What Are The Symptoms of Diverticulitis?
Although Diverticulitis symptoms are usually minor and include mild cramps or bloating, Diverticulitis may result in more serious problems. The severity of the symptoms of a person depends on the extent of infection and complications. Severe cases of Diverticulitis can lead to bleeding, infection of the intestines, extreme spells of intense pain or blockages. These complications require immediate treatment to prevent development of life threatening situations.
Most people with Diverticulitis have no serious or noticeable discomfort or symptoms.
However, possible symptoms that can be experienced include:
- Mild cramps
Other diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and stomach ulcers can cause similar problems, so these symptoms do not always mean a person has Diverticulitis. You should consult your doctor if you have these troubling symptoms.
Diverticulitis symptoms occur whenever one or more diverticula inside your digestive tract can be an inflammation or infection. A diet for Diverticulitis should be used when this happens, as these effects are due mainly to years of bad eating habits and low fiber intake. Often, people do not even know they have, because it rarely ever causes any problems.
Sometimes, however, signs of Diverticulitis occur, causing severe abdominal pain, marking a change in your bowel habits, and even nausea and fever. Although, mild cases can be treated with rest and a diet adjusted for the treatment of Diverticulitis.
Two of the best juices to consume for the dietary treatment of this condition are carrot and papaya juice. If necessary, in some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor. However, serious cases of Diverticulitis may require surgery.
Symptoms of Diverticulitis may last from hours to several days. These symptoms may include:
- Cramps or pain normally on the left side of the abdomen and tenderness, especially with movement
- A bloated feeling, abdominal bloating, or gas
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Nausea and sometimes vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Pain that can be sudden and serious and is usually located in the lower left corner of the abdomen. Less frequently, certain stomach or abdominal pain are experienced that may be mild at the beginning and gradually deteriorate over a period of several days, possible with fluctuation of intensity
- Change in bowel habits
- Diarrhea or constipation
If an abnormal opening develops there is a possibility of air or stool passing to other organs. This can be life threatening.
Other conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or a urinary tract infection, may cause symptoms similar to Diverticulitis. Symptoms such as rectal bleeding, a change in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss are signs of colon cancer.
If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor. Less common signs and symptoms could include bloating and bleeding from your rectum.
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