Are you experiencing unexplained stomach cramping, bloated stomach, constipation, and passing gas too often? You could be dealing with a common digestive disease called diverticulitis. According to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy it affects as many as half of Americans over the age of 60. At Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants in Houston, TX, a gastroenterologist will talk to you about how to ease your symptoms.
What Is Diverticulitis?
Diverticulitis is a gastrointestinal condition that occurs in the colon. Pockets called diverticula form along the walls of the colon, most likely due to pressure and straining when going to the bathroom. Those pockets may become infected with bad bacteria that reside in the colon. As waste attempts to pass through the colon, the pockets may cause temporary blockages and more straining. Doctors believe that the underlying cause of diverticulitis is not getting enough fiber in your diet, which in turn causes constipation.
As is the case with many abdominal conditions, pain is often the first symptom of diverticulitis. You may feel this pain before and while going to the bathroom. An increase in odorous gas and bloating of the stomach may also happen, which is possibly the most embarrassing symptom of diverticulitis. If your stomach suddenly feels or looks bloated, this condition may be one of the causes. Be sure to tell your Houston gastroenterologist all of the symptoms you’ve been experiencing at your next appointment.
Diverticulitis Diagnosis and Treatments
Diagnosing diverticulitis as the exact cause of your digestive issues is the first course of action. This can be done with a CT scan or colonoscopy test. You will also discuss your medical history with your gastroenterologist, including any medications you have recently started and any dietary changes. The treatment will most likely be oral antibiotics to eliminate any infection, probiotics to balance gut flora, and fiber supplement. A new diet high in fiber will also help.
Get Relief from Symptoms
In order to get relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of diverticulitis, you’ll have to get it properly diagnosed by a gastroenterologist at Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants in Houston, TX. Call (713) 777-2555 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Krishnamurthy Shivshanker.