Diverticulitis is a painful condition that results when pouches or sacs form in the colon wall and become inflamed. These sacs essentially push outward through vulnerable spots in the wall of your colon.
While doctors are not 100% sure what causes diverticulitis, it is believed that a low fiber diet could be the culprit.
What are the symptoms?
Diverticulitis can manifest in a variety of ways. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, then we recommend you call our office to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist near you as soon as possible:
- Abdominal cramping
- Tenderness in the abdominal region
- Chills, fever or excessive sweating
- Change in bowel habits
- Blood in stool
Whether you actually have diverticulitis or not, it is important to see a gastroenterologist if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, as it could be a sign of a serious medical issue requiring immediate attention.
What are the most common treatments for diverticulitis?
In many cases, diverticulitis can be treated with diet and antibiotics. Typically, a gastroenterologist will recommend a low fiber diet, along with clear liquids. Supplements and antibiotics are also often part of the treatment protocol.
In more serious cases, hospitalization and colorectal surgery (where part of the colon is removed) may be required.
What should I do now?
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, and live in or around the Glendale or Valley Stream areas, we encourage you to give our office a call today in order to schedule your appointment.
Don’t wait to seek treatment as diverticulitis, when treated early, is relatively harmless with pain normally subsiding within just 2-3 days. If you’re in pain, give our Glendale or Valley Stream location a call today!