Answers from Chicago’s Leading Gastroenterologists
The highly trained gastroenterologists at GI Solutions have provided this list of frequently asked questions to help patients better understand diverticulitis symptoms and treatment. If you have more questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call our gastroenterology clinic in Chicago, IL at (773) 631-2728 today!
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.