Diverticulitis is a complication of a condition with a similar name, diverticulosis. That’s when small pockets form and poke through the wall of the digestive tract. Doctors call these pouches “diverticula.” When these pockets get inflamed or infected, you have diverticulitis, which can be painful.

What Causes Diverticulitis?

Doctors aren’t sure. Some studies suggest your genes might play a role. Diverticulitis may happen when bacteria or stool get caught in a pouch in your colon. If you have more bad germs than good ones in your gut, that might cause it, too.


Signs can come on suddenly. Often, you’ll start to feel sharp pain in the lower left side of your belly. It might grow worse over the next few days.

You also might have:

  • Fever or chills
  • More urges to pee
  • Bladder infection
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

How Is It Diagnosed?

You might not know you have diverticulitis until you start noticing pain and symptoms. Your doctor will want to do some tests to rule out other problems.

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