Answers from Philadelphia Gastroenterology Consultants
The highly trained gastroenterologists at Philadelphia Gastroenterology Consultants have provided this list of frequently asked questions about diverticulitis to help educate patients on symptoms and available treatment options. If you are in need of treatment or have more questions about your care, call our office in Philadelphia, PA today at (215) 742-9900!
What Is the Main Cause of Diverticulitis?
Typically, diverticulitis develops when weak areas in your colon give way under pressure. This causes marble-sized pouches to unnaturally push through, most often, the colon wall.
What Does a Diverticulitis Attack Feel Like?
Most people with diverticulitis report common symptoms of a sharp cramp-like pain, usually on the left side of your lower abdomen. You may experience other symptoms such as fever and chills, nausea, vomiting, and constipation, or diarrhea.
Can Diverticulitis Go Away on Its Own?
Typically, yes. Diverticulitis symptoms don’t last longer than a week for most people. Only rarely is surgery necessary.
How Do People Get Diverticulitis?
This condition forms when weak spots in your intestinal wall balloon are pushed outward which then becomes inflamed and even infected. This can occur when feces or partially digested food blocks the opening of the diverticula.
What Foods Can Trigger Diverticulitis?
Currently, there are no foods known to trigger symptoms of diverticulitis and no special diet has shown to decrease symptoms. However, increasing fiber and decreasing animal fat may help.
Is Walking Good for Diverticulitis?
Several studies suggest that yes, vigorous activities such as walking or running, can reduce symptoms and flare-ups of diverticulitis.