Diverticular Disease Symptoms Come In Three Different Categories 

Diverticular disease symptoms can be mild, quite severe, or in some cases, totally non-existent as it will all depend on what form you have.

Although some medical experts do not consider it related to the aging process, it does have some interesting numbers that as we age we cannot ignore.

Here are the numbers.

  • 10% of the people affected are over 40 years old
  • 50% of all people affected are 60 years and older

The severity of it also increases as we all begin to age, simply because our colon is also beginning to slow down in some ways.  

The Different Forms

Diverticular disease symptoms again will all depend of what form of it you develop, as it comes in three different forms.

  • Diverticulosis---which is the most common form
  • Diverticular
  • Diverticulitis--- which can very easily become severe if not treated

The first form, Diverticulosis, is a situation where the lining of our bowel has developed several very small pouches or pockets that are referred to as “diverticula”.

These small pouches or pockets can range from the size of a very small grain, to pea size, or in some cases, about the size of a dime.

They form as the result of a continued pressure of challenged or weak points of our intestinal walls.

This pressure is caused by our waste, gas being relived, as well as some form of liquid.

One of the most common ways they form is when we are constipated and try to force a movement, increasing the pressure on them.

Diverticular disease symptoms with the form are virtually none existent, but we should still not ignore this form for one simple reason; complications.

These complications can lead to the next form, Diverticular bleeding.

Diverticular Disease Symptoms

Diverticular bleeding is caused by this constant pressure doing damage to our small blood vessels that are located next to this small pouches or pockets.

This can and often does lead to inflammation, and in severe cases, infection in these small pockets.

In the vast majority of cases, this is caused when these pouches become blocked or filled with waste.

Our waste is designed to exit our body as soon as possible, and if it becomes blocked for any reason at all, bacterium will develop very quickly.

Bacterium in our bowels and lower colon will very quickly turn into an infection, and if more than one of these pockets is infected, it can become a serious situation.

Diverticular disease symptoms with this form do surface and they can be mild or quite painful.

They include the following:

  • Changes in our bowel habits
  • Severe and chronic constipation
  • Diarrhea in some cases
  • Nausea as well as vomiting
  • Fevers that can be mild to moderate
  • Pain in the lower and left side of our abdomen

This pain can make our abdomen very tender, especially if we touch it, and it can go away very quickly, or it can last for several days.

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However, Diverticular disease symptoms with this form can become quite severe, especially if more than a couple of these pouches have been contaminated by waste.

If we are 60 years old or older, it is estimated that about 20-25% of us will develop acute diverticulitis.

If this form does become acute, we will face these potential complications

  • The development of an abscess caused by the formation of pus
  • An unusual and unnatural passage being created between our bowel and bladder
  • A blockage in our colon or our small intestine
  • The sudden onset of Peritonitis

Peritonitis can not only become quite painful, it can also become a life threatening situation. 

Severe Symptoms

Diverticular disease symptoms, once it has advanced to Peritonitis, include the following and if you do develop these, you need to seek immediate medical attention.

  • A severe fever
  • Flu like nausea and vomiting
  • Very little or no urine output in more than 24 hours
  • A sudden and very strong thirst
  • The inability not only to pass any stools, you also cannot release gas

These all indicate a medical emergency and have become a potential life threatening situation.

There are several things we all can do as we get older to prevent this condition, as well as several foods to avoid if you do begin to have any of the symptoms.

What We Can Do

Here is what we can do.

  • Make sure we have regular bowel movements
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise—walk, jog, swim, but do something
  • Drink a lot of water—at least 8-10 glasses every day
  • Increase our fiber intake ,and if needed, take fiber pills

A lot of us do not eat anywhere near the fiber that we should, especially men.

I was first diagnosed with IBS, which is closely related to this condition several years ago and have used Fibercon ever since.

This supplement will help you keep regular without using laxatives. 

Foods To Avoid

Diverticular disease symptoms can also be prevented, in most cases, by not eating the following foods.

  • Milk and most milk products
  • Corn in raw or canned forms
  • Broccoli
  • All type of fried foods

Milk and most milk products can trigger lactose intolerance, and with this condition, this is the last thing we need at our age.

Simply substitute it Silk milk or Almond milk, and the issues go away. Both my wife and I have used these for several years now.

Corn is very hard to digest for most of us, for one simple reason; it is not digested. It simply passes through our body and ends up in our waste after it has released its nutrients.

Broccoli is one of the biggest creators of gas as we age, and while it may set well for some people, if you have even the mild symptoms, avoid it.

This condition is a very delicate situation for our system and last thing we need is fried food to set it off.

Eating fried food is one of the worst things we can do with this condition.

References

http://www.medicinenet.com/diverticulosis/article.htm

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