What are the symptoms of diverticulosis?

Many people that have been deemed as having diverticulosis don’t have symptoms – or it takes them many years before their symptoms ever show, but this is certainly not the case for some people like my mom. She has the painful version – sometimes referred to as painful diverticular disease.
Many times this painful version is caused by irritable bowel syndrome or what is commonly referred to as IBS. With this additional issue on board, the person suffering from them may experience diarrhea, severe cramping and belly pain almost too much to bear!
Most times the natural treatment is the best treatment of all. By selecting natural products, most times you can avoid constipation, which is the very best way to treat diverticulosis.
Choosing foods high in fiber, like fruits, veggies, certain beans and whole grains will do just fine and help food to pass through. Drinking plenty of fluids, including water, will help the urine to be light yellow or clear like water, which is how it is supposed to be. Fiber supplements like Citrucel or Metamucil is also quite helpful. Those that suffer from this condition should begin with small dosages and increase them as necessary – every month or so.
Additionally, exercise is also helpful in keeping a patterned lifestyle; one in which the diverticulosis stays at bay. Scheduling a bowel movement (not a typical thing you would think you would have to schedule), creating a daily routine should help. You never want to strain. Take your time and concentrate on the task at hand. This way you can feel the relief from the painful strains of diverticulosis and IBS.
This is all good and dandy, but just try explaining this to an elderly individual with Dementia. They don’t understand and, to be honest, it really is confusing. But, as a good caregiver, one that believes that With Age Comes Respect, will be patient, filled with concern and love. This is the way it should be!


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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