Physur Health And Wellness

Diverticulitis (Causes and Symptoms)

Possible causes:

Poor diet

Low-fiber diets

Hard stools that are difficult to pass

Stress-related

Heredity

Gallbladder disease

Obesity

Coronary artery disease


Symptoms:

Cramping

Bloating

Tenderness on left side of abdomen relieved by

passing gas or bowel movement

Diarrhea

Nausea

Continual need to eliminate

Diverticulitis

Diverticula are small bulging pouches that can form in the lining of your digestive system.  They are found most often in the lower part of the large intestine (colon).  Diverticula are common, especially after age 40, and seldom cause problems.

Sometimes, however, one or more of the pouches become inflamed or infected.  That condition is known as diverticulitis.  Diverticulitis can cause severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea and a marked change in your bowel habits.  Mild diverticulitis can be treated with rest, changes in your diet and antibiotics.  Severe or recurring diverticulitis may require surgery.

Diverticulitis:  Treatment


Nutritional Management

High fiber

Low fat

Symptomatic: Clear liquid diet


Medical Management


Antibiotics

Laxatives

Stool Softeners

Hospitalization of immunocompromised

Surgical considerations


Complications


Perforation

Peritonitis

Hemorrhage

Obstruction