If you have ever gone to the doctor and been told you have a condition called diverticulitis, you might have asked him or her, “What is diverticulitis?” It is a very common medical condition that can develop when the lining of your digestive system develops small, bulbous pouches known as diverticula. Diverticula occur very commonly after the age of 40 but rarely cause any problems(1).
In some cases, however, one or more of the pouches can end up becoming infected or inflamed. When this occurs, the person has the condition known as diverticulitis. There are a number of problems that can arise when you are stricken with this condition, which can be managed with a number of things, such as changing your diet, getting enough rest and occasionally, antibiotics. If diverticulitis is severe enough or a recurring and persistent issue, surgery might be required.
There are certain symptoms of diverticulitis that are very common that you may have already experienced and should know in case you are diagnosed with the condition.
1. Stomach Pain
One of the most noticeable symptoms of diverticulitis is stomach pain. Usually, the pain is localized to your lower left side and is worse while you are eating or shortly after you eat. Generally, diverticulitis pain can subside after a bowel movement or after passing gas. However, this pain can also be persistent and last for several days and may come and go. Sometimes, the stomach pain might be located on the right side of the stomach.