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Discomfort in lower left side, bloating near rib cage, sharp pain. Common symptoms for person suffering from diverticulitis?

I have been diagnosed with mild diverticulitis . I ll be taking antibiotics for two weeks. My discomfort is mostly on the mid-lower left side. I do feel bloating near rib cage on left side. When a press on my lower left side I have found a sensitive spot that returns a sharp pain (only mild intensity). Is this normal for diverticulitis? Also, when a press on the left side I feel a slight pain on the right side? Is this normal for diverticulitis?
Asked On : Mon, 9 Jul 2012
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Thanks for using the HCM. I am happy to address your questions, diverticulitis is a condition in which diverticuli in the colon rupture. When a diverticulum ruptures and infection sets in around the diverticulum, the tissues that surround the colon, the condition is called diverticulitis. Patient suffering from diverticulitis commonly have abdominal pain, abdominal tenderness, bloating and fever. Constipation (less often diarrhea) may also occur. Diverticulitis can occur throughout the colon but are most common near the end of the lower left side. If diverticulitis is not treated promptly it can develop some very serious complications. A complication is suggested by the following symptoms like worsening of abdominal pain; persistent fever; vomiting (no food or liquid can be tolerated); constipation for an extended period of time; and bleeding from the rectum. Will recommend you to consult your clinician if any of your symptoms have worsened to the complications mentioned above. Thanks
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