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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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My stool has been very sour smelling. I have food intolerances and diverticular disease, but otherwise digestion has been normal, cause?

My stool has been very sour smelling. I have food intolerances and diverticular disease, but otherwise digestion has been normal, cause?

Change in bowels: Odor, amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. If stool pattern has changed, is unusual for you, & the change persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor pls. ...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

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What symptoms make you think of diverticular disease?

Pain: Abdominal pain, usually in the left lower corner is the most common symptom. This can be accompanied by low back pain, fevers, chills sweats, nausea, and vomiting. ...Read more

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How can I manage the spasm from diverticular disease?

How can I manage the spasm from diverticular disease?

Diet Modification: The best prevention is to make sure you avoid constipation. Most people do thia with about 20-30 grams of fiber per day. Some may need supplements like metamucil for additional fiber. ...Read more

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How can I alleviate the symptoms of diverticular disease?

How can I alleviate the symptoms of diverticular disease?

Eat healthy & smart: Drink plenty of water & liquids. Eat higher fiber foods , fruits & vegetables. Avoid white rice, noodles, white bread, cakes & junk food. Avoid fast food places. Take fiber supplements like metamucil. Avoid constipation. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to die from diverticular disease?

Can it be possible for you to die from diverticular disease?

If you: Get diverticulitis and perforate your colon without seeking medical emergency treatment, yes it is possible to die. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with diverticular disease. Is there a special diet to follow?

Recently diagnosed with diverticular disease. Is there a special diet to follow?

Yes: Eat a well balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids. Hydration is so important. Stay away from sodas. It is okay to have salads but cooked vegetables are better as you get more moisture. Red meat can be constipating, so keep that in mind. I am a believer in eating in moderation and not skipping meals. Cereal, oatmeal, yogurt and fruit for breakfast is a great start, not donuts. ...Read more

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I've developed diverticular disease. What should I be watching out for in the future?

I've developed diverticular disease. What should I be watching out for in the future?

Prevent acute flare: Diverticular disease is caused by constipation. Problems arise when infection or other complications such as blockage or perforation set in. Tp prevent , maintain a high-fibre diet, and drink plenty of water. . Acute infectious attacks, usually sharp pain in lower left abdomen, require treatment with antibiotics. More than 2 attacks, you should consider surgery to remove that part of the colon. ...Read more

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Which doctors typically treat diverticular disease?

Which doctors typically treat diverticular disease?

Depends: Often diverticulitis is diagnosed by primary care or er physicians. Proper management should be handled by a colon and rectal surgeon, general surgeon, or gastroenterologist. Be sure to get to someone with experience. Diverticulitis and diverticulosis are completely different and should be handled differently. Improper management can lead to emergency surgery and a colostomy, . ...Read more

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How do complementary doctors treat diverticular disease?

How do complementary doctors treat diverticular disease?

Variably: The condition requires only simple medical and dietary recommendations. Diverticulitis is a complication, and treatment is different depending on severity. ...Read more

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Is it genes or lifestyle or both that make it likely to get diverticular disease?

Is it genes or lifestyle or both that make it likely to get diverticular disease?

Both: There is a familial component, however the standard western diet is the most likely culprit - low in fibre, high in fat. If you have a family history, be extra vigilant about eating lots of high fiber products, drinking lots of water, and using supplements such as prune juice to help regulate bowel habits if needed. Avoid constipation, since this is the direct cause. ...Read more

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Do I really have to eat a diet high in fibre if I suffer from diverticular disease?

Do I really have to eat a diet high in fibre if I suffer from diverticular disease?

Diet high in fiber: You need to eat 205to35 grms of fiber daily if you suffer fro diverticular disease, only exception is during acute diverticulitis when you have to be on low residue diet consistiong of water, fruit juices.Broth and ice pops to regular diet to low fiber to finally high fiber diet, 25to35 grms per day. ...Read more

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