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Diverticulosis In Children
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
Please help! feeling painful diverticulosis more on than off, what can could you help me to do at home?
Suspected Diverticilitis that has now resolved. Is there a non-invasive non-contrast way to look for diverticulosis?
Can microperforations look like Diverticulosis on a scan? Had scan befor scope no Diverticulosis. Pain since scope and scans show Diverticulosis now.
Diverticulosis...: ...when small and few may not be readily detected on abdominal "scan" but may have been something your colonoscopist commented upon at the time of examination. If so, they were pre-existing. Happy to address your concern and causes of post-procedure pain if you can elaborate on your before- and after-scope symptoms. ...Read more