Iíve had diverticulosis since 1997 and have been down with diverticulitis 2 to 3 times a year ever since.
Iím suffering with diverticulitis presently and have been since the week before Christmas (08). Iím on a third regimen of antibiotics, twice on two at a time. My doctor doesnít seem to know what I should eat or not eat. Says dairy ok, fiber good, but stay away from nuts and popcorn and anything with small seeds in it.
Iíve been living on a liquid diet for over five weeks, occasionally eating an avocado or canned peaches. Iíve cooked Quaker oat bran a few times but Iím not sure it was a good decision so Iíve given it up. I tried eating yogurt which contains bifidus regularis, drinking a probiotic with casei immunitas and an acidophylus (live culture) capsule which seems to compound the gas & pressure problem but Iím not sure about that either. The bottom line is: I donít know what is good or what is bad.
The antibiotics have to be raising hell with my liver and kidneys but every time I finish a regimen, Iím on a new one in just a few days.
Iíve lost twenty pounds in five weeks, Iím so week I can hardly stand without trembling, and Iím still in pain though the pain has abated a bit over time.
Does anyone know for certain what I can eat before I waste away completely? Itís damn sure the doctors donít know!
Hello, sorry to hear about your problems and I don't have any personal experience with diverticulitis although my mother suffers from it. What I do know is that you can avoid feeling so weak if you take oil which can be absorbed without giving you digestive problems. I would take coconut oil which is saturated and olive oil which is monounsaturated and they should both give you the calories you need and the ENERGY which you also need. Good luck.
I can't believe your docs haven't suggested surgery. General rule is surgery after 2-3 bouts of Diverticulitis. Continuous antibiotic therapy is not the answer. You do not want to have emergency surgery. Better to find a good surgeon and correct the situation.
I'm not trying to frighten you. Rather, am concerned that your doctor (BTW, is he/she a gastro specialist?) is "band-aiding" you instead of guiding you in the right direction.
Like Redneon said, Ensure or Boost would help. Steer clear of fiber for now.
You sound awfully weak.
Please seek the proper care....as this situation is a ticking time bomb and serious stuff!
I join with others who are amazed that your physician has not suggested surgery.
But to answer your question about food . . . unfortunately, nobody can answer for certain . . . not even a doctor. Everyone is individual on the matter. Even the old rules about nuts and seeds do not apply to everyone with diverticulosis/litis.
Personally, I find stressing vegetable soups helps most when my system gets really out of sorts . . . eggs and ricotta cheese for protein. Then introduce fruits when it seems right.
Some people have found the advice in Elaine Gottschall's Breaking the Vicious Cycle to be helpful. She proposes a very strict regime (that I have never followed myself), but I did find helpful information in the book. It's available through interlibrary loan.