Right side groin pain may be indicative of diverticulitis if it is accompanied by additional symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, fever, abdominal tenderness or marked changes in bowel habits, according to Mayo Clinic. It is also more likely that pain will be experienced on the right side in patients of Asian descent.
Diverticulitis is a condition in which small bulging pouches that are found in the digestive system become inflamed or infected. These pouches, known as diverticula, are common in individuals over 40 and usually do not cause health issues. They are formed at weak points in the intestine in response to mechanical stress and appear as small, marble-sized protrusions from the intestinal wall. Diverticula are most commonly found in the lower portion of the large intestine, the colon. These pouches typically become infected as a result of tearing, Mayo Clinic states.
When diverticulitis occurs, it can usually be treated with rest and changes to the patient's diet, but in severe cases it may require surgery. Some of the common risk factors for developing diverticulitis are aging, obesity, smoking, lack of exercise, taking certain medications, and consuming a diet that is high in animal fats and low in fiber, according to Mayo Clinic.