Among the most common conditions worldwide is diverticular disease, which is essentially a cluster of conditions that could impact the digestive tract. One of the mildest forms of diverticular disease is diverticulosis, while the most severe is diverticulitis. The latter could cause some really serious symptoms. Left unaddressed, these severe complications could lead to long-term health issues.
This is why early diagnosis by one of our physicians, Dr. Michelle Murday, Dr. Jill Clark, Dr. Joseph Melvin, or Dr. Abby Crume, here at Associates in Colon and Rectal Surgery in Salt Lake City, UT, is crucial. An accurate diagnosis is likewise crucial since diverticulosis left untreated could progress into diverticulitis, which is more difficult to treat.
How Do I Know If I Have Diverticulitis?
The symptoms of diverticulitis range from mild to extremely intense and could develop over time or suddenly appear. These typically include:
- Abdominal pain
Left unmanaged, it could cause more serious symptoms such as:
- Severe and/or constant abdominal pain, usually on the bottom left abdomen portion but can also occur on the bottom right portion
- Vomiting and nausea
- Chills and fever
- Bloody stools
- Bleeding in the rectum
If any of these symptoms develop, consult your proctologist as soon as possible, as this could indicate a severe complication.
Why Do I Have Diverticulitis?
Diverticulitis occurs when the diverticula, which are pouches that form in the digestive tract, usually in the large intestine, become infected or inflamed. In most cases, this happens when poorly digested food or feces obstructs the diverticula’s opening. Studies, however, indicate that it isn’t typically caused by one thing, and that multiple environmental, lifestyle and hereditary factors play a role in its development.
A Vital Note on Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
If there are diverticula in your digestive tract that are not inflamed or infected, you have diverticulosis. In most individuals, treatment is very minimal or not needed, but it’s still best to check in with your doctor in Salt Lake City, UT, if you have diverticulosis, just to be on the safe side. However, if you’re experiencing symptoms such as severe bloating and constant stomach pain, you may have SUDD or symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease, which could progress into diverticulitis if not treated promptly.
If you suspect you have diverticulitis, consult your doctor as early as possible, so you can manage it properly and prevent its recurrence.
For More Details, Advice, or Questions on Diverticulitis, Diverticulosis, or Other Diverticular Diseases, Contact Us
Book an assessment with your physicians here at Associates in Colon and Rectal Surgery in Salt Lake City, UT, Dr. Michelle Murday, Dr. Jill Clark, Dr. Joseph Melvin, or Dr. Abby Crume, by calling 801-263-1621.