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I had my first ever case of diverticulitis recently and was admitted to hospital with a local perforation . Was on iv antibiotics then released after a week .
I have been doing research on the net looking at the causes of diverticulitis and it seems to say that it could be due to undigested parts of food being trapped in the pouches that cause inflammation .
It then recommends a high fibre diet to prevent this .
But in my case I have ibs and a fast intestinal transit time .
If I eat certain kinds of food like certain fruits and vegetables I often see these foods in my stools for example if I eat potatoes with the skin on I see pieces of potato skin in my stool . Also blueberries I see the skin in my stool . If I eat apples even without the skin I have small pieces of apple in my stool . There are a few other examples too .
Now here is my concern some literature says it's can be undigested food particles that get stuck in the pouches that can cause diverticulitis and the inflammation . But I have been told to eat a high fibre diet to avoid constipation as this is what caused diverticulitis so what do I do because if I eat fruit and veg it will prevent constipation but it will also mean food particles in my stool .
I spoke to my surgeon in the hospital and told him about my ibs and food particles in my stool but he said that has does not cause the diverticulitis and inflammation and said it's the constipation and hard stools that cause it .
I don't know who to believe and what to do as I don't want this condition to come back as was admitted to hospital through A + E as I had it pretty bad severe pains in left hand side and fever. CT showed diverticulitis with a local perforation so pretty serious and I was in hospital for a week on iv antibiotics.
So does anybody have any views on my concern
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