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Can a diverticulitis attack come on suddenly?
When you have diverticulitis, the inflamed pouches most often cause pain in the lower left side of your abdomen. The pain is usually severe and comes on suddenly, though it can also be mild and get worse over several days.
How do you know if you are having a diverticulitis attack?
The most common signs and symptoms of a diverticulitis attack include:
- Sharp, cramping pain over the lower abdomen, usually on the left side.
- Constipation or diarrhea.
- Tenderness over the affected area of your abdomen.
What should you do if you feel a diverticulitis coming on?
To reduce abdominal pain caused by mild diverticulitis:
- Apply a heating pad to your abdomen to relieve mild cramps and pain.
- Try relaxation techniques (such as slow, deep breathing in a quiet room or meditation) to help reduce mild pain.
- Use a nonprescription pain medicine such as acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol).
What causes diverticulosis attack?
A low-fiber diet leads to constipation, which increases pressure within the digestive tract with straining during bowel movements. The combination of pressure and straining over many years likely leads to diverticulosis.
Can you drink Diet Coke with diverticulitis?
This can include water, tea, coffee, and fruit juice. Avoid carbonated drinks, which can cause bloating or gas and worsen symptoms of diverticulitis.
When should I go to the hospital for a diverticulitis flare up?
When to Contact a Medical Professional Blood in your stools. Fever above 100.4°F (38°C) that does not go away. Nausea, vomiting, or chills. Sudden belly or back pain that gets worse or is very severe.
What food irritates diverticulitis?
Foods to avoid with diverticulitis
- certain fruits, such as apples, pears, and plums.
- dairy foods, such as milk, yogurt, and ice cream.
- fermented foods, such as sauerkraut or kimchi.
- Brussels sprouts.
- onions and garlic.