Do laxatives help diverticulitis?
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re tired of all the pain and discomfort caused by diverticulitis. It can be a real pain in the stomach––err, neck. But fear not! There’s an age-old question that we shall endeavor to answer today: do laxatives actually help with diverticulitis? Let’s dive in!
What is Diverticulitis?
First things first–let’s get clear on what exactly we’re dealing with here. Diverticulitis is a condition where small pockets develop in your colon (or large intestine) due to weak spots in your intestinal walls. These pockets are called “diverticula,” hence the name “diverticular disease.” Unfortunately for those who are affected by it, these pesky little guys can become inflamed or infected over time.
Some common symptoms of diverticular disease include bloody stool, abdominal pain and cramps, constipation or diarrhea (or both!), and fever/chills when infection is present.
How Do Laxatives Work?
Now that we’ve got the basics down let’s talk about bowel movement because let’s admit it –– everyone wants a healthy poop schedule!
Laxatives work by loosening up stools so they’re easier to pass through our system via the intestines––pretty straightforward stuff here folks! This usually involves having more frequent trips to Waldo’s throne room…
There are several different types of laxatives out there:
- Stool softeners/lubricants
Each type works slightly differently & comes with its own unique benefits/drawbacks depending on how sensitive your innards ahem insides might be!
So… Do They Actually Help With Diverticulitis Pain?
In short: Yes!
By helping our digestive tract move things along more efficiently, using a laxative can help manage the symptoms of diverticulitis. Laxatives can also help relieve some of the abdominal pain associated with this condition.
The question is: should you use laxatives as your go-to treatment for diverticulitis? Probably not.
It’s important to note that while over-the-counter laxatives may provide temporary relief, they aren’t intended to replace physician-recommended anti-inflammatory medications or antibiotics which are often prescribed to treat severe cases of Diverticulitis. Always consult your doctor before beginning any new course of treatment!
If you’re hesitant about taking medication options; there are plenty of home remedies that can be effective in alleviating the symptoms associated with Diverticulitis:
- Consume more high-fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids
- Exercising regularly
4 . Taking warm baths/soaking in a hot tub
While these methods won’t necessarily “cure” your divvy issues, incorporating them into your routine can aid in easing the abdominal pain!
The Bottom Line
In conclusion folks’, although it seems logical at first glance––unfortunately popping a few lax-a-laxes isn’t going to magically cure our underlying issue(s) but they certainly have their place in providing symptom management when needed.
Remember friends’, while living with diverticular disease definitely has its challenges –– don’t forget about all those 💩🚽💃around every corner too ! Keeping track – pun intended – on regular bowel movements goes hand-in-hand (or dare I say colon-~-in-colon…)with good overall health & feeling just plain ol’ better!!! 🥳