Have you ever eaten something that didn't agree with you? What if this feeling was frequent and sometimes, felt like it was never going to go away? This is what people with a particular condition deal with often. Diverticulitis is chronic swelling in the intestine, caused by infection of small pockets in the digestive system. About 10% of the population develops some diverticula by the age of 50, and the number increases with age. As the pockets grow, they can put pressure on the intestinal wall and cause severe complications like pain, blockage, inflammation and increase risks for infection. Some common symptoms of diverticulitis are listed below:
Often, you won't notice diverticulitis and will be diagnosed after a doctor has run routine tests. An example is a colonoscopy. This is a camera that explores the colon, looking for inconsistencies. Sometimes, this procedure comes back with images of swollen pockets in the intestines. In the early stages of diverticulitis, the condition resembles mild indigestion or chronic stomach irritation. Once the condition becomes more serious, however, you'll start to notice, for some of the reasons further down on this list.
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