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Diverticulosis Diet Guidelines
On Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for colitis, also diagnoses of mild diverticulosis. Given vague dietary guidelines... How long eating BRAT diet? Then what to eat?
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
Diverticulis - what sort of diet would effectively prevent diverticulosis? (assuming that diverticuli are present in the colon)
I have severe chronic diverticulosis. Diet and laxatives not helping with constipation and pain. What are my options?
See a doctor: Diverticulosis is not surgically treated. Diverticulosis does not cause constipation. You need to see a doctor for treatment of your chronic constipation. Repeated episodes of true infection requiring antibiotics due to recurrent diverticulitis may benefit from surgery, but this surgery will not be expected to correct chronic constipation either. ...Read more
I am having my colon removed due to pan diverticulosis. What can I expect after the surgery regards to diet and normal activities? I won't have a bag.
Diverticular dz: Extensive diverticulosis is one of the indications for total colectomy there did you get repeated infections, were you symptomatic with pain, fever, bleeding in stools etc. Removing the colon will still allows you to lead a normal life though initially you will need low residue diet, that means avoiding bulk forming food so that you, initially you have some loose stools but slowly will be adjusted ...Read more
I've eaten a high fiber diet my whole life and now have Diverticulosis. I question the etiology of this disease. Does high fiber cause Diverticulosis?
Anecdotal study based on African tribes who had a high fiber diet and were w/o diverticular disease. There have been no scientific double blind long term studies.
Since you now have diverticular disease suggest a low residue diet. Consult a gastroenterologist for help in management ...Read more
Had perforated colon. 5 inches descending colon removed. Do I still need to follow a diet for diverticulosis?
Eat well...: It's never too late to start eating well. At 45 with a history of diverticulitis, i'd recommend a broad diet with adequate fibre, and try to lower your fat content. It wouldn't hurt to add a cheap bulk laxative. You don't need to avoid seeds or salads, though I do suggest you limit your intake of nuts and popcorn - not an absolute moratorium, just not a daily diet. Good luck. ...Read more
I have been told I gace diverticulosis some dr say low fiber and some high fiber diet. What is best to control pain?
High fiber diet best: Diverticulosis of the colon is thought to be caused by a relative lack of fiber in the diet- specifically insoluble fiber, the kind that's in bran, or psyllium supplements. There is evidence that a high fiber diet decreases episodes of abdominal pain in those with diverticulosis. Remember that fiber and fluid work together, so also drink more water as you add more fiber to your diet. ...Read more
I have pan diverticulosis and recently had black, tarry stools. I just had a colonoscopy. It was clear. My diet and Meds haven't changed. Any ideas?
Can colonoscopy cause Diverticulosis? 32yo hf diet no history of it. Now after scope in pain and ct shows mild Diverticulosis in the spot I have pain.
I have moderate diverticulosis, gastritis, celiac disease, and lactose intolerance. How do increase fiber in my diet besides taking Metamucil?
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
If you mean: Diverticulosis coli, no one knows for sure. But the prevailing theory is hypertonicity of muscles of the colon. This pressure squeezes down on the mucosa so hard that it pouches out at weak spots where blood vessels penetrate the wall of the colon. Diet that is low in fiber causes low volume stool, which in turn causes the muscles to squeeze harder than it should. Other organs are different. ...Read more
Need Correct DX: Diverticulosis is the common disease where small pockets form on the colon. In and of itself, they cause no symptoms unless one ruptures, which causes diverticulitis; this requires rx with antibiotics+/-bowel rest+/-emergency surgery. Diverticuli may also cause bleeding, sometimes requiring blood transfusions or even emergency surgery. I hope this helps. ...Read more
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
Not the cause: Diverticulosis in and of itself is not painful. It is a benign condition, very common in the american population, and is associated with our lower fibre, higher fat diet. Now, if the diverticuli become inflamed (diverticulitis), then pain and fever are associated. I suspect your pain upon reclining is due to something else. Discuss with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
Infected or not: Diverticulosis is a condition where the colon develops small pockets that can bulge out from the wall of the colon. It usually develops in people with constipation. Diverticulitis is a condition where these pockets become infected, requiring antibiotics or sometimes surgery. Hope that helps! ...Read more
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
Tiny pockets: Diverticulosis is a common condition that affects adults in developed countries whose diets consist mainly of refined foods low in fiber. The general recommendation is to avoid foods with seeds that may cause blockage of the pockets resulting in infection, though the evidence for this is lacking. ...Read more
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