More About Diverticulosis

If you have diverticulosis, follow your healthcare provider’s advice. Some people with diverticulosis will get diverticulitis. A few will have diverticular bleeding.
Experts don’t know how to keep diverticular disease from happening. But once you have diverticulosis it may be possible to decrease your risk of  diverticulitis by eating a high-fiber diet. You do not need to avoid corn, nuts, or seeds.

Each person’s symptoms may vary. Symptoms may include:

  • Diverticulosis. You can have diverticulosis and not have any pain or symptoms. But symptoms may include mild cramps, swelling or bloating, and constipation. These symptoms can also be caused by irritable bowel syndrome, stomach ulcers, or other health problems. These symptoms don’t always mean that you have diverticulosis.
  • Diverticulitis. The most common symptom of diverticulitis is belly or abdominal pain. The most common sign that you have it is feeling sore or sensitive on the left side of your lower belly. If infection is the cause, then you may have fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping, and constipation.
  • Diverticular colitis. This is when the colon gets inflamed (colitis) as a result of the diverticular disease. This is less common than diverticulitis.

The symptoms of diverticular disease may look like other health problems. Always see your healthcare provider to be sure.

  • Diverticular disease is when symptoms happen from diverticulosis (the pouches) or diverticulitis (infection or inflammation of the pouches)
  • The most common symptom is belly or abdominal pain.
  • The most common sign that you have it is feeling tender around the left side of the lower abdomen.
  • To see if you have diverticular disease, your doctor may order tests that look at your intestine from the outside (such as CT scan or virtual colonoscopy) or inside (such as colonoscopy).
  • Treatment may include eating more fiber. However, during attacks of diverticulitis, you may be told to remain on clear liquids or low fiber foods for some time.
  • You may need to stay in the hospital if you have a bad attack with severe pain or infection.
  • Diverticular disease can cause other health problems such as infections, blockages, tears, or bleeding.