Diverticulitis

Diverticula (small pouches found in the colon) are common, especially after age 40, and can become inflamed and cause problems. When they become inflamed it is called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can cause severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea and a marked change in bowel habits.

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What are the foods I can eat with diverticulitis that won't hurt my stomach?

I recently spent 7 days in the hospital recovering from an especially severe case of diverticulitis. There are three stages to the problem, when not showing any symptoms you have diverticulosis (this is the structure in whih diverticilitis can form.), when showing symptoms (abdomonal pain fever cramps. ect.) this is diverticulitis, and recover this is after the diverticulitis has subsided.

When you are sure you have diverticulosis the main idea is prevention of the inflamation (diverticulitis). I have seen all kinds of foods on peoples "forbidden" list, mostly online and unreliable (I see the irony). During my recovery I was consulted by my surgeon and his dietician. I got three definite answers from them for what not to eat- popcorn, nuts and seeds. The logic behind this is anything small and hard that can get lodged into the protruding pouch structure can irritate and inflame. The dietician told me that seeds on strawberries zucchini tomatoes were fine as they were far more digestible than other seeds, but sesame seeds like on hamburger buns were a no no. I have eaten many hamburgers without the top bun lately.

You should have a high fiber diet that lessens the chance of any possible food you have eaten that might irritate the pouches of lodging into the pouch because of increased speed of material through he colon. Always consult a physician. I have read online of people listing forbidden foods varied as tomato juice (they gave it to me in the hospital) to cheese, broccoli and spicy foods. I was told that spicy foods would worsen an already irritated situation but when recovered in moderation was not a problem.

During an attack (the actual diverticulitis) first see a physician if early enough treatment can range from a liquid diet and rest to antibiotics an maybe painkillers if needed. My attack was severe and I was put on an extreme I.V. antibiotic treatment and only ate ice chips for 5 days. The less your colon works in this stage the faster and more complete your healing will be.

During recovery you should start with liquids plus jello (no solids in the jello) or pudding for a couple of days. When starting solid foods think bland. You should eat soft stuff like mashed potatoes, pureed soups, cream of wheat, mashed fruits, scrambled eggs, things that are partially broken down (mashed) so you wont make the colon work as hard. Slowly introduce harder stuff poached chicken, hamburger steak, baked fish. Just be thoughtful of the seasoning even a lot of salt and pepper can irritate the once infected area. During recovery is when you are most at risk to have another flare up and I have been told inflammations during recovery onset faster and are more painful.

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Will Maalox or a liquid Antacid help relieve abdominal pain for someone who has diverticulitis I am currently taking Ciprofloxacin and I still have a lot of pain Thanks for your help?

The related links might provide some useful information for you.

Please, ask the part you might not understand.

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Can you eat red meat if you are on a diverticulitis diet?

Broth, consomme bouillon made from meat can be eaten during a diverticultis diet, however doctors reccomened you dont eat solid pieces of meat or meat at all.

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What is a diverticulitis diet?

A diverticulitis diet is a diet consisting of only clear liquids. Such items included in this diet are broth, clear soda, fruit juices without pulp, plain gelatin, water, and tea.

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Do low fiber diets lead to diverticulitis?

Low-fiber diets may lead to diverticulitis. This condition is frequently found in people over the age of 60 in the U.S., but is rare in non-industrialized countries where high-fiber diets are the norm.

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What are the Symptoms of diverticulitis?

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What are foods to eat and not to eat with diverticulitis?

I don’t know

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What causes diverticulitis?

That is unclear. Diverticulosis is an intestinal disorder that manifests in some people with diverticula. Diverticula are little pockets or pouches that can form in the intestines. The singular form of diverticula is diverticulum. Most people with diverticula are not aware of them unless there is a flareup. If the diverticula become inflamed it is called diverticulitis, whether or not the inflammation is accompanied with infection. It can also be called a "flareup". Diverticulitis can be very painful and may require hospital care.

What causes diverticulitis is just becoming more clear in medicine, but the definitive cause is still eluding scientists. It had been long held that if these pockets failed to empty completely along with the rest of the bowel during evacuation, and, as a result, they filled with and held in wastes over time, then that could eventually cause diverticulitis. It was also previously believed that if a particle of food, such as a seed or nut, would get stuck in the pocket or obstruct the opening of the diverticula, trapping in wastes, it would also cause diverticulitis. However, studies have now determined that no appreciable increase in the risk for diverticulitis seems to result from eating foods such as popcorn, seeds and nuts.

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research has published the following about the cause of diverticulitis:

"Diverticula usually develop when naturally weak places in your colon give way under pressure. This causes marble-sized pouches to protrude through the colon wall.

Exactly how diverticula become inflamed or infected isn't clear. One theory is that the increased pressure in the colon can weaken the wall of the diverticula, leading to infection. Another is that the narrow openings of diverticula may trap fecal matter, which can lead to infection. Or an obstruction in the narrow opening of a diverticulum may reduce blood supply to the area, which leads to inflammation.

In the past, doctors thought that nuts, seeds, popcorn and corn played a role in causing diverticulitis by getting trapped in the diverticula. However, research has shown that these foods aren't associated with an increased risk of diverticulitis."

The link below in the related links section will take you to the full article about diverticulosis and diverticulitis from Mayo Clinic.

Bowel rest, changes in diet, and sometimes antibiotics and/or anti-inflammatory steroids are needed to treat this condition when there is a flare up.

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Can diverticulitis cause high white count and fever fever?

Yes. Elevation in the white blood cell count is common in diverticuliti, as as is fever.

It sounds like you have an internal infection in the bowels. Go see your doctor and get the proper treatment.

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Can diverticulitis cause death?

The various complications of diverticulitis need to be treated aggressively, because the death rate from problems such as perforation and peritonitis is quite high.

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Does diverticulitis cause pain?

An individual with diverticulitis will experience pain (especially in the lower left side of the abdomen) and fever

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The best brand of AMP or Aloe mucilaginous polysaccharides to buy also a trusted website. Im thinking about putting my mother on it to help with diverticulitis so any input would be greatly appreciat?

Probiotics and plenty of water no less than twice per day is much more important!

The discussion at the link below provides a good introduction to Aloe Vera AMP and has a link to an extensive comparison of brands of aloe vera. I disagree with the above statement and think aloe vera AMP is as important and possibly more important than any treatment.

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Will tomato seeds cause diverticulitis?

Probably not. However, it is only recently being determined and accepted in the medical community that the long-held idea that seeds (and nuts, etc.) cause the inflammation and flareups in diverticulosis is probably not entirely correct. Studies are finding no conclusive evidence that directly links eating these foods to higher rates of diverticulitis. However, particles, such as seeds, may contribute to already irritated or inflamed intestinal tissue or they may be more of a problem in some people than others.

According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research:

"Diverticula usually develop when naturally weak places in your colon give way under pressure. This causes marble-sized pouches to protrude through the colon wall.

Exactly how diverticula become inflamed or infected isn't clear. One theory is that the increased pressure in the colon can weaken the wall of the diverticula, leading to infection. Another is that the narrow openings of diverticula may trap fecal matter, which can lead to infection. Or an obstruction in the narrow opening of a diverticulum may reduce blood supply to the area, which leads to inflammation.

In the past, doctors thought that nuts, seeds, popcorn and corn played a role in causing diverticulitis by getting trapped in the diverticula. However, research has shown that these foods aren't associated with an increased risk of diverticulitis."

Bottom line, if eating these seeds and similar foods seems to cause an inflammation in your case, then try to avoid them. All-in-all keeping a good fiber diet and following all other physician advice should help to prevent flareups in diverticulosis.

A link is provided in the related links section below to the full Mayo Clinic article on Diverticulosis.

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What is diverticulitis?

Inflammation of a diverticulum (which is an outpouching in the colon).

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How do you pronounce diverticulitis?

Dive ert eh cuel eye tis

Diver tick you lie tiss, to use mainly things that are common English words. The one that isn't, "tiss", rhymes with "kiss." The stressed syllable is "lie".

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What to eat and what to avoid during a diverticulitis attack?

i was recently diagnosed having diverticulitis.the drs told me to avoid foods high in oils and small particles such as corn bread,grapes,apples,chips,nuts,and sunflower seeds.there are many other foods i have yet to know these.i was told to visit my primary care dr. in a few days for a list of all foods and other helpful hints to comtrol attacks and prevent infection.i will repost these as soon as i receive them.

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Should a person smoke with diverticulitis?

No. Smoking aggravates existing health conditions as well as causing many of it's own.

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Can you die from diverticulitis?

yes

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What are foods I can eat with diverticulitis that won't hurt my stomach?

Avoid foods with small hard seeds such as strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Also avoid corn (in whole kernel form or cream style corn). Corn is mostly not digested and can cause pain if the kernesl gets lodged in the intestinal wall. Peanuts and other nuts can cause problems with some people who have diverticulitis. You should be able to eat just about anything else that you want. Eat foods high in fiber to assist in regulating your bowels and avoiding constipation which can make diverticulitus worse.

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CAN people with diverticulitis eat hominy?

No

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Is romaine lettuce bad for diverticulitis?

no

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Gastrointestinal perforation?

Definition

Gastrointestinal perforation is a hole that develops through the entire wall of the stomach, small intestine, large bowel, or gallbladder. This condition is a medical emergency.

Alternative Names

Intestinal perforation; Perforation of the intestines

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Gastrointestinal perforation can be caused by a variety of illnesses, including appendicitis, diverticulitis, ulcer disease, gallstones or gallbladder infection, and less commonly, inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

It may also be caused by abdominal surgery.

Symptoms

Perforation of the intestine leads to leakage of intestinal contents into the abdominal cavity. This causes inflammation called peritonitis.

Symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal pain - severe
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
Signs and tests

X-rays of the chest or abdomen may show air in the abdominal cavity (not in the stomach or intestines), suggesting a perforation. CT scan of the abdomen often shows the location of the perforation. The white blood cell (WBC) count is often higher than normal.

Treatment

Treatment usually involves surgery to repair the hole (perforation). Occasionally, a small part of the intestine must be removed. A temporary colostomy or ileostomy may be needed.

In rare cases, antibiotics alone can be used to treat patients whose perforations have closed. This can be confirmed by a physical exam, blood tests, CT scan, and x-rays.

Expectations (prognosis)

Surgery is usually successful, but depends on the severity of the perforation and the length of time to treatment.

Complications

Complications include:

Calling your health care provider

Call your doctor if you have severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, blood in your stool, or changes in bowel habits.

Prevention

Prevention depends on the cause. Diseases that may lead to intestinal perforation should be treated appropriately.

References

Turnage RH, Richardson KA, Li BD, McDonald JC. Abdominal wall, umbilicus, peritoneum, mesenteries, omentum, and retroperitoneum. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 18th ed. St. Louis, Mo: WB Saunders; 2008:chap 43.

Reviewed By

Review Date: 06/28/2010

Jacob L. Heller, MD, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, Clinic. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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What exactly is diet diverticulitis?

A diverticulitis diet may help you feel better while your doctor treats your diverticulitis with other therapies, such as antibiotics. A diverticulitis diet, which includes clear liquids and low-fiber foods, gives your digestive tract time to rest during your diverticulitis treatment.

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Can amoxicillin be used to treat diverticulitis?

yes

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What are the foods you can eat with diverticulitis that won?

That depends on what stage of the 'diet' you are; the first stage is fibre-free, whereas the second is high fibre. Both require very different diets. Your doctor should advise you whether you're low or high fibre.

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