Diverticulosis Symptoms Can Cause Multiple Health Complications If Untreated

By: - Disease & Illness - June 25, 2011
diverticulosis symptoms can cause multiple health complications if untreated

Diverticulosis symptoms affect areas of the stomach and colon. The large intestine or colon stores body waste till it is excreted. As a person grows older the walls of the colon starts weakening. At times the waste starts putting pressure on the walls creating pockets or sacs on the colon wall. These pockets or sacs are known as diverticula and the condition is termed as diverticulosis. Though diverticula are developed throughout the wall but it is more prominent among the left or the sigmoid colon. The disease affects almost 50% of the US population over the age of 60.

When the symptoms become bothersome, you may need to seek diverticulosis treatment from your physician. The disease is unknown to most patients till the time they visit a doctor for some other intestinal problem. The tests for these problems usually reveal the presence of the disease. The most common diverticulosis symptoms include:
• Diarrhea
• Constipation
• Bloating
• Abdominal Cramping
• Pain in lower left abdomen and persistent fever.

These are usually associated with a painful diverticulosis. The disease can worsen with time and diverticulosis symptoms may become more severe including:
• Bleeding in the colon followed by puking and nauseating.
• Abscess formation filled with pus usually occurring in pelvis.
• Bacterial infections of the abdomen due to colon rupture (peritonitis. This can be a life-threating situation.
• Colon obstruction.
• Erosion of urinary bladder leading to gas passing while urinating.

The above symptoms may call more extensive diverticulosis treatment including hospitalization. In case of a blood vessel erosion there can be red, maroon or even black (in case of right colon bleeding) colored clots passing through the rectum. The bleeding can be in spurts or continuous and can last for days at a stretch. The patient is given intravenous fluids to help maintain the blood pressure. In case of an excessive blood loss the patient has to undergo blood transfusions. In such conditions a patient can lose consciousness, feel dizzy or even go into shock. In this case a doctor may call for the diverticula to be surgically removed.

Depending on how far the symptoms have progressed, your doctor will be able to give you better idea on how diverticulosis treatment will unfold. Unfortunately as of now there is no remedy to the diverticulosis problem. It is like a permanent resident once you get infected. It’s advisable that patients enrich their diet with fiber rich food to avoid constipation. Also the use of popcorns, seeds or nuts can be removed from the normal eating habit to avoid infection. If a patient suddenly feels a chill or fever with pain in the abdomen it is necessary that they visit a doctor soon.