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Dr. Jan Rakinic
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Diverticulosis (Overview)

Diverticulosis is the presence of small outpouching's of the wall of the digestive tract, usually the colon. If one of them becomes infected it is known as diverticulitis. Diverticula also can sometimes end up bleeding.


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My wife has diverticulosis, would eaing strawberries cause a problem?

My wife has diverticulosis, would eaing strawberries cause a problem?

Probably not: Some doctors still recommend avoiding small seeds in those with diverticulosis. I am not her treating physician, so my opinion may not be the best for her. While a few seeds are not likely to be an issue, as reported in a recent british study, it would be best and wisest to follow your own doctor's recommendations on dietary items. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Rakinic
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Diverticulosis (Overview)

Diverticulosis is the presence of small outpouching's of the wall of the digestive tract, usually the colon. If one of them becomes infected it is known as diverticulitis. Diverticula also can sometimes end up bleeding.


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How does diverticulosis turn into diverticulitis? How do you know when latter develops?

How does diverticulosis turn into diverticulitis? How do you know when latter develops?

Infection: Diverticulosis is often with no symptoms. If one of the diverticula becomes obstructed or infected, you develop diverticulitis, with lower abdominal pain, fever, elevated WBC and ct scan confirming diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Diverticulosis (Tip)

Ask your doctor how severe your case and if you're case can be cured with surgery. ...See more

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Managing Diverticulitis (Checklist)

Eat a high fiber diet
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Drink 80-100 oz of fluids. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
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Don't eat nuts, seeds, or popcorn.
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Does diverticulosis and diverticulitis usually cause many symptoms?

Does diverticulosis and diverticulitis usually cause many symptoms?

No and yes: Diverticulosis (pockets in the wall of the colon) usually causes no symptoms. May be associated constipation/gas/cramps, but not specifically due to the pockets diverticulitis typical symptoms: pain, usually left lower abd, fever; associated with high WBC count. Urinary symptoms if inflammation affects bladder or ureters. Can recur. Not from plugging of pockets, but blow out of weak wall. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

What are common symptoms of diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis: Assuming you have diverticulosis in the first place, the symptoms of diverticulitis would include fever, chills, sweats, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pains usually either in the lower left or lower right aspect. Diverticulitis comes from a ruptured diverticulum. Diverticulosis typically causes no symptoms. ...Read more

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Diverticulosis (Tip)

Do not sit at home. Do see your doctor. Do follow-up. ...See more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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Urgent diagnosis for sister. How could she have diverticultitis if no tests to show diverticulosis?

Urgent diagnosis for sister. How could she have diverticultitis if no tests to show diverticulosis?

Good question...: All it takes for diverticulitis is one diverticulum. Colonoscopy may not see the diverticular openings if they are small. Ct scan may also not see diverticula if small. Contrast enema is probably best to see the degree of diverticulosis. However, if none are seen, perhaps alternate diagnoses shuold be considered, including irritable bowel and other causes of inflammation. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with diverticulosis- what is the difference between this and diverticulitis?

Diagnosed with diverticulosis- what is the difference between this and diverticulitis?

Infection or not.: Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticuli, while diverticulitis is an infection of same (technically a micro perforation which leads to infection). ...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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Gi test show diverticulosis and peptic ulcers. Hida showed 33%.Have diarrhea after eating and headaches. Which one could cause the diarrhea/headaches?

Not sure?: Divericulosis can sometimes cause diarrhea/constipation if they become infected(diverticulitis), but it is unlikely to cause headaches. Likewise with gallbladder dysfunction(your hida ef was 33% which is a little low and may indicate that your function is abnormal) as it can sometimes result in diarrhea after eating. ...Read more

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What are the tests for diverticulosis?

What are the tests for diverticulosis?

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy is a painless technique that visualizes the entire colon. An older test is a barium enema. This will also show diverticulosis. ...Read more

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I have diverticulosis and need to know what foods to avoid.?

I have diverticulosis and need to know what foods to avoid.?

You have posted: 2 questions, one about diverticulosis and one about diverticulitis. The diet for each is different so the differentiation is important. "itis" is low fiber diet until complete resolution usually 4-6 weeks. The "osis" is high fiber diet. Can be confusing so having the right diagnosis and terminology is critical. ...Read more

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What causes diverticulosis?

What causes diverticulosis?

Not enough fiber!: Diverticulosis is an incredibly common condition of the colon that occurs over many years. The colon moves waste through by "sensing" that it is there so bulky stool makes the colon more efficient. When our waste is not bulky due to inadequate fiber and fluid intake the colon has to work harder creating more pressure inside the colon like a balloon and the pockets (tics) pop out. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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A CT scan found that I have moderate diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon. What does this mean?

A CT scan found that I have moderate diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon. What does this mean?

Diverticulosis: Diverticulosis is essentially caused by pressure. Straining at stool causes pressure within the colon, and that pressure seeks to escape through weak points in the intestinal wall. When escaping, the pressure takes some of the intestinal lining along for the ride causing pouches (diverticuli). Low fiber diet leads to straining at stool, hence the recommendation of high fiber diet. ...Read more

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How to effectively treat ibs-c ? My colonoscopy results= two 5-10 mm benign polyps, diverticulosis and melanosis. I am a man 38 years old.

How to effectively treat ibs-c ? My colonoscopy results= two 5-10 mm benign polyps, diverticulosis and melanosis.  I am a man 38 years old.

Constipation: High-fiber diet with a lot of water every day and even prune juice may help. There are medications by prescription for chronic constipation and ibs with predominance of constipation. The polyps need to be followed depending on the pathology. Ongoing symptoms then reconsult your gastroenterologist. Read more at browardgi.Com. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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Treat symptoms
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See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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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


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches ...Read more