What are the Symptoms of Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a serious digestive problem that should be addressed immediately. But the problem with this medical condition is that its symptoms aren’t particular and at times persons who have this medical condition will not know that they have the disease. Persons who have diverticulitis will usually show minimal or will show no symptoms at all. These symptoms should be identified on the onset so that the right treatment method should be adopted.

Most of the time, persons who have this disease are expected to address and overhaul their diet. For the persons who have this issue, they are expected to increase their hydration and at the same time to increase the fiber content on their diets. But before all these things can be adopted, the proper identification of the symptoms of the disease should be in order. So what are the symptoms of diverticulitis that should be observed and verified?

One feeling or symptom that a person should look out for is the feeling of having appendicitis. But this kind of pain will be generally located and concentrated in the lower side of the abdomen instead of the lower right side. The pain that can be experienced by the patients will at times be severe and will happen suddenly but most of the time patients can feel mild pain that can worsen as the days pass by. The intensity of the pain that can be felt on the abdomen area may fluctuate and vary for several days.

Other than this major symptom, the patients will typically experience an abdominal tenderness, some form of fever, nausea, constipation or diarrhea. Aside from these major symptoms that should be checked and observed, there are also minor symptoms and signs that patients should be aware of. These minor yet significant signs include vomiting, bloating, bleeding that can be observed on the rectum, frequent urination, difficulty when urinating and that feeling of tenderness that can be felt in the abdomen when wearing belt or bending over. All these symptoms may suggest that indeed, there could be a problem with the digestive system and a sign that diverticulitis may be present.

It’s time to call a health professional or your family doctor if the patient experience fever, chills, abdominal swelling or when the patient experience vomiting. Call the doctor as well if the abdomen of the patient becomes rigid and the patient experience pain when he moves. These signs should push the other family members to contact a doctor. Blood in the rectum may be rare but when blood appear on the stools then this suggest that there is an internal bleeding. Fever that can be experienced by the patient is indicative of an infection that requires medication. If severe pain can be experienced by the patient despite the adoption of treatment methods, then this is an indication that the patient has another abdominal disorder. When the disease has been validated, surgery is the most common treatment method. But in most common simple cases of the disease, conservative therapy will do.