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Can diverticulitis cause stomachache and flatulence?

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Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha

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Posted on Thu, 11 Oct 2018 in Abdominal Pain
Question: Yes, Last night I had stomach pain with severe gas. This morning i am having pain in my left back area with the need to defecate. I have gone to the bathroom resulting in small amount of poop. Pain is not related to back strain. It feels more like the lower left sidein the back and a little in the lower left front. I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis but this does not feel like that is the issue. My temp is 97 degrees. I am feeling shaky and cold.
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 1 hour later
Brief Answer:

Fiber foods are your way out

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

The entire presentation including the abdominal pain, severe gas, diverticulitis as well as back pain seems to sum up to one single cause i.e. slowing down of the bowel movements as associated with constipation.

Our bowels have a forward propulsive movement which moves the food forward as it is digested, absorbed and finally eliminated as feces.

The key lies in regularization of the same. My suggestions would be to:

* Avoid long gaps between meals. Take small but frequent meals.
* Spicy food has to be avoided.
* It is very important to exercise regularly.
* High dietary fiber intake has to be ensured.

Plenty of green leafy vegetables are to be taken. Fiber supplements like psyllium husk can also be taken along.

This has to be taken daily at dinner irrespective of whether the problems are present.

* Please go through the following for a list of fiber rich foods:

http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/063008p28.shtml

Fiber rich food items include:

* Apples, pears, parsnip, berries, raspberries, kumquats, guavas, squash, oranges, passion fuit, avocado, blackberries, pomogranate, currants, persimmons, kiwi fruits, figs, bananas, blueberries, cherries, apricots, strawberries, tangerines, papaya, mangoes, pineapple, plums, litchi, grapes, watermelon
* Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, brussels sprout, carrots, leafy vegetables and spinach, amaranth, artichokes, green peas, collard greens, XXXXXXX sweet potato, okra, fennel, eggplant/brinjal, sweetcorn, beets, turnip, asparagus, onions
* Legumes, beans, lentils, chickpeas, celery, soybean, navy beans, cranberry beans, french beans
* Whole grains, quinoa, brown rice, millets and oats, squash and pumpkin seeds, seasame seeds, dried coconut, almonds,
* Mushrooms
* Flax seeds, chia seeds, corn XXXXXXX

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha, General & Family Physician
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