Information revealed presented to small-town doctor

I must correct myself. My mother does not have diverticulosis, but has diverticulitis. There is a difference, but much of what I have been repeating as far as diet and hydration, sleep and exercise definitely apply in this instance as well.
The difference is that Diverticulosis occurs when pouches, called diverticula form in the colon wall. This may or may not become an issue unless those pouches get inflamed or infected. Then the condition is referred to as Diverticulitis; a much more painful issue.
Although the medical profession is not completely certain, it is believed that diverticula form in the colon because the person eats a low-fiber diet. When a person does not have enough bulk to produce the proper stool, the colon works overtime just to push the stool on through. The diverticula may be a result of this pressure which may cause the pouches to form in weak spots along the colon.
Because of these pouches, feces tends to get trapped which in turn allows bacteria to grow which can then lead to the inflammation and theoretically end in infection. Depending on the circumstances, diverticulitis may last anywhere from just a few hours to a week or more.
According to the website http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/diverticulitis-topic-overview?page=2, the symptoms include the following:
• Belly pain, usually in the lower left side, that is sometimes worse when you move. This is the most common symptom.
• Fever and chills.
• Bloating and gas.
• Diarrhea or constipation.
• Nausea and sometimes vomiting.
• Not feeling like eating.
It is truly important that a physician be notified, whether this is your mother, client or yourself. He or she will want to know about the symptoms being experienced. An examination is sure to follow and then possibly even further tests. Those tests could include:
• Blood tests, such as a complete blood count (CBC).
• Other tests, such as an X-ray or a CT scan.
Tomorrow I will delve into this further, revealing more about WebMD suggests. Until then, remember to always show that With Age Comes Respect.

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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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