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I am 65 years old and struggling to get over my third attack of diverticulitis this year. I managed the previous two attacks with diet, but this one is being very stubborn. I have not needed antibiotics, and have discussed with my doctor what conditions might prompt us to use them. I have had two colonoscopies, one within the last 5 years.
From the research I have done, it does seem that constipation is a big factor for most people with diverticulosis/itis. I have never had constipation in my life. Rather, I have always been prone to frequent, urgent, loose stools. Because of that, for the past 20 years, I have been taking Immodium every morning after my first bowel movement. If I don't take it, I end up hurrying to the bathroom several times a day with what I would describe as "oozing" (not liquid diarrhea, just very, very loose and impossible to control).
The dietary recommendations for diverticulosis seem geared to people with constipation -- high fiber diet, etc. Years ago, a doctor I was seeing suggested that I try a fiber supplement to help with the frequent, loose stools. The result was that I still had urgent, frequent stools -- with cramps! Yay! My output was nicely formed and "normal." However, overall I felt worse off than before I started the fiber supplement.
I would like to exchange thoughts with someone in a similar situation to mine -- that is, diagnosed with diverticulosis, having attacks of diverticulitis, but also no history of constipation. Have you found a diet that works with all of that?
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