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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

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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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 fewer 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?

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 25to35 grms of fiber daily if you suffer for 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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Can chrons disease be confused with diverticular disease ?

Can chrons disease be confused with diverticular disease
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It's Possible: Crohn's disease may affect any part of the intestinal tract (mouth-to-anus) whereas diverticulitis usually affects the sigmoid colon. However, both cause inflammation that may be difficult to differentiate by ct scan alone. Colonoscopy and pathology evaluation should aid in the differentiation, as well as one's personal history. ...Read more

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I have diverticular disease and last night in severe pain and still some today I don't want to keep going to ER. Any suggestions?

I have diverticular disease and last night in severe pain and still some today I don't want to keep going to ER. Any suggestions?

See a doctor: Review your hospital er records with your doctor. Diverticulosis usually is not painful, but constipation can be. If there is infected diverticulitis you should be on antibiotics & see your doctor too. I do not know what your medical records or findings have been. Need a doctor to review your reports for proper direction. ...Read more

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What is the best diet for diverticular disease and ibs?

What is the best diet for diverticular disease and ibs?

Avoid irritant foods: That is one of the most frequent questions! For years, people were advised to stay away from seeds, fiber, "roughage". For the most part, there is no ideal diet and this year a group authority have decided that "seeds" no longer need to be withheld.--but first, be sure there are no food intolerances and a trial of a bulk forming laxative may help. ...Read more

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Can you give me advice for the best diet for diverticular disease and ibs?

Can you give me advice for the best diet for diverticular disease and ibs?

FODMAP diet: For diverticular disease, the conventional wisdom is to consume a high fiber diet, but there is very little good scientific evidence behind this recommendation. Likewise, people used to be instructed to avoid seeds and nuts. This has since been debunked. For IBS, the best evidence is for a low FODMAP diet. ...Read more

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My question refers to what's commonly known as sulphur burps.However, I have already had 2 major surgeries and diagnosed with diverticular disease.

Sulphur Burps: Are as a result of excess air in the stomach and the smell is caused by sulphur reducing bacteria breaking down sulphur containing proteins in the food you have just eaten resulting in the production of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) which smells like rotten eggs. Nothing directly related to diverticular disease. ...Read more

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Passing mucous and blood 4/5 times a day for last 12 weeks. Colonoscopy on friday says diverticular disease. Is this normal.?

Passing mucous and blood 4/5 times a day for last 12 weeks. Colonoscopy on friday says diverticular disease. Is this normal.?

Diverticulitis: Diverticuli are small protrusions from the bowel wall, are common and normal. If, however, they become inflamed, it is called diverticulitis and this is obviously not normal. ...Read more

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I don't seem to digest veggies (I see them in stool) I have diverticular disease, is it the best just to avoid them then so as not to get stuck in pouches?

No reason: There's no data to suggest you avoid any foods, just because you have diverticulosis (which, btw, most north americans do by age 35.)eat a balanced diet with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Stay well hydrated. A daily bulk laxative wouldn't hurt (e.g. Fibrecon etc.) good luck. ...Read more

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If I get a partial colectomy for my diverticular disease, will I need home nursing care?

If I get a partial colectomy for my diverticular disease, will I need home nursing care?

Surgery Home Health: Plan ahead with your surgeon and the hospitalist (if possible) to arrange for home health for yourself for wound care, ostomy teaching, and for therapy. You must be home bound in order to receive this level of care. ...Read more

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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

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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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I have been diagnosed with diverticular disease, extensive diverticulosis. Is there any conservative treatment for this? Would like to avoid surgery.

Eat: A high fiber diet and drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily, and avoid constipation. Call your doctor immediately if you should get left lower abdominal pain with a fever and get on a clear liquid diet until he can see you or send you to the er. ...Read more

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Could intense allergy to wheat or something be mistaken as diverticular disease? Have other allergies, like grass.

Could intense allergy to wheat or something be mistaken as diverticular disease? Have other allergies, like grass.

Intense allergy: Yes. Intense allergy to foods e.g. Wheat can cause significant inflammation in the bowel and simulate other bowel disease e.g. Diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Is visible mucous in stool typical with diverticular disease? No fever or pain. Amount varies daily.

Is visible mucous in stool typical with diverticular disease? No fever or pain. Amount varies daily.

No: Divericular disease of the bowel is most common on the left side of the bowel, ie sigmoid. It represents benign outpouchings which when inflammed is termed diverticulitis. There is localized pain and potential for performation which may require surgery. Presence of mucus unrelated to diverticular disease. ...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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I have erosive gastritis and diverticular disease. I love white and green tea. I stopped eating meat and eat fish instead. Am I right?

Too late: Diverticulitis is a western disease caused by diet rich in protein and carbohydrates. If you have diverticulosis (the precursor of diverticulitis) dietary maneuvers will not make the lesions go away. But a high residue diet is recommended. ...Read more