- Diverticulitis is a common digestive system condition
- More common in seniors between 60 and 85 years old, it is caused by the inflammation or infection of diverticula, small pouches which form along the large intestine
- Symptoms include abdominal pain, fever, nausea and bowel irregularity
- Most cases resolve themselves, although your doctor may prescribe antibiotics
Diverticulitis is a common condition that affects the digestive system. It’s rare for it to occur in a person who’s under 30 and is most common in those aged 60 through 85. In those who have this condition, diverticula, which are small pouches, form along the large intestine or other parts of the digestive system. These diverticula can become inflamed or infected, leading to an array of symptoms that are characteristic of diverticulitis.
Below are some of the most common signs, symptoms, causes and treatments for diverticulitis. Anyone experiencing the symptoms mentioned here should discuss their concerns with a qualified health care practitioner.
Symptom: Abdominal Pain and Tenderness
Most often, diverticulitis pain occurs on the lower left side of the abdomen; however, it can be more prominent on the right. It’s worth noting that right-sided diverticulitis is typically seen in those of Asian descent — in fact, between 55 and 70% of cases in Asians occur on the right side.
The abdominal pain that’s associated with this condition often comes on quickly and can remain persistent for several days. Many who’ve had it describe the feeling as tenderness and sensitivity, and in many cases, the pain is relatively mild. However, a handful of people who experience diverticulitis will experience severe or worsening pain over several hours or days. In any case, abdominal pain should always be investigated by a medical doctor.