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Do You Have these Diverticulitis Symptoms? Pain in the Abdomen, Constipation (and Sometimes Diarrhea), Cramping, and Bloating

In many cases, diverticulitis symptoms are not very noticeable. Diverticulitis is the medical term for infected or inflamed bulging sacs in the inner lining of the intestines. Usually, these bulging sacs are small and are found in the large intestine, known as the colon. It is not clear what the cause of diverticulitis is, but it is thought that low-fibre diets can contribute to it.

Diverticulitis symptoms

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People who ingest little fibre are more likely to have constipation and harder stools. This causes stress on the human body, especially as one tries to pass stools. The pressure that is put on the intestines can cause the sacs to form. These sacs (diverticulum) can cause diverticulitis when feces gets trapped in the sac and results in infection.

Diverticulitis Symptoms Exposed

Many people do not notice any symptoms at all, and those who do have symptoms only experience minor ones. Some of the more common symptoms seen include pain in the abdomen, constipation (and sometimes diarrhea), cramping, and bloating. It is very difficult to diagnose diverticulitis by just observing these symptoms, because these are common diverticulitis symptoms seen in other digestive disorders.

More specific diverticulitis symptoms include bloody stools. Bloody stools can be maroon or bright red. The blood may be observed in the toilet or on toilet paper. Usually, the bleeding is not very severe and can stop on its own. Pain in the stomach area is usually centred on the lower-left area. Other symptoms can include nausea and vomiting, fever, chills, and also constipation. Some individuals may feel bloated and gassy, whereas others don’t feel hungry nor do they want to eat.

If you notice that the abdominal pain is getting worse, or if your fever is not going away (100.4°F), are experiencing prolonged constipation, a burning sensation while urinating, or if you notice blood in your stools, it is important that you see a medical professional right away. This is a sign that the diverticulitis symptoms are more severe or that there are other complications.

These serious complications can lead to colon obstruction, collection of pus in the pelvis-area, bleeding in the colon, and infection in the abdominal area. The diverticulum (the sacs) can rupture, meaning that bacteria that were once located in the colon can spread to other tissues in the surrounding area. This can lead to a bladder infection. In rare cases, the rupturing of a diverticulum can lead to peritonitis, a life threatening infection.

Medical Conditions & Symptoms : Signs & Symptoms of Diverticulitis

REFERENCE LINKS:

http://www.medicinenet.com/diverticulosis/article.htm#What_is_diverticulitis
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000257.htm
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diverticulitis/DS00070/DSECTION=symptoms

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Do You Have these Diverticulitis Symptoms? Pain in the Abdomen, Constipation (and Sometimes Diarrhea), Cramping, and Bloating