Explosive diarrhea with distressing cramps is another symptom of diverticulitis. Patients without noticeable inflammation or infection often experience constipation before diarrhea. Furthermore, strained bowel movements put pressure on the intestinal lining and weaken it, thereby increasing the risk of diverticulitis. Diarrhea occurs when diverticula develop in the intestinal lining and become infected and inflamed. This inflammation causes painful bowel movements. Stomach cramps, nausea, and upset stomach often co-occur with this symptom.
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