The treatment of diverticulitis depends on how serious symptom are. Some people may need to be in the hospital, but most of the time the problem can be treated at home.
To help with the pain, your doctor may suggest that you:
- Rest in bed and use a heating pad on your belly.
- Take pain medicines (ask your doctor which ones you should use).
- Drink only fluids for a day or two, and then slowly begin drinking thicker liquids and then eating foods.
The doctor may treat you with antibiotics.
After you are better, your doctor will suggest that you add more fiber to your diet. Eating more fiber can help prevent future attacks. If you have bloating or gas, reduce the amount of fiber you eat for a few days.
Once these pouches have formed, you will have them for life. Diverticulitis can return, but some health care providers think a high-fiber diet may lessen your chances of a recurrence.