Apply a heating pad to your abdomen to relieve
mild cramps and pain.
Try relaxation techniques (such as slow, deep
breathing in a quiet room or
meditation) to help reduce mild pain.
a nonprescription pain medicine such as acetaminophen (for example,
Tylenol). Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
If these techniques do not help and your pain increases,
call your doctor to see whether prescription pain medicine is needed.
When you are feeling better, you can do some things to help
prevent another attack. You may want to:
high-fiber diet. Whole-grain breads and cereals, brown
rice, and fresh fruits and vegetables can all be part of a high-fiber
healthy bowel habits, such as eating at regular times,
not straining during a bowel movement, and getting plenty of fluids each
Do not use
laxatives or enemas unless your doctor prescribes them. If you use laxatives too often, you can become dependent on them for bowel movements. If you are having a sudden (acute) attack of diverticulitis, laxatives or enemas can make the pain worse.
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November 14, 2014
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