Diverticulitis is an intestinal infection that is most common in older people. It is a condition that is often easily treatable. For more information on treatment contact the professionals at Gastro-Intestinal Associates in Lima, OH.
In more than half of Americans over 60 small sacs develop in their intestinal lining. Usually, in the large intestine. This condition is called diverticulosis.
Diverticulitis is when these sacs become inflamed and infected.
There is no known cause for it, although low fiber diets are a suspected culprit. This is because a lack of fiber can lead to constipation, which can strain the intestine walls.
Diverticulosis, without infection, often has no symptoms, it must be diagnosed by your doctor. Your Lima, OH, gastroenterologist can examine you for diverticulosis and diverticulitis.
It is done through an x-ray or ultrasound of the abdomen. A CT scan is not a common method for diagnosis, but when performed for other reasons, will spot the diverticula.
A blood test will be performed to check for an infection.
Common symptoms are tenderness in the left lower abdomen, as well as bloating, and nausea. Perhaps even fever and chills, as well as blood in your stool.
Contact your doctor if have these symptoms. It's important to treat diverticulitis early to avoid complications. Such as the narrowing of a part of the colon, a tear, bleeding, an abscess, or a fistula between the colon and another part of the body.
If your case is mild your treatment may be a simple as rest, pain medicine, and a change of diet. One based on liquids for a time before returning to regular food. Although they'll probably suggest adding more fiber overall to your diet.
You may require antibiotics and a hospital stay for more severe diverticulitis.
If your symptoms don't respond to other treatments surgery may be needed.
Your doctors at Gastro-Intestinal Associates Ohio in Lima, OH, can help guide you to the best treatment for you. Call today at (419) 227-8209.