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Sometimes: It depends on if this is your first episode of diverticulitis and successfully treated with antibiotics, then no surgery indicated. If you had complicated diverticulitis with significant abscess or rupture, then surgery is more likely indicated. If you have had repeated episodes of diverticulitis requiring medical treatment, more than 2 to 3 episodes, then surgery may be indicated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diverticulitis is inflamation and/or infection of diverticuli, almost exclusively of the colon. The most common place is in the sigmoid colon, low on the left side. Symptoms are pain and tenderness of the left lower abdomen. They can be mild to severe. Sometimes worse with ...Read more
See your doctor.: First and foremost, if you suspect that you are having an episode of diverticulitis, you need to see your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for outpatient treatment. If so, oral antibiotics and a liquid diet are advisable until the pain +/- fever resolves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really, but...: Acute diverticulitis is associated with swelling of the colon that may create a temporary partial blockage of the colon. Therefore, we often advocate no food or just liquids during the initial phase of treatment. When food is resumed, it is common to recommend a low-residue diet early on. After the inflammation resolves, we often recommend high-fiber diets, which may reduce the risk of recurrence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Controversial: While many gastroenterologist and other treating doctors still recommend to avoid eating seeds, nuts, popcorn, etc that may get "stuck" in diverticulae, there are multiple studies that suggest this isn't the case. Make of that what you will. A high fiber, vegetarian diet has been shown to be preventative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on how bad the attack is. Sometimes diverticulitis attacks are bad enough that they require hospital admission with IV antibiotics. Sometimes they can be treated with antibiotics by mouth as an outpatient. If the attack is bad you might be kept nothing by mouth for a few days. Or it is possible that you could be kept on clear liquids for a few days while the attack resolves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am recovering from a diverticulitis attack and also training for a half-marathon. How soon after pain has subsided can I safely run again?
Use your judgement: There is truly no set time. Use your judgement; if you are having abdominal pain while you run you are probably being too agressive. Start slowly, stay well hydrated, make sure you are staying regular. If you run into trouble see your doctor early, don't postpone. There is always another race. ...Read more
I generally: Treat acute diverticulitis with 2 weeks of antibiotics and to stay on a no to low fiber diet for 6 weeks from diagnosis. I do not recommend starting psyllium before the 6 weeks have elapsed and you are symptom free as you risk a more severe recurrence during those 6 weeks with possible complication of perforation, abscess or fistula development, all of which are emergencies. ...Read more
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