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Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis (cont.)

Diverticulitis Symptoms

Most people with diverticulosis have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they are usually mild and include the following:

  • pain in the belly (abdomen),
  • bloating,
  • constipation (less often, diarrhea), and
  • cramping.

These symptoms are nonspecific. This means that similar symptoms are seen in many different digestive disorders. They do not necessarily mean that a person has diverticulosis. If an individual has these symptoms, he or she should see a health care practitioner.

Diverticulitis is a more serious condition and causes symptoms in most people with the condition that include:

  • pain in the abdomen, usually in the lower left side;
  • bleeding, bright red or maroon blood may appear in the toilet, on the toilet paper, or in the stool. Bleeding is often mild and usually stops by itself; however, it can become severe;
  • fever;
  • nausea;
  • vomiting;
  • chills; and
  • constipation (less often, diarrhea).

If diverticulitis is not treated promptly it can develop some very serious complications. A complication is suggested by any of the following symptoms:

  • worsening abdominal pain;
  • persistent fever;
  • vomiting (no food or liquid can be tolerated);
  • constipation for an extended period of time;
  • burning or pain during urination; and
  • bleeding from the rectum.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/29/2014
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