... diet of broth & liquids for a few days and thereafter bland foods but to steadily increase fiber intake. Is that the typical protocol for this and what does one do to keep it at bay? I'd never heard of this before it happened to me, is it rare? Is it "out" there?
This is a pretty standard treatment. Diverticulitis and diverticulosis are both pretty common. It is caused in many cases by a lack of fiber in the diet and constipation over time can cause little pockets to form and food and bacteria can build up in the pockets leading to infection and bleeding (which is the "itis" form) Keeping a good amount of fiber in your diet (once you are healed enough to have a full fiber intake something like Benefiber to supplement your dietary fiber intake can be beneficial) and drinking plenty of fluids will help keep it from becoming inflammed.
I posted an answer previously that didnt show and I'm not sure why so if you get a duplicate answer from me this is why. Diverticulitis and diverticulosis are very common and this treatment you were given is fairly standard. It is usually caused by inadequate fiber and chronic constipation but not always. The best way to prevent the inflammation (or "itis" form) is to add fiber and/or use a supplement like Benefiber, Metamucil or Citrucel to increase your fiber intake. It is also very important to take in plenty of fluids like juices and especially water so that the fiber can work properly. Do this once you are healed enough to take in lots of fiber. Initially increasing fiber can cause some bloating and sometimes loose stools for a while but your body will eventually get used to it. Increasing fiber intake slowly helps keep the bloating and loose stools to a minimum. On my other answer I posted a link and that could be why the answer didnt post so I wont add it to this one-perhaps it will show later. Google diverticulitis or look on Web MD for further info.
Hi Jordan... yes as Dzoo described this is standard treatment for diverticulitis. In addition to this condition possibly being caused by lack of fiber in your diet it is very much a hereditary condition.
A diverticulum (single) and diverticuli (pleural) look like swiss cheese in the colon. The holes in the cheese look like the "pockets" of the diverticuli. Certain foods (seeds, nuts, corn, popcorn kernels) get stuck in these pockets and become festered and infected. If left untreated by antibiotics the infection can erode into the intestinal (colon) wall and can rupture into the abdominal cavity and cause a serious infection called peritonitis. What the fiber does in our diet is act like a broom to sweep these food particles out of those pockets so that they are not left behind to fester and become infected.
The treatment that u were on kept the infection at bay. The broth and soft diet is giving your colon (large intestine) a rest. U were lucky. Pay attention and adhere to the diet prescribed and do the benefiber that Dzoo suggested and u should be just fine.
I hope that this helps u to understand this condition more fully.
Good luck and may God bless... pup
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