Diverticulitis is a painful inflammation of the colon. It is caused by infected diverticula, which are abnormal pouches that begin to form in the wall of the colon. When feces get stuck in these pouches, bacteria begin to grow, which causes the infection.
In addition to pain in the lower left side of the belly, there are a number of tell-tale symptoms related to diverticulitis, including:
- No appetite
- Gas and bloating
- Fever and chills
If your symptoms are mild, they can be managed with lots of liquids, a heating pad and antibiotics until the infection clears. However, if your diverticulitis more serious and prevents you from voiding, a temporary ostomy may be necessary until the infection clears.
If this is the case, your nurse will educate you on the proper changes in diet that are required to ease your suffering. They will also care for your temporary ostomy until it is removed.