SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Common signs and symptoms of diverticulitis include:
- Pain that's often sudden, severe and located in the lower left side of the abdomen
- Less commonly, abdominal pain that may be mild at first and become worse over several days, possibly fluctuating in intensity
- Change in bowel habits
- Abdominal tenderness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bleeding from your rectum (less common)
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