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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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Diverticulitis (Definition)

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


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Will I be able to treat a diverticulitis attack at home?

Will I be able to treat a diverticulitis attack at home?

Possibly: Very mild attacks, may simply get better with simple bowel rest and clear liquid diet.

However, any signs of fever/chills or worsening abdominal pain, you should see a physician immediately for further eval. ...Read more

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Possible attack of diverticulitis? What can I do at home?

Possible attack of diverticulitis? What can I do at home?

Diverticulitis: Go on clear fluid and low fiver diet
Take anti inflammatory for pain relief
Go and see s doctor as you will need antibiotics if it is diverticulitis ...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 should I do at home to treat an attack of diverticulitis?

What should I do at home to treat an attack of diverticulitis?

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 more

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Is it okay to eat nuts if you've had diverticulitis attacks in the past?

Is it okay to eat nuts if you've had diverticulitis attacks in the past?

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 more

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Are there specialized diets that will treat acute attacks of diverticulitis?

Are there specialized diets that will treat acute attacks of diverticulitis?

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 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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Is it ok to eat oatmeal after an attack of diverticulitis?

Not right away: Generally I recommend that for 2 weeks following a diverticulitis episode, my patients remain on a low residue diet. Which is a diet low in fiber. Oatmeal tends to have a high fiber content and I would only start that after 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Should a person have surgery after an attack of diverticulitis?

Should a person have surgery after an attack of diverticulitis?

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 more

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How soon after diverticulitis attack can you take psyllium husk powder?

How soon after diverticulitis attack can you take psyllium husk powder?

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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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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How many days would I stay on a bland diet following a diverticulitis attack?

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 more

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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?

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

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Is pork OK for diverticulitis attack, after solids have began. Is there a way to get a detailed diet list. Not just the generic short list.

Is pork OK for diverticulitis attack, after solids have began. Is there a way to get a detailed diet list. Not just the generic short list.

Pork okay: The truth is that there is not a specific diet for diverticulitis. You can find some online but there is no evidence that anything in particular helps. If you know that certain food trigger attacks for you then you should avoid them, but other than that there is no good evidence for dietary restrictions. ...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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When should you start taking Metamucil after an acute attack of diverticulitis that required hospitalization and antibiotics.?

Timing: You can start taking metamucil after all the acute inflammation has resolved. You will know when this happens because you will be pain-free while off antibiotics and pain medication. ...Read more

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Hi there I frequently suffer from Diverticulitis attacks, I have been ok for the last 4 months since I had a major attack and was in hospital for 3 days back in late November last year, a couple of days ago I went to a friends place and got carried away

Diverticulitis: You should see a surgeon who can evaluate the extent of disease with your sigmoid colon. If you have had more than two attacks, it's time to have that part of your colon removed. Repeated attacks of diverticulitis can cause an obstruction or involve other nearby structures. ...Read more

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I just had a sever diverticulitis attack and now my body temp is dropping slowly. .. my stomach felt cold last night and it was 97.5. now its 97?

I just had a sever diverticulitis attack and now my body temp is dropping slowly. .. my stomach felt cold last night and it was 97.5. now its 97?

Be followed with dr: Are you feeling comfortable? Please be followed closely with your doctor so to decide if you really have severe divertidulitis leading to local infection with fever. With insufficient info in hands, it is hard to tell what it is for sure. To get all related things done correctly for good care, follow instructions described in https://ebettercare. Com/feel-become-sick/. All the best to health.... ...Read more

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I'm on a low fibre diet for a few weeks after a diverticulitis attack still have running poo is this ok. I still on antibiotics?

I'm on a low fibre diet for a few weeks after a diverticulitis attack still have running poo is this ok. I still on antibiotics?

Yes: It is ok.

You colon is still reacting and recovering from inflammation. This is a common finding.

Things, however, to be careful for. It should not be worsening. No fevers/chills. If the runny stool is pure water, that is concerning. If it is so much that it can dehydrate you, that is concerning.

Overall, if it is not slowly improving, see your doctor. If worse at any point, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Recovering from diverticulitis attack still have to be on low fiber diet but at the same time afraid of constipation what can I do?

Recovering from diverticulitis attack still have to be on low fiber diet but at the same time afraid of constipation what can I do?

Diverticulitis: Hello and Welcome to HealthTap,
I would suggest continuing the high fiber diet, increasing water intake to 6-8 glasses of water (if no contraindication). Use Metamucil on daily basis & walk or exercise if possible. Try avoiding foods with seeds to avoid inflammation of the diverticuli, once your acute phase is over you would benefit from colonoscopy at least 6 weeks after the episode.
Thank you ...Read more

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It looks like my diverticulitis went to a chronic stage mild tenderness but no infections after few attacks is it possibl to treat it without surgery?

It looks like my diverticulitis went to a chronic stage mild tenderness but no infections after few attacks is it possibl to treat it without surgery?

Yes: One reason to have surgery for diverticulitis is recurrent infection; another is pain. This is major surgery & not w/o its risks, so don't take it lightly. If pain is mild, why not try high fiber diet? We should ideally get about 20 grams of fiber daily from veggies & fruit; start slowly and ramp up to that amount because high fiber foods also can cause gas. You should also have a colonoscopy ...Read more

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I think I am having an attack of diverticulitis. Should I go to the emergency room? I am having sharp pains in my stomach that get worse when I lie down. I have had diverticulitis twice before (6 and 8 years ago) I also have a fever off 99.2.

Yes,: Yes, whenever you have abdominal pain with a fever you must be seen as an emergency, particularly as you have a past medical history of diverticulitis. You should also establish a close relationship with a primary care physician so that in the future you can be evaluated early in the course of your illness and started on appropriate medication for possible diverticulitis. As you have pain and fever and your past medical history you must be seen as an emergency. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy diag diverticulosis biopsy fine. Still having abdo pain&tenderness could it be from previous diverticulitis attack that hasn't settled?

Colonoscopy diag diverticulosis biopsy fine. Still having abdo pain&tenderness could it be from previous diverticulitis attack that hasn't settled?

Depends: Pain from acute diverticulitis attack can last several weeks. Adhesions (scar tissue) from previous attacks can also cause pain in some patients. Minority of patients can have tenderness even without acute diverticulitis. If pain is new/different, need to call ur pcp. If fever/chills as well, this could be an emergency. ...Read more

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What is diverticulitis?

Inflammation: It is related to acute inflammation of a diverticulum (a sac-like protrusion of the colonic wall), generally considered to be due to be related to microperforation of a diverticulum. It can present with a wide range of symptoms but most commonly abdominal pain. Other common symptoms are nausea (sometimes with vomiting), constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, and bloating. ...Read more

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Diet for diverticulitis?

Diet for diverticulitis?

Early vs. Late: 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 more

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Is diverticulitis serious?

Is diverticulitis serious?

Possibly: Diverticulitis is inflammation of the large bowel (also known as the colon). The inflammation results from simple infection to catastrophic perforation with leakage of contents into the abdomen. Most patients experience very minimal symptoms and are easily treated with antibiotics. However, some patients present with life-threatening symptoms, requiring hospitalization and emergency surgery. ...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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What is diverticulitis vs osis?

What is diverticulitis vs osis?

Bad/Not-So-Bad: Diverticulosis is the condition where little pockets form on the colon at natural weak points. This is very common in the western world, presumably secondary to our diet, and increases with age. Diverticulitis is the condition where one of these pockets ruptures, leading to the release of intestinal contents into the abdominal cavity, causing (sometimes severe) inflammation and pain. ...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 you die from diverticulitis?

Can you die from diverticulitis?

It is rare: Diverticulitis has various potential complications which ranges from minor infection which responds well to oral antibiotics, to severe infection and peritonitis caused by spillage of stool from colon into the abdominal cavity. In severe cases it usually needs surgery and in these cases patient may end up having a colostomy. These days it is so rare to die from diverticulitis. ...Read more

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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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