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Causes Of Diverticular Disease
Can an anxiety disorder cause diverticular disease due to the increased contractions and resulting pressure increase?
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
How does straining for a bowel movement cause diverticular disease when this action squeezes the colon from the outside (diverticula push out not in)?
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
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
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?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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