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After an attack of diverticulitis, can I eat seeds again?

Diverticulitis is when a diverticulum becomes inflamed or infected.

Diverticulosis is when small pouches form in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. They typically occur in the large intestine (large bowel or colon). Diverticulosis is very common. The incidence increases with age. Most patients with diverticulosis do not know they have the condition. It is often identified by accident on x-rays and colonoscopy. The exact cause is unclear. It is associated with constipation and low fibre diet.

It is unclear what precipitates an episode of diverticulitis. Symptoms can include change in bowel habit, fever, feeling unwell and bleeding. While most episodes are mild, some episodes can be life threatening. Please consult your doctor or local emergency department if you think you are having an attack of diverticulitis.

The treatment of diverticulitis usually involves a short period of bowel rest and antibiotics. In severe cases, an operation may be required.

After recovering from an episode of diverticulitis, your doctor or specialist may recommend a colonoscopy. This is to make sure there was nothing unusual that caused the diverticulitis. You can return to a normal diet. If you are a seed lover, you can return to eating them (Pubmed). Increasing your fibre intake may help prevent future attacks.

For more information, please visit the official GESA website.

Note: This post is for educational and entertainment purposes. For specific advice regarding your health and treatment, please speak to your doctor or specialist.

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