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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Diverticular Disease

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Can an anxiety disorder cause diverticular disease due to the increased contractions and resulting pressure increase?

Can an anxiety disorder cause diverticular disease due to the increased contractions and resulting pressure increase?

Anxiety is because: I do not think that anxiety could cause diverticulosis/diverticulitis. A diet poor in fibers and rich in spices can cause indigestion, flatulence, hemorrhoids and eventually diverticular disease. The digestive disorder causes anxiety-type sensations. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticular Diseases (Definition)

Diverticular disease is a condition where pouches protrude outward from weakened areas in the colon and result in abdominal ...Read more


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If increased straining causes diverticular disease then why don't websites list it as a complication of constipation along with hemorrhoids?

If increased straining causes diverticular disease then why don't websites list it as a complication of constipation along with hemorrhoids?

Routinely incomplete: Primary driver diverticuli is constipation, delaying emptying (not straining) & largely subconscious. Straining just another symptom, after the fact & occasional. Many factors involved in constipation including lack of activity, low fiber (soluble fiber binds water slowing colon re-absorption), etc. Docs don't know everything, medical advice usually oversimplified/incomplete, usual human behavior! ...Read more

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How does straining for a bowel movement cause diverticular disease when this action squeezes the colon from the outside (diverticula push out not in)?

How does straining for a bowel movement cause diverticular disease when this action squeezes the colon from the outside (diverticula push out not in)?

Diverticula are: formed by increased pressure on weakened spots of the intestinal walls by gas, waste, or liquid. Diverticula can form while straining during a bowel movement, such as with constipation. Squeezing the colon increases the pressure within the colon lumen. ...Read more

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Is it voluntary or involuntary straining for a bowel movement that mostly causes diverticular disease? i.e colon muscle or abdominal muscle straining

Is it voluntary or involuntary straining for a bowel movement that mostly causes diverticular disease?  i.e colon muscle or abdominal muscle straining

Diverticula are: formed by increased pressure on weakened spots of the intestinal walls by gas, waste, or liquid. Diverticula can form while straining during a bowel movement, such as with constipation. Squeezing the colon increases the pressure within the colon lumen. There are likely both voluntary and involuntary components in the development of dive reticular disease. ...Read more

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Had lots of tests but docs can't explain upper left abdo pain and often sore to touch can IBS cause abdo to be sore to touch or diverticular disease?

Had lots of tests but docs can't explain upper left abdo pain and often sore to touch can IBS cause abdo to be sore to touch or diverticular disease?

Yes...: ...Ibs can cause abdominal discomfort, tender to touch or pressure (such as tight garments). Diverticulitis usually causes left lower abdominal discomfort and is generally associated with an abnormal white blood count or abnormal ct scan. ...Read more

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Is diverticular disease caused by straining only for bowel movements, or would straining in the absence of stools also cause this?

Is diverticular disease caused by straining only for bowel movements, or would straining in the absence of stools also cause this?

..: diverticulosis is an outpoutching colonic wall that is a results of weakness along its walls. this can be exacerbated by any increase in intra-abdominal pressure which includes straining. this is unrelated to actual stools, yet constipation can increase diverticular disease due to straining. make sure you get plenty of fiber in the diet and drink plenty of fluids to decrease likelihood. ...Read more

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How do I get relief from diverticular disease?

How do I get relief from diverticular disease?

If you have: Diverticular disease without infection or diverticulitis, eating a high fiber diet and drinking 80-100 oz caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily will usually keep it under control. But the fluids is probably more important than anything else. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diverticular disease?

What kind of condition is diverticular disease?

Pockets in the colon: Diverticular disease is the presence of out pouches of usually the colonic mucosa. Many times it is asymptomatic but it may cause pain, bleeding or infection. ...Read more

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How can I get relief from diverticular disease?

How can I get relief from diverticular disease?

Healthy eating: Would want to eat healthy foods higher in fiber with fruits and vegetables. Eat less potatoes, fried foods, white rice, noodles, white bread, and meats. Add fiber supplements like. ...Read more