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What To Eat During A Diverticulitis Flare Up
I think I have a Diverticulitis flare-up going on, I have been diagnosed before about 6 years ago during game a colonoscopy exam?
Abdominal pain: Do not self diagnose;see a physician;antibiotics may be in order ...Read more
Generally: For acute diverticulitis, i recommend low to no fiber for 4-6 weeks following diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics. Then if surgery not indicated, you may slowly add fiber back into your diet. If you buy the right groceries and order the right food in restaurants i generally do not find fiber supplements necessary. ...Read more
Most anything: There has been alot of misinformation as to how diet relates to diverticulitis. Limiting certain foods such as seeds , popcorn etc used to be common but no scientific evidence exists that these foods caues bouts of diverticulitis. Eat a high fiber diet, drink plenty of fluids and avoid constipation. ...Read more
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
I generally: Treat diverticulitis with 14 days of antibiotics, a liquid diet until pain and fever and white blood cell count normalize, then a low fiber diet for a full 6 weeks to let colon heal. If you are having repeated episodes of diverticulitis you should consider elective surgery to remove this portion of your colon and avoid future severe attacks or complications. ...Read more
No: Once you develop acute diverticulitis you should stop eating blueberries and other foods which contain significant amounts of fiber. With these symptoms you need a a clear liquid diet which does not leave residue for your colon to digest. Please consult further with a gastroenterologist. I wish you well with your health! ...Read more
Probably: Diverticulitis occurs when a small pocket on the wall of the colon ruptures. We used to believe that any foods that can block the small opening of the diverticulum could precipitate diverticulitis, leading to the recommendation to avoid seeded fruits and vegetable and nuts. Nevertheless, no study has substantiated this claim. Therefore, it is probably fine to eat these foods. ...Read more
Depends : There are two schools of thought. And u guessed it, some say u can and others u can't! personally i feel that the biggest thing is formed soft bm. If ur stool is not hard, small pellets and u don't have to strain, eating seeds in moderation should b fine. Key is fiber fiber fiber and lots of water. ...Read more
Yes: It is a common misconception that you should avoid seeds or nuts with diverticulitis. There is excellent scientific evidence that seeds or nuts do not cause diverticulitis. In fact, these are forms of fiber that are beneficial in preventing diverticulosis and diverticulitis. I tell all my patients with a history of diverticulitis to eat nuts and seeds and not worry. ...Read more
Yes it can recur :
Surgery usually involves a resection of the part of the colon infected so that a recurrence can occur in another part of the colon.
As far as diet is concerned the diverticular diet was devised in the 1920s and excluded all seeds, etc.(things that dont get digested) however in more recent years these things do not seem to be a cause of diverticulitis. In the 1920s a physician found a seed in the. ...Read more
Please suggest what food should you not eat to avoid getting diverticulitis after you have allready had it?
High fiber diet: There is no proven way to prevent a recurrent attack of diverticulitis. The old rule of avoiding nuts and seeds has been disproven. My experience tells me that avoiding constipation and eating a high fiber diet (such as oatmeal) or taking fiber supplements every day (such as benefiber or metamucil) may prevent recurrent attacks, but there is no guarantee. ...Read more
Is it true that pts who have a history of diverticulitis should not eat small seeds (e.G. Caraway, sesame, etc)?
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What are the foods I should not eat since I have had several severe bouts of diverticulitis, and what bread should I be eating?
Creamy oK: If one has diverticulosis crunchy peanut butter would have small pieces of peanuts in it that could occlude the diverticulum and lead to the inflammatory condition called diverticulitis. The same reason to limit or eliminate popcorn due to some of the seeds working through the colonic track with the potential to occlude as well. With diverticulitis one should be on a low residue diet for a period of time. ...Read more
Is it ok to eat the casings on that smoked sausage. If u have diverticulitis . And is it safe to eat sauerkraut.
Oats would be fine.: So would nuts and seeds, by the by. ...Read more
Antibiotics: Antibiotics are usually required but this decision must be ade between you and your treating physician. Good luck ...Read more
GERD &Diverticulitis: Acid Reflux involves the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. Typical “diverticulitis” involves the large intestine (unless you are referring to an uncommon condition called “Zenker’s Diverticulum”). I could find no medical literature associating acid reflux with typical diverticulitis. ...Read more
How do u get diverticulitis, how do u know if u need surgery to cure it? What happens during surgery, how does it cure it?
Infection: Small out-pouches form on the outside of the colon, most often in the left lower abdomen. Infection of these pouches is diverticulitis. Prevent by eating high fiber foods, avoid junk foods, avoid constipation, drink plenty of liquids, take fiber supplements such as metamucil. Surgery to remove part of the colon is only for multiple episodes of recurrent infections, colon stricturing, bleeding. ...Read more
I have had surgery for diverticulitis and cannot have nuts. Can i eat pistachios because I have heard it's a seed, not a nut?
Pistachio is a nut: No, pistachio is a nut and not a seed. ...Read more
It can: It depends on the location of the pain; typical might be left lower abdomen or pelvic, associated with the sigmoid colon inflammation. If you are having fevers or all-over abdominal pain, or signs of infection you should see your doctor; consider taking a daily fiber supplement. ...Read more
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