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I have diverticula and have been experiencing lower abdominal

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I have diverticula and have been experiencing lower abdominal pain that comes and goes and occasional nausea. I was tested for h pylori and occult stool test, both negative. Could these symptoms be related to the diverticula or could it be an ulcer or gerd?

mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hi there,

I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

I am here to help you with your concerns.

mysticdoc :

Lower abdominal pain can be related to the diverticulitis.

mysticdoc :

Diverticulitis related pain is usually felt on the left lower side.

mysticdoc :

Do you have any change in bowel habits?

Customer: I have been increasing my fiber intake and eating prunes.
mysticdoc :

do you have constipation problem?

Customer: No.
mysticdoc :


mysticdoc :

increasing fiber rapidly can cause gas and bloating.

mysticdoc :

This can also cause abdominal pain.

mysticdoc :

Initially soluble fiber diet is better.

mysticdoc :

This means cooking vegetables well, avoiding raw vegetables.

Customer: Could it cause nausea too!
mysticdoc :

Yes it can --rapid change in diet can cause nausea.

Customer: Are the prunes okay to continue?
mysticdoc :

prune juice is ok to take

mysticdoc :

you can reduce the amount for now.

Customer: Okay I will try to ease into the fiber intake. Thanks
mysticdoc :

Try to avoid nuts and seeds also as they are difficult to digest.

Customer: Thanks
mysticdoc :

Take a probiotic daily.

mysticdoc :

Phillip's colon health is one such good brand

Customer: How about Metamucil?
mysticdoc :

Metamucil is also ok to use.

Customer: Thanks so much, I will try.
mysticdoc :

very welcome

mysticdoc :

It was my pleasure to help you today.
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