By age 50, about half of people have diverticulosis, a health issue in which pockets (or diverticula) form in the wall of the large bowel
. In about 5 percent of people, these pockets may become infected or swollen, which is called diverticulitis
- Diverticulitis can be painful.
- It often comes about quickly.
- Diverticulitis may need to be treated with an antibiotic.
- Recent data reveals that 20% of people with diverticulitis over 16 years, have recurrent flare-ups, often within five years of the first attack.
- There are steps you can take to lower the risk of future attacks.
Symptoms of diverticulitis include:
- Belly pain and cramping, soreness, often on the lower left side.
- A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea (loose stool) or constipation (hard stool or trouble passing stool).
- Throwing up.