Symptoms And Treatments Of Diverticulitis

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Diverticulosis happens when diverticula, or small pouches, form in the walls of your colon. A low fiber diet can put more pressure on the colon during bowel movements, which can cause these pouches to form.
It doesn’t usually cause any symptoms until they become inflamed and infected, which brings on diverticulitis. These two conditions together are known as diverticular disease, which is now one of the most common health problems in the US today.
Read on to find out what symptoms are indicative of diverticulitis:

1. Abdominal Pain

Also described as a stomach ache, abdominal pain can differ between localized, cramp-like, or colicky pain. Localized pain is limited to one area of the stomach or abdomen, usually caused by problems in one particular organ. The most common cause of localized pain is stomach ulcers, which can be easily mistaken as diverticulitis without a proper diagnosis. Cramp-like pain on the other hand may be associated with diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or flatulence — it is intermittent and the intensity varies based on the person. Lastly, colicky pain is a symptom of more serious conditions like gall- or kidney stones, and feels like a sudden and severe muscle spasm.