3.45pm Lucia Ciabanu – Abdominal pain.

When diverticula cause symptoms, such as pain It’s called diverticular disease.

If the diverticula become inflamed or infected, causing more severe symptoms, it’s called diverticulitis.

Symptoms of diverticular disease and diverticulitis (NICE 2022)

Diverticular disease

  • left iliac fossa abdominal pain. It tends to come and go and gets worse during or shortly after eating (pooing or farting eases it)
  • constipationdiarrhoea, or both
  • occasionally, blood in the faeces


  • Sudden constant, more severe abdominal pain
  • fever
  • diarrhoea or constipation
  • mucus or blood in faeces or pr bleeding

Lucia has moderate pain and analgesia has not helped.