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How common is fever as a symptom for diverticulitis?

How common is fever as a symptom for diverticulitis?

Common.: A low grade temperature (high 99s to 100s) is common with diverticulitis. Usually people have left lower abdominal pain (70% of people). It is sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting (20-60%), constipation (50%), or diarrhea (25-35%). However, if you have no fever, but have all the other symptoms, see your doctor, because you can still have diverticulitis without a temperature! cheers! ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

Diverticulitis is inflamation and/or infection of diverticuli, almost exclusively of the colon. The most common place is in the sigmoid colon, low on the left side. Symptoms are pain and tenderness of the left lower abdomen. They can be mild to severe. Sometimes worse with ...Read more


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Along with fever, constipation, and cramping is lower back pressure a symptom of diverticulitis?

Along with fever, constipation, and cramping is lower back pressure a symptom of diverticulitis?

Maybe: The location and extent of diverticulitis determines its presentation. A ct scan may show that it is low lying in the pelvis causing pressure or irritation. Consult with your physician for a more detailed personalized analysis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have diverticulitis without a fever and severe pain?

Yes: A mild attack of diverticulites might be associated with miminal pain and no fever, though having diverticulites at age 19 would be exceedingly rare. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have Appendicitis or diverticulitis with mild pain that comes and goes? no fever, and no intense pain when pushed on?

Is it possible to have Appendicitis or diverticulitis with mild pain that comes and goes? no fever, and no intense  pain when pushed on?

Yes: Yes, you can have mild versions of both but this is pretty uncommon. There are other diagnoses that can cause similar symptoms in a young woman including ovarian cysts, pregnancy, endometriosis, and irritable bowel syndrome. See you doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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My wife received antibiotics for treatment of diverticulitis today and took them about 3 hours ago. Her fever is higher now. Is that okay?

Probably: Three hours is too short a time to expect results from antibiotics taken by mouth. Fevers are not uncommon in diverticulitis. If the fever is not making your wife very uncomfortable, then she should just drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration. Fever is a natural protective mechanism of the body that helps fight infection. However, if she is uncomfortable, she should take Tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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I think I am having an attack of diverticulitis. Should i go to the emergency room? I am having sharp pains in my stomach that get worse when i lie down. I have had diverticulitis twice before (6 and 8 years ago) i also have a fever off 99.2.

Yes, : Yes, whenever you have abdominal pain with a fever you must be seen as an emergency, particularly as you have a past medical history of diverticulitis. You should also establish a close relationship with a primary care physician so that in the future you can be evaluated early in the course of your illness and started on appropriate medication for possible diverticulitis. As you have pain and fever and your past medical history you must be seen as an emergency. ...Read more

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Mild LRQ pain comes n goes. No fever no intense pain when pushed on. CBC normal. Waiting 4abdom X-ray. diverticulitis or appendicitis still possible?

Mild LRQ pain comes n goes. No fever no intense pain when pushed on. CBC normal. Waiting 4abdom X-ray. diverticulitis or appendicitis still possible?

Unlikely: I'm assuming you mean right lower quadrant pain. With no fever and no WBC elevation, it's unlikely that you have diverticulitis or appendicitis. HOWEVER, they are both still possibilities. Diverticulitis would be especially unusually on the right side with your age. I would bet on a colitis, constipation or an ovarian cyst before appendicitis. But this is still a guess. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more