Diverticulitis occurs when pouches form in the wall of the colon and become inflamed or infected. It can be very painful.
Doctors aren't sure what causes diverticulitis. There is no proof that foods such as nuts, seeds, or berries cause it or make it worse. A low-fibre diet may cause the colon to work harder to push stool forward. Pouches may form because of this extra work.
It may be hard to think about healthy eating while you're in pain. But as you recover, you might think about how you can use healthy eating for overall better health. Healthy eating may help you avoid future attacks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Colleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian
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