Diverticulitis is a common cause of abdominal pain in adults. It is caused by an infection in your colon, typically on the left side.
Symptoms of diverticulitis may include left lower abdominal pain, blood in your stool, fevers and vomiting.
As we age, our colon naturally develops small pouches in areas. These pouches are called diverticuli. When something (hard stool, nuts, seeds etc) block the pouch, the bacteria in the pouch start to multiply and cause an infection.
Diverticulitis is confirmed by a CT scan. The CT scan can also detect some of the complications of diverticulitis such as abscess formation or perforation of the colon.
Uncomplicated diverticulitis is treated with antibiotics, usually for 10 days. In addition, eating a liquid diet for the first day or two will help your colon heal.
Regular exercise, not smoking, eating healthy and a high fiber diet can help prevent diverticulitis.