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What Increases Your Risk
The possibility of developing diverticulitis increases with age.
You may be more likely to develop diverticulitis if you:
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if you have pain in the abdomen that is in one spot (as opposed to general pain in the abdomen), especially if you also have:
Call your doctor immediately if you have:
Call your doctor if you:
Call your doctor if you are treating mild diverticulitis at home and:
It is not uncommon to have bloating, gas pressure, or mild abdominal pain. These can be caused by eating certain foods or by stress. Home treatment usually will take care of these symptoms. If home treatment does not help or if the symptoms become worse, see your doctor.
Who To See
Health professionals who can diagnose and prescribe treatment for diverticulitis include:
If further tests are needed, if your symptoms do not respond to treatment, or if you may need surgery, your doctor may refer you to a:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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