The common condition of having pouches in the intestines is called Diverticulosis. When these pouches become inflamed, the condition is called Diverticulitis. 2-3% of people suffer from Diverticulitis. The disease is believed to be caused mainly by the low fiber diet used in the modern, industrialized world. The NIH has more detailed information on how diet relates to Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis.
Common symptoms are cramps, bloating, constipation and abdominal pain. The most common sign is tenderness along the Left side of the lower abdomen. Fever, nausea, vomiting and chills may occur if infection is involved.
The severity of the symptoms depends on the extent of the infection. Diverticulitis can lead to intestinal bleeding, perforation, tears and blockages.
A high fiber diet is the best treatment for diverticulitis. This diet should contain lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains and beans. Here is a list of high fiber foods to add to your diet.
Along with adding the above foods to your diet, you need to reduce foods that counteract fiber. These foods are sugars, salts, cheeses, other dairy foods (yogurt is OK), beef.
Once you've made these dietary changes, the disease should be under control.
In addition to the above diet, the doctor may prescribe mild pain medicine. A serious attack may require hospital care or surgery.
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