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11 Symptoms of Diverticulitis

Diverticula are found in the digestive system. Often found in the lower part of large intestines, Diverticula are small, bulging pouches that form in the lining of the digestive system. They are common, especially after age 40, and seldom cause problems. There are instances, however, when one or more of the pouches become inflamed or infected. This condition is known as diverticulosis (when only one diverticula is present) and diverticulitis (when two or more diverticula is seen in the large intestines). The causes of Diverticulitis are still unknown, but having a diet low in fiber is thought to contribute to the formation of the sacs. Fiber softens stools making it easier to pass. Low fiber diets cause constipation, and having constipation needs more pressure to help it pass. Doctors believe that increased pressure in the colon can lead to the development of diverticula. Mild Diverticulitis can be treated with rest, changes in diet and antibiotics. Recurring Diverticulitis may need surgery. The following is a list of 11 symptoms that are tell-tale signs if a person is at risk of Diverticulitis.

1. Constipation

Constipation is the infrequent bowel movement or difficult passage of stool that persists for a week or longer. It is generally described as having fewer than three bowel movements a week. Constipation is usually associated with hardened feces, usually from shortage of fiber in the diet or dehydration. To pass the stool successfully, additional pressure is needed. When a person is at risk of Diverticulitis, passing stool is more difficult because of the presence of the small, bulging pouches along the lining of the digestive system. These sacks block the passage of the stool, making the process painful. These bulging sacs are often found in the lower part of the large intestines, known as the colon.

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