Congressman Doc Hastings is resting at home after being hospitalized for diverticulitis. His office said he is feeling better and will be resting for about a week.
The 70-year-old Pasco Republican was admitted to a Tri-City hospital for the condition Sunday while at home in the district.
Diverticulitis is a swelling of an abnormal pouch in the intestinal wall, often the large intestine or colon. The National Institutes of Health report the cause of the disorder is unknown, although a low-fiber diet may be a culprit.
More than half of Americans over age 60 have abnormal pouches in the intestine, but only a small percentage will experience inflammation.
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Symptoms include tenderness, usually in the left lower side of the abdomen; bloating or gas; fever and chills; nausea and vomiting; not feeling hungry and not eating.
Treatment depends on the severity of symptoms, and can include bed rest, pain medications, temporarily restricting food and drink, antibiotics and a prescription for a high-fiber diet.