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When To Add Fiber After A Diverticulitis Attack
Recovering from diverticulitis attack still have to be on low fiber diet but at the same time afraid of constipation what can I do?
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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.
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Hello, I am three weeks in healing from an uncomplicated diverticulitis attack. I am eating more fiber such as fruits with out skins or seeds, cooked vegetables and drinking about 60 ounces of water a day. My question, what is your opinion on eating raw v
I eat fiber foods every day and have a bowel movement every day yet I had 2 diverticulitis attacks with in 3 months why do I get them?
My boyfriend was diagnosed with diverticulitis 7 years ago and he has been taking multiple fiber pills daily. Should I be worried?
He is doing well: Diverticulitis is an acute infection in the out-pouching areas of the affected colon. Diverticulosis (outpouching w/o infection) is more common with age and only some people suffer diverticulitis. Keep the bowel function regular and use of fiber certainly is beneficial. He may never get it again, or it could happen next week. Keep healthy, follow up with doc regularly. Good luck. ...Read more
I have untreated diverticulitis, and urogenital problems due to 3rd/4th degree episiotomies. No insurance, can I use fiber in the meantime?
Jan feb and mar 3 bouts of diverticulitis. High fiber diet daily. Help! It's ruining my life? When is surgery required??? Please advise
Persistent: Sounds like the diverticulitis has never fully healed. You may want to consider surgical therapy now to treat this once and for all. It's important to realize however, that one of the uncommon complications of surgery is the need for a temporary ostomy. While this risk is very low, it's not zero. See a colorectal specialist for a consultation. Hope this helps! ...Read more
After my antibiotic treatment of diverticulitis and all pain is gone and im eating more fiber and healthier. Is it okay to smoke marijuna?
Seriously?: Until it is legalized, no it is illegal. ...Read more
I've had diverticulitis for 3 weeks low fiber diet and 3 rounds of antibiotics only little improvement taking lots of fluids any other suggestions?
Is diagnosis correct: I have taken care of patients with diverticulitis in their 30's but is uncommon. Was diagnosis made with CT scan? The usual protocol is to confirm diagnosis with CT if not pregnant and treat with appropriate antibiotics and low residue diet. If no improvement either change oral antibiotics or go into hospital for IV antibiotics and gut rest. Repeat scan 10-14 days if still no improvement ...Read more
I'm recovering from diverticulitis started on miralax (polyethylene glycol) & fiber. I am pooping 3-4 times a day & hurts sigmoid sometimes is this natural?
I read high fiber diet can cause constipation and potentially anal fissures + diverticulitis from passing large stools. I recently passed large stools after starting 30g per day fiber. Should I worry?
I had my send attack of diverTicultis in 13 months. I always eat high fiber. I am currently on day 2 of augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate), what can I take for constipation?
Drink water!: With your bowel condition avoid laxatives of any sort. Increase your fluid intake!! Drink loads of water and continue your diet as prescribed by your treating physician. Be patient!! Hope this helps. PS You might start ACTIVA a yogurt "Probiotic" take one serving each night before bed. This will require some time but stick to it. No chemicals! ...Read more
Fiber tablets: I recommend fiber tablets to get started. Add 2 to 6 tablets with a big glass of water in the morning. The fiber tablets are inexpensive, no prescription needed, available at most pharmacy and grocery store. As you recover, you can add to the fiber tablets with vegetables and other high fiber foods. Be well. ...Read more
May help: Diverticulitis is an active infection in small pouches on the colon & needs antibiotics for treatment & bland liquid diet during the infection. Diverticulosus is small colon pouches that are not infected & eating a high fiber diet can help prevent episodes of diverticulitis infection from occurring. ...Read more
I'm taking powdered slippery elm bark for my diverticulosis. I'm wondering if it has enough soluble fiber so that I don't need psyllium husk too?
Diverticulitis: Diverticulitis is an active infection of small pouches on the colon that needs proper antibiotics and light low fiber diet during the infection. For non-infected diverticulosis, high fiber diet is recommended with fruits, vegetables, metamucil and plenty of water to drink (avoid junk food, white bread, white rice, pasta, greasy burgers & fries, etc.). ...Read more
I've eaten a high fiber diet my whole life and now have Diverticulosis. I question the etiology of this disease. Does high fiber cause Diverticulosis?
Anecdotal study based on African tribes who had a high fiber diet and were w/o diverticular disease. There have been no scientific double blind long term studies.
Since you now have diverticular disease suggest a low residue diet. Consult a gastroenterologist for help in management ...Read more
I have been told I gace diverticulosis some dr say low fiber and some high fiber diet. What is best to control pain?
High fiber diet best: Diverticulosis of the colon is thought to be caused by a relative lack of fiber in the diet- specifically insoluble fiber, the kind that's in bran, or psyllium supplements. There is evidence that a high fiber diet decreases episodes of abdominal pain in those with diverticulosis. Remember that fiber and fluid work together, so also drink more water as you add more fiber to your diet. ...Read more
How long after treating an infection from diverticulitus should I maintain a low fiber diet? How long does it take to fully heal?
2-4 weeks: Uncomplicated diverticulitis (meaning no bowel abscess or perforation) is often treated with oral anitbiotics and a modification of diet in the early period of treatment. Treatment is generally over the period of antibiotics taken and can be from 7-14 days.Abdominal pain should be gone. A low fiber diet is encouraged during that time with intent to progress to a higher fiber diet as tolerated. ...Read more
I have moderate diverticulosis, gastritis, celiac disease, and lactose intolerance. How do increase fiber in my diet besides taking Metamucil?
Colonoscopy last week showed diverticulosis. Started using align and increased fiber. Still have cramping, now loose stools with leakage! ?
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?
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
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
Movicol: It looks like long-term use isn't usually recommended. ...Read more
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