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Is milk products bad for diverticulitis every night like sugar free, less fat ice cream in vanilla.

Is milk products bad for diverticulitis every night like sugar free, less fat ice cream in vanilla.

No: It is thought that foods that have small seeds or pieces, like peanuts or tomato seeds, can cause diverticulosis flare-ups. There is nothing wrong with ice cream, though ...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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Is milk products bad for diverticulitis every night like sugar free ice cream and less fat in vanilla.

Is milk products bad for diverticulitis every night like sugar free ice cream and less fat in vanilla.

Maybe ok: It really depends on whether or not eating these causes the pain to get worse. If not, then they're ok. Make sure you have a follow up colonoscopy 6-12 weeks after the the diverticulitis gets better. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What makes diverticulitis so bad that surgery is necessary?

What makes diverticulitis so bad that surgery is necessary?

MAY cause bowel perf: Just like a 'ruptured appendix' is bad, so is a perforated bowel from diverticulitis. If the bowel contents (stool, bacteria) gets out of the intestine and into the 'body cavity' it can cause near-fatal peritonitis, sepsis (blood infection), shock, and eventual death. It is better to remove the appendix and/or the diverticular abcess before 'it's too late! '. ...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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Is cornbread bad for diverticulitis?

Is cornbread bad for diverticulitis?

Probably ok: True acute diverticulitis is an infection requiring antibiotics for treatment. During acute diverticulitis one may be directed to eat lighter, smaller, softer, low fiber foods. As the infection resolves, eventually a high fiber diet would then be recommended to help prevent recurrences. Corn bread by itself, in moderation, should have no affect on diverticulitis. Drink plenty water too. ...Read more

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Are artificial sweeteners such as Equal, Splendid, etc. A bad choice for people with diverticulitis and if so what is an acceptable substitute?

Eat more fiber.: There is no known direct link with sugar or its substitutes causing diverticulitis flare up. However sugar and sweeteners can cause diarrhea or other GI symptoms in certain patients. In general if you have diverticulosis a high fiber diet will help. And that would include avoiding food high in sugar. If you have chronic diverticulitis, it may time to visit a surgeon. ...Read more

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I had an attach of diverticulitis yesterday. Am on hoidays overseas andvstarted take ibilex 500 together with metrogyl given by my doctor. Bad headach?

I had an attach of diverticulitis yesterday. Am on hoidays overseas andvstarted take ibilex 500 together with metrogyl given by my doctor. Bad headach?

Diverticulitis: I would think the headache is associated with your diverticulitis and stress associated with your being away from home. I would suggest that you take the medication prescribed by your doctor and take Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylinol for your headache. If that does. Not help I would see a physician ...Read more

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I was on flagy and cipro (ciprofloxacin) for diverticulitis. Finished them two days ago but still have a bad taste in my mouth. When should it go away?

Few days: Flagyl causes metallic tast. Has a half life of about ten hrs. This means after 10 hours, 1/2 of the dose is eliminated. It should take a few days after the last does to be completely eleminated. ...Read more

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Had abdominal CT scan in March now have to go again for abdom/pelvic because a sign of diverticulitis worried about extra radiation or is not to bad?

Had abdominal CT scan in March now have to go again for abdom/pelvic because a sign of diverticulitis worried about extra radiation or is not to bad?

Radiation: There are benefits and risks to almost all medical testing. CT scans absolutely use large amounts of radiation that are usually not harmful but can cause cumulative effects after years of exposure. If the benefits of such a scan outweigh the theoretical risks of radiation then have the scan performed. ...Read more

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Metronidazole (diverticulitis) for 4days 3x400mg. No alcohol, no other drugs. I have bad anxiety, insomnia, sweating, dizziness, thirst. Very worried.

Drink lots of water,: Drink lots of water, walk if you can and take your temperature daily. You are likely breaking the fever as the infection gets under control. Most cases of uncomplicated diverticulitis resolve with antibiotics, but you should see a GI doctor or a surgeon for a workup once the attack is better. A colonoscopy in 6 weeks is usually done to screen for colon tumors once you are feeling better. ...Read more

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Gas, bloating, bad stomach pains that radiate to back, bright red blood in stool sometimes normal ultrasound. What can it be? Gastitis? Diverticulitis

Gas, bloating, bad stomach pains that radiate to back, bright red blood in stool sometimes normal ultrasound. What can it be? Gastitis? Diverticulitis

Unlikely gastritis: Bright red blood is usually associated with disease of the left colon such as diverticulitis or hemorrhoids, but the latter is not typically associated with gas bloating. See your internist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you cure diverticulitis?

Maybe: Diverticulitis is an infection that occurs in/around a diverticulum (a weakness or blowout of the wall of the colon), usually treated with antibiotics. This may solve the infection, but it can happen again, as the diverticulum is still there, along with others as well, as they are usually multiple. Preventive measures may help diminish more attacks, but surgery may be necessary to 'cure'! ...Read more

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How common is diverticulitis?

Not common: Diverticulosis is present in 60% of the population above the age of 60. Diverticulitis is present in a very low percentage of patients. The treatment depends on the severity of the attack ...Read more

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How do you treat diverticulitis

Antibiotics/liquids: Diverticulitis is treated initially with intravenous antibiotics and oral clear liquids with a change to oral antibiotics when the pain is resolving and the signs of infection (fever & elevated white blood count) are improving. A colonoscopy is indicated a few weeks after resolution to be sure there is not a cancer. Cases complicated by perforation may require immediate surgical intervention ...Read more

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Can diverticulitis be dangerous?

Can diverticulitis be dangerous?

Possibly: Most cases of diverticulitis are mild and readily treated with antibiotics and diet change. However, diverticulitis is a spectrum from mild to severe. The most severe cases require emergency surgery and can result in the need for a temporary colostomy formation. Talk to your physician about when or if you should consider an elective operation for removal of part of your colon. ...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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How typical is diverticulitis in kids?

How typical is diverticulitis in kids?

Colonic: Diverticulitis is very rare as diverticulosis (the out-pouching that become inflamed in diverticulitis) is an age dependent process. It takes times for these issues to form, usually decades. So unless a child has a predisposing condition like Marfan's syndrome or cystic fibrosis, it would be exceptionally rare to see. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have diverticulitis?

See a doctor NOW: Classic presentation is fever, abdominal pain (usually left sided), and elevated white blood cell count. Some people don't have the classic presentation. Other things, like appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease can present similarly. Need to see a doc, get examined, maybe get a ct scan. Mild cases- rx antibiotics as outpt;more severe -inpt rx, and/or drainage of pus, or surgery. ...Read more

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What is Diverticulitis a risk factor for?

Risks: Increased risk with
Low fiver diet
High fat and red meat diet
Obesity
smoking

Vigorous exercise reduce the risk of diverticulitis. Seeds and nuts in diet do not increase risk ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for diverticulitis?

Not sure: Whether you mean diverticulitis (acute infection in colon) or chronic diverticulosis. Two are treated differently. If it is diverticulitis, I use Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Flagyl for 2 weeks and a low fiber diet for 6 weeks.
If diverticulosis, no medicine just a high fiber diet and lots of fluids. ...Read more

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How is diverticulitis disease typically treated?

Diverticulitis that: Is the infected condition of diverticulosis is treated with bowel rest and antibiotics. Once pain, fever and white blood cell count return to normal we start a liquid diet and gradually advance to a low residue diet which should be maintained for 4-6 weeks to allow the colon inflammation to completely resolve. If multiple episodes elective surgery may be appropriate to avoid further complications. ...Read more

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What is the frequency of diverticulitis in kids?

What is the frequency of diverticulitis in kids?

Diverticulitis in: Children is very rare especially under the age of 18., . ...Read more

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What are possible complications of diverticulitis?

Abscess / Stricture: Abscess formation in the abdomen is a possible complication. This is a collection of bacteria and stool within the belly.

Long standing diverticulitis tends to cause strictures of the colon that can lead to acute bowel obstructions. ...Read more

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What will happen if diverticulitis goes untreated?

Quite variable: If it's a mild case, possibly nothing and your body may health without any intervention. But the opposite side of the spectrum is that you can develop life-threatening complications include perforation of your colon and complicating sepsis. In those actively being treated and requiring surgery, some studies show up to a 5% chance of death! ...Read more

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Are there any noticeable symptoms of diverticulitis?

Are there any noticeable symptoms of diverticulitis?

Yes.: Pain (typically in the left lower abdomen), fever, bloating, and a change in bowel habits are common. The symptoms vary with the severity of the inflammation present but require medical evaluation to help determine if hospitalization, or even emergency surgery, is necessary. ...Read more