Information on Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis is a medical condition in which abnormal pouches, called diverticula, form in the colon and become inflamed or infected. In addition to causing inflammation and infection, diverticulitis can lead to pain and tenderness around the left side of the lower abdomen (the stomach).
In most cases, symptoms can be relieved by eating a high-fiber diet and, occasionally, taking mild pain medications. However, in some cases, an attack will be serious enough to require a hospital stay and possibly surgery. You may also be advised to avoid popcorn hulls, certain seeds, and other foods that may irritate or get caught in the diverticula.
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