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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

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

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


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

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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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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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?

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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How long can a diverticulitis flare last?

How long can a diverticulitis flare last?

Depends on: Severity, but usually 4-7 days. If it goes any longer, it could be something else. Consult with GI specialist for advice. ...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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I have diverticulitis. What can I do to avoid another attack?

Let me help you: A diverticulitis diet is something your doctor might recommend as part of a treatment plan for a mild case of acute diverticulitis.
High fiber food like, whole-grain breads, pastas, and cereals, beans (kidney beans and black beans, for example)
fresh fruits (apples, pears, prunes)
vegetables (squash potatoes, peas, spinach)
avoid hard-to-digest foods such as nuts, corn, popcorn, and seeds. Good luck. ...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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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 can I do for my diverticulitis to avoid needing surgery?

What can I do for my diverticulitis to avoid needing surgery?

Take care of it: First and foremost take good care of your colon. This usually entails a high fiber diet with a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid dehydration. Drink a lot of water. Keep your stools bulky and on the soft side. Your colon will be happy. Fiber supplements like metamucil might be needed. ...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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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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Can a diverticulitis flare up heal without antibiotics?

Can a diverticulitis flare up heal without antibiotics?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics are usually required but this decision must be ade between you and your treating physician. Good luck ...Read more

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Can my acid reflux flares be related to my diverticulitis flares...

Can my acid reflux flares be related to my diverticulitis flares...

GERD &Diverticulitis: Acid Reflux involves the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. Typical “diverticulitis” involves the large intestine (unless you are referring to an uncommon condition called “Zenker’s Diverticulum”). I could find no medical literature associating acid reflux with typical diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Besides avoiding beef & alcohol, what should one with diverticulitis do?

Not that.: Life life, maintain a health diet, which can include meat, in moderation. Take plenty of fiber. Stay well hydrated. ...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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How do u get diverticulitis, how do u know if u need surgery to cure it? What happens during surgery, how does it cure it?

How do u get diverticulitis, how do u know if u need surgery to cure it? What happens during surgery, how does it cure it?

Infection: Small out-pouches form on the outside of the colon, most often in the left lower abdomen. Infection of these pouches is diverticulitis. Prevent by eating high fiber foods, avoid junk foods, avoid constipation, drink plenty of liquids, take fiber supplements such as metamucil. Surgery to remove part of the colon is only for multiple episodes of recurrent infections, colon stricturing, bleeding. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is it ok to use Metamucil while on antibiotics for a diverticulitis flare up?

Depends on the: Antibiotic. Please check with your pharmacist about interaction between your prescription and metamucil. ...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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Would diverticulitis cause pain during bowel movements?

Would diverticulitis cause pain during bowel movements?

It can: It depends on the location of the pain; typical might be left lower abdomen or pelvic, associated with the sigmoid colon inflammation. If you are having fevers or all-over abdominal pain, or signs of infection you should see your doctor; consider taking a daily fiber supplement. ...Read more

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What point should I consider surgery for diverticulitis, 2 flare ups in a month. (had diverticulosis for years) last scope was nov. 13.

What point should I consider surgery for diverticulitis, 2 flare ups in a month. (had diverticulosis for years) last scope was nov. 13.

Discuss with surgeon: Surgery should be a last resort but this is something to discuss with your gastroenterologist and/or surgeon. You should weigh the benefits of having surgery vs the risks, complications of such a surgery. ...Read more

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Can I play hockey with a diverticulitis flare-up, no fever?

Can I play hockey with a diverticulitis flare-up, no fever?

Do you want to?: "Diverticulitis flare-up" could mean anything. As I don't know for sure what symptoms you ARE experiencing (other than NO fever), I'm unsure how to advise you. It may be best to TTYD or use HealthTap Prime & talk to a doctor live about your concerns. If (minor) symptoms permit, playing hockey isn't contraindicated; however, any injury to abdomen may make things worse. Is that risk acceptable to u? ...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 Clopidogrel for TIA have Diverticulitis flare ups sometimes What would be a best option of PPI as some decrease the affect Clopidogrel, H2 instead?

On Clopidogrel for TIA have Diverticulitis flare ups sometimes What would be a best option of PPI as some decrease the affect Clopidogrel, H2 instead?

Clopidogrel isn't: Best treatment for TIA; only partially inhibits platelets &? severity of blood clots after plaque ruptures or embolic clots from atria (atrial fibrillation). Best Tx=optimizing NMR lipoproteins (not cholesterol), HbA1c <5.0% & Sys. BP <120 mmHg. Plavix (clopidogrel) & ASA, if taken about 1 Hr prior to PPI agents has plenty of time to work. Subsequent PPI does not reverse or? Anticlotting response to much degree. ...Read more