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Diverticulitis – Symptoms & Causes

Diverticulitis is a condition in which the lining of the digestive tract is affected by inflamed pouches. It occurs under pressure caused by weak spots in the intestinal wall that make parts to bulge out. Most cases of diverticulitis happen in the colon, also known as the large intestine. Up to 50 percent of elderly people who are over 60 years old suffer from this health issue. Read on this guide to learn more about some common symptoms and causes of diverticulitis.

Symptoms of Diverticulitis

Lower Abdominal Pain

The most common and distinctive sign of diverticulitis is the consistent and sharp pain in the areas around your lower abdomen. You might feel it on both sides, but the sensation often happens on the left. The exact duration can vary a lot, but it tends to last for a couple of days or just comes and goes. The pain can be followed by abdominal tenderness, which can be easily noticed when you touch the abdomen, stretch, or sneeze. [1]