Diverticulitis is a condition where small, bulging pouches (diverticula) in the digestive system become inflamed or infected. The symptoms of diverticulitis can vary from person to person, but common symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain: Typically, the pain associated with diverticulitis is located in the lower left side of the abdomen. The pain may be constant or intermittent and may become more severe over time.
- Fever: A low-grade fever is a common symptom of diverticulitis.
- Nausea and vomiting: Some people with diverticulitis may experience nausea and vomiting.
- Changes in bowel habits: Diverticulitis can cause diarrhea or constipation, or alternation between both.
- Bloating and gas: Some people with diverticulitis may experience bloating and gas.
If you experience any of these symptoms, especially if they are severe or persistent, it is important to seek medical attention. Diverticulitis can lead to serious complications if left untreated, such as abscesses, perforation, and sepsis.