I have been having mild pain, off and on, since Friday. I have diverticula disease, diagnosed by colonoscopy. I am in my mid 60's, fit and healthy.
On Friday, I went on clear liquid diet, with plenty of water and by Sat. evening I felt better and because I was so weak, I resumed eating with a light diet, progressing to my full fiber diet on Sunday. I have continued normal but light diet amount since. I have had a few painful times but not anything to slow down my activity.
Now, this evening it is a little more intense, but bearable. It started after I had a BM. I was pain free all day until then and thought I had it over.
My question is this, how do you stay on a clear liquid diet for 4 or 5 days until you get over the painful time? Can you have full liquid diet? Does heat help? How can you tell if you are getting more than causal inflammation and need to seek medical assistance?
Thank you in advance for any help.
"Casual inflammation" isn't really an option you should consider when it comes to diverticulitis. As I'm sure you know, the bowel isn't the greatest place in the body to have an infection. I feel you know you are having a flare-up and flare-ups require antibiodics so they won't get out of control and perforate the bowel. In other words, when you're having a flare-up, seek medical attention. Possibly your doc can give you a couple of refills to have on hand when you feel a flare-up coming on. That's pretty standard in the medical field from what we had learned when husband had diverticulitis flare-ups. It's common to wake up on the weekends when no docs are around to find yourself in the middle of a flare-up, therefore, extra antibiodics on hand are essential. You need to stop the flare-up before it gets too bad.
I agree with Cathy-- Inflammation is very close to infection!!
The best self treatment that I know of is to make sure that you get enough fiber in your diet (25 to 35 grams daily) and take a water soluble type fiber supplement like psyllium daily.
Psyllium is a bowel bulking agent as well as a regulator!! It sorta acts like a cleaner by making your colon get larger--- clear liquids don't get it--
When I started using Metamucil about 23 years ago, my diverticular flareup were reduced substantially.