Have you ever had lower abdominal pain and wondered whether it is coming from your GI tract? In fact, diverticular disease may be the reason. 

Diverticulosis is a disease of the colon where you develop out-pouches or “diverticula,” and sometimes these pockets can have complications.

In the western hemisphere, we are seeing an increasing trend of diverticulosis. More than 40% of people over the age of 60 develop the condition.

One of the complications is diverticulitis, an infection of one of the pockets caused by a small tear or “microperforation” from impacted stool. This is when symptoms usually begin and they can be very sudden and become severe quickly. Symptoms of diverticulitis include:

-- Tenderness, usually in the left lower side of the abdomen

-- Bloating or gas

-- Fever and chills

-- Nausea and vomiting

-- Not feeling hungry and not eating

It is important to be aware of the symptoms and management of diverticulitis.

Learn more about diverticulosis at noon Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA in Lecanto. Dr. Sree Chandrupatla, and one of the newest gastroenterologists in Citrus County, Dr. Varun Patel, will conduct a talk on the subject. Both are with Gastroenterology Associates of Citrus County, 352-563-2450.

They will discuss the risk factors for developing diverticular disease, the signs, symptoms, and management of diverticulitis, plus answer any questions you may have. This talk is open to the public.

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