Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Diverticulitis Pain

Only very mild pain from diverticulitis can be treated at home.

General measures may include:

  • Avoid aspirin, spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, and smoking.
  • Avoid enemas and laxatives.
  • Try a heating pad or hot water bottle on the abdomen, or a warm bath.
  • For nausea, take small but constant sips of water.
  • Drink clear liquids only and avoid dairy products for 24 hours. Then slowly introduce other liquids and soups prior to returning to solid foods.
  • Lie down and rest.
  • Try an antacid medication such as Maalox or Mylanta.
  • Take any prescribed medications as directed.
  • Acetaminophen for pain

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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