- Q What are the symptoms of diverticulitis?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineDiverticula are small outpouchings (pockets) in the intestine that are filled with waste. Two hundred thousand Americans are hospitalized each year with obstruction of diverticula, a condition characterized by crampy abdominal pain, nausea, and fever. In... Full Answer
- Q What is diverticulosis?
Dr. Patricia Raymond, Internal MedicineDiverticulosis (sometimes called tics) is simply potholes in your colon. And these divots have no symptoms unless they become plugged with poo. As stool has bacteria in it, the plugged diverticulosis becomes an abscess. We call this condition... Full Answer
- Q What causes diverticulosis?
Dr. Patricia Raymond, Internal MedicineDiverticulosis (sometimes called tics) is simply potholes in your colon. We really don’t know what causes colon potholes; but civilized societies deficient in whole grain foods have a higher rate of diverticulosis. In fact almost half of... Full Answer
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with diverticulitis?
If you are caring for someone who exhibits any of the symptoms of diverticulitis, such as pain in the lower left side of the abdomen, fever, nausea, or changes in bowel movements, you should make an appointment with their doctor. In the meantime, the... Full Answer
- Q What is diverticular disease?
Dr. Lawrence Friedman, GastroenterologyDiverticular disease is a gastrointestinal (GI) disease that can cause nonspecific symptoms similar to those of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Small, finger-like sacs or pouches -- known as diverticula -- may protrude off the colon's inner lining, where... Full Answer
- Q How do medications treat diverticulitis?
If you are suffering from diverticulitis, your doctor will likely prescribe an oral antibiotic. The antibiotics will cure the infection that causes diverticulitis. Additionally, your doctor may direct you to take an over-the-counter painkiller if you are... Full Answer