Diverticulitis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Diverticulitis symptoms can occur in anyone who has a common condition called diverticulosis. Since about 60 percent of people may have diverticulosis by age 60, it is important to know the symptoms, causes, and treatment of diverticulitis.

Woman suffering from diverticulitis symptoms

Diverticulitis symptoms depend on many factors, including the location of the inflamed diverticula in the abdomen.

To understand diverticulitis, you need to understand diverticulosis, so let’s start there. Diverticulosis is a very common bowel condition. It usually occurs in the last part of your colon, called your sigmoid colon. A pouch of the inner lining of your colon pushes inward  through a weak area of the muscular layer of your colon. The pouch is called a diverticulum. [1-3]

These pouches are very common and cause the condition called diverticulosis. Diverticulosis increases with age. By age 60, about 60 percent of people will have this condition. [1] Luckily, most people with diverticulosis never know that have it because they never have symptoms. [1-3]

Diverticular Disease

If a person with diverticulosis does develop symptoms, it is called having diverticular disease. Some people with diverticulosis may complain of lower belly pain, bloating, or changes in bowel habits. Rarely, a blood vessel inside a diverticulum can rupture and cause bleeding. [1-3]

A diverticulum may also become swollen and irritated. This causes the condition called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis causes symptoms like pain and fever, and it can lead to dangerous complications that require surgery. Diverticulitis probably occurs in less than five percent of people with diverticulosis, but that still amounts to about 200,000 people being hospitalized for diverticulitis every year in the United States. [1]

What Causes Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis?

Diverticulosis increases with age and may be linked to a diet low in fiber, although some recent research no longer supports this theory. You may be at higher risk for diverticulosis if you:

  • Take medications called NSAIDs (over-the-counter NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen) or steroids
  • Don’t get enough exercise
  • Are overweight
  • Smoke cigarettes [1]

Doctors used to think that diverticulitis occurred when a seed or a piece of a nut or popcorn got stuck in a diverticulum. That has been disproven. The cause may be bacteria from your colon that get stuck in the diverticulum and cause inflammation or infection. Another possible cause is a small hole (perforation) that breaks through a diverticulum and causes an infection just outside the wall of the colon. [1-3]

Symptoms of Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis symptoms may start suddenly or they may build up over a few days. They include:

  • Pain in the lower left side of your belly (abdomen) that may be severe
  • Tenderness in the left lower abdomen
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Fever and chills
  • Nausea or vomiting [1-3]

Diagnosis and Treatment of Diverticulitis

Your doctor can usually diagnose diverticulitis just by the symptoms if you are known to have diverticulosis. Diverticulosis may have been discovered during a routine colonoscopy or an abdominal imaging study if you had abdominal pain or rectal bleeding. [1-3]

If your doctor is not sure, the best way to diagnose diverticulitis is with a CT scan imaging study. After the symptoms of diverticulitis go away, your doctor may want to take a look into your colon with a scope (colonoscopy) to confirm the diagnosis and rule out any other problems. [2,3]

Treatment of diverticulitis depends on how severe the infection is. A mild infection may clear up with just rest and a liquid diet at home. If you have fever, or your symptoms don’t get better is a day or two, your doctor will probably add antibiotics. If you have severe pain and high fever, you may need to be in the hospital on intravenous antibiotics. You may need to avoid all foods and liquids until the infection subsides. [1-3]

Complications of diverticulitis include a collection of pus in your abdomen or colon (abscess), a perforation of your colon, infection that spreads through your abdomen (peritonitis), obstruction of your colon, and an infected connection (fistula) that forms between your colon and your skin or a nearby abdominal organ, usually your bladder. [1-3]

Diverticulitis Prevention

Although the jury is out on whether a low fiber diet causes diverticulosis, a high fiber diet may help prevent diverticulitis once you have diverticulosis. Your doctor may prescribe a high fiber diet that includes foods like whole grains, fruits, beans, and other vegetables. There are no foods that you need to avoid. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe a fiber supplement. [1]

Now that you know the symptoms of diverticulitis, don’t ignore them. Untreated diverticulitis can lead to dangerous complications. If you have had diverticulitis in the past or you have been diagnosed with diverticulosis, ask your doctor about diet and lifestyle changes to help you prevent an attack of diverticulitis in the future. [1-3]



  1. NIH, Definition & Facts for Diverticular Disease
  2. Merck Manual, Diverticulitis
  3. Harvard Medical School, Diverticular Disease of the Colon

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  • I have had diverticulitis for 15 years with many episodes of Infection described by my specialist as only a low grade infection, but I have for the past six to eight months felt symptoms of pain bloating chronic diarrhoea, only to be dismissed as suffering from IBS, I cannot get any help and am at the bed of my tether,this article is very interesting and I would like to know where I can find a dr who can help me.

  • Will diverticulosis make you feel tired. I habve complained about the pain was just told friday this is what they. Found on my ct scan.

  • I have a couple of these symptoms and I’m thirteen, is it comman for a thirteen year old to have these symptoms? Do I even have diverticulitis? Ok I’m gonna go now

  • I was just diagnosed with diverticulitis today via colonoscopy. However, I have been battling this for over two years and recently had a very bad flare up which left me bedridden for the better part of a month. It wasn’t until I started working with a naturopath who is vert knowledgeable with gut health that my health has started to improve and my symptoms to become alleviated.

  • Thirteen????? If your reading this, you better figure out what flares you up & really watch your diet!! I am #49. Just got discharged from my 4th hospital stay, & my second time being sepsis. I’ve been told by a specialist the seeds & nuts myth are a bunch of bunk! This physician owns his own colonoscopy clinic. I just don’t know who to believe!!! My hosp discharge paperwork says to eat nuts, cause your body absorbs protein from them. The older you get, the scaryer, because your body just gets weaker in fighting off infection! My best friends mom, died from diverticulitis & was septic, couldn’t fight the infection. Manta doctors tell me to remove a section of my colon. Well, this hospital visit, I got it in a different part of my colon. So, then remove my small intestine & large intestine, & wear a colostomy bag??? If you have an emergency surgery, then you have no choice, but to have a colostomy bag, for around 6 mo. Then you have surgery all over again, to be resected back. I don’t want to do it twice!! I’m so not sure what to do! I know that boiled cabbage is good for it, & sour kraut. I’ve also the last two times, gotten soar eares!!! I was diagnosed with polycondritis. I have a gal I work with that says she gets soar ears with it as well!! I’m trying to figure out what this has to do with it? It’s a cartilage issue. So, soar ears help me to know I’m getting an onset. This Co worker, is the first person I’ve ever heard of, to also have this issue. Good luck everyone.

  • I have had diveticulitus. The worst thing is my severe insomnia. I am so tired for so little or no sleep I have to spend time on the couch all day crying. This has ruined my life as I’m too exhausted to see from so little sleep and don’t see my friends and socialize because of it. I had to wait months to so a gastrointestinologist and now I’ve been told I have to wait several more months for my colonoscopy. This is like going through hell!

  • This past weekend I was at the hospital being diagnosed with diverticulitis. Yeah! Well turns out I need to eat more fiber. Don’t know how to do this, since I had my gallbladder removed 3 yrs ago and am not able to process fiber well! Very confused on both issues. The ER Doctor was very nice in explaining to me what I need to eat, more high fiber foods and stay away from seeds, legumes and nuts. Then I read that they are ok to eat! Plus without my gallbladder, I get diarrhea just about everyday. So I stayed away from fiber filled foods. Catch 22. My question is, how do I deal with this situation? I’m going to be seeing a gastrointerologist next month and any thing you can suggest between now and then, will be very helpful. Thanks in advance.

  • Cynthia, the gall bladder holds bile, which helps digest fat, NOT fiber. Have your doctor put you on Cholestyramine powder, start by taking a half packet a day mixed with water. Your liver may be dumping lots of bile into your intestines, which is an irritant. (Normally your gall bladder would hold the bile until it’s needed to digest any fat that you eat.) Since you don’t have a gall bladder, the flow of bile into the intestines can be constant or in high volume. Taking this drug will definitely help with the diarrhea, since it binds to bile acids. (As a bonus, it’s a cholesterol lowering medication, and may lower your cholesterol.) You actually have to be careful not to take too much so you don’t get constipated! Take the smallest amount that will work for your symptoms. Be sure to drink a full glass of water when you take it. Also, know that it can block the absorption of some fat soluble vitamins like A,D,E, and K, so take those as far away from your cholestryamine as possible, i.e., vitamins in the morning and cholestyramine at dinnertime. Let me know if this helps. 🙂

  • Don’t eat seeds, nuts, popcorn, anything that is difficult to digest. Also regular corn as well. Eat high fiber, but be very cautious for seeds…like blackberries, strawberries, tomato seeds (ok to eat the outside). Trust me I have tested these theories on myself and every time I eat a seeds, I get an outburst. Sometimes the outburst happens in a few days, otherwise it can take a couple of weeks. I have logged this and know this is the truth.

  • I was diagnosed in September I had a little diverticulitis and needed to eat fiber. I did good till last few weeks I got off wagon of eating fiber. I had a very bad episode over Thanksgiving week I had to go to emergency room with bad chills and severe abdominal pain, nausea, they done test it showed bad infection diverticulitis. I will be eating right and I hope to not have another episode like this it was awful.

  • I had a attack 12 years ago with Diverticulitis. I have had no attacks since then besides back in October of this year. Now two months later I’m having symptoms again. I have not changed my diet or anything. I’m hoping this is not leading to further complications. I heard from someone that if you have two or more attacks in six months that surgery is likely. Anyone had this happen??

  • I was driving in my car a week ago & suddenly started getting stomach pains. Brought back memories to 35 yrs ago when I use to get spastic colon. Well went to Dr, and she suspected bacterial infection from fast food I ate the night prior, told me liquid diet & prescribed meds for cramping. Went back to Dr 3 days ago because it wasn’t getting better & she asked me if I have ever had diverticulitis which I haven’t, now she suspects that what it is, put me on 2 antibiotics and this morning it was starting to feel better but nights it gets worse. Does anyone else feel it gets worse in the evening? And how long do you have to be on antibiotics for this to clear up? The only thing I’ve eaten in a week is applesauce, toast & banana. Lost 5 lbs already but this is not how I wanted to lose it. And can the Dr diagnosis it as diverticulitis without further tests? So tired of being in bed & restricted diet!

  • In October 2018, I had a CT Scan due to severe pain in my left rib age area. Scan results were diverticulitis in the curved part of the descending colon. My gallbladder was removed in 2000… had a colonoscopy in December 2018, and since then, I have had horrible discomfort in my abdomen right side, plus lots of gas and diarrhea. I have tried eating the diet as suggested by the gastro doctor, but that gives me diarrhea constantly. Also, it is worth noting…the gastro doctor said, he didn’t think the Scan was correct, he felt I am lactose intolerant. Didn’t listen to me when I said…I don’t do dairy. Now, for the past 3 days, I have had diarrhea, horrible discomfort in the abdomen and exhausted. Any suggestions on what to eat? Should I see a different doctor? Open to any suggestions!

  • My symptoms are much likes Joyce’s. On Friday I had a strong pain in my lower abdomen while I was driving. Came home an hour later and had a bowel movement. I had to keep pushing and it was weird because my body almost made me push more like having a baby. I woke up Saturday morning with cramping and bloating. I managed to go to work. Later that night I started having more severe pains in my lower abdomen. Sunday morning came and I could hardly move. My skin even ached. I went to the doctor and he told me to go the ER, but I don’t have insurance. He was concerned because I had a fever with severe abdominal pain. After I told him I could not afford to do that he said he will prescribe me some medications and that he felt I had Diverticulitis. Also said that if I didn’t get better in a couple of days then I needed to get to the hospital. I did feel better this morning and then this afternoon and evening it seems I got worse. I don’t know what to do. I’m reading everyone’s situation and it’s exactly what I have. The same symptoms. I don’t want the huge medical bill of an ER visit if I don’t need to go. Just need to know how long will these cramps last since I am on two different antibiotics. Andy help would be appreciated.

  • I was going through similar pains associated with food that came on slowly with some symptoms and some wax and wane with FODMAP foods. Using an SCD diet or LOW FODMAP diet helps with pain, taking oregano oil helps me with upper intestinal gas that comes on shortly after eating. Im trying to kill this infection now with SIBO type treatments. Good luck to you all and happy googling. Hint: all of the capital letters will give you alot of info. To kill this it needs to be in steps of killing the infection through many different routes at the same time, but most importantly, use a very low carb diet during the kill phase and use intermittent fasting always.

  • I have right sided diverticulitis I have been hospitalized 15 times in a year I have done the diets but I have a reoccurring case and since it’s on my right side it says more painful but episodes shouldn’t last as long and it usually is not as dangerous as the left however I talked to a gastrointestinal doctor and he decided to do an endoscopy which makes no since because my issue is in my bowels I’ve done antibiotics diet but it keeps coming back and it’s a little more intense each time and since my case is rare they basically tell me stick to the diet which I do but the pain never leaves now I’m on day eight of pain I’m running a low fever I have extreme fatique if it has happened this many times as much as I don’t want surgery I’m terrified that it will rupture and I could get sepsis

  • This is for Joyce i’ve got diverticulitis also,have had it for years since my last child was born they found it then..Yes its flare ups do cause me more pain at night a few times i,ve woke up hurting so bad and thought about going to emergency room but , i could not have set up and drove because of the pain i’d take a couple advil and lay back down and finally it would ease enough for me to go to sleep

  • I do eat nuts in moderation but, do my best to drink milk or eat it in cereals seeded fruits i hardly ever do like black berries or straw berries and stay away from whole kernal corn thats the hardest on my system!

  • So hubby was Dx with diverticulitis he is on medication not past 4 days was in hospital for 2 days. He said went in with pain level 10 now pain level is still between 8-4. He also sweats a lot we are just a little worried since leukemia runs in his family some of these symptoms are similar? Can someone tell me if it is this normal to continue having the pain and having 1-2 sweat attacks per day?

  • I had diverticulitis last month was in hospital took meds and hd IVs but still have sweats and chills still not much appetite. What should I do

  • I am going through another bout of diverticulitis. More fiber is a mistake. You got the disease because of a lifetime of low fiber intake and now the intestines cannot process it. Stay away from all berries, roasted nuts, popcorn, seeds, and don’t eat a lot of salads. It is just too much fiber for the intestines to handle. My chiropractor recommended I go to the health food store to get refrigerated probiotics. The directions are to take 1/2 teaspoon (about 2 mL) twice a day. However, during a bout of diverticulitis, he said to take 1 Tablespoon (about 15 mL) three times a day with apple juice. I am to avoid all dairy, which is easy when you are only having juice, water, or black unsweetened coffee. On Day 2, I felt 50% better! I would also recommend glycerin suppositories to keep from getting constipated. That just makes everything worse. The important thing is to stop eating to give your intestines some relief while it is fighting the infection. Obviously, these suggestions do not apply to anyone whose intestines have been perforated by the diverticulosis, as you need to get to an emergency facility before getting sepsis.

  • Try:
    Lactobacillus casei (subsp. DG),
    Lactobacillus paracasei B21060
    Vitamin D
    Bromelain (for inflammation)
    Curcumin (for inflammation)

  • I’ve never had before. I have been trying to kill it with the antibiotics and ACV. Was wondering if anyone had success with ACV? Also wondering if anyone ever got dizzy ftom the antibiotics?

  • I have severe pain in the right side near my ribs. Pain so intense that I cannot sit still. I have had a colonoscopy and endoscopic test. No problems no ulcer. I have had Six attacks in the last 5 weeks. Could this be my gallbladder?

  • I have had constant diverticulitis bouts for about 3 years. I had an acute diver about 10 years ago. My version is more chronic as it happens pretty much weekly with the “twinges” on left side low abdominal. I find that liquid diet is good – sometimes only 24hrs is needed. Do not stay on liquids more than 3 days (other problems with come along)…my pain is usually worse at night as well. A “bedbuddy” or moist heat will help with the pain. I also take Tylenol Arthritis (8hr) at night. I try and not take the antibiotics since they are so bad for you. I take VSL#3 and Florstor as prescribed by my gastro doc. I also stay away from nuts (altho have started to eat walnuts here and there since they are a soft nut) popcorn and corn. i do however eat strawberries blueberries eggplant and tomatoes which doesn’s seem to coincide with an attack. Wondering if anyone has tried medical marijuana?

  • Oh my God I am suffering the pain right now. I’m on two antibiotics. I cant wait for the pain to stop. Its horrible!!

  • I am on day 3. not much relief. always exercised. always ate fiber. This is absolute craziness. constant pain. hate antibiotics. when will this end?

  • I had an endoscopy on Friday was told not cancerous which I was worried about,I have had dyharea for six weeks now and waiting for the biopsy results.then on Saturday I bought some charcoal tabs from chemist on Sunday my wind abated and my stools more solid ??????????

  • Thank you every one for the contributions; I thought that I had IBS for decades and then had a diverticulitis attack a year ago and still suffer some pain almost daily; today has been a nightmare. I can’t believe how tired I get and I thought that it was age creeping up (58 yrs old) but probably diverticulitis is the real cause?

  • Going through my 2nd not today. I want to die. Just got back from hawaii and this started. Ate a lot of berries and fatty foods and popcorn. Regretting it now. Dr called in 2 rx but do the pribiotics really work. I hate taking pills and thriw them up when i took them

  • I just was diagnosed with diverticulitis – after being admitted to ER with fever and severe abdominal pain. I don’t think its a coincidence that a couple days earlier I had a handful of Pepita nuts on a salad. So much for the theory that nuts are ok. I also have gluten and dairy intolerance. I had “cheated” a little for a few days and this may have been the perfect storm to set off this illness. I am sticking to a high fiber, gluten free, dairy free diet without nuts – though I love them. I am home recuperating and am having mostly consuming just liquids for a few days to help my gut heal – smoothies and soups.

  • I am on my third bout of Diverticulitis in 8 years right now, but after reading these comments, I realize that maybe I’ve had less severe episodes with it during that time as well (I thought I maybe had IBS also). My doctor had told me to be on a liquid-only diet for a week, but some comments above suggest no more than three days. Why is this? I don’t enjoy the liquid diet at all, but it’s been than the rending, searing pain of the Diverticulitis, and I’d rather stay with liquid, than go back to solid food too soon, and still have to deal with the agony (or do it all over again).

  • Was diagnosed with Diverticulitis 2 years ago had pains off and on but none as bad as this week have had stomach pains for 5 days can’t sleep ! I am waiting for colonoscopy
    Have all the symptoms of bowl cancer ! So worried it could be that ! Just want the pain to go away

  • Can a severe attack cause low blood pressure and high heart rate? I was seeing a Dr about severe diverticulitis and my BP dropped to 86/56 and my heart rate was 155.

  • Carey,
    Pepitas were a culprit for me as well. I’m not buying it’s ok to eat nuts and seeds. I am also Gluten and Dairy intolerant. But, my worse antagonist is salads and spicy food. I was traveling this past week for biz & overdid it.
    I’m suffering now!!! Went to the Urgent Care last night & not the emergency, only because I’ve had flare ups before. But this time it feels like full on labor pains. I have a low grade fever. *Do not take Ibuprofen- it can cause abdominal bleeding and who needs that on top of this nightmare. The dr prescribed the 2 antibiotics. Cipro for infection and Flagyl to help rid the bacteria. Liquid diet for 7 days. If after a full round of antibiotics for a day & doesn’t work, I’m heading to the ER. Dr made me promise if it took a turn for the worse go to ER.
    I’m using ice packs on lower left abdomen and I’ve taken 2 Tylenol. Did nothing. Although, Antibiotics aren’t great for us, it can be necessary to fight this so we don’t become septic.
    I’ve been to Specialists, Chiropractors, & a Naturalpathic dr. My Naturalpathic dr prescribed Withania complex (helps the adrenals.) I take probiotics regularly and digestive enzymes. I ran out for a couple days and beleive this didn’t help matters.
    Be very careful going on high fiber diet. Check into Juicing at home. Too much bacteria at some juice places.
    Lots of fiber and salads will kick this into high gear for me.
    It really sucks! I eat pretty healthy exercise (haven’t been consistent this last couple of weeks.
    Praying ?? as well as listen to organ healing guided meditation to calm me and help with positivity. This can make one very emotional, sad, scared, & feel helpless.
    Everyone, just remember this is a disease and there is no real cure. Even surgery hasn’t cured all cases. I’m not a dr but I’ve researched this and went 2 yrs free of symptoms. I’m clear why it happened this time. So bummed! And don’t drink alcohol or much of it when your free of symptoms.
    Love and blessings to you all! You’re in my heart and prayers.

  • I have a lot of pain in my abdomen with gas. I thought it was the start of a UTI, but I don’t have painful urination or any of the other signs. I am tired, sometimes I have constipation, and other times diarrhea. I stay away from nuts, seeds, corn, and beans. I have no idea what is causing me this pain. Should I try a liquid diet for a few days?

  • Thanks for all Your comments they really helped as I feel very alone and isolated with diverticulitis. Today I’m on day three of a liquid diet I started off with clear liquids and today I’m now having soya milk as I think dairy might make it worse. I am pain-free today after two days of agony. I haven’t even bothered going to the doctor this time as I don’t want antibiotics. If I have a fever I will go so please stay vigilant about sepsis.
    Yes probiotics help and Curcucumin and after reading this I’m going to go fodmap free to see if that helps. I recently went to a dietician who advised I could have nuts & seeds as they are high-fibre but this made me worse. I’m going to go and see a nutritionalist as certain foods help heal our bowels.
    The pain is horrendous-worse than childbirth -I fainted once & went to A & E. I was in a bar & felt so embarrassed as people assumed I was drunk! I don’t drink as alcohol inflames the bowels.
    Be strong & take care & rest during flare ups it’s really tiring.

  • Love the comments I have twinges on left abdominal thought it was kidney issues hurts after I eat left upper rib area diagnosed with diverticulosis please tell me what probiotics to take thank you

  • I had been diagnosed with diverticulitis 5 years ago. 1st time was told to avoid berries and nuts. 2nd time told it was a myth. 3rd time was told there is no real proof either way. I had an attack once a year for 3 years, then nothing for 3 years. I ate nuts and berries a plenty the whole time. Now I have it again, antibiotics cleared it up all 3 times. I’m hoping it works again. The pain is excruciating, already been to ER got the IV to replenish fluids and prescription for antibiotics. They always give norco for pain, but I know better as it causes constipation. I take ibuprofen for pain. Walking or sitting causes severe cramping and major pain. Laying flat stretched out not fetal appears to reduce the spasms. Each time it took about 5 days of antibiotics to get everything flowing. But the first few movements are severely painful. Not sure if all my tears were from pain or joy from finally being able to go. Good luck everyone. We aren’t alone, if misery loves company we have plenty.

  • I have had diverticulitis for long time was having a glass of wine worst pain I have suffered plus sweating lasted for about 30 mins has this happened to anyone

  • For what it’s worth: If you are trying to raise your fiber intake, and have trouble with wheat/gluten or seeds, you might try making bread with coconut flour. The result is somewhat like cornbread, without the ‘gritty’ texture that cornbread often has. It’s working for me. There are lots of recipes available on the net. The thing to remember when using coconut flour is that it absorbs a LOT of liquid; make sure to let it sit for 15 minutes or so before you bake it.

  • Hi, I am 56 and have had diverticulitis since 2009. The episodes have been recurring 5-10 times a year. Sometimes the antibiotics need to be taken a second time in a row. Mine are always infections, fever, severe pain in my left lower and mid quadrant of stomach, no stomach movement at all until I just cannot eat anymore, I can’t stand up due the severity of the pain. I’ve tried changing my diet and staying stress free but I still get it. I just went to a surgeon Dr who highly recommends that I be re-sected from distal to mid sigmoid (large bowel). Problem is I have had two stomach surgeries and the scars are long. He most likely can’t do it laporscopically which results in a longer healing time. It is also a large piece and they said 1 in 20 chance it may leak and I still have diverticulosis in other parts which may erupt both of these could make it where I have to go back in for a bag. He says if I don’t get it done more than likely one of them will make a hole and cause spesis and then it’s a real mess and a bag for sure if not death since most people do not realize some of there illness is actually a chronic infection. Any advice would be most welcome. I am scared to death.

  • I’m 64 and in good health. No surgeries. I’m going in Monday for a scan. Dr believes this is what I have. I am really concerned now after reading all the comments. But will stay positive.

  • I am just recovering from a nasty bout of what could be diverticulitis. I have had these symptoms many times before, but have put it down to a partially prolapsed uterus. Saw the nurse practitioner last week and she thinks it could be diverticulitis. The pain has been unbearable at times,along with awful fatigue, fever and terrible constipation. Was given Laxido for constipation. Finally that has worked-now I have diarrhoea as I took too much, but was so desperate. Sitting down for even a short time was impossible, walking or lying down were all I could do to relieve the discomfort. Had bloods taken last week and a stool sample. Now have to do repeat stool sample and more bloods. This last 2-3 weeks have been a nightmare. Spent so much time in tears but my family haven’t seen that. I try to hide it. Feel that my diet is fairly healthy. Eat lots of vegetables. Don’t like nuts and seeds anyway or drink alcohol. So glad there are places on the net like this that we can share our problems. It’s always good to know we are not alone. Have recently read a great book by Aliss Cresswell called How to be healed and stay healed. It talks about how Jesus can and does heal us when we have faith to believe and receive His healing. Some of you may be open to the idea. I hope you are. My faith in the Lord really helps me. Take care all of you and God bless you all

  • Well reading all these comments has made me feel better as there is so much info here thank you all and very good health to everyone. It is only when you are sick that you appreciate good health we all take it so for granted. Bless you all

  • I was just recently hospitalized with my first bout of diverticulitis. I had felt so horrible for two months bI haut could not figure out what was wrong with me. I did not have pain but did have extreme nausea, exhaustion so bad I could barely accomplish anything during the day. It had started with a bout of pneumonia for which I took antibiotics. Then, it turned into a constant pain in my upper left rib cage. Went to my primary twice who could not figure out what was going on. The lower pain on my left side developed fairly slowly but after a few bad days of pretty bad pain I was in agony. Much like labor pain,drenching sweats, nausea and pain so bad I ended up on morphine drips. I was given a CT and it was determined I had diverticulitis. Antibiotics made me feel worse but after about 5 days things got better. Saw the gastroenterologist and he set up a colonoscopy for August 1. I have felt so amazing. Energy, no pain, no nausea….but then, pain crept back in last week. Not very much and Tylenol knocks it out. Saw my primary today for something else and she pressed on the painful area and it was pretty painful. I have a call into the gastro doc. I am so discouraged. This is bearable but I have been devout about no nuts, seeds, etc. (which my doctor too said does not contribute but I am not taking chances). Hope it goes away! Do probiotics help?

  • I’ve had three diverticulitis attacks. One put me in the hospital for a week with an infected pocket. Was told if it keeps up I will have to have surgery. The antibiotics flagel and cipro makes me sooooo sick. I can only take it through an IV. It started last night, severe pain lower left side. Drinking water and Gatorade and will see how I feel tomorrow. So scared to go to ER. I’m not a spring chicken 71. Been laying down all day. Hurts when I get up, anyone know of anything to take besides flagel and cipro? Makes me sick to my stomach just saying their names. No fever just nervous. Wishing all of your healing powers.

  • I am not sure if I have this or not, the ER didn’t find anything and doctor’s here don’t really help much, very dismissive. I have had an on and off again constipation and it’s weird because when i have to go to bathroom the urge goes away, and then it causes pressure and feels like it pushes the vagina out where it is uncomfortable to sit or lay down in some positions. I thought it was prolapse but it wasn’t. The pain I have isn’t extreme, it’s in my lower left side under rib cage and just feels like there is something solid in there which is scary and when i get gas, it gets really bloated and the gas seems to move all over the place. It’s starting to freak me out and kinda scared to find out what it is because nobody can relate, they just say its constipation and its normal. Well hell I never had constipation much but this definitely don’t feel normal. Just wondering if anuone else has these symptoms or knows what it could be. 😳😒😰

  • I feel for all of the people suffering from this! Pretty sure mine started years ago (58 now), but docs never suggested Diverticulitis. My mom had it at about the same age, and has had bowel resection, infections, sepsis… you name it. She’s ok now but has flare-ups now and again. Mine started with pains very low in my left abdomen. Sharp and dispersed, I can only describe them as fireworks pain. stabby jabby short fleeting pain from the lower left and up. a day later, and today still, I have the “labor” pains. Pain shooting up my hoo haw, in my pelvic floor, my bladder… Everywhere. Can’t take ibuprofen with Cipro, so it’s been a painful time. i know with no doubt that seds and nuts DO cause flare-ups. I am sensistive to almonds, and don’t eat them at all anymore. Didn’t realize they are hidden in so many products. Well, I usually find out 2-3 days after eating something with almonds in it, The pain is baaaaack. Same with Coconut. I am a heathly eater, so it’s pretty annoying to have to accept not eating salads and uncooked produce.

  • I’m so happy I decided to read up on sigmoid colon diverticulosis. Reading the comments really helped me. For many years, I’ve suffered with constipation, hemroids, fissures.., etc. Also, I had my gall bladder removed, Today, I had my colonoscopy; polyps found and showing the scd. I’ve been having severe pain, lower right and many test done since my last colonoscopy (4 years) nothing was there. So many of the comments referenced gas and pain in pelvic. My pain is more frequently in the lower right groin area with pulling on an muscle or something. On, it hurts to cough and never associated the pain with constipation. I’m lucky to go to the bathroom approx once a week. I’m on expensive align and sometimes I’ll take a laxative. I’ll see my gastro doctor next week and I’m happy I can now tell him ‘I’m not crazy.’ Thanks again for your comments.

  • WAs diagnosed a month ago with diverticulitis. A mild case they say. Did a course of antibiotics. Did liquid diet into low fibre into increasing fibre. Just yesterday the pain in my side had returned. My whole left side hurts. Can’t lay on it. Can’t get comfy. Ever since the original attack my bowel movements haven’t been the same. I never had any issues with constipation or diarrhea before but the colour changed to light brown from dark brown. I’m very hungry but scared to eat. No fever each time just extreme discomfort. Guess I’ll try a liquid diet again for a few days. Still waiting for my appointment to see a gastroenterologist. My colon is very noisy. Getting thru work is ridiculous. I took two weeks off with initial flare up and cannot take anymore time off. It is comforting to know I’m not alone. Not that I want people suffering like this, but glad there are people to tsk to and share experiences and get advice from. Thank you all for your stories. I wish you all strength to get through this ❤️

  • I am new to this disease. Diagnosed last week after colonoscopy. Had diarrhoea every day for 5 months but ironically, significantly better post colonoscopy. Perhaps it is the relief of the diagnosis as like others, I had begun to convince myself I had cancer. I was also off work with stress 5 months earlier. This time last month I also felt extremely unwell – off balance, dizzy, nauseous, sweaty, chills – I thought I had a bug on top of my diarrhoea. I have always thought I suffered IBS re cramping and bloating but the diarrhoea was a new thing. On one occasion the cramping nearly made me keel over but generally it is mild and more central than left or right side. Surgeon said my diverticular were significant on the left side and certainly the colonoscopy was more painful on that side. I was given same instructions as others – eat brown rice, pasta, bread etc but I already do and have done for years! I’ve always found nuts and popcorn flared IBS. I’m a bit at a loss as to what to do next. Still suffering a lot of bloating so whilst have gone down a dress size and have a healthy BMI, I feel fat. I have been told I am low on folic acid – possible absorption issue and am awaiting results of test for celiac disease. Out of interest, I also started getting eye problems a couple of years ago. Blepharitis and also regular sore, red eyes which the ophthalmologist couldn’t diagnose. Anyone experienced similar?

  • I have hade my worst flare up ever after eating strawberrys ,don’t know why some of them say you can eat them . Stay away from them is my advice !

  • I just am in the last day or so of a terrible diverticulitis attack. My pain, too, is like your worse labor pain that will not go away. This is about my fourth attack in the last year and a half. Information on this cite is incredible! Thank you all that have shared. I do intermittent fasting to help the healing process, and pain slows down substantially. I would love recommendations on the best probiotics, vitamins, that help? Good luck to everyone, may God bless!

  • This is for the lady (age 58) that wrote in 07-16 that she was taking Cipro. Whatever you do DO NOT take Cipro. You need to search this drug and read all the side effects that will NEVER go away. Took Cipro for a kidney infection 4 years ago and I have Peripheral Neuropathy that keeps getting worse. Has spread to both feet and hands. I had a kidney stone busted in hospital. When woke up in recovery ask nurse about numbness in foot. She was very unconcerned and said she did not know why. Took me 6 months for someone in the medical field to ask me of I had taken Cipro. Got my records at the hospital and Cipro was put in my IV and was send home with pills to continue to take to avoid infection. This is a HORRIBLE drug and needs to be taken off the market. The sad thing is two different doctors have told me this is “the go to antibiotic” for doctors. Anyone that reads this post PLEASE refuse Cipro!

  • I have constant pain no matter what!! At least with labour you have a pretty good idea when the pain will stop! Sometimes I can’t even speak because the pain is horrendous

  • Had my first attack about a month ago. G.I. Dr. Said I did nothing to cause it and go back to a normal diet. Info. On what to eat or not to eat is very contradicting. I honestly don’t think the doctors know. Comes with age, they say. I fear I will get other attacks and I would never survive surgery because I have stage 5 ckd.

  • I believe I have had diverticulitis for over 20 years with symptoms of severe pain in the lower left abdomen, especially in the mornings and with diarrhoea several times a day. 2 years I had a colonoscopy which proved this, and I was told to go on a high fibre diet and not eat nuts. seeds etc. Thid did not improve the situation and probably made it worse. I had two severe bouts in January and February this year and my GP prescribed antibiotics and decided to refer me to a specialist dietician. The dietician then explained that when I get a flare up I should then go on a low fibre diet until the symptoms have gone (this includes the diarrhoea and not just the pain) I have been on this low fibre diet for several months gradually increasing the fibre. This seems to have been very beneficial with much less pain and diarrhoea. I now have much firmer stools and less frequent visits to the toilet. It has changed my life completely. I could not go out without knowing where the next toilet was in case I needed to get there quickly. Now I feel free to roam without thinking about it.

  • I had a CT scan for kidney stone and it showed 3 small pouches on my intestine. I have constipation almost all the time. I have never had pain in my stomach area. A little bloating at times, The pain that I have is in my rectum, It goes away after a bowel movement, I have to take something most of the time to help with the constipation. Just started drinking water like I should. The doctor told me that I had IBS with my last scope. The pouches did not show up then. Anyone else had this pain in the rectum before. There is a IBS meditation by Michael Sealey on YOU-TUBE that helps with these stomach issues. Hope everyone feel better soon.

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