Patient Comments: Diverticulitis - Treatment

What treatments were effective for your diverticulitis?

Comment from: caregiver, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 21

My husband went on dialysis two years ago because of chronic kidney disease. We did not fully understand how important it was to take some of the medicines he was given. Phosphorus binders! By not taking them as he should, he developed a condition called calciphylaxis which resulted in a leg amputation. Please look this up and see what can happen if you do not take your binders. He is doing well now, but for one year he suffered.

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Comment from: Rigby, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

The best treatment for my diverticulitis has been Zithromax and Flagyl.

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Comment from: joseph, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 29

I broke my left ankle playing soccer on Wednesday and am hoping I can get back and play soccer within 6 to 8 weeks. I had surgery.

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Comment from: Milly29, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I am 29 years old and was diagnosed with diverticulitis when I was 25. I have had many attacks and been in the hospital on antibiotics several times. The last time I was in the hospital was March 26, 2015 the day I had surgery for a colon resection. My doctors advised that I remain on a high fiber diet at 35 grams of fiber a day. I was also informed that I could now eat whatever I wanted including nuts, corn, seeds and all the other good stuff they said were the major cause of attacks and flare ups. Now 5 months later, I am having a flare up. I am not trying to go back to the hospital and relive those same things again. I am trying a liquid diet for now, and letting go of all the nuts! Supposedly diverticulitis only occurs if you are over 40, not so much in this case.

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Comment from: Zephygal, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I have had several bouts of diverticulitis and have not had a doctor tell me to go on to a liquid diet though I did have treatment with antibiotics. I have found that buying Benefiber has proved helpful in avoiding flare ups for lengthy periods. I found that since it's tasteless I can add it to everything, soup, sauces, yogurt, etc., and increase fiber in that way since over processed foods are difficult to increase fiber content. I've spent hours in the bread and cereal aisles to try and find things with the absolute highest fiber to add to my diet. People that ate at my house had a high fiber diet and didn't even know it.

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Comment from: GregNJ, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

I completed 2 antibiotics course (amoxicillin and metronidazole) a week ago for diverticulitis. I still had pain. My doctor prescribed a new course of 2 antibiotics: cefpodoxime and again metronidazole. I wonder is it safe to take 2 courses of metronidazole for such a short time. I couldn't find any information about it.

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Comment from: Nazy, 55-64 (Patient) Published: March 31

I have been experiencing a diverticulitis flare up. I started antibiotics and began feeling better. I have been on medications for 7 days. I wonder if it is normal to be pain free for a few days and then mild pain return while on medications; also if mild pain will still occur after finishing medications until totally healed.

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