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Diverticulitis Diets Miralax
I'm recovering from diverticulitis started on miralax (polyethylene glycol) & fiber. I am pooping 3-4 times a day & hurts sigmoid sometimes is this natural?
Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
On alinia for diverticulitis. Was constipated. Dr put on miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily for 2 wks. It is causing loose stools. Should I take half dose of mirilax?
Which is best? Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax stool softener. Constipated. May have diverticulitis. Will have CT friday. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 days then ducolax last nite
Different mechanisms: They have different mechanisms of action. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an osmotic laxative (draws water out). Dulcolax is a stimulating laxative and for best effect take tablet with full glass water on empty stomach. Severe ab pain or fever then urgently see a doctor. You may benefit from an online consultation to best determine symptomatic care for constipation and advise next steps. ...Read more
Early vs. Late: Acute diverticulitis is associated with swelling of the colon that may create a temporary partial blockage of the colon. Therefore, we often advocate no food or just liquids during the initial phase of treatment. When food is resumed, it is common to recommend a low-residue diet early on. After the inflammation resolves, we often recommend high-fiber diets, which may reduce the risk of recurrence. ...Read more
YES,: IT WILL NOT HURT, IT WILL NOT HURT ANYBODY ACTUALLY. ...Read more
Diverticulitus: Diverticulitis means an active infection of small pouches of the colon that needs treatment with antibiotics. With an active infection, foods should be small and very light, liquids & a few sift foods until the infection has resolved. Then later your doctor would start you on high fiber foods after infection has fully resolved. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on how bad the attack is. Sometimes diverticulitis attacks are bad enough that they require hospital admission with IV antibiotics. Sometimes they can be treated with antibiotics by mouth as an outpatient. If the attack is bad you might be kept nothing by mouth for a few days. Or it is possible that you could be kept on clear liquids for a few days while the attack resolves. ...Read more
Not really, but...: Acute diverticulitis is associated with swelling of the colon that may create a temporary partial blockage of the colon. Therefore, we often advocate no food or just liquids during the initial phase of treatment. When food is resumed, it is common to recommend a low-residue diet early on. After the inflammation resolves, we often recommend high-fiber diets, which may reduce the risk of recurrence. ...Read more
Hi, I've been recently diagnosed with diverticulitis. I've added fibre to my diet and was wondering what the chances were of it flaring up again?
30%: Rates range, but 30% chance you'll have another attack (if on the left side - i.e. sigmoid colon). ...Read more
Depends: You are young to get diverticulitis. Have you had a diagnosis with colonoscopy or other test? Diverticulitis is an infection that needs treatment with antibiotics & can be a serious infection. Diverticulosis is having small pouches on the colon and is treated with high fiber diet, fruits & vegetables, add metamucil. ...Read more
Yes: If you temporarily are on a low fiber diet, the easiest way to follow that diet is no fruits, no vegetables, no whole grains! Meat, fish, chicken and dairy are fine. You may have white rice and white bread. Only exceptions to fruit/veggies is mashed potatoes and non chunky apple sauce. Not a healthy diet in the long run but necessary in the short (4-6weeks) to allow the colon to heal and recover. ...Read more
You can you tolerate: Diverticulitis mystifies, same disease acts differently, some never know they had it, in some the first attack takes them to emergency surgery, in most it lingers in their whole life, the reason for varieties of opinion. Once the acute attack subsides try it as you can not stay on liquids for ever, speak to your doctor, persistent recurrent disease require surgery. ...Read more
Is there a way to reverse diverticulitis? Diet? Lifestyle? What causes it? How to prevent worsening? How to prevent future Colitis?
2 yrs ago I was diagnosed with diverticulitis I am only 19, have been on a high fibre diet doc says I'm fine but the pain will not go away.
Is pork OK for diverticulitis attack, after solids have began. Is there a way to get a detailed diet list. Not just the generic short list.
Pork okay: The truth is that there is not a specific diet for diverticulitis. You can find some online but there is no evidence that anything in particular helps. If you know that certain food trigger attacks for you then you should avoid them, but other than that there is no good evidence for dietary restrictions. ...Read more
I have history of diverticulitis and wanted to know if its ok to take grapefruit seed extract daily as part of my diet to avoid another attack?
Assuming that: You had sigmoid diverticulitis, a high fiber diet is generally recommended. However, it is at best marginally effective especially in the short term. Grapefruit seed extract seems harmless enough to me, but you should consult with your doctor or gi specialist, just to make sure. ...Read more
Will differ: Gallstones cause symptoms when they block the function of the gallbladder after eating fatty foods. Thus avoiding fatty foods like fried and high fat foods may be helpful. For diverticulitis, the blockage of diverticular sac openings is the root cause for inflammation. Avoiding constipation by eating more fiber and drinking more water, and to exercise more frequently. ...Read more
Yes: If you have diverticulitis, with pain and fever stay on a low fiber diet for 4-6 weeks to allow healing. If you merely have diverticulosis, then a high fiber diet is recommended and include 80-100 ounces of non cafeinated, non alcoholic fluid per day and this can include coconut milk. ...Read more
I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Instead of dairy milk, is rice or almond milk ok?
Will be different:
Gallstones cause symptoms when they block the function of the gallbladder after eating fatty foods. Thus avoiding fatty foods like fried and high fat foods may be helpful.
For diverticulitis, the blockage of diverticular sac openings is the root cause for inflammation. Avoiding constipation by eating more fiber and drinking more water, and to exercise more frequently. ...Read more
Trying to find a diet for someone who has had most of colon removed and has diverticulitis. Any ideas?
How do you know?: To help with that question, how much of the colon was removed, which portions are left, and how are they "put together"? How do you know they have diverticulitis? The best answer to this is to make an appontment with your doctor, otherwise the standard avoidance of nuts, seeds, and popcorn is appropriate but more specific data should be gotten from your personal physician. ...Read more
I was just released from hospital for diverticulitis, liquid diet for two weeks. Is applesauce ok?
I think not: ASk your MD for clarification of the do's and don'ts ...Read more
What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?
No: A low fiber diet is used to treat acute diverticulitis and is low in fiber foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables. It is only used for a finite period of time to allow healing of the inflammation. I high fiber diet is recommended for diverticulosi and may have protective features regarding colon cancer prevention. ...Read more
I'm on a low fibre diet for a few weeks after a diverticulitis attack still have running poo is this ok. I still on antibiotics?
It is ok.
You colon is still reacting and recovering from inflammation. This is a common finding.
Things, however, to be careful for. It should not be worsening. No fevers/chills. If the runny stool is pure water, that is concerning. If it is so much that it can dehydrate you, that is concerning.
Overall, if it is not slowly improving, see your doctor. If worse at any point, see your doctor. ...Read more
Jan feb and mar 3 bouts of diverticulitis. High fiber diet daily. Help! It's ruining my life? When is surgery required??? Please advise
Persistent: Sounds like the diverticulitis has never fully healed. You may want to consider surgical therapy now to treat this once and for all. It's important to realize however, that one of the uncommon complications of surgery is the need for a temporary ostomy. While this risk is very low, it's not zero. See a colorectal specialist for a consultation. Hope this helps! ...Read more
How do you manage diet for IBS and diverticulitis. Allowable foods seem mutually exclusive. I get a lot of pain about once a month. Age 67?
Idea Link below: Actually this is not too rare. It will be a balancing act - but you can do it if you're patient and motivated. I'd start at the clean out of a nearly liquid, bland, soft diet until the diverticulitis clears some. Then move in the direction of easy to digest more solid fiber foods still low in fat, spice, salt. A bit of poultry and light fish, but mostly selected veggies. It will be trial and error ...Read more
Friday started diverticulitis. Been on liquid diet 3 days and taking keflex 500 mg, 4 day since sat. Have had 2 small bm today. Can I eat pudding now?
Is it possible for diverticulitis to come back in a month after a 2 week antibiotic treatment even if trying to stick to a diet?
Yes: 35 year old gentleman s/p 2 week treatment for diverticular disease now with unknown symptoms recurring. You should contact your treating physician immediately and if you have severe symptoms go to the ER. Diverticulosis is an anatomical problem that can lead to diverticulitis, the infection/abscess associated with the infection can be resistant or recur. Prior CT scan results helpful. Good luck. ...Read more
I had my gall bladder removed and then had diverticulitis. I have had diarrhea since the removal was told to change diet. What should I be eating?
I had my 1st diverticulitis attack 4 weeks ago. On low fibre/soft diet. Could I try ham, pork or beef? Would 1 week rum & coke or 1 wine be bad?
Try it: They should be just fine - and rum and coke and wine are not a bad thing. Cheers. ...Read more
Is prune juice (maybe 1/2 cup) okay for a recovery diet for diverticulitis to avoid constipation, instead of taking OTC stuff?
Prune juice: Prune juice may work just as well. If you don't find relief then you can go roth over the counter. Make sure you drink plenty of water and walk around ...Read more
Recovering from diverticulitis attack still have to be on low fiber diet but at the same time afraid of constipation what can I do?
Hello and Welcome to HealthTap,
I would suggest continuing the high fiber diet, increasing water intake to 6-8 glasses of water (if no contraindication). Use Metamucil on daily basis & walk or exercise if possible. Try avoiding foods with seeds to avoid inflammation of the diverticuli, once your acute phase is over you would benefit from colonoscopy at least 6 weeks after the episode.
Thank you ...Read more