These are the same as any other inflammatory bowel condition. Essentially it is a man made injury. Diverticulitis does not just occur naturally -as does diverticulosis which is a breakdown of the internal bowel tissue – this comes about mainly from aging. Diverticulitis occurs when there has been damage to the mucosal lining that protects the intestinal tissue from digestive acids and food passing by.
If you have a diverticulitis episode you will know it. It will come on real fast and then dissipate just as fast. It will be sharp pain in the lower abdomen that can make you double over. Most of the time it will force you to go to the hospital. It is typically treated by the doctor in the emergency with antibiotics and as an isolated incident.
Anyone who has had a diverticulitis attack knows how painful they can be. Most will end up at the emergency room. The symptoms of diverticulitis develop when little pouches in the intestines which are called diverticula become infected or inflamed. When the presence of these pouches is chronic and not painful it is called diverticulosis.
What diverticulitis and diverticulosis are and are not.
- They are not actually inflammatory bowel diseases. IBS-Colitis-Crohn’s & Diverticulitis have never been proven to be diseases-that is just a theory. They are not genetic. They are all manmade.
- However—the fundamentals are the same and they are treated the same.