Diverticular disease is a condition where small pockets (or outpouches) form in the bowel. When these pouches inflame, diverticulitis occurs. There are generally no external symptoms of diverticular disease, though people may suffer standard cramps, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, flatulence, blood in the stool, or anaemia. Once diverticulitis presents, people might experience sharp pains, a fever, abdominal swelling, nausea and vomiting. Antibiotics, resting the bowel, a high fibre diet with good quantities of roughage, pain relieving medication, and surgery are common treatment options.
back to Natural Health Glossary