Diverticulitis

Posted by alison0 @alison0, Nov 30, 2022

I developed a bad pain in my stomach. After several tests and a Ct scan my Dr diagnosed diverticulitis. He was very vague about what I should be eating. Rest and lots of liquid and antibiotics.
So I retired to bed with water and herbal tea and google. The reputable health sites are confusing. After I feel a bit better soms suggest a low fibre diet and some suggest working up to a high fibre diet. I have problems with high fibre anyway but I am interested in what works and what the latest thoughts are. Please

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I was hospitalized on a low fiber diet for 11 days with diverticulitis attack. I worked up to a regular diet with no restrictions but I was scheduled for an elective Colectomy 8 weeks later and needed 1/3 of my colon removed and reattached to get rid of the damage.

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Mary6756–Hi AlisonO, I was diagnosed 35 years ago with IBS and Gerd. In reading about all the gut issues IBS includes, I suspect that I have diverticulosis…My Mother had issues her whole life, and now that I am older, many of her symptoms fit me. I am gluten free (for the most part) and lactose-free as well as acid-free(for the Gerd) These diet changes improved my gut health immensely. In my case, stress causes issues as well. I have had only one bad bout with diverticulitis a little over a year ago, and do not want to go through that again. I started back to eating with cream of rice cereal, bananas, eggs and well cooked vegetables. I don't eat anything pre-packaged, trying to limit preservatives and other unwanted additives. I added things to my diet, like baked or broiled chicken, potato and salad-no tomato, adding 1 thing per week if tolerated. Gradually working up to a balanced diet with the addition of fruit. I have found that any sugars are not in my best interest. I am looking into starting a probiotic for gut health as well. A nutritionist might be of help! You might try a low fod-map diet to see what works for you. There are lots of articles you can read online in regard to this subject. I wish you well, on your road to recovery!!!

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@mary6756

Mary6756–Hi AlisonO, I was diagnosed 35 years ago with IBS and Gerd. In reading about all the gut issues IBS includes, I suspect that I have diverticulosis…My Mother had issues her whole life, and now that I am older, many of her symptoms fit me. I am gluten free (for the most part) and lactose-free as well as acid-free(for the Gerd) These diet changes improved my gut health immensely. In my case, stress causes issues as well. I have had only one bad bout with diverticulitis a little over a year ago, and do not want to go through that again. I started back to eating with cream of rice cereal, bananas, eggs and well cooked vegetables. I don't eat anything pre-packaged, trying to limit preservatives and other unwanted additives. I added things to my diet, like baked or broiled chicken, potato and salad-no tomato, adding 1 thing per week if tolerated. Gradually working up to a balanced diet with the addition of fruit. I have found that any sugars are not in my best interest. I am looking into starting a probiotic for gut health as well. A nutritionist might be of help! You might try a low fod-map diet to see what works for you. There are lots of articles you can read online in regard to this subject. I wish you well, on your road to recovery!!!

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Thanks. I am on Fodmaps. I am shifting on the 12 th and that’s a problem
Yesterday I started on an antibiotic which immediately made me sick. Dr took me off and now I am just taking Fortisip. I am in a lot of pain and both the chemist and the dr don’t work weekends.i live on my own ….
I’ve got all the things you’ve got but I’ve never had diverticulitis before. My daughter who lives 5 hours away thinks I should be up and walking. What do you think. I’ve had this for five days.

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@alison0

Thanks. I am on Fodmaps. I am shifting on the 12 th and that’s a problem
Yesterday I started on an antibiotic which immediately made me sick. Dr took me off and now I am just taking Fortisip. I am in a lot of pain and both the chemist and the dr don’t work weekends.i live on my own ….
I’ve got all the things you’ve got but I’ve never had diverticulitis before. My daughter who lives 5 hours away thinks I should be up and walking. What do you think. I’ve had this for five days.

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Go to ER

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@bosco17

Very difficult. The wait is about ten hours. Worse in the weekends

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@lsdd13

I was hospitalized on a low fiber diet for 11 days with diverticulitis attack. I worked up to a regular diet with no restrictions but I was scheduled for an elective Colectomy 8 weeks later and needed 1/3 of my colon removed and reattached to get rid of the damage.

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HOW DID YOU DO WITH THE SURGERY MY 64 YEAR OLD NEPHEW IS HAVING THE SURGERY DEC 8 SAID THEY WOULD TAKE OUT ONE FOOT HOPING IT GOES WELL AND THAT YOU ARE DOING WELL HOW LONG WAS THE RECOVERY MY BEST TO YOU FOR GOOD HEALTH FROM NOW ON

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@ryanadamemily

HOW DID YOU DO WITH THE SURGERY MY 64 YEAR OLD NEPHEW IS HAVING THE SURGERY DEC 8 SAID THEY WOULD TAKE OUT ONE FOOT HOPING IT GOES WELL AND THAT YOU ARE DOING WELL HOW LONG WAS THE RECOVERY MY BEST TO YOU FOR GOOD HEALTH FROM NOW ON

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I was slow to recover my colon/ bowel functions. I also developed a distended belly afterwards
I will be honest with you. I was never the same after.
I don’t mean to scare you, but it’s best to be prepared as to the seriousness of the surgery.
Best of luck to you
Linda

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@alison0

Thanks. I am on Fodmaps. I am shifting on the 12 th and that’s a problem
Yesterday I started on an antibiotic which immediately made me sick. Dr took me off and now I am just taking Fortisip. I am in a lot of pain and both the chemist and the dr don’t work weekends.i live on my own ….
I’ve got all the things you’ve got but I’ve never had diverticulitis before. My daughter who lives 5 hours away thinks I should be up and walking. What do you think. I’ve had this for five days.

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I would not fool around with what you are describing. You were put on an antibiotic for a reason and it sounds like you are not taking a substitute antibiotic. You need to be seen right away for an MD to check on you. Go to an ER or acute care clinic.

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Sweet Person, I have had it and it is very difficult to treat because of where it is located. That is why you were prescribed a powerful antibiotic. This will NOT go away by change of diet. Your stomach will swell if it isn't already and be painful to the softest touch. You said the antibiotic didn't agree with you, but you didn't say how. Please go to the ER no matter how long you have to wait. If the pain is critical do NOT drive yourself call for a rescue squad to take you. I KNOW THE PAIN YOU ARE IN but it will only get worse.

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