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Please explain which foods to avoid with diverticulitis?

Please explain which foods to avoid with diverticulitis?

Generally: For acute diverticulitis, I recommend low to no fiber for 4-6 weeks following diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics. Then if surgery not indicated, you may slowly add fiber back into your diet. If you buy the right groceries and order the right food in restaurants I generally do not find fiber supplements necessary. ...Read more

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What kind of nut/seed snack foods don't aggravate diverticulitis?

What kind of nut/seed snack foods don't aggravate diverticulitis?

High fiber!: The idea that folks with diverticular disease should avoid seeds, nuts, corn, popcorn has never had any data to support it, so unless a particular food item causes discomfort, I don't advise its avoidance. That said, those with diverticular disease should be on a high fiber diet with plenty of fluid- this has been shown to decrease episodes of pain. ...Read more

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What foods are good & bad after an attack of diverticulitis? Is oatmeal ok?

What foods are good & bad after an attack of diverticulitis? Is oatmeal ok?

Soft foods: I suggest you avoid nuts, candies are hard foods and eat soft types of foods; apple sauce, chicken soup, peanut butter, etc. ...Read more

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Please suggest what food should you not eat to avoid getting diverticulitis after you have allready had it?

Please suggest what food should you not eat to avoid getting diverticulitis after you have allready had it?

High fiber diet: There is no proven way to prevent a recurrent attack of diverticulitis. The old rule of avoiding nuts and seeds has been disproven. My experience tells me that avoiding constipation and eating a high fiber diet (such as oatmeal) or taking fiber supplements every day (such as benefiber or metamucil) may prevent recurrent attacks, but there is no guarantee. ...Read more

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What are the foods I should not eat since I have had several severe bouts of diverticulitis, and what bread should I be eating?

What are the foods I should not eat since I have had several severe bouts of diverticulitis, and what bread should I be eating?

Do eat high fiber: High fiber diet, fruits & vegetables are best. Avoid junk foods, rice, pasta, white bread, but can have in smaller amounts. High fiber whole wheat bread ok. Add metamucil or similar for fiber. Drink plenty of water. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis food plan? Grains?

Diverticulitis food plan? Grains?

High fiber, fluids: In general, the most advantageous diet for those with diverticulosis or wwho have had an episode of diverticulitis is a high fiber diet with plenty of fluids. Fiber rich foods include fruits, veggies, whole grain cereals and breads. ...Read more

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What food can I eat with diverticulitis?

What food can I eat with diverticulitis?

Most anything: There has been alot of misinformation as to how diet relates to diverticulitis. Limiting certain foods such as seeds, popcorn etc used to be common but no scientific evidence exists that these foods caues bouts of diverticulitis. Eat a high fiber diet, drink plenty of fluids and avoid constipation. ...Read more

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What foods are described as bland foods? Diverticulitis

What foods are described as bland foods? Diverticulitis

Bland: Bland foods usually are not spicy or acidic or interesting. Think cheese sandwich,
cream of mushroom soup, crackers...... If is sounds too good, it's probably not on
your diet! ...Read more

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What foods should I avoid if I have diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Diverticular Disease: Diverticular disease can be less frequent or severe by avoiding foods such as corn, popcorn, nuts and seeds. These items can get lodged in the pockets in your colon (diverticula) and cause inflammation which could lead to diverticulitis. ...Read more

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What can I do if my husband has just been diagnosed diverticulitis. What everyday foods should I get?

Diet: After initial recovery -- which needs low fiver diet you can go on to high fiver diet and avoid red meat, fatty food. Avoid constipation ...Read more

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My girlfriend is currently having a diverticulitis attack and has basically fasted for 3 days. She's on anti bi's. What foods can she have right now?

My girlfriend is currently having a diverticulitis attack and has basically fasted for 3 days. She's on anti bi's. What foods can she have right now?

My treatment: For confirmed diverticulitis is 14 days of antibiotics, start with a liquid diet until pain and fever/white cell count is normal and then advance to a very low fiber diet for 6 weeks and then get reassessed. If your friend has had multiple confirmed episodes requiring antibiotics or hospitalization, she should consider surgery to resolve it and avoid the complications of perforation, abscess, or f. ...Read more

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On meds and liquid only diet for diverticulitis when should I introduce foods and metamucil?

On meds and liquid only diet for diverticulitis when should I introduce foods and metamucil?

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

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I have a diverticulitis attack and on antibiotics and water. What foods should I introduce when attack shows signs of going? Thanks.

First clear liquids: Then advance to low residue diet over several days, after pain and fever subsides. Then gradually add fiber to your diet. Make sure you don't get constipated. ...Read more

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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?

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

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On Flagyl and Levaquin (levofloxacin) for 5 days so far for diverticulitis. Is it still common to have abdominal pain? Eating low fiber, low fat foods.

If you are better..: Antibiotics usually take a couple of days to work and even when they are working well after a significant episode of infection and inflammation you may stay sore for a few days as long as compared with when you started treatment you are doing better. If not better or worse then you need to be seen again to reconsider treatment options. ...Read more

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Last nite had what I think was a diverticulitis episode pain, difficult passing gas, mucus with a bit of blood and low grade fever. Very little bland food the past two days. Today better no fever but stomach and abdomen still feels uncomfortable. Should

Last nite had what I think was a diverticulitis episode pain, difficult passing gas, mucus with a bit of blood and low grade fever. Very little bland food the past two days. Today better no fever but stomach and abdomen still feels uncomfortable. Should

Go to ER OR A DOCTOR: If you have acute diverticulitis you need a proper treatment pending the stages of your infection that will be be assessed by physical examination and CT scan if mild you stay on light diet and take oral antibiotic if moderate or severe you need IV antibiotic and IV fluid and you might have to stay fasting to prevent complicated diverticulitis that could mean surgery.so go and see a doctor please ...Read more

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What is safe to eat with diverticulitis?

What is safe to eat with diverticulitis?

Generally: For acute diverticulitis, I recommend low to no fiber for 4-6 weeks following diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics. Then if surgery not indicated, you may slowly add fiber back into your diet. If you buy the right groceries and order the right food in restaurants I generally do not find fiber supplements necessary. ...Read more

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Can children get diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Can children get diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Yes: In fact many children are born with a large diverticulum called merckle's diverticulum that can get infected and gives symptoms like appendicitis in the other side of the abdomen around age 2 years old before or after. ...Read more

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What can I do to keep my diverticulitis from flaring up?

What can I do to keep my diverticulitis from flaring up?

Diet changes: Ideally if u avoid nuts, pop corns the chances of flare ups are less. But u need to also increase roughage to ur diet n more water intake. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis: Symptoms can include fever, chills, abdominal pain, obstruction.

Best to be seen by your pcp, GI or surgical physician to help with treatment. ...Read more

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Trying to find a diet for someone who has diverticulitis?

Depends: Diverticulosis: hi fiber diet and and plenty of fluids. Include fruits, vegetables, salads and whole grains.
Diverticulitis: low fiber diet, no fruits vegetables, salads or whole grains and plenty of fluids. Until inflammatory/infection completely resolves approx 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How can one feel generally when one may be diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis: Diverticulitis of the colon is an infection that causes generally left lower abdominal pains, may have constipation or loose watery diarrhea, may have fevers, do not feel like eating. Pain can be moderate to severe, and can get progressively worse without proper medical treatment with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulitis

Your question...: I assume you mean the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulosis. Diverticulosis is the development is small pouches in the wall of the lower colon. Diverticulitis is the infection of those pouches. ...Read more

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Once you have diverticulitis, do you always have it? Is that true?

Once you have diverticulitis, do you always have it? Is that true?

Diverticulitis: Is infection or inflammation in diverticula, which are pockets of outpouching from colon wall. You will always have diverticulosis, because these pockets will probably not go away completely, even with optimal medical management. But the diverticulitis, the infection part, will usually go away with antibiotics. If not, it can lead to surgery in bad cases. ...Read more

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Is it okay to eat nuts if you've had diverticulitis attacks in the past?

Is it okay to eat nuts if you've had diverticulitis attacks in the past?

Controversial: While many gastroenterologist and other treating doctors still recommend to avoid eating seeds, nuts, popcorn, etc that may get "stuck" in diverticulae, there are multiple studies that suggest this isn't the case. Make of that what you will. A high fiber, vegetarian diet has been shown to be preventative. ...Read more

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Is diverticulitis serious I have diverticulitis and wanted to know if it is serious

Is diverticulitis serious I have diverticulitis and wanted to know if it is serious

Diverticulitis: Diverticulitis can become serious. Inflammation around the colon occurs when small bubbles on the wall of the colon rupture. If the ruptured area does not spread the process is self-limited and the infection that results can be treated with antibiotics, often on an outpatient basis with oral pills. If the ruptured area spills more contaminated material than can be contained, i.e. Spread of infection occurs, serious infection can result and require emergency surgery. Elective surgery should be considered if a patient has more than one or 2 episodes of diverticulitis to avoid the development of an emergency, since emergency colon surgery often leads to the need for a temporary colostomy (bag). Also diverticulitis needs to be confirmed as the diagnosis by studies of the colon, e.g. Colonoscopy, to be certain something else, like colon cancer, is not to blame for the symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I prevent diverticulitis?

Fiber: There are many dietary recommendations that have been widely disseminated (things to avoid, etc), but recent studies have found no basis for those recommendations. The one thing that has been shown to prevent a second episode of diverticulitis (once someone has has a first episode) is to take a tablespoon of fiber supplementation (phyllium) daily. ...Read more

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Does diverticulitis cause bleeding?

No.: Diverticuli are small, typically pea-sized pockets that are very common in western societies, likely related to our high red meat, low fiber diets. The presence of these pockets is called diverticulosis and is very, very common, and may cause bleeding. Diverticulitis is inflammation of the colon brought about by rupture of one of these pockets; it generally does not cause bleeding. ...Read more

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