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Diverticulitis - what to ask your doctor



Diverticulitis is inflammation of small pouches (diverticula) that can form in the walls of your large intestine. This leads to fever and pain in your belly.

Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse about diverticulitis.

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What to ask your doctor about diverticulitis


What causes diverticulitis?

What are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

What type of diet should I be eating?

  • How do I get more fiber in my diet?
  • Are there foods that I should not be eating?
  • Is it okay to drink coffee or tea, or alcohol?

What should I do when my symptoms become worse?

  • Do I need to change what I eat?
  • Are there medicines that I should take?
  • When should I call the doctor?

What are the complications of diverticulitis?

Will I ever need surgery?

Review Date: 4/15/2009
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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