Diverticulosis are small pouches in the colons that bulge outward through weak spots, called diverticula. Diverticulitis occurs when diverticula become infected or inflamed, causing an attack that can develop suddenly and without warning. The dominant unproven theory is that a low-fiber diet is the main cause of diverticular disease.
Constipation makes your muscles strain to move stool that is too hard, increasing pressure in your colon, and this excess pressure might cause the weak spots in the colon to bulge out and become diverticula.
Diverticulitis results when diverticula become infected or inflamed. This happens in less than a quarter of those suffering with diverticulosis.
Most people with diverticulosis do not have any discomfort or symptoms. Those that do may experience symptoms of:
The most common symptom of diverticulitis is abdominal pain and the other most common sign is tenderness around the left side of your lower abdomen.
When a diverticula becomes infected causing diverticulitis you may experience symptoms of:
The severity of symptoms depends on the extent of the infection and complications.
The infection causing diverticulitis often clears up after a few days of treatment with antibiotics. If the condition gets worse, additional very serious problems can occur. This is why it’s extremely important to seek medical assistance with this condition’s flare-ups.
A high-fiber diet and, occasionally mild pain medications, help relieve symptoms in most cases. Another great reason to eat your fruits and vegetables for the prevention of the preventable in maintaining your health.