What Does Diverticulitis Feel Like?

What are the symptoms of a diverticulitis flare up?

Diverticulitis (flare-up) occurs when the diverticula become inflamed and/or infected. There might be an increase in diarrhea, cramping, and bowel irritability, and symptoms can include intense pain, abdominal cramping, bleeding, bloating, and fever.

Where is diverticulitis pain located?

The signs and symptoms of diverticulitis include: Pain, which may be constant and persist for several days. The lower left side of the abdomen is the usual site of the pain. Sometimes, however, the right side of the abdomen is more painful, especially in people of Asian descent.

How long does a diverticulitis attack last?

“If you have diverticulitis with no complications, typically after diagnosis we treat with antibiotics,” Altawil says. “We usually see improvement within the first 24 hours, then considerable improvement within three to five days, and then the disease resolves in about 10 days.”

Can diverticulitis pain go away on its own?

A mild case of diverticulitis may go away on its own without any treatment. When treatment is necessary, antibiotics and a liquid or low-fiber diet may be all that is necessary to resolve symptoms. Only about 5 percent of people who have diverticulosis ever go on to develop diverticulitis.