Diverticulosis is a condition in which small pouches form at the colon's weak spots. About half of all people over age 60 have diverticulosis.
When the pouches become infected or inflamed, it is called diverticulitis. Complications from diverticulitis may include bleeding and tenderness around the left side of the abdomen. If left untreated, diverticulitis can lead to bleeding, infections or intestinal blockages.
- Abdominal pain
- Tenderness around the left side of the lower abdomen
- When caused by infection, fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping and constipation may also occur
Many of these symptoms are similar to other diseases, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Consult with a UK gastroenterologist if you are experiencing these symptoms.
A high-fiber diet and mild pain medications will help relieve symptoms. Fiber lowers pressure inside the colon so stool can move through more easily. However, some cases of diverticulitis can be serious enough to require surgery.
The experts at the UK Digestive Health Program can diagnose and treat diverticulitis as well as help you develop a high-fiber diet to relieve symptoms. Call 859-257-1000 or toll free 800-333-8874 for an appointment or view a list of our physicians.
- Diverticula, Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis: What's the Difference? - International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis - National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse