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Pan Diverticular Disease
Yes: Eat a well balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids. Hydration is so important. Stay away from sodas. It is okay to have salads but cooked vegetables are better as you get more moisture. Red meat can be constipating, so keep that in mind. I am a believer in eating in moderation and not skipping meals. Cereal, oatmeal, yogurt and fruit for breakfast is a great start, not donuts. ...Read more
Prevent acute flare: Diverticular disease is caused by constipation. Problems arise when infection or other complications such as blockage or perforation set in. Tp prevent, maintain a high-fibre diet, and drink plenty of water.. Acute infectious attacks, usually sharp pain in lower left abdomen, require treatment with antibiotics. More than 2 attacks, you should consider surgery to remove that part of the colon. ...Read more
Depends: Often diverticulitis is diagnosed by primary care or er physicians. Proper management should be handled by a colon and rectal surgeon, general surgeon, or gastroenterologist. Be sure to get to someone with experience. Diverticulitis and diverticulosis are completely different and should be handled differently. Improper management can lead to emergency surgery and a colostomy, . ...Read more
Both: There is a familial component, however the standard western diet is the most likely culprit - low in fibre, high in fat. If you have a family history, be extra vigilant about eating lots of high fiber products, drinking lots of water, and using supplements such as prune juice to help regulate bowel habits if needed. Avoid constipation, since this is the direct cause. ...Read more
Diet high in fiber: You need to eat 25to35 grms of fiber daily if you suffer fro diverticular disease, only exception is during acute diverticulitis when you have to be on low residue diet consistiong of water, fruit juices. Broth and ice pops to regular diet to low fiber to finally high fiber diet, 25to35 grms per day. ...Read more
It's Possible: Crohn's disease may affect any part of the intestinal tract (mouth-to-anus) whereas diverticulitis usually affects the sigmoid colon. However, both cause inflammation that may be difficult to differentiate by ct scan alone. Colonoscopy and pathology evaluation should aid in the differentiation, as well as one's personal history. ...Read more
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
Avoid irritant foods: That is one of the most frequent questions! For years, people were advised to stay away from seeds, fiber, "roughage". For the most part, there is no ideal diet and this year a group authorities have decided that "seeds" no longer need to be withheld.--but first, be sure there are no food intolerances and a trial of a bulk forming laxative may help. ...Read more
FODMAP diet: For diverticular disease, the conventional wisdom is to consume a high fiber diet, but there is very little good scientific evidence behind this recommendation. Likewise, people used to be instructed to avoid seeds and nuts. This has since been debunked. For IBS, the best evidence is for a low FODMAP diet. ...Read more
My question refers to what's commonly known as sulphur burps. However I have already had 2 major surgeries and diagnosed with diverticular disease.
Sulphur Burps: Are as a result of excess air in the stomach and the smell is caused by sulphur reducing bacteria breaking down sulphur containing proteins in the food you have just eaten resulting in the production of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) which smells like rotten eggs. Nothing directly related to diverticular disease. ...Read more
Would having a few scattered diverticuli of left colon be categorized as having diverticular disease?
Technically: It's not really a disease but rather a description of the state of your colon. ...Read more
Passing mucous and blood 4/5 times a day for last 12 weeks. Colonoscopy on friday says diverticular disease. Is this normal.?
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
Can an anxiety disorder cause diverticular disease due to the increased contractions and resulting pressure increase?
My stool has been very sour smelling. I have food intolerances and diverticular disease, but otherwise digestion has been normal, cause?
Change in bowels: Odor, amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. If stool pattern has changed, is unusual for you, & the change persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor pls. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with diverticular disease, extensive diverticulosis. Is there any conservative treatment for this? Would like to avoid surgery.
Could intense allergy to wheat or something be mistaken as diverticular disease? Have other allergies, like grass.
Is visible mucous in stool typical with diverticular disease? No fever or pain. Amount varies daily.
No: Divericular disease of the bowel is most common on the left side of the bowel, ie sigmoid. It represents benign outpouchings which when inflammed is termed diverticulitis. There is localized pain and potential for performation which may require surgery. Presence of mucus unrelated to diverticular disease. ...Read more
If increased straining causes diverticular disease then why don't websites list it as a complication of constipation along with hemorrhoids?
Routinely incomplete: Primary driver diverticuli is constipation, delaying emptying (not straining) & largely subconscious. Straining just another symptom, after the fact & occasional. Many factors involved in constipation including lack of activity, low fiber (soluble fiber binds water slowing colon re-absorption), etc. Docs don't know everything, medical advice usually oversimplified/incomplete, usual human behavior! ...Read more
Prescribed mybulin for tooth infection pain. Is it safe? I. Have uncomplicated diverticular disease
Safe if taken....: As directed and for limited period of time. Should not effect diverticular disease ...Read more