Diverticulitis - Symptoms
diverticulitis may last from a few hours to several
days. These symptoms may include: Tenderness, cramps, or pain in the abdomen
(usually in the lower left side but may occur on the right) that is sometimes
worse when you move. Fever and chills. A bloated
feeling, abdominal swelling, or gas. Diarrhea or
constipation. Nausea and sometimes vomiting. Loss of
appetite. Complications also can cause symptoms. If an abnormal
opening (fistula) develops between the colon and the vagina or the colon and
urethra, you may pass air or stool from the vagina or
the urethra. 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, and
unexplained weight loss may be signs of colon cancer. If you have any of these
symptoms, contact your doctor.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 30, 2008
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