What are the symptoms of diverticular disease?

Symptoms of diverticular disease may present as bleeding from the lower digestive tract or may manifest as pain. Pain from diverticulitis is most commonly in the left lower abdomen and in severe cases may be accompanied by fevers, chills and nausea.

The symptoms of diverticulosis and diverticulitis are different.

Diverticulosis: Many people don't have symptoms, but some people have cramping, bloating, and constipation. Some people also have bleeding, inflammation, and fistulas. If you are bleeding, bright red blood will pass through your rectum-the end of the colon that connects to the anus. The rectum and anus are part of the gastrointestinal tract, which is the passage that food goes through. Rectal bleeding is usually painless, but it can be dangerous. You should see a doctor right away.

Diverticulitis: People with diverticulitis can have many symptoms. Often, pain is felt in the lower part of the abdomen. If you have diverticulitis, you may have fevers, feel sick to your stomach, vomit, or have a change in your bowel habits.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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