These are both conditions affecting your large intestine. As we age, small pockets appear in the lining of our large intestine – these are called diverticula. The presence of diverticula does not mean you will experience symptoms, but some people do. If you have no symptoms but have diverticula, it is called diverticulosis. If you have symptoms, such as stomach pain, it is called diverticular disease. Sometimes the diverticula can become infected or inflamed increasing the severity of symptoms – this is called diverticulitis.
Seek help from your doctor if you are experiencing gut symptoms.