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Symptoms

Most people who have diverticulosis don't have any symptoms, but some have mild cramps, constipation or bloating. Diverticulitis causes more severe symptoms, including any of the following, but particularly the first two:

  • Steady abdominal pain

  • Tenderness to pressure in the lower abdomen

  • Fever

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Chills

  • Cramping

  • Change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea)

  • Rectal bleeding

  • Sharper pain with breathing or jarring movements such as walking.

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