read more

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My mom's bladder still feels full after passing urine & she has occasional "accidents" from her back passage. She has suffered with diverticulosis.

My mom's bladder still feels full after passing urine & she has occasional "accidents" from her back passage. She has suffered with diverticulosis.

Urinary incontinence: Your mom has urinary incontinence which is very common in women. She should see her doctor for a referral to a urologist. This is an expert in the urinary tract. Medications may help, but other maneuvers or studies may be required. As long as she has this her quality of life may be limited. After treatment most patients have a boost in self esteem. Read more

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I have severe chronic diverticulosis. Diet and laxatives not helping with constipation and pain. What are my options?

I have severe chronic diverticulosis. Diet and laxatives not helping with constipation and pain. What are my options?

See a doctor: Diverticulosis is not surgically treated. Diverticulosis does not cause constipation. You need to see a doctor for treatment of your chronic constipation. Repeated episodes of true infection requiring antibiotics due to recurrent diverticulitis may benefit from surgery, but this surgery will not be expected to correct chronic constipation either. Read more

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My mom recently had an egd and colonoscopy, and was diagnosed with diverticulitis, internal hemorrhoids and GERD and was prescribed with canasa. She has bouts of abdominal pain but goes away. She takes Zantac and omeprazole as needed. Is canasa really n

My mom recently had an egd and colonoscopy, and was diagnosed with diverticulitis, internal hemorrhoids and GERD and was prescribed with canasa. She has bouts of abdominal pain but goes away. She takes Zantac and omeprazole as needed. Is canasa really n

Canasa for hems too: I use Canasa for internal hemorrhoids, to decrease bleeding. Are you sure she had diverticulitis, or was it diverticulosis? Diverticulitis is a potentially serious infection. Diverticulosis is the presence of pockets in the colon without infection. Most likely, she has diverticulosis, or they would have started her on a specific diet and antibiotics. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for diverticulitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for diverticulitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Both are fine: Most physicians can treat diverticulitis, but the most important thing is to make sure that the diagnosis is correct. If you have an episode of diverticulitis, it is often recommended to have a colonoscopy at some point afterwards though, and this should be done by a gastroenterologist. Read more

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Is it better to take cipro (ciprofloxacin) and amaxacilian together instead of stopping the amaxacilian 1/2 through to help diverticulitis?

Is it better to take cipro (ciprofloxacin) and amaxacilian together instead of stopping the amaxacilian 1/2 through to help diverticulitis?

Please don't...: Out-patient management of diverticulitis will typically involve antibiotics by mouth that will cover gut bacteria that can grow in the presence or absence of oxygen. Most likely, you are switching from amoxicillin-clavulanate to ciprofloxacin+metronidazole. Taking amox and Cipro is not recommended since it's inadequate coverage and can increase the risk of a bacterial infection called "c. Diff ". Read more

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I had an attach of diverticulitis yesterday. Am on hoidays overseas andvstarted take ibilex 500 together with metrogyl given by my doctor. Bad headach?

I had an attach of diverticulitis yesterday. Am on hoidays overseas andvstarted take ibilex 500 together with metrogyl given by my doctor. Bad headach?

Diverticulitis: I would think the headache is associated with your diverticulitis and stress associated with your being away from home. I would suggest that you take the medication prescribed by your doctor and take Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylinol for your headache. If that does. Not help I would see a physician Read more

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Which medicine to take for diverticulitis is most effective?

Which medicine to take for diverticulitis is most effective?

For acute: Attacks, broad spectrum antibiotics. Once the acute episode subsides, doctors generally recommend a high fiber diet in order to relax muscles that caused the diverticula in the first place. It is also important to make sure that the area of presumed diverticulitis does not contain cancer. Read more

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Is it safe to take internal cleansing formulas if I have diverticulitis/diverticulosis?

Is it safe to take internal cleansing formulas if I have diverticulitis/diverticulosis?

Diverticulitis....no: Diverticulitis occurs when a small pocket on your colon ruptures. I would advise against taking anything that might overstimulate the colon during an acute episode of diverticulitis, either from above or below. Read more

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At what point do you go back to the er? I I have diverticulitis&colitis and the diarrhea for it. I feel like im putting out more than I take in

At what point do you go back to the er? I I have diverticulitis&colitis and the diarrhea for it. I feel like im putting out more than I take in

Being sick: What is your heart rate? How often are you peeing? Any pain that is intractable? Are your lips chapped? Are you dizzy. The right answer in most class is not to go to the er, but to contact or see your family physician first. Read more

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Starting vls3 probiotics for diverticulitis, I need a recomindation dosage and what's the best time to take them?

Starting vls3 probiotics for diverticulitis, I need a recomindation dosage and what's the best time to take them?

No specifics to give: Probiotics is known to help restore normal bacterial flora of intestines if being altered by antibiotic use or poor lifestyle. Its recommended dose is arbitrary so you may take it as advised usually with or before meals from the Company-but at most double it up and see since individual tolerance widely varies among people. But still remember healthy lifestyle remains the foundation of all care. Read more

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I have history of diverticulitis and wanted to know if its ok to take grapefruit seed extract daily as part of my diet to avoid another attack?

I have history of diverticulitis and wanted to know if its ok to take grapefruit seed extract daily as part of my diet to avoid another attack?

Assuming that: You had sigmoid diverticulitis, a high fiber diet is generally recommended. However, it is at best marginally effective especially in the short term. Grapefruit seed extract seems harmless enough to me, but you should consult with your doctor or gi specialist, just to make sure. Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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