Diverticulitis is a condition in which the diverticula, small pouches that can develop in the lining of the colon, become inflamed or infected. While diverticulitis can cause significant discomfort and complications, it is usually not life-threatening.
However, in severe cases, diverticulitis can lead to complications such as abscesses, perforation of the colon, or blockage of the colon, which can be serious and require prompt medical attention.
Symptoms of diverticulitis can include abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, and a change in bowel habits. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
In summary, while diverticulitis can be a serious condition in some cases, most people with the condition can be effectively treated with medication and lifestyle changes.