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i have pain and swelling on the left side in my back, as i say its inside,not a muscle pain...ive been to the er twice now and they say the ct scan shows nothing on that side but that i have divertricilitis in my right intestine. Iam scared.

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replied February 17th, 2012
Kidney Conditions Answer A31661
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

Diverticulitis is small, bulging sacs or pouches of the large intestinal mucosa that become inflamed or infected.

The main cause of such condition is due to chronic constipation, dietary lack of fibres, and intake of too much of processed foods with low fibre content. Chronic straining results in increase in intestinal pressure, and hence weakening of the intestinal mucosa. Once these pouches have formed, you will have them for life. If you make a few simple changes in your lifestyle, you may not have diverticulitis again.

Treatment of your condition will depend on the severity of your symptoms. Antibiotics will help to treat the infection resulting in the pouches. They do not cure the condition.

You should consult your doctor, if you have blood in the stools, high grade fever, nausea, vomiting, severe or worsening pain in the belly or the back.

In case of complications like fistulas, rupture, bleeding in the intestines, or stricture formation, surgical intervention may be needed.

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