Diverticulitis is a gastrointestinal condition in which pouches or sacs form on the wall of the large intestine, which is also known as the colon. The sacs are called diverticula and if they become inflamed, they can blue outward and cause abdominal discomfort and other symptoms. Treatment is available that can alleviate the symptoms of this condition. At Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando, FL, our highly skilled gastroenterologists can develop an individualized treatment plan if you are dealing with diverticulitis.
Signs and Symptoms
The specific cause of diverticulitis is unknown, but there does seem to be a link between a low-fiber diet and the development of this condition. When there is not enough fiber in the diet the colon must work harder to move stools along the intestinal tract. It is possible that the increased pressure required to move a stool could be what leads to the development of diverticula along the wall of the colon. Maintaining a diet with adequate fiber intake could potentially help prevent an individual from developing diverticulitis.
Several signs and symptoms are associated with diverticulitis. One common sign that you might have this condition is abdominal pain on the lower left side that becomes more intense when you move. In addition to abdominal pain, other symptoms of diverticulitis can include:
Treatments for Diverticulitis
Several approaches can be taken when treating diverticulitis. One of the experienced gastroenterologists at our office in Orlando, FL, can develop a treatment plan specifically for you based on the severity of your condition. Some options for treating diverticulitis include taking antibiotics and consuming a liquid diet until symptoms subside. Pain medications can also be part of the treatment plan if you are experiencing extensive discomfort from the symptoms of diverticulitis. In rare cases, surgery to remove the diverticula sacs might be best.
See a gastroenterologist if you have any of the signs or symptoms associated with diverticulitis. One of our knowledgeable gastroenterologists can develop a treatment plan to help you find relief from abdominal pain and other symptoms. To schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist at our practice in Orlando, FL, call Digestive and Liver Center of Florida at (407) 384-7388. We also have office locations in Kissimmee and Oviedo for your convenience.