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Dr. Eric Kaplan
187 doctors shared insights

Diverticular Diseases (Overview)

Diverticular disease is a condition where pouches protrude outward from weakened areas in the colon and result in abdominal pain, bleeding, or infections.


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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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Dr. Eric Kaplan
187 doctors shared insights

Diverticular Diseases (Overview)

Diverticular disease is a condition where pouches protrude outward from weakened areas in the colon and result in abdominal pain, bleeding, or infections.


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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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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
Once
Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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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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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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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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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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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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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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Dr. Jan Rakinic
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Diverticulosis (Definition)

Diverticulosis is a medication condition in which a person has outpouchings in the wall of his large intestine. Sometimes food particles can get trapped in the pocket, and if it becomes infected or inflamed, the condition ...Read more