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By Queens Boulevard ASC
March 31, 2022
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Diverticulosis  

Diverticulitis is a gastrointestinal condition in which small pouches, called diverticula, form along the wall or lining of any part of the digestive tract. If these pouches become inflamed, they can bulge outward and cause abdominal pain and other symptoms. Since diverticulitis is believed to be the result of a low-fiber diet, certain lifestyle changes can help alleviate symptoms of this condition. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center in Rego Park, NY, diagnose and treat diverticulitis.

Symptoms of Diverticulosis

Diverticula, or pouches, tend to develop over time as a result of chronic constipation. Straining during bowel movements and increased pressure along the colon and digestive tract causes the inner layer of the digestive tract to push through weaker spots in the outer layer, which can lead to the formation of small pouches. It is believed that a diet low in fiber could play a factor in the development of diverticulosis. Fiber improves digestive health and helps prevent constipation.

Some patients with diverticulosis do not experience any obvious symptoms, while others experience several symptoms when the diverticula pouches become inflamed. Symptoms of diverticulosis include:

  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Gassiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever

Treatments and Lifestyle Changes

It is important to see a gastroenterologist at our Rego Park, NY, practice for treatment if you suspect you might have diverticulosis or another gastrointestinal condition. Treatment can alleviate symptoms and prevent the condition from becoming worse. Treatment for diverticulitis can vary from one patient to the next, but could include antibiotics and pain relief medication. Some patients benefit from a temporarily switching to a liquid diet until their symptoms have subsided.

Since a lack of fiber seems to play a major role in the development of diverticulosis, certain dietary and lifestyle changes can help alleviate symptoms. One of the simplest changes to make is to switch to a high-fiber diet filled with fruits, vegetables, and grains. Certain types of legumes can also provide additional fiber in the diet. For some patients, the gastroenterologist might recommend incorporating a supplemental fiber in to the diet to help soften stools and make bowel movements easier. Supplemental fiber comes in pill, powder, and wafer form.

If you have been diagnosed with diverticulosis, our experienced gastroenterologists can recommend specific treatments and lifestyle changes for providing relief from abdominal discomfort and other symptoms. To schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist in Rego Park, NY, call Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center at (718) 406-8000.

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