Living with diverticulitis

Posted by marshelly1 @marshelly1, Dec 17, 2020

How do I keep this from coming back? My Dr. Has no solutions, and I wish I could be more aware when it will flare up.

Hello @marshelly1 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I am sorry to hear that you are bothered by diverticulitis. This is a painful disorder to have to deal with. I am somewhat surprised that your doctor has not given you much help in preventing these flare-ups.

Keeping constipation at-bay is very important to prevent more flare-ups. The diet during a flare-up should be rather low in fiber, often a liquid and/or soft diet, along with prescription anti-biotics. Bed rest will also help you at this time. However, once you are over the flare-up then it is a good idea to keep fiber in your diet in order to prevent constipation. It is a good idea to find a chart of foods high in fiber and start to very slowly adding fiber to your diet. Keep well hydrated include a lot of liquids (non-caffeinated). Often there will be certain foods that you may find will trigger a flare-up. You might consider keeping a journal of foods and see if there are any that are triggers. Often the use of fiber supplements (like Metamucil) and stool softeners (like Miralax) can also be added to your high fiber diet.

Here is some information from Mayo Clinic's website about diverticulitis, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diverticulitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20371758. I would encourage you to read the article. It talks about fiber, exercise, liquids, etc.

You don't mention how many diverticulitis events you have had? I'm wondering how they have been treated.

I would like to hear from you again. Will you post with a little more information?

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@marshelly1 I'd like to extend my welcome, along with @hopeful33250.

I found a previous discussion related to diverticulitis. I have linked the discussion below.
– Diverticulitis https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/diverticulitis-1/

You may wish to scroll through the previous comments to find previous suggestions.

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Diverticulitis SUCKS! Ended up having 5 surgeries in 13 months due to it. Early on, when I would have flare ups, just had to do clear liquids. A heating pad on the abdomen can help with the pain

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Same. Has the surgeries helped?

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@marshelly1

Same. Has the surgeries helped?

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Yes! Ended up with Deloyers Procedure. I think that they removed about 2 1/2 feet of large intestine. Still sticking to mostly low residue diet.

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@hopeful33250

Hello @marshelly1 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I am sorry to hear that you are bothered by diverticulitis. This is a painful disorder to have to deal with. I am somewhat surprised that your doctor has not given you much help in preventing these flare-ups.

Keeping constipation at-bay is very important to prevent more flare-ups. The diet during a flare-up should be rather low in fiber, often a liquid and/or soft diet, along with prescription anti-biotics. Bed rest will also help you at this time. However, once you are over the flare-up then it is a good idea to keep fiber in your diet in order to prevent constipation. It is a good idea to find a chart of foods high in fiber and start to very slowly adding fiber to your diet. Keep well hydrated include a lot of liquids (non-caffeinated). Often there will be certain foods that you may find will trigger a flare-up. You might consider keeping a journal of foods and see if there are any that are triggers. Often the use of fiber supplements (like Metamucil) and stool softeners (like Miralax) can also be added to your high fiber diet.

Here is some information from Mayo Clinic's website about diverticulitis, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diverticulitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20371758. I would encourage you to read the article. It talks about fiber, exercise, liquids, etc.

You don't mention how many diverticulitis events you have had? I'm wondering how they have been treated.

I would like to hear from you again. Will you post with a little more information?

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I think 3 in the last 2 years. Treated with pain meds along with anti biotics the first time. Same the second time but asked for and got a second 10 day of antibiotics. I just still did not feel well. Currently I'm on the 9th day of my 3rd flare up. Asked this time also for more meds and Dr. has not gotten back to me. Since first outbreak, strictly sure of 30 grams of fiber a day. I Quit Smoking. I currently am scheduled for a hip replacement. I just would like to be normal before the 24th… My hip deal is on the 31st. I wonder if my problem may have anything to do with scar tissue from an emergency appendectomy in my 20's the scar is very big. I don't know. Yes I've had a colonoscopy this year.. All good.

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After my second surgery to take down the temporary colostomy, the adhesions caused a blockage in my small intestine. The opened me back up on day 10 in the hospital but couldn’t get to the blockage. Went home after 17 days on PICC line and TPN for nutrition. This was 8/18.
By end of Nov, back in ER with diverticulitis. Went home on antibiotics. Back in and admitted 12/13. They let me go home 12/20 for Christmas, clear liquids only. Deloyers procedure 1/7/19. 5th surgery 3/1/19 to work on area around colostomy incision because it was buckling up. It was a Loooooong year and a half!

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