Uncomplicated diverticulitis is treated with plenty of rest and possibly antibiotics.
Some people with more severe or complicated diverticulitis may be admitted to the hospital for intravenous antibiotics, drainage of abscesses or emergency surgery.
Once treated, most people start feeling better within a few days. If your diverticulitis keeps coming back, your doctor may think about doing surgery to remove a part of your colon.
There are ways to try to stop diverticulitis from coming back, such as:
Eat a diet that is high in fiber
- After your diverticulitis is cleared, slowly start adding more fiber to your diet.
- Try eating at least eight grams of fiber in each meal.
- Good foods to have in your meals to get more fiber include:
- Green veggies.
- Note: You do not have to avoid seeds, nuts or popcorn.
- Working out for 30 minutes three times a week could help stop future attacks.
- Your workout should get your heart pumping and make you start to sweat.
- Good workouts include:
- Aerobics classes.
- Competitive sports.
Questions to ask your doctor
- How can I tell if I am getting enough fiber in my daily diet?
- Am I healthy enough to start (or carry on with) working out after I get better?
- Should I avoid aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs e.g. ibuprofen)?
- Should I get a colonoscopy?