divuticulitis and crohns

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   Posted 8/1/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
 I just spent 3 days in the hospital with a divurticulitis attack-my first.  So  now i have that on top of my crohns.  Any adivce on foods to stay away from?  I'll take any advice!!!

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   Posted 8/1/2008 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   

The Mayo Clinic has a great outline about diet and diverticulitis at the different stages of healing. I hope you find it helpfyl:


I have many diverticuli in the sigmoid colon and a rather large one on the right side at my cecum. I have had three episodes of diverticulitis. One more infection in the cecal diverticuli and the GI said I will have to have it taken out. I make very sure that I get enough fiber in my diet now. I use a supplement, Fibersure, when I cannot get it through food stuffs alone.

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   Posted 8/2/2008 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
You have got your work cut out! You have to avoid constipation and diarrhea both. Some of the diverticulitis sites recommend a high fiber diet, but you have to balance that with the need to avoid most grains, especially those containing gluten which are the most common Crohn's triggers. You might try a diet high in vegetables and avoid obviously constipating foods like cheese and eggs and fried food. You could also take a bulk forming fiber supplement. The only really safe one for Crohn's is called Prodiem (at your drug store). You also need to make sure you take a probiotic containing lactobacillus species bacteria (any good ones are refrigerated and if you can get an enteric coated one, so much the better). You were undoubtedly treated with antibiotics, so you need the probiotics urgently for both the Crohn's and the diverticulitis. You also have to avoid any trigger foods that you know about. Do you know or suspect something that you ate triggered your attack? Avoid it. There is a lot of conflicting information about seeds and nuts - the previous wisdom being that you should avoid them and the current wisdom is that it does not matter unless you react to them. I personally found seeds to be irritating (nuts are OK for me), but I don't have diverticulitis. One more thing - drink 8 - 10 glasses of water a day. This is not just to keep your kidney flushed. Water promotes the release of motilin which is the agent responsible for peristalsis. If you have regular water, you will promote regularity without the need for straining. You can also try belly breathing. On inhaling, expand your belly and release it on exhale. This helps massage the colon and maintain peristalsis. It also helps prevent gastric reflux.

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   Posted 8/2/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
  Thanks you guys-you give great advice!!!!

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   Posted 8/3/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
lilgeniexol -

You are not alone. Stay AWAY from seeds. If you cannot see what is in the food, don't eat it. I found that out the hard way when eating out at a restaurant. Diverticulitis is a different kind of pain altogether because of the infection brought on by lodged seeds in the wonderful diverticulum cavities. My entire diet has changed. I now keep a strainer in my kitchen for various sauces with tomatoes in them. No more crushed red pepper or green beans or anything that has a seed. When eating out, I now ask the wait staff if there are any tomatoes or items containing seeds.... yes, at first I felt like I may be putting them out and really didn't want to say why. Now? Heck, I don't care, I just tell them, I cannot have seeds when ordering.

Good luck to you. Watch all fruits and veggies!!

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   Posted 8/5/2008 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
My grandmother has it, she restricts all skins (on fruits or veggies), only person I have ever known to peel pickles. She cuts out the seeds and the skins and is left with a little mushy green twig. Also no nuts, no lettuce, and alot of fruit is out of the question for her. Good luck, I feel for you!
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