A doctor usually will take a medical history and do a physical exam if you have symptoms of diverticulitis.
If your medical problem affects your abdomen, your doctor will ask questions (medical history) about:
A dietary history includes questions about the amount of fiber, fat, and salt in your diet. If your symptoms are mild and occur only sometimes, your doctor may recommend that you try a high-fiber, low-fat diet.
During the physical exam to learn the cause of an abdominal problem, your doctor will:
A history and physical exam are needed for anyone who sees a doctor about abdominal pain or tenderness or a change in bowel habits.
Your medical history and physical exam can provide your doctor with clues about the cause of your symptoms. Your doctor then may decide to do more tests (especially if there are several possible causes for your symptoms or if the cause is still unclear), begin treatment, or both.
If your symptoms are not severe, your doctor may recommend a change in your diet and watchful waiting.
Current as of: September 9, 2014
Author: Healthwise Staff
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