Diverticulitis is a disease that occurs in the digestive system and involves pouches known as diverticula that wreak havoc on the colon, according to WebMD and Healthline. The condition is often painful and requires pain medication as well as standard treatment.
The standard treatment for diverticulosis involves medicine and natural healing actions, including using a heating pad or practicing meditation. In some cases, surgery is necessary, such as when there is a blockage in the bowel or a fistula. In each case, doctors will perform a thorough examination before creating a medical plan. To determine whether or not a patient has diverticulitis, doctors will run a series of tests, including a full blood test as well as X-rays and possibly a CT scan, reports WebMD.
There are, unfortunately, many symptoms involved with diverticulosis, including pain on the left side of the belly, chills, fever, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting and nausea, according to Healthline and WebMD. It is currently not known why diverticulitis occurs. Some scientists have speculated that diets that are low in fiber can aid in the development of the pouches in the colon wall, but it is not believed that this alone causes diverticulitis, reports Healthline. It is common for men and women past the age of 40 to have diverticulosis and it is not usually considered serious or life-threatening, says MayoClinic.