There are usually no symptoms, although some people may experience discomfort in the lower abdomen, constipation, and bloating. Diverticulitis Symptoms.
• Sudden pain that can be severe in the lower left side of the abdomen; less commonly, mild abdominal pain that gets worse over time
• Change in bowel habits
• Nausea and vomiting
• Rectal bleeding
• Low-fiber diet
• Food sensitivities
• Lack of exercise
• Imbalanced intestinal flora
The following tests and procedures help assess possible reasons for diverticulosis and diverticulitis.
To confirm diverticulosis, an X-ray of the colon is performed.
For diverticulitis, a physical exam usually reveals abdominal tenderness (especially in the lower left abdomen) and inflamed diverticula of the colon, and blood work shows an increased white blood cell count.
Preventative tests that help determine the health of the digestive tract: Stool analysis—flora balance, degree of inflammation, and bacterial, parasitic, or fungal overgrowth.
Food sensitivity/allergy testing—blood, elctrodermal