Thursday, September 6, 2007

Signs of the "Golden" Years---Diverticular Disease

We all look forward to the time we can retire and have time to call our own. With this aging, comes new adventures we must face. One of these being diverticulosis. At least half the population over 65 is thought to have diverticular disease. Many will never know because they don't show symptoms.

It is estimated approximately 25% of sufferers find out the painful way (exactly how my mom found out).

1. Severe abdominal pain
2. Intermittent diarrhea and constipation
3. rectal bleeding (if infection sets in)
4. Fever

The symptoms may be severe enough to require hospitalization.(mom was in the
hospital for a week)



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