Diverticulosis is an illness of a weakened digestive system. Over the years, the walls of the bowels get weak and start to form “pockets” or “pouches” (from which Diverticulosis is named). An improper diet that does not contains vitamins prevents the body from creating strong tissues.
Applying strong pressure at toilet time can buckle weak places in the intestines, or even enlarge small pouches. Most people are sitting in the wrong position in the toilet. This position keeps the anus closed and require applying pressure to be relieved. We strongly recommend reading this post about the proper toilet position and use it.
There may be one or more pouches that form (mostly) in the large intestine. (where the stool or feces are stored until toilet time). Half-digested food gets trapped within these pouches. Especially if these are the fatty, low-fiber kind which tends to stick to the walls. This slows down digestion and allows bad bacteria to grow quickly. The end-results are infections and inflammation among other complications.
The symptoms that diverticulosis patients experience depends on the stage of their illness. If it is still early on, you will notice when it begins to affect you is an irregular toilet habit, difficulty passing out the stools, pain in the lower abdomen, and bloatedness.
There are bloated feelings and some pain in the lower abdomen which starts and stops many times. There could be diarrhea as a side-effect of impaired digestion. These may go away after the stool is successfully relieved.
Diverticulosis is a long-term disease and may leave patients feeling exhausted and frustrated.
Diverticulosis sufferer can alter his or her lifestyle in time. Then the illness could be managed. With the patient having a relatively comfortable quality of life.
The infection of the “pouches” can lead to a life-threatening situation.
You can see how diverticulosis looks like in this video: