Diverticulitis is the infection or inflammation of pouches that can frame in your intestines. These pouches are called diverticula. The pouches by and large aren't destructive. They can appear anyplace in your intestines. In the event that you have them, it's called diverticulosis. In the event that they become contaminated or excited, you have diverticulitis.

Now and then, diverticulitis is minor. Yet, it can likewise be serious, with an enormous infection or hole (your doctor or physician will consider it a crack) of the bowel.

Symptoms Of Diverticulitis

 The diverticula are typically effortless and cause not many symptoms, assuming any. Be that as it may, you may take note:

  • Feeling cramps on the left half of your stomach that disappears after you pass gas or have a bowel development
  • Excess red blood in your feces

Diverticulitis symptoms are more perceptible and incorporate extreme abdominal agony and fever.

Acute Or Chronic Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis can be acute or chronic. With the acute structure, you may have at least one extreme assaults of infection and inflammation. In chronic diverticulitis, inflammation and infection may go down yet never clear up totally. After some time, the inflammation can prompt a bowel block, which may cause stoppage, dainty stools, the runs, bloating, and gut torment. In the event that the check proceeds, abdominal agony and delicacy will increment, and you may feel debilitated to your stomach or hurl.

Reasons For Diverticulitis

The pouches on your intestines get aggravated or tainted when they tear or become impeded by feces. Some dangerous factors include:

  • Being obese
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Not doing sufficient exercise
  • Eating heaps of fat and red meat however very little fiber

Taking specific sorts of medications, including steroids, narcotics, and nonsteroidal enemy of inflammatory like ibuprofen or naproxen


Diverticulosis and diverticulitis are two conditions that occur in your large intestine (colon). Together they are known as diverticular disease. Both share the common feature of diverticula. Diverticula are one or more pockets or bulges that form in the wall of your colon.

Diverticula are like expanded areas or bubbles that form when you fill the inner tube of a bike tire with too much air. The increase in pressure from too much air being pumped into the inner tube causes the bubble to form where the rubber is the weakest. Similarly, an increase in pressure inside the colon causes pockets or bulges (diverticula) to form in weakened areas of your colon’s walls.

Diverticula can range from pea-size to much larger. Although they can form anywhere in the inner lining of your colon, they are most commonly found in your lower left side, in the S-shaped segment of your colon called the sigmoid colon.


Diverticula usually develop when naturally weak places in your colon give way under pressure. This causes marble-sized pouches to protrude through the colon wall.

Diverticulitis occurs when diverticula tear, resulting in inflammation, and in some cases, infection.

Risk factors

Several factors may increase your risk of developing diverticulitis:

  • Aging: The incidence of diverticulitis increases with age.
  • Obesity: Being seriously overweight increases your odds of developing diverticulitis.
  • Smoking: People who smoke cigarettes are more likely than nonsmokers to experience diverticulitis.
  • Lack of exercise: Vigorous exercise appears to lower your risk of diverticulitis.
  • Diet high in animal fat and low in fiber: A low-fiber diet in combination with a high intake of animal fat seems to increase risk, although the role of low fiber alone isn't clear.
  • Certain medications: Several drugs are associated with an increased risk of diverticulitis, including steroids, opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve).


Diverticulitis can cause symptoms ranging from mild to severe. These symptoms can appear suddenly, or they can develop gradually over several days.

Potential symptoms of diverticular disease include:

  • pain in your abdomen
  • bloating
  • diarrhea
  • constipation

If you develop diverticulitis, you might experience:

  • constant or severe pain in your abdomen
  • nausea and vomiting
  • fever and chills
  • blood in your stool
  • bleeding from your rectum

Abdominal pain is the most common symptom of diverticulitis. It will most likely occur in the lower left side of your abdomen. It can also develop in the right side of your abdomen.

If you develop any of the above symptoms, it may be a sign of a serious complication from diverticulitis or another condition.


The symptoms of diverticulitis can also look like other problems. Your doctor will narrow things down by ruling out other issues. They’ll start with a physical exam. Women may get a pelvic exam, too. Your doctor may then order one or more tests, including:

  • Blood, urine, and stool tests to look for infection
  • CT scans to look for inflamed or infected diverticula
  • A liver enzyme test to rule out liver problems

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