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I have diverticular disease and last night in severe pain and still some today i don't want to keep going to ER . Any suggestions?

I have diverticular disease and last night in severe pain and still some today i don't want to keep going to ER . Any suggestions?

See a doctor: Review your hospital er records with your doctor. Diverticulosis usually is not painful, but constipation can be. If there is infected diverticulitis you should be on antibiotics & see your doctor too. I do not know what your medical records or findings have been. Need a doctor to review your reports for proper direction. ...Read more

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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


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I don't seem to digest veggies (i see them in stool) I have diverticular disease, is it best just to avoid them then so as not to get stuck in pouches?

No reason: There's no data to suggest you avoid any foods, just because you have diverticulosis (which, btw, most north americans do by age 35.)eat a balanced diet with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.Stay well hydrated.A daily bulk laxative wouldn't hurt (e.g. Fibrecon etc.) good luck. ...Read more

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I have diverticular disease. Hospital say i must eat, esp fibre, during flare up to keep bowel moving. Gp says no solids just fluids if sore.

I have diverticular disease. Hospital say i must eat, esp fibre, during flare up to keep bowel moving. Gp says no solids just fluids if sore.

Listen to GP: During an acute episode of diverticulitis (pain, tenderness, fever, elevated wbc, ct-evidence of inflammation), the involved colon becomes thickened, often leading to a partial large bowel obstruction. Therefore, food is restricted until the inflammation lessens. When symptom-free, we often advise high fiber diets to prevent progression of the disease and to decrease the risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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How do I get relief from diverticular disease?

How do I get relief from diverticular disease?

If you have: Diverticular disease without infection or diverticulitis, eating a high fiber diet and drinking 80-100 oz caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily will usually keep it under control. But the fluids is probably more important than anything else. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diverticular disease?

What kind of condition is diverticular disease?

Pockets in the colon: Diverticular disease is the presence of out pouches of usually the colonic mucosa. Many times it is asymptomatic but it may cause pain, bleeding or infection. ...Read more

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How can I get relief from diverticular disease?

How can I get relief from diverticular disease?

Healthy eating: Would want to eat healthy foods higher in fiber with fruits and vegetables. Eat less potatoes, fried foods, white rice, noodles, white bread, and meats. Add fiber supplements like. ...Read more

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What symptoms make you think of diverticular disease?

Pain: Abdominal pain, usually in the left lower corner is the most common symptom. This can be accompanied by low back pain, fevers, chills sweats, nausea, and vomiting. ...Read more

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How can I manage the spasm from diverticular disease?

How can I manage the spasm from diverticular disease?

Diet Modification: The best prevention is to make sure you avoid constipation. Most people do thia with about 20-30 grams of fiber per day. Some may need supplements like metamucil for additional fiber. ...Read more

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How can I alleviate the symptoms of diverticular disease?

How can I alleviate the symptoms of diverticular disease?

Eat healthy & smart: Drink plenty of water & liquids. Eat higher fiber foods , fruits & vegetables. Avoid white rice, noodles, white bread, cakes & junk food. Avoid fast food places. Take fiber supplements like metamucil. Avoid constipation. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to die from diverticular disease?

If you: Get diverticulitis and perforate your colon without seeking medical emergency treatment, yes it is possible to die. ...Read more