Patient Comments: Diverticulitis (Diverticulosis) - Causes

What are the causes of your diverticulitis?

Comment from: Ivana, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I have had diverticulosis for the past 8 years. I have flare up about every 8 months. I did not have seeds or nuts, etc., for 8 months. Also tomato sauce soup, etc., gave me flare ups. I eat lot of raw vegetables, follow a good diet and still have flare ups. Most mornings after bowel movement I have pain but that goes away. It is not a flare up. I don't know what causes my flare ups. They just happen even if I follow good diet.

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Comment from: Thisisn'tfun, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I am currently experiencing my second bout of diverticulitis. My first bout was in 2006, and I was hospitalized for two days, kept off food and had IV antibiotics. I have been an ovo-vegetarian for two years, so I am very surprised that this came back, since eggs are really the only thing I eat that doesn't have fiber. I think that stress was a major factor in the first time I had diverticulitis, but I am at a loss for this time, as I am not in a stressful state at this time. I am about 30 pounds overweight, so that can't be helping the situation. I plan on seeing my gastroenterologist, and once healed, will increase my fiber to ensure that I am eating at least 1 piece of fruit and 1/2 cup of beans daily. I do believe in a high fiber diet. Colon cancer runs in my family, and although I've heard that diverticulitis is not related, I don't really believe that. It's all about the colon.

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Comment from: Miami Sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

In 2008 I had a colonoscopy and was congratulated because no polyps were found. I did have diverticulosis and had no understanding of what that meant. I was active with a healthy diet and when I got increasing abdominal pain in 2011 I called my doctor. He asked if my appendix had been removed. I said no and he sent me to the hospital. There I was diagnosed with diverticulitis, given antibiotics and sent home with prescriptions for Cipro and Flagyl (10 days). After taking same I felt much better. My attack occurred after eating a box of crackers with poppy seeds. Now there is a debate, some doctors say it doesn't matter what you eat, others say avoid nuts and seeds but eat high fiber. The catch is that high fiber foods are difficult to digest, so if you are having a flare up you should not eat high fiber foods and fruit. Allow your bowels to rest and heal first. Probiotics are not a cure but they support colon/abdominal health, especially if you take antibiotics. I had additional flare ups in 2013, 2014 and 2015. I decided to have the surgery as I had lost a lot of weight (I was small to begin with) and was in a lot of pain and did not want to perforate. It is just 3 weeks since my surgery and I am feeling so much better. Eating fish and poultry, I can now tolerate salad and green vegetables. My advice is, each person is different, so if you aren't having flare ups maintain a healthy (high fiber, low grease) diet with exercise but if you are having repeated infections contact an experienced highly skilled surgeon and schedule your operation.

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Comment from: miggins, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I'm experiencing a second diverticulitis attack; first due to reaction to naproxen prescribed after hip surgery 3 years ago, now same problem with Ibuprofen, taken daily post-surgery for broken wrist. Last time I ended up hospitalized five days, no food or water for four, on IV antibiotics, morphine, etc. It was horrible, but I didn't need surgery. This time, I'm trying clear liquids, first three days, then low fiber, but it came back, so now on second day clear liquids. How long!

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Comment from: david, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 13

Today after a few days of severe abdominal pain I went to the emergency room. I had my basic metabolic panel then CBC and differential, then CT abdominal pelvis with contrast, differential, ECG 12 lead, ECG physical documentation, insert peripheral IV, urinalysis, urinalysis, chemical analysis and urine microscopic. Result is diverticulosis. I went with symptoms of severe abdominal pain passing of blood and constant diarrhea. What shocked me most is that I have a high fiber diet and always have soft stools and am very regular. Having read everything about this disease I ponder on how I have it, I don't go to doctors and know my body very well, this was a good call for me I just can't think what to do to change my diet as I eat lots of fruit and vegetables with small amounts of meat if any. Let's hope the antibiotics work and this is the end of this chapter. I'm just grateful this is all it was and surgery was not needed. And I must stop thinking I'm 20 years younger than I am.

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