What to ask your doctor about diverticulitis
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, most often the lower left part.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider about diverticulitis.
What causes diverticulitis?
What are the symptoms of diverticulitis?
What type of diet should I be eating?
What should I do if my symptoms become worse?
What are the complications of diverticulitis?
Will I ever need surgery?
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